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George Zimmerman: Let the Race Thing Rest and Look at the Forensics
As an African American, I am totally frustrated about the racial tension that has dominated this case. Focus on race has caused racists to crawl out of the woodwork and say horrible things about Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and their families. The racial comments take us there: politics, conservatives, liberals, Democratic, Republicans, Obama, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Can we look at the stream of information that is coming out and process it in a rational way?
Trayvon Martin, from all accounts, appears to be a regular high school kid. He dressed like other teenagers and probably sagged, like other teenagers. Trayvon smoked marijuana. Many, many teenagers, and preteens, smoke marijuana and the trend increases over the years. They come into the classroom “high.” Does he deserve to be mocked, ridiculed, and made to look like a horrible person? Contrary to racists’ belief that his family was on welfare, Trayvon’s mother is employed by the County where she resides. Tracy Martin, his father, is also employed.
George Zimmerman, based on the FBI’s findings, is not racist. He has black friends and mentors two black boys. It appears that he is very needy and wanted to “save the neighborhood.” Though many don’t want to admit it, his observation of Trayvon was based on a profile. According to George, there had been many burglaries by black people. The FBI report referenced a local gang called The Goons that wear hoodies. George Zimmerman had not seen Trayvon in the neighborhood before. Rather than continue to Target, George tracked Trayvon Martin.
Based on storylines in my favorite television shows, I believe police investigators have the sophisticated technology and mental acuity necessary to bring the truth to light. I believe DNA, timelines, forensic reports, witness accounts, George Zimmerman’s many statements, and other relevant information will be used to resolve this case. Major media are reporting information as the findings evolve. Many people don’t want to accept any information that doesn’t support their biased positions.
This is a tragedy all around. I hope excellent investigations will reveal what really happened on February 26 that caused the death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin.