Of Hoodies and Skittles

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2013/07/12 by seanmiller12

Jurors are expected to deliberate, later today, Friday. Zimmerman’s defense attorney said, “It hasn’t been proven. It’s just not there. You can’t fill in the gaps. You can’t connect the dots. You’re not allowed to.” You’re not allowed to think. You’re not allowed to remember the obvious. Trayvon Martin was walking home, with a bag of Skittles in his hand. He had just come from a convenience store, where he paid for the Skittles. He was a teenager. He wore a hooded sweatshirt, like all teenagers. Except for the Skittles, he was unarmed. He was just walking. Sounds innocent enough, a teenager, wearing the normal teenager’s uniform, eating skittles. He probably wore jeans and sneakers, too. He was probably oblivious to his surroundings. Most teenagers are.

He was an easy mark for a predator. He just came from a store. He had a bag in his hand. He probably had money in his pockets. Obliviously ambling along, carrying a bag full of candy, on his way home from a local convenience store, a teenager, dressed like a teenager, would appear about as criminal as a toddler, spastically stumbling along the pavement. Toddlers and teenagers have something in common. They are both children.

Rather than being aggressively approached by a thief, demanding his wallet, as often happens to persons just walking along, not paying attention to their surroundings, Trayvon Martin was approached by a thief, prepared to take his life, instead. “You can’t connect the dots?” Sorry, the dots are too obvious as to not be connected. Who had the gun? Who initiated contact? It wasn’t Trayvon Martin. It was George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was the aggressor. Martin was the target. Zimmerman attacked Martin, and Martin, allegedly fought back. Florida has a ‘stand your ground law‘. This has been key in Zimmerman’s defense. Zimmerman broke no law. He was just ‘standing his ground’. Isn’t that what Trayvon Martin was doing, standing his ground? It seems obvious, that someone who is walking in a public place, minding his own business, when approached by an aggressor, has a right to ‘stand his ground’. Do not American citizens, anyone in this country, regardless of national origin, have the right to be secure in their persons? Martin was aggressively approached by a man, who carried a gun, a man with an attitude. He resisted. For that, he died. Zimmerman stated, he assumed Martin was a bad guy. He assumed. Why did Zimmerman assume such a thing? Did he have probable cause? Oh, I forgot. He did have probable cause. Something the court has been trying to overlook, Trayvon Martin was ‘walking while black’.



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