Friday, March 30, 2012

Trayvon Martin Killed for Brown Skin, Zimmerman Released for White Skin

Some thoughts about the Trayvon Martin case:

The issue in Trayvon's case is not "race" but skin color.  The killer's face is white.  The victim's face is Black.  That's what matters.

If Zimmerman's name had been "Sanchez" and he had had brown skin, Zimmerman would probably have been arrested and called "a member of an armed and dangerous neighborhood gang called the Neighborhood Watch." 

The reason it doesn't matter that Zimmerman is somewhat Hispanic is that Zimmerman's face is white and it is SKIN COLOR and not some amorphous and undefinable "race" that reigns supreme in America.  Let's not let fancy "racial" concepts distract us from the crucial obvious: the difference between white and brown skin.

Zimmerman should be arrested, charged and convicted because his story of having his head slammed against the pavement and of being repeatedly punched is proved false by the utter absence of bruises and his utterly relaxes demeanor and gait in the video of him entering the police station.  The mere fact that Zimmerman clearly lied about the circumstances of the shooting potentially disprove his self-defense claim, in the opinion of a reasonable juror.

After the terrible beating that Zimmerman says he suffered, why did he not request medical treatment or seek medical treatment after he was released? 

A blogger friend says evidence is coming forth to show that the police were part of an at least metaphorical corruption of justice, by intentionally disregarding facts and issues such as the above, while repressing evidence of Zimmerman's guilt.  As such, the investigation should go beyond Zimmerman to all those who sought to absolve him of guilt in an arguably clearly criminal killing. 

That would include perhaps least some of the police who responded and wrote false, misleading or incomplete reports; the police chief (who still has his job, although not in active status); the acting police chief who could order an arrest on the information being developed, the mayor and the prosecutor.  All of these parties and more have played some role in obvious lies being accepted as a defense in a murder case, because the murderer is white and the victim had brown skin and a hoodie.

The US Justice Department of the Zimmerman case must include an investigation of all those who failed to investigate, arrest, charge and prosecute Zimmerman, apparently because Zimmerman has white skin and his victim had brown skin.

I couldn't have summarized the issue more concisely than one Black blogger and civil rights activist has, as regards the Zimmerman color-aroused animosity reality:

...what was the basis of Zimmerman's suspicion? A young black man in a hoodie. What was the reason for no arrest? A young black man in a hoodie.

And, as that bloggers says, although Americans purportedly have a Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, Blacks are regularly shot dead simply because "I thought he had a gun."  If you can be shot dead for suspicion of being armed, then you clearly have no effective right to be armed.

Zimmerman is white, so he has a de facto right in America to ride around with a nine millimeter pistol and follow Black people whose presence in "his" neighborhood he deems undesirable.  He has a right, if his impunity stands, to shoot a Black man who posed no threat beyond a conceivable threat that Zimmerman sought out by zealously pursuing another person, a stranger, in the dark.

Anyone who relentlessly pursues a stranger in the dark, without announcing any reason for doing so, should feel afraid of the repercussions.  

Yet, white people are carefully taught in American society to fear Black people, particularly Black men, regardless of where we are or how we are dressed.  If whites can shoot us whenever they fear us, then they can shoot us whenever they see us, and they can seek us out to shoot us for fear of what we might do unless they seek us out, as Zimmerman claims he did. 

They can hunt us down and kill us in "self-defense" and "defense of another," even if they simply wake up in the morning with a generalized fear of Black people and decide to respond to that fear by seeking out and confronting Black people to see if their generalized fear becomes a fear of someone specific.