Florida….Can They Do ANYTHING Right
I’m guessing the answer is ‘no’. Yep, I certainly am.
That’s three strikes for that state and they just got crossed off my list of Places to Visit Before I Die. They weren’t near the top of the list to begin with but I did think it might be nice. Not anymore.
From all stories and testimony this is how I understand George Zimmerman came to kill an unarmed teenager named Trayvon Martin;
George Zimmerman began the situation
George Zimmerman pursued the situation
George Zimmerman escalated the situation
Trayvon Martin died because of the situation
George Zimmerman gets to claim….Self-Defense?
Since when does the aggressor and the bully get to claim self-defense? Since when does anyone get to start a situation and then say ‘I was just defending myself’.
If Trayvon Martin had been armed or if he walked up to George Zimmerman out of the blue and acted aggressively I might be able to see the Jury’s warped point of view. But he wasn’t and he didn’t.
Trayvon Martin was tracked by an armed man with no power or authority whatsoever for doing nothing more than walking down the street at night. He ended up dead but that’s ok in the eyes of the Not-So-Great State of Florida. That’s ‘self-defense’ and ‘standing your ground’. Yeah. Right. Sounds more like justification to fire off your guns knowing you’ll never pay a penalty for the innocent life you take. Sounds more like the frickin’ Wild West than a Civilized Society.
It’s mind boggling. It’s disheartening. But it’s Florida, which is now sorta like saying, ‘it’s Texas’. That’s the excuse for the behavior in and of itself. We also use that excuse for New Jersey and California. (Sorry Karen, Freddie, Texxie, Kristina, Cathy, Liz, and anyone else I may have forgotten.) Difference there is I will still visit New Jersey and California.
I’m not one of those people who lowered this whole issue to race but now I do wonder; if George Zimmerman shot Travis Martin….would the verdict be the same? How about if he wasn’t ‘Zimmerman’ (they’re always telling me he’s 1/2 Hispanic) what is he was Jorge Rodriguez who shot Travis Martin? Still the same verdict?
I don’t know anymore.
My world’s getting smaller, did you know that? Yep, the places I can visit, the places I can shop, even the restaurants I can eat at….the lists are dwindling. Bummer.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, and unfortunately it looks like I’ll have to say it until the day I die; You REALLY CAN get killed just for livin’ in your American Skin. And nobody will give a shit.