Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Hunter becomes the hunted
Since the shooting, Zimmerman has gone into hiding.
The whole case has spun out of control. The original Black Panthers say they have no affiliation w the "New Black Panther" group. The media is having a heyday, now debating the concept of if Zimmerman was the "victim".
We were not there, and the only facts we do know is that Zimmerman was obsessed w calling the police about black suspects (49 calls in the last year), and that he was carrying a gun, and disobeyed the 9-1-1 operator's directions, to not follow "the suspect".
Zimmerman escalated & pursued the chase of Trayvon Martin. The latest revelations are that the photos that the media had been using , of the fresh faced 12 year old kid, are not what Trayvon Martin actually looked like the day he was shot to death. He was 6'2" and a young man (indeed the shooter said he looked like a teen).
If Zimmerman would have listened & waited, the police would have arrived, and talked with Trayvon, and the misunderstanding would have been resolved. Peacefully. With non-violence.
There was no crime, and he was not a criminal.
Although my hope would be this does not become a distorted battle, racism comes to the forefront.
I honestly believe a young white girl wearing a hoodie that night on Zimmerman's watch, would not have been shot dead.
But now it's turning into a circus. Selling t-shirts. Wondering out loud if the shooter is a victim. Implying that the young man, most current photos of Trayvon make him a scarier, more guilty, justifiable "suspect".
At the end of his 17 year old life, Trayvon saw a stranger with a gun coming after him. He fought for his life. He broke Zimmerman's nose, he physically fought to take away his gun. He was justified in defending himself. He'd done nothing wrong, and now there was an adult male with a gun chasing him.
Zimmerman has had a taste of his own medicine. Now he knows what it feels like to be targeted.
I don't wish him harm, but I do think the actions he chose to escalate and hunt Trayvon Martin are the core of the reason Trayvon is no longer with us. How different this story would be if he would have just waited 5 minutes for the police to arrive.