What Part Of George Zimmerman’s Story Am I Missing?

May 24, 2012

I have been thinking about this a lot, and, as near as I can tell, George Zimmerman followed a kid after the police told him to stop. He engaged the kid and said kid is now dead. What am I missing? Under what circumstance is Zimmerman not guilty? If you initiate contact unwillingly with someone else, and it goes bad, how is that not your fault? If he would have left Trayvon Martin alone, there is no scenario where either party would have been injured, correct?

To me, that’s the end of the story. Well, the kid was a criminal. OK, that’s what police are for. Well, Zimmerman was just trying to keep his neighborhood safe. Good job Zim! You did the right thing in calling the cops. But when they told you to leave him alone, you blew it. Yeah but Trayvon beat the crap out of Zimmerman. 3 things. Again, don’t follow him and he doesn’t beat you. Two, if you are going to confront someone, you should have at least some basic skills in handling yourself. Three, if you have a gun, or are attacking me, I will do everything in my power to hurt you. It’s human survival.

Well TL, this kid Martin was a druggie, thieving, scumbag and Zimmerman just made the streets safer. This is probably the most ridiculous of all of the arguments. Zimmerman had no idea who Martin was on that day and his own bias and prejudice initiated the entire mess. This leads directly to the “I hate ni**ers” line of thinking. While that line of thinking is alive and well in some people, it does not help ion a situation like this. Is Zimmerman a racist? Who cares? Just like I don’t care about what type of person Martin was as it relates to this crime.

In the end, these paths should have never crossed. Only one person is responsible for the interaction, (again, against police advice), and that is Zimmerman. While I much better understand an argument being made for the degree of the penalty, this guy is no doubt guilty. What’s a human life worth? Is it worth less in a hoody or if the person is young? Or black?

Help me understand why Zimmerman should walk in this case. I really don’t see it.