Monday, April 2, 2012

Standing My Ground on Trayvon

Trayvon Martin didn't have to die. That's what makes his case that much harder to discuss and debate every day. From the very beginning I have tried everything to take race out of the equation because to me, George Zimmerman's race did not (and still does not) matter. He's white, he's Spanish, he's half and half, who cares? He's a man with a gun who shot and killed a teenager who he thought looked suspicious. He is a wanna be cop, a little boy trapped in a 28 year old's body, playing cops and robbers on a rainy night in Sanford. He wasn't going to let this "a**hole" get away. It matters not if Trayvon was 5 foot 3 or 6 foot 7. He is dead for no reason and Florida's self defense law does NOT apply in this case. We need to stop all the extra rhetoric and focus on the injustice at the heart of this case. Zimmerman should be arrested and prove his story in a court of law. Let a jury decide if he in fact was in fear for his life and was justified in pulling that trigger. (I can't imagine too many people equating fists to the bullets in a gun.) As one legal expert stated on CNN, "you have to match deadly force with deadly force". So if Trayvon got fed up with Zimmerman following him as he walked home with his Skittles and iced tea, and he turned around and argued with him, eventually punching him and getting the upper hand on him; does Zimmerman have a right to match his punches with a bullet to the chest? Probably not. Most likely not. Absolutely not! But this is what needs to be debated, everything else is a distraction from what Trayvon's parents and the memory of their son deserves. Arrest Zimmerman now. The foundation is set, the world is watching and we will not look away for a moment.