Stand Your Ground. What does it mean?
Martin Bashir speaks some REAL! Thoughts? Comment below.
In the same state a Black woman was sentenced to 20 years. Is it fair that she shot, missed & gets 20 years, Zmmerman shot and killed and is free?
Trayvon Martin vs. Zimmerman
The Zimmerman case has reached an end. Black America, primarily, is in an uproar over the non guilty verdict. Understandably so but, this historical case has many prominent issues. It's about racial profiling, a man and a boy, the dysfunctional judidical system, and this faulty Stand Your Ground issue. Let me share with you my thoughts and feelings.
Zimmerman at best, is guilty of negligent use of a weapon even though to my knowledge he had no gun charges. Can we agree on that?
To me, this was not a Stand Your Ground case. Why do I say this? The neighborhood watch guy, Zimmerman, was told by authorities to stand down. The proof of this is in the recorded call placed to 911. This man may have been exaggerating when he made claims about Trayvon. Maybe if this call did NOT exist, standing his ground would have seemed more plausible to me. Read details of the law in which Zimmerman's defense was built on here:
Now, from what I understand of this law you don't have to retreat or make any call attempts to 911 before choosing to protect self. In this case, if and I strongly emphasize, Zimmerman had obeyed his superiors the local police in the beginning, his life would have never been in jeopardy and if Trayvon was indeed up to no good Zimmerman would have been safe inside his car, watching. Whose to say this young man wasn't in fear of his life when he sensed he was being followed. If I am true to myself I can admit that there is some chance this young man attacked the watchman but I do believe that this was out of his own fear. And he was a child. Media has shown images of this young boy doing typical young boy stuff. What kid hasn't taken a middle finger picture or two or three in these days? That does not make him a bad boy, thug or deserving to lose his life. Most kids are experiementing with drugs, aclohol and more so attempting to discredit Trayvon that way was really a low blow to an already tragic situation. Not condoning teen experiments with drug and alcohol but the point is that being an average teenager is not grounds for what took place that night. Furthermore, every young male is not equipped mentally to handle themselves in certain situations when they feel a threat. And, he was a boy. A real man of any color would have handled that boy like the child that he was, if in fact Trayvon was wrong. By handle I mean, take a belt off or throw him across your lap and whip his butt or square up with this young man and box him. To take his whole life away from was a bit extreme and rather bitchlike.
This world we live in is royaly screwed up, this we know. But what is the message being received by our youth today from the judicial system? Is it really okay for an adult man to shoot and kill a boy? The fact that Zimmerman's suspicions seem to be ignited by Trayvon's clothing is stereotypical profiling. The watchman had a decision to make and in an instant he chose wrong, period. Accident maybe but still is one that comes with consequence that this man was dissolved of, entirely. Our children are smart enough to recognize that their peer, Trayvon Martin did not receive his due just.
I welcome readers to share your thoughts and feelings regarding this matter as well. Interested to read your opinions.
Transcripts of the 911 call.