Walking while black

skittles

Let’s be realistic.  We know who had the injuries; we know who didn’t.  It was a sad and tragic affair, but Trayvon Martin did in fact cause his own death, and this man should not face the jury any longer than he has already.
–Mark O’Mara, defense attorney for George Zimmerman, arguing for a judgment of acquittal

Well, there’s a lot in these few short sentences, isn’t there?

First, let’s be realistic.  Because everybody knows that only white people can be realistic.  Or rational.  Or objective.  Everybody else?  Well, we have an agenda.

We know who had the injuries; we know who didn’t.  Yeah, I guess death doesn’t count as an injury.

It was a sad and tragic affair that just kind of happened.

but Trayvon Martin did in fact cause his own death … by walking around looking suspicious.  By not being a choir boy.  By being a young black male.  By being presumed to have been the aggressor when he encountered a white man with a gun.

and this man should not face the jury any longer than he has already.  Because he had injuries and he didn’t cause Trayvon Martin’s death.  Because his life should not be inconvenienced.  Because he has suffered enough.

I guess I just can’t imagine any scenario in which Martin and Zimmerman scuffled.  If Martin did in fact punch Zimmerman repeatedly, wouldn’t he have injuries to his hands and blood on his clothing?  People who don’t fight (and often even people who do) typically end up with busted hands, cuts, scrapes and even broken fingers from fist fights.  The head is a big hard object, and landing a bare fist on it with any force hurts.

Plus head wounds bleed like you wouldn’t believe.

A more likely scenario would be one in which Zimmerman threatened Martin with the gun.  In which Martin was the one who feared for his life.

But black kids with skittles or sleeping on couches are more dangerous than white men with guns.  And now they are dead.

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