I have been putting off this post for a while now, because every time I try to sit down and write I end up getting upset and angry and I need to stop.
Since the beginning, the Trayvon Martin case has touched me and brought out so many emotions that it is sometimes overwhelming. This is going to be more of a rant/opinion piece and I am not going to sit here and list the defense’s and prosecution’s entire case.
I’m sure most of you have been following the case and the trial as well. I am sure that many will not agree with me, and I don’t expect everyone to. I respect all opinions, but will not tolerate any bashing from anyone. Keep it respectful and remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinions whether we like them or not.
My personal opinion is that George Zimmerman is guilty of murder. I don’t care how many fights Trayvon Martin got into in school, how many classes he failed, what he posted on Facebook and Twitter, what he text messaged his friends, or if he smoked a bag of weed an hour before he bumped into George Zimmerman on the night of his death. What I do care about is a 17 year old boy, who was unarmed and talking on his cell phone, was profiled as “up to no good” because he was walking in the rain wearing a hoody and looked like “a suspect”, targeted, followed, and then murdered by an adult male who was carrying a gun.
Am I biased? Maybe. I have a 15 year old son, who has been suspended for fighting in school, failed a class, posts a whole lot of shit on Facebook, sometimes tries to act tougher than he is, and oh yea, he comes home soaked to the skin when it rains, because he won’t run for cover. He will stroll in a hurricane like a tourist, seeing amazing sights for the first time ever. He also wears a hoody on a regular basis. Come to think of it, most of his friends fit the exact description I just typed. And, for the most part, they are good kids, who come from good families and good homes. So, just the fact that George Zimmerman and his lawyers are trying to use some of these things to justify the murder of this young man makes me so angry.
As for the “beating” that Zimmerman claims caused him to fear for his life, growing up I saw a lot of after school fights that ended in injuries worse than a broken nose and 3 scratches on the back of the head. But I can’t recall an incident where someone was getting beat up and pulled out a gun and fired, calling it self defense. From the minor injuries Zimmerman had, I don’t believe his life was ever in danger. Furthermore, if he would have followed the orders of the police, not to follow Trayvon, and stayed in his car, the incident wouldn’t have occurred.
In my humble opinion, George Zimmerman felt a kinship with Law Enforcement. He felt he was “one of them”, which coupled with his gun, gave him a false sense of entitlement and confidence. This false confidence caused him to provoke a physical altercation with Trayvon, and when he realized that he couldn’t win a fair fist fight with the teen, he cowardly pulled out his gun and took Trayvon’s life.
George Zimmerman assumed that Trayvon Martin was one of “these punks” and was “up to no good”. They say when you assume, it makes you an ass. Well in this case, it makes you a cold blooded murderer.
I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this trial. Am I the only one that takes it so personally? And remember, NO BASHING!