The George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin Murder Trial
I’m Just A Regular Person
I am just a regular person. I have no investment in this trial. I do not know either party. I am pretty neutral on gun rights. I have never been around guns to love them or hate them. I do not have children. I am just a regular person. I believe in god but I would not say I am a strictly religious person.
In the past year after the shooting if news about the shooting came on I listened to it but to say I followed the case closely would be wrong. Typically I am the type of person who does not pass judgement on others quickly and I usually believe the best in people.
So Why Did the Verdict Bother me so Much?
The verdict bothered me because I think it is terribly wrong. In my mind the whole case boils down to one fact. That fact is if there wasn’t racial profiling in this case on behalf of Mr. Zimmerman a young man would not be dead tonight, his parents would not have shattered lives and another’s life would not be ruined.
Even if you do not believe that this was a racial incident there still was profiling. George Zimmerman saw a young kid walking through his gated community with a hoody on (and probably those baggy low hanging pants with his boxers hanging out) and he jumped to the first conclusion that came to his mind. The kid didn’t belong in that neighborhood and was up to no good. Irregardless of his color of skin he was still profiling. No matter how you look at it. Had Trayvon been walking through that neighborhood in a suit and tie would anyone have questioned him? If he was a young girl would he have been suspicious of her? Profiling is racism.
The Sad Truth
The sad truth is that not many people could say that they haven’t profiled someone at some time in their life. It’s what you do after you jump to the profile in your mind that matters. How many times in your life have you met someone for the first time and jumped to the conclusion that you don’t really like that person only to find out that you jumped to the wrong conclusion and that person truly isn’t what your first impression led you to believe? It’s really the same thing as profiling but no one got hurt.
Had George Zimmerman stayed in his house and called the police and let them handle it would the situation have turned out differently? Of course it would. If Zimmerman had went out with an open mind and without a pre conceived notion that Trayvon was someplace he shouldn’t be would the situation have turned out differently? Probably. Even if Trayvon was defensive as most teens are at that age and used profanity towards Zimmerman would the situation have escalated as quickly as it did if Zimmerman hadn’t gone out there expecting there to have a problem with him. It might not have.
But we will never know. The question still remains that Zimmerman is an adult. At what point did he decide that turning back was not an option? If Trayvon had been only 16 would the jury have had a different verdict? I would bet yes.
As Americans When Do we Take Responsibility?
So when do we take responsibility for our actions? For our youth? When do we standup as Americans to treat people the right way? When do we stop the hatred, bigotry and racism?
The only way this will ever happen is one person at a time. If each one of us would do the things most Parent’s taught us when we were young it would make a big difference.
Treat people as you would like to be treated.
If you can’t say something nice than say nothing at all.
Don’t judge a book by its cover
As Americans we have the power to stop tolerating hatred, bigotry and racism of every kind. We just need to use our voices. How many times have you sat idolly by while your “friends” have had conversations that were about someone else. Whether they were making fun of someone’s color, religion, weight or sexual preference? Did you stop them? Or did you just sit back quietly and not say a word? Well, you may have felt that since you weren’t involved in the conversation you were not participating in the bigotry or racism. But by being silent and letting them continue to speak their hatred you in turn were just as bad as they are because you tolerated it to continue. Tolerance is condoning.
It is time for all of us to use these situations to teach our friends and family that are not as knowledgable about other cultures, religions or sexual preferences as we are. By speaking up and pointing out that hatred is wrong it will spark conversation and with this conversation we can begin to teach tolerance.
Will this be easy. No. Confrontation is never easy. But what makes it easier is standing up for what you believe. And if you can’t do that, than you can always walk away. But until each one of us uses our voice we will continue to breed hatred and racism and we are no better than them.
Innocent until proven guilty
So “they” say that George Zimmerman was deemed guilty before he had a trial before his peers. But I ask, wasn’t Trayvon Martin? George Zimmerman made himself his judge and jury.