Posted by bad_luck on 7/16/2013 11:41:00 AM (view original):
Posted by silentpadna on 7/16/2013 11:15:00 AM (view original):Purely my opinion, no evidence.
Posted by bad_luck on 7/16/2013 11:10:00 AM (view original):What actual evidence do you have that is was obvious racism? Unless, of course, you are talking about the media outlets being racist (especially NBC that edited the 911 tape to make it LOOK like racism).
Posted by tecwrg on 7/16/2013 11:06:00 AM (view original):Ignoring obvious racism doesn't help us move forward in combating racism.
Blame the media. Racism makes for a good story, and makes money for the media outlets.
This should NOT have been a national story. If the story was "adult man accused of shooting unarmed teenage boy", it very likely would not have been publicized outside of the community in which it occurred. But once the media decides to embellish it as "white man (actually Hispanic, but white makes for a much better story) shoots unarmed black teenager", it takes on a much different feeling. Emotions are inflamed, sides are taken, and racial divisiveness rules the day. And that is a story that sells.
How does that help to curb racist attitudes in this country? I don't believe it does; it just continues to propagate racial divisiveness, an attitude of "us against them". It's very sad to me that in 2013, we're unable to move forward in combating racism.
I'm not saying racism wasn't involved, but if is "obvious" to you, how do you know specifically?
I think Zimmerman followed Martin because Martin was black. That's racism, whether or not Zimmerman hates black people.
I think the Florida law is terrible. It allowed Zimmerman to (credit John Oliver):
Get a gun. Follow an unarmed minor.
Call the police. Have them explicitly tell you to stop following him.
Then choose to ignore that. Keep following the minor.
Get into a confrontation with him and then, if at any point you get scared, you can shoot the minor to death and the state of Florida will say, "well look, you did what you could."
I think the jury was able to relate to Zimmerman's fear of a black person and had an easier time finding him not guilty. When other juries in Florida have returned guilty verdicts in much clearer cases of self defense, see Marissa Alexander
It's not KKK, out-to-lynch-a-black-kid racism. It's systematic, subtle racism and it allowed this trial to be about the fear of an unknown black person instead of the murder of an unarmed teenager.
Again, all just my opinion, no actual evidence.
Maybe it's not a great idea to offer your "opinion, no actual evidence" as fact.
Seriously, that's the kind of attitude that just propagates racist attitudes in this country. People are quick to jump on the "RACIST!!!!" bandwagon without knowing (or often even caring about) the facts. And that is fueled by the media.
IIRC, the Trayvon Martin story was already national news before the body was cold, and people were calling for Zimmerman's head in the name of "JUSTICE!!!" without knowing a single ******* fact about what did or didn't happen. George Zimmerman was guilty of a racially motivated crime in the court of public opinion before the kid was buried.
I'll be the first to admit, I didn't care to follow this case or this trial beyond the unavoidable "in your face" coverage plastered all over the evening news and CNN.com. For all I know, George Zimmerman may have had "I HATE N*****S" tatooed in four inch letters across his chest. But unless and until you know any facts about what happened and why it happened, crying "RACIST!!!" does a hell of a lot more harm than good. It inflames people and creates divisiveness, quite possibly for no supported reason.