Trayvon Martin: George Zimmerman’s defense
In defense of an indefensible act
Trayvon Martin was the one standing his ground
Well, now we know what George Zimmerman’s defense is going to be in the Trayvon Martin shooting. He is going to claim that Martin jumped him from behind and knocked him to the ground. The he beat him to a pulp and tried to take his gun. So, he had to shoot him. Am I the only on that this angers?
Trayvon Martin was a good student. No one ever remembers him being in a fight. He was not violent. Apparently, he smoked a little weed because that was why he was suspended. However, on the night in question, he became this raving lunatic who suddenly over-powered 250lb George Zimmerman with one punch. Martin only weighed 140lbs. Anyone who has ever studied boxing understands the problem with this defense. It does not matter that Zimmerman followed Martin and it does not matter that, according to his girlfriend, that Martin was scared of Zimmerman. All that matters is that, in Zimmerman’s eyes, Martin was a dangerous individual and reacted as such. So what I would like to do is change the scenario around a bit and have people tell me what they think.
Let’s make Trayvon a 17-year-old girl with blonde hair and blue eyes who decided to go to the store to get away from her family and call her boyfriend. She is on her way back when she sees a man in an SUV who pointedly, stops and stares at her. She tells her boyfriend that a strange man is watching her. Then she sees him get out of the car. Her boyfriend tells her to run. It is a different picture isn’t it? If Trayvon had been a girl, everything that he did would have been perfectly normal and had he been a white girl he could have run to any house and told them that a strange man was stalking him.
However, Trayvon was not a girl. He was an African-American male who told his girlfriend that he was not going to run. He eventually did, but Zimmerman continued to follow him and eventually caught up. Two things prevented Trayvon from running to the neighbors. One is that he was a male and his pride would not let him run at first. The second thing is that he was a black male in a hoodie and the neighbors were so scared that they would not even come out of their homes. So, he did what I would have done and turned to “Stand his Ground”, pun intended.
The only person who stood their ground that night was a scared 17-year-old kid who thought he was being stalked. I cannot imagine his fear. He did not know if he would be abducted or robbed. All he knew was this man was following him and he needed to get home. He never made it because Zimmerman confronted him. Trayvon is dead and Zimmerman is free because he can now rewrite what happened that night to fit existing stereotypes. JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON!