Skip to comments.Making Your Trayvon Martin Anger Worthwhile
Posted on 08/27/2013 1:15:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Times like these test the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.s powerful pronouncement that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Trayvon Martins shooting death by George Zimmermans gun, the difficulty with which he was brought to trial and his subsequent acquittal on all charges have justifiably generated a maelstrom of anger and confusion. These events clearly constitute a deep miscarriage of justice. What is less clear is whether this miscarriage operates only in an especially unmistakable corner of the realm of immorality, a place which is deeply unsatisfying for its formal unenforceability. The public outcry at every stage of this morbid saga has been a heartening reminder that Dr. Kings lifetime of sacrifice was not in vain the tradition he championed of collective civic action in the name of ameliorating injustice has clearly survived, as citizens continue to recognize that they must actively maintain whatever moral progress has been wrought in our nations tumultuous history.
But the moral universe is imprecisely monitored by the rigidity of the legal system. The same energetic activism which has forced this case into the national consciousness and galvanized a wide-ranging abstract discussion of morality must be turned toward more earthbound legal details. Reforming statute may lack the glamour and neat gratification of punishing a perceived bigot for his obviously evil deed. But failing to do so would mean squandering a unique opportunity to more closely align the moral and legal universes in order remove the ambiguity that ultimately sanctioned Zimmermans homicide. We will never know the exact sequence of events that precipitated the struggle culminating in Trayvons death. As the law stands, the way these events unfolded is crucial to assigning legal culpability despite Zimmermans own admission that he murdered the unarmed teenager. Reforming the law, then, rather than seeking to nail Zimmerman to a punishment that may not actually exist, is essential to achieving justice.
Stand Your Ground laws exist in various iterations in nearly half of the 50 states. Floridas criminal code holds that a person who is attacked has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself. The threat this law poses to justice is twofold: First, in privileging the shoot-first mentality which escalates conflicts everywhere the law stands, and second, in requiring juries to accommodate the unbelievable ambiguity SYG laws entail. Though we may never know in our heart of hearts how racist Zimmerman is, and punishing him for this suspected prejudice is (rightly) legally impossible, we do know that gun carriers like him in SYG states are emboldened by the knowledge that they can initiate, escalate and violently terminate conflicts. Thus, their version of the events will be the only surviving one if they have a true enough shot. Its far easier to convince a jury that you were in real danger when the only other interested party is dead.
Meanwhile, privately-held prejudices can be acted upon and embellished into legitimate sounding defenses when examined in the context of such a non-standard of justifiable violence. A recent Urban Institute study found that in states without SYG laws, black-on-white homicides were only found to be justified 1.2 percent of the time, while white-on-black homicides were justified in 11.4 percent of reviewed cases. The disparity grows in SYG states, where juries are called upon to make judgments on ambiguous criteria which are more susceptible to subjectively held preconceptions: Black-on-white homicides were found justified in 1.4 percent of cases (a statistically insignificant increase), while white-on-black justified homicides jumped almost 50 percent, to 16.9 percent of reviewed cases. As before, its impossible to prove that the racial disparity in homicides deemed justified is the result of juror bigotry. But to rely on such a subjective standard for determining culpability (what seems a reasonable threat of harm is different for different people) is to deny that consciously or subconsciously-held biases (racial, sexual, it doesnt matter) can pervert juror perception and fill in for evidence-based review. Abolishing SYG laws would remove this ambiguity.
The dense and tragic history of American racism starkly illustrates the fact that racial prejudices are deeply personal and widely social phenomena that cannot be comprehensively addressed by the law. But it is well within the responsibility of the law to eliminate ambiguities which give these deeply personal prejudices room to operate in the realm of legal permissibility. Earlier this month, Trayvons parents courageously recognized this by initiating a petition on Change.org calling on the governors of every state with SYG laws to review and amend them. Changing statute as controversial as SYG laws is slow work; powerful vested interests have screwed their considerable money and influence, if not their courage, to the sticking place. Adding your name to the list will be a crucial first step in bending the legal universe back toward the moral.
Sam Kuhn is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He may be reached at email@example.com. His column appears alternate Tuesdays this semester.
This kid must get paid by the word.
Sam Kuhn, to see racism, go look in the mirror.
They are confused because they are morons. They are angry because they are unthinking beasts.
City of Evil PING
Yes, they do. But not the way the writer seems to think.
Zimmerman should never have been charged in the first place.
The Media should not have distorted the appearances of the people involved in order to try to make this a racial issue. (how many people still think Trayvon was just this shiny faced smiling 13 year-old, instead of a 6 ft+ tatooed gangsta wannabe?
Media should not have blurred out Zimmerman's injuries to make it look as if he was unharmed in the incident.
Media neglected to report little Trayvon's unexplained possession of stolen jewelry and "burglar tools" in school.
So yes, there is a definite miscarriage of justice, perpetrated by the media and the race pimps in this country, who continue to double down on their once erroneous, now malicious (could one say "racist"?) deeds.
“Sam Kuhn is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.”
Soon to be found at Starbucks.
“They are confused because they are morons. They are angry because they are unthinking beasts.”
Wow. That would make a great tagline.
He smells more like an Obamacare Navigator, followed up with an entry-level community organizer gig at ACORN.
Soon to be found at Starbucks.
Which side of the counter?
What do SYG laws have to do with Trayvon Martin?
Actually, wasn’t he trying to “pound his ground” with George Zimmerman’s cranium?
Depends on whether he gets a job serving the coffee, or mopping the floors.
Cornell ought to be ashamed that it let this moron manage to make Senior.
But then, that’s not possible. Cornell is without shame.
The Stupidity and deliberate twisting of the facts ... It Burns!
He admitted to shooting Traydmark, but that isn’t necessarily murder, now is it? By the time George gets through suing all these miscreants, he should have no further financial worries.
Yet another “clinger”, still trying to keep the Martin vs Zimmerman story alive.
Hey dumb butt, IT’S OVER, MOVE ON.
This is an example of how academia protects and defends its corrupt regimes socialist/communist benefactors
Defendng distortions of an incident in Florida
of a black skinned multi-racial security guard doing his job in a gated low middle income multi-racial housing compound turned into major racial event including making the guard a target because it serves he regimes socialist agenda.
This essay has nothing to do with the actual event which happened in Florida but with regime’s agenda
Concrete is a deadly weapon when used against another’s skull. But you know that already, right?
He will be in the first wave that the blacks or the left will put against the wall, should their plans for anarchy come to pass... he is a leftist because he likes other men to pound his backside and he likes to bury his face in their laps.
Every response in the comments section attacked Kuhn for his egregious falsification i.e. lies about the Martin-Zimmerman case. Kuhn is just another hopeless liberal.
Since I can remember, about 50 years, the liberal intelligentsia has been covering and apologizing for the crimes of the black underclass. My fervent hope is that some day Kuhn gets to live around the black underclass. I believe he’d be rethinking a lot of his liberal thoughts.
I never wish ill on people; the only exception being people who put others at risk, as this guy does with his pathetic line of thinking.
The real world will hit this guy between the eyes someday, once he gets out from behind his college security.
I’m embarrassed for those who harbor such ‘anger and confusion’. They demonstrate how weak minded they are, that they can be led so easily. Can they not determine the facts themselves?
Trayvon Martins shooting death by George Zimmermans gun,
This writer is in college??
So Zimmerman’s gun went out and killed Martin? Why them was Zimmerman charged? Once you see this sentence you immediately understand gun grabber mentality is front and center.
Don’t they teach college kids what the term ‘murder’ means?
I am tired of them using this word to describe a self-defense which resulted in death for someone who is bashing your head against concrete.
Har. If only. "Moral universe". Doesn't that sound sweet?
And "justice". Another knee-slapper. This cretin's definition of 'justice' is kissing his brainwashed arse. He can burn in hell; him, and everyone who thinks like him.
Anger because they are children and must always get their way.
Confusion because they don't understand justice, beyond the slogan "No justice, no peace".
“Sam Kuhn is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences.”
Another white imbecile who will be living on EBT cards and section 8 housing. Let’s hope his liberal heart convinces him to move to the inner city where he can get down for the struggle with his black brothers. Then when they beat this useful idiot half to death, he will have served as my canary in the coal mine. At least then his stupid life will have served some useful purpose.
Actually, this kid is a student in the same college as from which Coulter graduated (Arts and Sciences).
Cornell University is made up of several colleges. Some of privately endowed and some are part of the SUNY system. This stems back from the days of the University’s founding when it was established as a “land grant” university (basically, an ag and tech school).
Coulter tends to claim that the “state” parts aren’t the “real” Cornell. Olbermann counters by pointing out that a student who graduates has the same Cornell degree regardless of which college of the university he attended.
Personally, I would say that Olbermann is correct, based on my own experience as a alum. Furthermore, and with a bit of irony, it should be noted that the “Ag school,” from which Olbermann graduated has at least a marginally more conservative study body than the “arts” school, from which Coulter attended.
Trayvon Martins shooting death by George Zimmermans gun
Bottom Line Up Front, nicely done!
have justifiably generated a maelstrom of anger and confusion.
So the beat-downs and killings of whites by blacks is justified in your post-pubescent Communist heart of hearts?
These events clearly constitute a deep miscarriage of justice.
Oh, bitch please - the only miscarriage here should have been from Sybrina Fulton - or your mom.
despite Zimmermans own admission that he murdered the unarmed teenager.
No, fool, GZ did not MURDER - he defended himself, and a jury said so. Therefore, you're talking out your ass.
Reforming statute may lack the glamour and neat gratification of punishing a perceived bigot for his obviously evil deed.
Kid, you are already prejudiced yourself, and you don't even hear yourself saying it!
Meanwhile, privately-held prejudices can be acted upon
Blacks do this every day. Do you know any blacks, kid? I rather doubt it...
Black-on-white homicides were found justified in 1.4 percent of cases (a statistically insignificant increase), while white-on-black justified homicides jumped almost 50 percent, to 16.9 percent of reviewed cases.
I don't suppose it would ever have occurred to you, that your OWN STATISTICS call you a fool? JUSTIFIED homicides means that in the eyes of the law, the white guy was NOT the perp.
Trayvons parents courageously recognized this by initiating a petition on Change.org
CHANGE.ORG!? And you have no idea what a tool you are...
a crucial first step in bending the legal universe back toward the moral.
I suppose a little protected red-diaper dweeb like yourself has no clue of what black "culture" is, other than what Oprah tells you. I suppose you're also a little "wigger" who thinks that listening to hiphop and speaking Ebonics will insulate you from the feral blacks' wrath?
Look, kid, when you are walking from a bus stop, and a feral black sticks a Glock-40 in your tit, curses you out for being white, and robs you of everything in your pockets and sticks the Glock in your penis while he frisks you for more...
Then you can talk to me about the right of self-defense. Until then, I don't give A TINKER'S DAMN what your Leftist professors are feeding you. Go to Hell, brat.
GZ is multi-racial. He mentors black kids. The author is the one who's prejudiced.
Let me guess, this idiot didn't watch the trial and only read a summary form the NAALCP.
GZ didn't initiate the attack, TM hid and jumped him while he was trying to get an address for the dispatcher.
Oh, I could have gone on, but my keyboard started smoldering...