Okay, so before the verdict, and the ensuing deluge of blog posts about the trial and race relations, here’s my piece (piece of opinion, that is) on the Zimmerman/Martin thing. And first, let me stress that I am not one of those people who has been reading every article and transcripts of the trial on the internet, and my opinion comes from just what I have read and heard, which is by no means everything.
I think both Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin contributed to the events that happened that night. If what Martin’s friend, Rachel Jeantel claimed is true, and Martin referred to Zimmerman as some “creepy white dude” following him, does that not make him guilty of contributing to the “racial” cast of the situation? That said, IF Zimmerman thought the guy was dangerous, when he followed him (with a gun and against orders from police dispatch) he put himself in a situation where he may have had to “defend” himself. Zimmerman, IMO was looking to be deputy dog or something. And as to race and racial profiling, it DOES go both ways, and contrary to many may think, white people don’t automatically “get justice” if the crime is white on white. There is so much more to it (like money, for instance!)
The fact that this trial may result in a riot seems a bit ridiculous. People (ANY people of ANY color,creed, or race) can’t just riot every time a jury trial doesn’t go their way.
- OPINION | Sidestepping race in Zimmerman’s trial only puts a bandaid on America’s racial wound (tcdailyplanet.net)
- “I have a really bad feeling about the Zimmerman verdict.” (althouse.blogspot.com)
- Black Panthers Bussing Thousands To Florida (amresolution.com)