Trayvon Martin in his scary black man incarnation
I haven’t talked about the Trayvon Martin shooting here, largely because it and such things have made me sick to my stomach. In case you somehow have not heard, on the night of February 26, in Sanford, Florida, a 17-year old black kid named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a Hispanic man named George Zimmerman. Martin was unarmed and returning to his father’s house in the gated subdivision after buying Skittles and Iced Tea at a convenience store. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer who has not been charged with any crime due to a “Stand Your Ground” law which allows you to shoot someone if you feel threatened.
That’s the unbiased part, I guess. But this isn’t a news site, it’s a blog, and Martin was straight-up murdered by Zimmerman, “Stand Your Ground” or not. Zimmerman was told by the police not to pursue Martin and he did so anyway, afraid that Martin would “get away”. By his own admission, Martin hadn’t done anything, but he seemed suspicious to Zimmerman.
Why was he so suspicious looking? Well for one thing, he was black, and black people are kind of scary! Also, he was wearing a hoodie, which famed attention whore Geraldo Rivera decided to jump in and comment on the death-dealing nature of.
So far we’ve only heard George Zimmerman’s side of the story but that’s mostly because Trayvon Martin was shot to death and can’t really provide his counter-point. Zimmerman’s story is that Martin attacked him and was shot in the struggle, but also according to him, Martin called him, “homey” and his dying words were, “you got me“. It’s yet unclear if he went on to explain how Zimmerman was right to have shot him, as he would have only grown up to be a further menace to society.
A lot of people have complained about how the case is being tried in the media, but they’re overlooking one critical issue: there is no case. No charges have been filed against Zimmerman, and if the public hadn’t taken up the cause, it’s clear none would have been. Right now Florida is just trying to figure out if there should be a trial. I mean, if we try George Zimmerman, we just open ourselves up to having to hold a trial every time someone decides to murder an unarmed black kid!
The best part is how our post-Obama, post-racial society is acting about this. Zimmerman is a blessing to a lot of folks because not only did he kill a dangerous negro, but he himself is Hispanic, so that cancels out your racism! Win-win! Already he’s become a hero to people who are tired of having to endure the tyranny of black people walking in their neighborhoods, sometimes at night, sometimes behooded. Emboldened by Zimmerman, white Americans are free to stand up and proudly declare that they’re racist because someone, possibly black, stole their bike.
In the latest act of the story, Zimmerman has released a website for the purpose of collecting funds* for his defense. The text reads:
I am the real George Zimmerman,
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life.
I have no doubt that Zimmerman’s life has been altered. What it hasn’t been is removed. That’s what happened to Trayvon Martin, and no amount of money can change that.
In fact, while there is no TheRealTrayvonMartin.com website (unsurprisingly, GoDaddy is squatting it), there is a realtrayvonmartin.com, which makes the case that, since it was raining that night, Martin was a drug dealer.
Welcome to “post-racial” America.
Hacked road sign in Detroit
* — via PayPal, which will allow you to help defend a guy who murdered a kid, but won’t let you donate to Wikileaks, just FYI.