With the swirl of controversy around the shooting of young Trayvon Martin, I’ve decided to put together an episode to voice my humble opinion on this very unusual case that’s been all over the news for the last couple of weeks. It’s always a tragedy when someone is shot and killed, no matter the type of person or situation. I can defintely understand the pain and anguish of the parents, I mean, I couldn’t imagine losing my children. No one should have to endure the death of a child. But I do think the idea of this being a hate crime is a bit misguided and premature. However, I find it curious, that there has been a lack of an investigation into Mr. Zimmerman. If someone were shot in your neighborhood, do you think the police in your town would handle it in the same manner? It’s a scary thought.
To the group offering money for the “capture”, of George Zimmerman, stop. Not only is this proposal a dangerous one, it’s counterproductive. You know some fucking yahoo is gonna try and kill the guy, which won’t bring Trayvon back. And Spike Lee should be ashamed of himself. Without knowing anything about the case, he tweeted the supposed address of George Zimmerman. Not only did he get it wrong and put an innocent couple in danger, he violated their privacy and made their lives extremely difficult. And no amount of money can take that away. What would he have done if these people had been hurt by overzealous assholes looking for some kind of twisted sense of justice? And furthermore, could you imagine the shitstorm that would have followed someone tweeting Spike Lee’s address?
Now about the whole background thing. According to the information released, Trayvon Martin was no saint, although I can’t think of anyone qualified to judge him. Like most kids, he made poor decisions, a lot of them. It comes with the territory as you grow up. You can learn quite a bit from trial and error. Does it justify shooting him for walking through a gated community with a green tea and some skittles? It’s also been reported that George Zimmerman isn’t exactly a model citizen, having had a prior run-in with the authorities, being arrested for obstructing justice and resisting an officer with violence. An arrest resulting in a misdemeanor charge as well as an ordered anger management class. Does that make him automatically guilty? I’d have to say no on both counts. I’m no investigator, but from the information I’ve been able to acquire, this is what I think happened.
The same thing that happens when you corner a cat. The cat strikes out at you. Although he should have known better, I think George Zimmerman bit off more than he could chew. With the hero complex on his back, he walked up on that young man looking for some action. Instead of just observing and reporting as he should have been doing, and against the advice of the 911 operator, he confronted Trayvon. I think he scared Trayvon, and Trayvon attacked him, thinking his own life was in danger, after all, Zimmerman had a gun, Trayvon didn’t. And when that young man turned the tables and got the best of him, he panicked and shot him. Though I don’t think when he woke up that morning, he could imagine himself in the predicament he found later that day. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t looking to kill anyone.
Although all this remains to be seen, because the district attorney won’t do what’s necessary to get to the bottom of this case. You want to know where your protests should be aimed at? Try the D.A.’s office. How about the mayor? It would suck to have to bring this up during the next elections. And this is for all interested parties. Your objective isn’t that far apart. For those of you, who mourn the loss of Trayvon Martin and seek justice for his premature death, use your civic power and your common sense. Don’t let your emotions turn this into a total fiasco. No more outbursts, no more witch hunts. It’s a poor way to honor his memory. And for the friends and supporters of Mr. Zimmerman, you should want the same. You should want a thorough investigation of the facts of this case to prove the innocence of your friend. Let’s come together and push the authorities to find one thing that’s been eluding us for a month now….justice.
The randomonium tip of the day is: I think the days of holding signs and chanting are dated. There are so many other ways to effectively get things done in our society today. With the wealth of information and means of communication we have access to now, we just have to find the resolve to do what we know needs to be done.
But that’s just my opinion. I hope I have been able to enlighten or at least piss you off enough to compel you to take action. Come back if you liked this commentary, but especially if you didn’t. This was a special edition of Randomonium, good night.