Trayvon Martin versus George Zimmerman. A young African-American teen versus a grown man who happens to be Hispanic.
An African-American teen wearing a hoodie versus a guy who was a member of a neighborhood watch group in Sanford, Florida.
Honestly, this to me seems like the perfect storm, the coming together of the wrong people, the wrong place and the wrong time. From what I have read, the circumstances surrounding both people made it a recipe for disaster, a situation that had only one outcome – bad.
But now the questions are these: was Trayvon profiled? Was Zimmerman an overzealous neighborhood watch maniac determined to be an unofficial cop on the streets? Does it matter that Trayvon dabbled in pot smoking and had some issues at school?
Will there ever be a way to determine what really happened? Because at the end of the day there is a young man who’s dead and a Hispanic guy claiming it was self-defense. Can this whole thing simply be determined to be just a horrific turn of events that again, had no other possible outcome?
I suppose I will just have to join the rest of the nation in offering my thoughts on the incident without really any evidence to back it up – basically, just offering up my opinion.
I don’t know Martin or Zimmerman. But it seems to me that neither one is really at fault here. If I am to believe what I’m hearing and reading, neither one had the intention of coming together in a life-or-death confrontation.
Martin – and the makers of Skittles candy are certainly enjoying the notoriety of it all – had reportedly left a convenience store with the candy and some iced tea. The 17-year-old was shot to death by Zimmerman as he walked back to his father’s fiancee’s house.
Zimmerman claims he killed Martin in self-defense saying the teen attacked him. The neighborhood watch member supposedly called police to report a suspicious person. He followed the teen even though the police dispatcher said he didn’t have to. At some point there is a confrontation and we all know the rest.
Police have questioned Zimmerman but he hasn’t been charged with a crime. The reasons include but aren’t limited to the fact that Florida has laws that permit the use of deadly force in certain situations and that there are not facts or eyewitnesses or anything else to contradict what Zimmerman has told investigators.
There are claims that police aren’t doing their jobs because Martin was black and that minorities are always left with the short stick. However, Zimmerman is Hispanic so does that argument really hold true?
And of course those who need a cause of the day incite citizens to hold rallies where they wear hoodies – I suppose to support those who were hoodies. Really? I’m sure those who are hoodie wearers feel a whole lot better today knowing that groups of citizens across the nation have shown their support for that particular item of clothing. What’s next? Should we all wear our Uggs to combat the anti-Uggs sentiment sweeping places like Pottstown where a school district banned them?
I get the hoodie reference. However, young African-American teens aren’t the only ones wearing hoodies. Please folks, find another cause. Or perhaps get over yourself and contribute something meaningful to society.
This entire incident raises a number of issues including whether or not there is value to those participating in neighborhood watch programs and their working relationships to local police. If a dispatcher told Zimmerman to back off, he should have done so.
And while Zimmerman was licensed to carry a 9 mm semiautomatic, is that really what he should have been doing? He isn’t a cop and thus should not have acted like one. Combine an overreacting neighborhood watch volunteer packing a 9 mm with a young teen he finds suspicious and how could anyone expect any different outcome?
It seems to me that this kid did nothing wrong other than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It wasn’t after midnight and he was unarmed. And there can’t be the argument that he shouldn’t be walking where he was walking? That’s just Florida’s gated-community paranoia.
In the end it seems to me that while Martin was no angel and had some off-the-field issues, he didn’t deserve a bullet to the chest. All of the other details are known only to Zimmerman and Martin. And one of them is dead.
— Andy Hachadorian