Saturday, March 31, 2012

Is it just a matter of race?

No parent should ever have to bury their child. Let alone having to deal with your son getting shot to death. As a parent I grieve for Trayvon Martin's parents. However, this case is screwed up!

First off, no neighborhood watch  person should be carrying a gun. That is asking for trouble. They volunteer to  watch the community and then report to police what is going on. Observation here is the key. Even the most staunch watch programs don't carry weapons. The Guardian Angels don't! Why did George Zimmerman?

Whatever happened, only a few know the truth. Zimmerman, Martin, and law enforcement are probably the only ones that know. Anyone else is just speculating. It bothers me that someone is killed and his shooter is not locked up. But it also bothers me that everyone is lynching this guy. Where you there that night? Did Zimmerman shoot him just because he was suspicious?  Did Martin come after Zimmerman? You were not there! You don't know.

Everything is conjecture. Sure Zimmerman fits the profile of a cop-wanna-be. A guy that feels he is above everyone else despite not getting that police job. Everyone knows these types. Thinks they are better than everyone else or thinks their judgement is better than yours. But is that George Zimmerman? I don't know, do you? Was he walking away then attacked?

Trayvon Martin. Was he an outstanding teen? Was he the model in well behavior? Or was he a brash teen? Could he have gotten mad and gone after Zimmerman? I've seen more than one or two teens let emotions get the better of them. Was this the case? We don't know. We do know that time is only fueling the fire.

The longer Zimmerman is out, the more troubling we feel. Notice, I said out, not free. He is by no means a free man. He is hiding for his own safety. What is Spike Lee and now Roseanne Barr thinking by tweeting his address? By doing so, you are encouraging vigilantism. That is just reckless and should be a crime as well.

So much is being made out of this being a race issue. The hoodie movement. Is it really? How do we know? It was dark out, it was raining. Someone you don't know is walking through your neighborhood, then running. You had a rash of burglaries in the community. Sounds to me like a suspicious person that happened to be black and wearing a hoodie.

Two facts that we know is Trayvon is dead and George Zimmerman killed him. Any other information we know are assumptions. Again, I believe that Zimmerman should not have carried a gun if he was a neighborhood  watch person. He pulled the trigger and I believe justice will be served. Whatever the outcome, Zimmerman will have to deal with this outcome for the rest of his life. But we, as a society, are  not the judge, jury, or executioner. Let it play out before we get the noose out to hang him!

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