It Must Be Something In That Swamp Water:
I was checking my daily news feeds when I chanced upon this which is the most personally sickening thing (to me) to come out of the “great” state of Florida. This is saying something, because this is the very same ass-backwards state where twelve idiots voted to acquit a woman (who I wont give the satisfaction or publicity of naming), despite pretty compelling evidence of wrongdoing to the tune of criminal negligence at the least.
Alright alright, I know that I’m a little late to the game but this is a truly tragic tale. It’s the story about the murder of an unarmed adolescent at the hands of an adult with a firearm. 17-year-old Trayvan Martin (African-American) shot in the chest and killed on the night of February 26th, at the hands of George Zimmerman 28, as he was returning to a friends from the local 7-11. Trayvan had gone to buy snacks, much as you would expect any “teenager” to do. Understandably, this is a story which has swept and split the nation, about that age ol’ issue we can’t seem to outrun, or ignore, no matter how hard we try to…..RACE…. This case evokes such loud national outcry, near unanimous indignation, the likes of which we havent seen since the brutal murder and later public funeral of young Emmett Till. The Chicago youth murdered down in the Mississippi Delta while he was visiting family back in 1955.
Eerily Similar To Emmet Till
The Till case served as an epochal moment, beginning the “Movement” for many people. Pure, unabashed Southern racism and brutality on display for the whole world to see. Due to the good ole’ boys atmosphere filled with white indifference that “horse and pony show” trial, which resulted was all that a negro could hope to receive in the Jim Crow south ofde jure segregation.
No second shooter on the grassy knoll here, just George Zimmerman. A murderer by any reasoned understanding of the term, yet he was never even placed under arrest by the Sanford police department. They cited his claim that he acted in “self defense” as reasoning for the lack of such an arrest. According to Florida state law he acted within his rights as far as the Sanford Police Department‘s concerned. He’s licensed to carry a firearm, and he was only protecting himself…..(from the skittle toting boogeyman)….right? Now I don’t know about any of you but I’ve had enough personal encounters with police and watched enough late night Law & Order to know the cops never take the first story someone gives them as complete unwavering truth. Toss in the fact that this resulted in the loss of another human beings life and he should have at least spent the night in jail while they went over the evidence and his account of the events and made sure that “self defense” rang true. Perhaps then, it would have dawned on them that his whole account is either total bullshit, or he’s mentally unstable. I mean, completely insane, and I’m talkin bat-shit crazy here people. The “self defense” defense kinda goes out the window when you are the one chasing the other person as they are running away from you. You’re the one packin heat, trying to play hero and save your neighbors from the “black menace”, or whatever it is he convinced himself of. Next thing you know he’ll say the twinkies made him do it…. I only say black menace because the majority of the 40 something calls he placed to the police involved…[drumroll]….[ding.ding.ding] you guessed it! African Americans.
Trayvan Deserves Justice:
Initially I began to look into this somewhat skeptically. Assuming there stood good chance that it was being exaggerated and blown out of proportion. I was fully prepared to have to separate fact from fiction in determining my own judgement. All it took was one listen to the 911 tapes which were released. Nearly instantly, I felt the need to vomit. Its a taste that still clings between my cheeks unwilling to vacate until justice is served. Very clearly you can hear the young boy yelling, no screaming out for help in sheer terror in the background as someone called police. And then you hear the gunshot that ended his suddenly truncated life, cut all too short by a man who dispatchers told to leave it to authorities. Perhaps it is the fact that most Americans when confronted with the facts of this case (which are the same in any article you read about it) have a similar response gastric response to mine which has led the government to assure the public that it will make sure that due process is observed and justice served….. Assurances which hold absolutely no meaning on the 20th of March for a murder on the 26th of February.
Apparently Sanford Police didn’t get that administration or law enforcement memo, or the one from the rest of the world for that matter. You know, the one that said “these times they are a chaaaangin” to quote Dylan, or that we now live in the 21st century where blatant racism is no longer accepted or allowed. This case was closed in their eyes, had been for some time and would have stayed that way had the pesky media not gotten ahold of it. A fact which draws yet another eerie parallel to the death of young Mr. Till, way back when, in 1955. Were it not for the media coverage it received and the movement it helped to galvanize, it was just one of countless, instances of southern white justice being served in the eyes of white Mississippi‘ans. Nothin out of the ordinary.
I would just like to make clear that my post draws upon many of the articles recounting this horrible tragedy and is not taken specifically from one or the other. It is merely my reaction to this terrible event, based upon the resources I had at my disposal. I have tried to fairly give credit/track-baks where I was able.
- Trayvon Martin: “Why Are You Following Me?” (tinfoilhatman45.wordpress.com)
- Trayvon Martin: When “Suspicion” Leads to (Wrongful) Death (decadentdiva.wordpress.com)
- DOJ to investigate Trayvon Martin shooting (thehill.com)
- Trayvon Martin: Another Victim of “Stand Your Ground” Law (fidlerten.com)
- HUMAN RIGHTS Petition! Don’t Turn Your Eye. Fight for ALL RIGHTS!! (inthemixwithtre.wordpress.com)
- FBI, DOJ to launch investigation in murder of Trayvon Martin (twitchy.com)
- What If Trayvon Martin Was Standing HIS Ground? (candidobservation.wordpress.com)
- Lawrence O’Donnell Panel Condemns The Injustice In The Trayvon Martin Case (mediaite.com)
- Everything You Should Know About The Trayvon Martin Case (theshaunsays.com)
- Rev. Al Sharpton: Why race matters in the Trayvon Martin tragedy (thegrio.com)
- Why Trayvon Martin murder is not just a ‘black problem’ (thegrio.com)
- Justice Dept. Investigating Florida Killing After Outcry – New York Times (nytimes.com)
- Is Trayvon Martin this generation’s Emmett Till? (thegrio.com)
- Trayvon Martin is the modern-day Emmett Till (themoxiesophic.com)
- Rep. John Lewis Compares Death Of Trayvon Martin To 1955 Lynching Of Teen Emmett Till (mediaite.com)
- Modern Day Lynching:Trayvon Martin is Emmitt Till of our Generation (sammyscoops.wordpress.com)