Jack and I took the trusty Ford Escort into the shop today, to get the brake lights fixed. The talk within the dingy concrete walls – of course – was all about the Trayvon Martin Case. Sadly, it wasn’t sympathetic. All over the country, yesterday and today, there have been protests ranging from quiet vigils to outright riots, decrying the verdict and supporting the family of this young man, shot down in cold blood.
But, just as there has been an outpouring of sadness for Trayvon, there has been an equal share of bitterness, enmity and venom towards him, and I’m ashamed and embarrassed to say that it has been coming from the White community. Or – in fairness – certain factions within the White community. Not surprisingly, a portion of that ire is being directed toward the Obama White House.
Far outnumbered, but never outgunned, I tried to defend Trayvon. In doing so, I felt the need to leave the race issue out it, and instead focused on his youth. I thought I could crack the hard shell of these Zimmerman-ites, by reminding them that Trayvon was just a boy. Well, these guys might be able to fix a rainy day, when it comes to 15 year-old rust-buckets, but they seem to have no empathy with regards to 15 year-old kids.
The media has taken the verdict in mouth, like a pack of starving wolves gorging on a crippled gazelle. Here’s some related news, that American media has chosen to ignore, in favor of dangling this latest shiny object in our entranced faces.
In a case surprisingly similar to Zimmerman’s, but inverted in gender and color palette, a Florida woman was sentenced to 20 years – the mandatory minimum – for firing warning shots at her estranged and abusive husband. This story differs from Zimmerman’s in that she’s Black and female. In Florida, that counts as your first two strikes, right there. Marissa Alexander was a mom, a first time offender, and she had already taken out a protective order against the man who had repetitively beaten her and her daughter. She did not shoot to kill, or even wound, but rather fired a warning shot, letting her would be attacker know she was armed. She tried to use the Florida Stand Your Ground law as her defense. Her attempt at availing herself of what was clearly intended as a protection for White males, failed miserably, and now her daughter is a jail orphan.
CBS has deigned to cover this story, rather than sitting in front of their computers and regurgitating the Zimmerman story. Kudos to them.
On yet the other side of Manson’s Helter Skelter, back in March, 4 Black men apparently beat a White, former Marine to Death, in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. Four suspects, Arthur Batchelor, Tarell Secrest, Jason Hill and Sean Hall, have been arrested on charges of Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery in the death of Zachary Gamble. They are being held without bail.
This story was a complete surprise to me. I, who digest news like most people digest cake, never knew anything of this story. That’s because the only coverage I can find comes from the Brits. Here’s the link to the Mail Online.
Let me set the record straight. America is a racist nation. Always has been. There are 2 sets of laws out there, and Blacks, women, the poor, youths, Hispanics and Indigenous peoples always suffer the weight of justice, more so than do White males and the wealthy. The Zimmerman verdict is a travesty, and a tragedy. Trayvon was guilty of nothing other than being a young Black male in America. My heart goes out to his family.
But the real guilty party here isn’t Zimmerman, the prosecution or even Florida herself. If blame can be affixed, it must be to the passage of stupid, racist, hateful and fear driven laws like Stand Your Ground. It is impossible to be carrying a gun, and claim innocent self defense. You go to a car dealer to buy a car. You go to a barber to get a haircut. If you’re carrying a gun, you’re looking to use it. The very definition of self defense is obliterated when you walk out your front door armed with deadly force – and deadly intent.
If you want to fix America, you need to start with her inherent racism, but you need to also address her fear based legislation and her unconditional love affair with guns.
BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.
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