Skip to comments.Zimmerman was Florida’s racist road ‘drone’!: Cleared of Murder on Significant 150th Anniversary
Posted on 07/28/2013 1:23:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
"Sometimes, racial prejudice is like a hair across your cheek. You cant see it, you cant find it with your fingers, but you keep brushing at it because the feel of it is irritating."
- Marian Anderson interview, Ladies Home Journal (1960)
There was a "sly inversion at work in the references to lynch mobs and riots", one that took George Zimmermans acquittal [on the charge of murdering 17-year-old black American Trayvon Martin] "and expanded it to all of American history," noted William Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut.
Cobbs point: America has a long history of lynchings, but it "wasnt one in which non-black defendants needed to fear the fury of black mobs."
At some point in the Zimmerman-Martin saga, said Cobb, it became a truism in certain quarters that a not-guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial would be greeted by fire, chaos, and mob violence. "This idea has apparently survived the almost completely peaceful protests over the verdict that actually took place. This faulty narrative of impending doom yielded to an equally inaccurate story of doom narrowly averted."
Amplifying the irony was the fact that the verdict was announced on July 13, 2013 the 150th anniversary of the Civil War draft-resisters riots in New York City, in which white mobs pursued and killed blacks on the streets and burned a black orphanage to the ground.
"Americas past is populated with similar rioters, driven by a desire to eliminate black voting, to discipline purported black criminals en masse, to veto school integration at the grassroots level," wrote Cobb. "We scarcely discuss them and would like to believe that they have no bearing upon the present. The mass uprisings that followed the Rodney King verdict and Martin Luther Kings assassination remain lodged in public memory. The riots to prevent busing and punish blacks who wandered into white neighborhoods do not."
The popular narrative, however, presented whites as the primary victims of racism, noted Cobb. "Its not solely a matter of historical revisionism its also contemporary revisionism reflecting a skewed perspective on the events in Sanford, Florida, and what followed them. Thousands of people gathered without hostility in cities across the country last year to ask that Zimmerman be arrested, and that the justice system be given a real chance to work. They sought legal redress, not bloodletting."
The most deeply saddening aspect of the entire affair, in Cobbs view, was that from the outset throughout the forty-four days it took for there to be an arrest, and then in the sixteen months it took to for the case to come to trial there remained a nagging suspicion that it would culminate in disappointment. "Call this historical profiling."
"The most damning element here is not that George Zimmerman was found not guilty: its the bitter knowledge that Trayvon Martin was found guilty." During the cross-examination of Martins mother, the defence attorney asked if she was avoiding the idea that her son had done something to cause his own death. At the defences table, and in the precincts far beyond it, there was a sense that Zimmerman was indeed the victim.
The defense attorneys query to Martins mum seemed to echo a criticism that has been circulating long before Martin and Zimmerman first encountered each other, and which goes something like this: Thousands of black boys die at the hands of other African Americans each year, but the black community becomes concerned only when those deaths are caused by whites.
"Its an appealing argument, but is simplistic and obtuse," commented Cobb. "The added quotient of outrage stems not from the belief that a white murderer is somehow worse than a black one but from the knowledge that race determines whether fear, history, and public sentiment offer that killer a usable alibi."
To be black at times like this, said Cobb, was to see current events on a real-time ticker, a Dow Jones average measuring the quality of ones citizenship. "Trayvon Martins death is an American tragedy, but it will mainly be understood as an African-American one. That it occurred in a country that elected and re-elected a black President doesnt diminish the despair this verdict inspires, it intensifies it.
"We can understand the verdict to mean validation for the idea that the actions Zimmerman took that night were those of a reasonable man, that the conclusions he drew were sound, and that a black teen-ager can be considered armed any time he is walking down a paved street. Theres fear that the verdict will embolden vigilantes, but that need not be the concern: history has already done that."
Bruce Jackson, author of Law and Disorder: Criminal Justice in America, noted that issues of race which were central to most peoples perception of what happened in Florida, were excluded from the trial by order of the Judge. So was discussion of Floridas Stand Your Ground law, which permits people to shoot other people they feel threatened by [rather than doing everything they can to get out of the situation first] was also excluded from court testimony. "Many people correctly, I think consider the Stand Your Ground law a racial hunting license," wrote Jackson. The New York Times, perhaps mischievously, quoted Texas Gov. Rick Perry saying: "I think our justice system is colourblind." [Perrys blindness is unquestionably total, but only to the truth.]
In Jacksons view, the basic question the prosecutors could never pose to the jury was: Had Trayvon Martin been a blonde white boy on the way home with a bag of goodies, would Zimmerman have thought him worth tracking in the first place?
Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut posed another question: "What was Zimmerman doing in his Honda Ridgeline, driving around Sanford, Florida? Looking for trouble? If Trayvon Martin had been wearing a suit and driving a BMW, Zimmerman would have resented him envy refracted through an enduring sense of racial hierarchy. That is why so many wealthy African Americans in fancy cars find themselves being unduly pulled over by white police officers just checking, I suppose, if the car has been stolen.
"But Martin, age 17, had on a hoodie, which doesnt evoke resentment for the racist consciousness only a strange mixture of fear and anger. But the racist consciousness does not experience fear without anger it is the latter that forces him to go on the hunt. He had to get the target. Zimmerman forced the confrontation, held out the gun and pulled the trigger. That is beyond question. What he did had been legally sanctified by the State of Florida.
"Zimmerman was Floridas domestic drone, hovering around in his Ridgeline, looking for the bad guys, asking the home base in this case the local police station for permission to engage and then going in for the kill. Nothing he had done from the minute he began to stalk Martin was illegal, just as nothing is illegal to the drone operators as they set their Reapers into flight and let loose their Hellfire missiles on some unsuspecting bad guys who are en route to a wedding or just going out to get some kebabs on the ridge."
Though mainstream media claimed race did not play a role in the trial, a 17-year-old kid is dead because being young, Black, and male, and wearing a hoodie in the rain is a crime punishable by death in The Indispensable Nation.
Consider the source — what the hell does he know abjout anything a world away???
Sure, whatever you say.
Lots of ironies here. The author talks about whites lynching blacks yet Zimmerman was the victim of a liberal lynch mob primarily driven by black racists who tried to railroad an innocent man. They finally got a cowardly Governor Scott to appoint a rogue prosecutor to railroad Zimmerman after local authorities rightfully ruled that the evidence was overwhelming that Zimmerman killed Martin in self defense.
Despite a corrupt liberal media and a biased judge, the jury found Zim not guilty based on the evidence. Yet the National Liberal Lynch mob has not given up as evidenced by this article.
Sometimes, racial prejudice is like an appendix that you had removed thirty years ago. If you stopped obsessing on it, everyone would forget about it.
It is somewhat ironic that nearly 150 years after hundreds of thousands of Americans gave their lives to end slavery, we’re still having this debate and not one word of gratitude.
Oh please, there have been a billion words of gratitude since the civil war.
Zimmerman was the only one with any injuries other than an abrasion on Martin's hand and the fatal gunshot wound.
Martin is known to have been into fighting, and said of one opponent he fought that he didn't bleed enough for him, only from his nose, and that he was going to fight him again and make him bleed worse.
Martin is known to have been a problem kid who had missed 53 days of school and counting.
Martin was seen on top of Zimmerman, pounding him with his fists.
Martin was the one who used racially-charged language, not Zimmerman.
Martin had the chance to go on home. It's obvious he wanted a confrontation. If he hadn't, he would've gone on home. He had sufficient time to make it home if that had been his goal.
Zimmerman said he didn't initiate the confrontation, that Martin attacked him. And he passed a lie-detector test with flying colors while saying it.
So yeah, Trayvon Martin's been found guilty. Duh.
Comment from fenria14 2:56 PM CST
You know what, blacks, I’m going to be completely honest with you. As a white woman, I’m scared of you. Blacks have tried to carjack me four separate times, tried to rob me, have beaten me up, been unbelievably mean, racist, and cruel to me, been horrible to my friends, have attacked my friends physically, and have robbed my father right in front of me, and this is just the short list.
With my personal experiences and national crime statistics put together, yeah, you’re darn right I’m looking to live as far away from you guys as possible, as most whites are these days, but are too afraid to come out and say it. Yeah, I don’t want my white son to grow up around you guys. No, I don’t find your rap music and gangster culture to be enjoyable or enlightening. I find it to be absolutely disgusting and horrible. The very worst that society has to offer. In fact, a society destroyer.
I find you people to be violent, dangerous, always looking for a fight, sullen, angry, never courteous, quick to anger, and totally unable to accept even the mildest constructive criticism. The problem is yours, not mine. No one is looking to move away from me.
Not from the people I’m expecting it from...
As for GZ....if the head was bleeding,you must acquit.
Or something like that
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