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Monday, July 15, 2013

Simple Questions We Should Ask About Trayvon Martin And George Zimmerman


Here's the Nonsense:  The Zimmerman trial verdict is an outrage.  It's perfectly understandable that some people would be protesting and having a violent response to it.

Here's the Horse Sense:  The verdict isn't the issue.  There should be other questions being asked and we shouldn't be laying blame on any one group for anything in this mess.

With all the outpouring of reaction to the Zimmerman verdict, no one seems to be asking some simple, and obvious, questions.  There is a split between people with some saying that Zimmerman should have been found guilty and other people who thought justice was done.  Sadly, this is an issue that will never be settled.  After all, there is little logic being employed by anyone.

Let's face it.  There's not going to be agreement on this verdict because there are not enough people on both sides of the issue that are willing to have a rational discussion.  Non-blacks will NEVER understand what it's like to be black in America.  And it appears that many (not all, but many) blacks seem to want to abandon a rational discussion of what happened and what the trial was about.  To them this is all about their preconceived views that this was about the killing of a black young man.  They are not willing to consider that sometimes things happen with tragic outcomes without a bad motive being involved.  

We should be asking why this happened and why it didn't have a different outcome.

Here's the real question that comes to mind:  Why did Trayvon Martin act the way the evidence shows that he did?  (I ask it that way because nobody really knows what happened that night except Martin and Zimmerman so we can only make conclusions based on the evidence we have.)  What I'm referring to are a couple of things.  First, the supporters of Martin are saying that he was confronted by a man with a gun (meaning Zimmerman).  Yet there was no evidence that Zimmerman confronted Martin with a gun.  Rather, the evidence shows that there was a period of approximately 4 minutes of silence before Zimmerman was attacked by Martin.  At that time Martin was just a short distance from his father's house (which is said to have been less than the length of a football field away).  A young man in fair physical condition could easily travel that distance in less than 4 minutes.  So the question is, why didn't he run to his father's house if he felt threatened?  Why did he choose to attack Zimmerman instead of running for help?

Now let me say here that many have asked why Martin didn't call the police if he felt he was in danger.  I fully accept that that may not be a normal response for a young black man.  I do think it's reasonable that many blacks do not trust the police and so calling them for help would not necessarily be a normal response.  However, seeking help from someone else is worthy of consideration.

The next question seems to me to be why Martin, if he felt threatened, wasn't screaming and running away as fast as he could?  He could have pounded on the door of any home he was near.  He could have run to his father's house.  He could have evaded a confrontation by doing what we teach our children to do when they are threatened by a stranger.  For decades now we've been teaching children that if they are threatened in any way by a stranger that they should scream as loud as they can and run as fast as they can to get away.  Sure, Martin was no longer a little child, but if he was raised like most children being taught to run and make a lot of noise if they are in danger, then even though he was older now should not have stopped what he would have been taught when he was young from coming to his mind.

And let's face it, if he did scream and run and maybe even pound on someone's door, the fact is that that would have changed the entire situation.  Zimmerman would have seen that he felt threatened and it would have caused a situation where the facts of who each of them were could have come out and the tragedy that occurred would not have happened.  But instead, we don't see that.  What we see is behavior that added to Zimmerman's suspicion of who this guy was.  In fact, it not only added to it, it escalated it as he was attacked by Martin and found himself lying on the ground having Martin beat his head against the concrete and breaking his nose.  

Evidence shows that Martin's knees were wet and Zimmerman's back was wet.  That is clear evidence that Martin was on top and Zimmerman was underneath.  Zimmerman's injuries show he was under attack and the lack of injuries on Martin show that Zimmerman was losing the fight.  It would be very reasonable for Zimmerman to feel threatened and in fear for his life.

Was Martin wrong?  No.  But it's possible that a 17 year old young man may make a bad decision and that exacerbated the situation.  Many a 17 year old kid often thinks they are more invincible than they really are.  And it's quite possible that Martin thought he could attack Zimmerman and win in the situation.  Sadly, in this case many things happened that caused a final outcome that we should all be sad and grieve over.

There is an assumption by some that the death of Trayvon Martin was about race.  Some people are using this to try to divide the country. But there was no evidence of race having anything to do with this tragedy.  Even the FBI, which is part of the Justice Department and its unbalanced racial viewpoints (ask J. Christian Adams if that is an overstatement), concluded that racism had nothing to do with this case.  They found no evidence of Zimmerman having anti-black viewpoints.  

Only the NBC-edited 911 tape showed Zimmerman as having racial motives.  When the entire tape was heard, it was apparent that it was not in the mind of Zimmerman at that point.  The only exception to that is that Zimmerman was aware that there had been crimes in the neighborhood committed by young black males in the past.  So, whether we like it or not, that would put Trayvon Martin in a group that would be considered suspect because of his race.  Not because Martin personally did anything wrong, but because others of the same race had done things wrong.  But the full recording of the 911 call shows that Zimmerman didn't even suggest race was a factor.  He only mentioned Martin's race when the 911 operator asked what race he was.  

But the left is trying to use this as an opportunity.  They don't really care about Trayvon Martin.  They see an opportunity and don't want to pass the chance up to use it for their purposes.  Remember when former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel said you should never let a crisis go to waste?  This is exactly what these people are trying to do.  They are trying to paint the picture that black people are routinely killed by white people.  Yet the real facts are that the vast majority of blacks who are killed by violence are killed by people of their own race.  But we hear little of those crimes because it doesn't fit into their narrative.  If they really cared about black deaths they'd be screaming about the violence happening even when it's black on black crime.

This is a time the nation should be coming together in sorrow for this tragedy.  Martin's death is just that.  But it doesn't mean that Zimmerman did something wrong.  There are circumstances where things happen and the outcome is bad no matter what anyone's motive was.  

The left will not let this lie.  Zimmerman will spend his life always looking over his shoulder.  If he doesn't go to prison for civil rights violations that the DOJ are looking at charging him with, he will be in danger of sick people taking things into their own hands and doing him harm.  His only hope of a semi-normal life is if he disappears and moves to some remote place, changes his name and probably also his appearance, and tries to live quietly for the rest of his life.  Otherwise his chances of a safe, let alone normal, life are extremely slim.

Rapper Lupe Fiasco, known as a person of left wing viewpoints, is one of the few on the left who truly understands what happened and how we should look at it.  Breitbart reported that Fiasco tweeted:  

Rub your face in it! Swallow down that hard pill! Black blood spills in the streets of America nightly at the hands other blacks

Yeah gimme that anger...once again that rage...that misguided angst when you true enemy is your own complacency and cowardice.

Curse kick scream yell tweet unfollow. Don't matter to me if y'all don't start valuing yourselves N*****S will be in the same boat tomorrow

Nobody knows what really happened except trayvon and Zimmerman. The justice system relies on reasonable doubt not our emotions.

Yes, the justice system does rely on reasonable doubt, not emotions.  That's some common sense thinking that many in America could learn from.  

UPDATE:  A very good video was done by Bill Whittle on PJ Media that summarizes this case quite well.  You can view it here.