Skip to comments.What is really on trial in the Trayvon Martin murder case (Grab some wet-wipes)
Posted on 06/13/2013 6:47:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The case that shocked the nation, the Trayvon Martin murder case, has finally come to trial. The case has everything that intrigues, or is, America: xenophobia, race (or racism), guns, liberties debate and media hysteria.
It also has many of the conflictions that Americana brings about: self-defense, rights, free speech, public opinion, protest, fair trial, innocence before guilt, guilt before conviction, right-winged rhetoric, left-winged rhetoric, intelligent analysis, anti-intelligent debate, coherent prosecution, incoherent defense all making for what will be a highly watched trial.
Will Trayvons death be vindicated? Or will the gun culture rationalize social fear as an acceptable defense?
Will race, or media hype, take over the case? Will George Zimmerman get off for acting within the law (a weak law, but the law, nonetheless)?
The two real questions here are, did Zimmerman purposely exploit the law? And will he be able to receive a fair trial because of the taint all the noise has directed toward the case?
I know, some people dont think he deserves a fair trial. Vigilante justice has a rich history in the United States, and it mostly worked to the detriment of Black people (and Native Americans). We most certainly cant become part of the hang em politic, as we ended up on the wrong end of the noose more times than the nation ever cares to remember.
Without justice or justification. Just because. Just because justice never works because it undermines the justice system. George Zimmerman will not be convicted just because. The prosecution will have to prove he broke the law. Thats where things are going to get real fuzzy, because the law loves justice and justice loves the law.
The system is set up to uphold the law. A system that has never been perfect, but now works much of the time (the past 60 years), given the many external variables that tend to influence it. But lets face it, it is a stacked deck, and we know it.
Black people always have to worry about the system failing us, whether its in the 19th century, the 20th century or the 21st century. That is largely because the system is set up to fail us. The biases are built in the system, otherwise Blacks wouldnt be disproportionately convicted, or whites disproportionately exonerated in race cases, and make no mistake, the Trayvon Martin is a race case.
Thats why Black people celebrate so hard when they finally win one, which isnt often. They are the literal exceptions of that infamous moniker, beating the system.
In the Trayvon Martin case, George Zimmerman is poised to beat the system. Why do I say this? Because everybody and everything will be on trial, except George Zimmerman.
The stand your ground law is going to be put on trial, and the whole nation is watching because if it wins, it will be the law in all 50 states. Trayvon Martin, may God rest his soul, will be on trial, as the stereotype of the angry Black man, that maniacal, violence-craved, unpredictable beast of a human being, will be resurrected from the grave for the ga-zillionth time.
Though Trayvon Martin was just a boy, he will be cast as a beast in the making. His Skittles will be the weapon of choice and his hoodie will be his indictment. The system will have to work overtime to convict George Zimmerman. Heres why:
First, race. Everything in America is about race. The nation sees race in everything. Those who thought we were in a post-racial period in America (even Black people were saying that nonsense), only have to look at five years of the Obama presidency to see thats just not the case.
They will try to make this a black and white issue, though Zimmerman is Hispanic. He will play white in this trial. The jury will see more images of Trayvon Martin, in a hoodie, out of a hoodie, in a dehumanizing nature that we wont recognize who theyre talking about. Trayvon Martin will be put on trial from the grave.
Second, the law. The judge and the jury have the utmost respect for the law. If Zimmermans attorney can make a case that Zimmerman was only following the law, its a wrap. Never mind that Zimmerman fits the profile of your typical toy cop profile of some overzealous cop wannabe, on the prowl trying to impose their authority on somebody, looking for some action, code words for looking for a chance to shoot their gun.
Whether he confronted Martin or not, once he feared for his life, according to the law, he was allowed to stand his ground. Martin is not alive to testify, so his word and the cops word are the only things that will stand. Trouble for the prosecution.
Third, the intersection of guns and fear. Dont underestimate this with a largely white, or all, white jury. We dont know the composition yet since jury selection is still taking place but we can estimate what we think it will be. Then just ask yourself (or this jury) one question: What would I do if confronted by a Black male in a hoodie, knowing what society has said about black males. Combine that with the random shooting and the very highly polarized gun debate, where we found out that anybody, or anything, that goes up against guns will lose including Congress. So, his right to carry and his right to use his gun come into play.
Fourth, the jury. Finding and convincing a jury in Florida to go against the law and to go against their racial sensibilities, is a reach, plain and simple. You might find one, but it will be a needle in a haystack.
Fifth, media distortion. The media has distorted this case so badly that finding a jury that hasnt been tainted is a problem. Moreover, the prosecution still has to worry about the case being misreported, as many high profile cases are.
Where is Court TV when you need it? Thats what got Ray Lewis and O.J. off. Everybody tends to act right when the camera is in the courtroom. But in this instance, Court TV would put a human face on Zimmerman. Trouble.
In conclusion, the variables to a fair trial are many, but the conclusions as to how the case will be tried are few. The law is on trial, and Black men will be on trial (again). Zimmerman is the byproduct of the latest episode of America on Trial. Starring race, guns and fear.
Hopefully, justice for Trayvon will be fulfilled and the system will work in his favor.
Anyone who insists upon the use of logic, facts or evidence is racist.
I believe justice has already been delivered to Trayvon...
The writer is an idiot. And “confliction” isn’t a word.
Now it all makes sense.
Send him a kind word or two:
If the little bastard hadn’t been acting like a thug, he wouldn’t have been splattered all over the street.
This is a joke right?
Got Cynicism Much?
The right of every AA to do anything they damned well please with absolutely NO fear of retribution.
This idiot has a Ph.D.? And he’s so ignorant that he doesn’t even know that it’s NOT a stand-your-ground defense? Sheesh.
O’Mara chose to forego a pre-trial stand-your-ground dismissal hearing, and instead is basing Zimmerman’s defense on what the case actually is: One of traditional justified self-defense use of deadly force.
O’Mara is very sharp. He knew that a stand-your-ground hearing would have been very risky, especially since there was no guarantee of dismissal, and that they’d essentially have to give away their defense at that point.
Zimmerman should never even have been charged.
Let this writer stroll in a Washington Park neighborhood in Chicago at night. It won't be “social fear” that sends a chill down his spine when he realizes he's the only one the street who's not armed with a pistol, a knife or a box cutter.
Why is it, that when I read this sort of bilge, I daydream of societal breakdown, and how the author of said bilge, in the midst of the breakdown, cold, hungry and scared, realizes...too late, that they have been authors of their own .....sad...existence.
Let this writer stroll in a Washington Park neighborhood in Chicago at night. It won’t be social fear that sends a chill down his spine when he realizes he’s the only one the street who’s not armed with a pistol, a knife or a box cutter.
And they intend to use those weapons to rob , assault or kill him.
I just love these satire articles.
Must be all the conflictions.
Can’t read pap. Synthetic reasoning ...
Zimmerman’s defense team will be arguing he acted in self-defense, so stand your ground isn’t applicable. I stopped reading after the author displayed his ignorance.
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