Thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case

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First of all, Rest in peace Trayvon.

What are your thoughts on the Trayvon Martin verdict?

I’m a young black male. You look at the prison and death statistics, I realize that you too can be in this situation.

It pains me to know that this kid died, period. I’ve got a lot on my mind at the moment, so George Zimmerman, I’m going to get to you later. Growing up in a rough city many of the kids we grew up didn’t make it, and from all the ones I know personally, it was a black man that killed another black man.

There’s 4 boys I went to school with at some point that did not live long enough to make it through college. Drugs, dice game, a girl, and gang related. That’s the reason each of the four boys were shot and killed. I remember my first two times seeing an assault rifle, both of them took place at school. 1st of them was one of the seniors during practice went to his car and came back in the school with an AR, he stayed near the doorway then they ran and put it up. The second time, was in a homeland security class (yeah.. I know) where they had the SWAT Team come in and show off.

Kids… in high school. Trayvon age. Exposed.

It was always violence, just black on black. The different 17 year olds killing each other.  My heart pains equally for them all.

Now, back to the Zimmerman thing.

Wow.

Am I bothered? Yes

Am I surprised? No

Am I bothered that I’m not surprised? Yes

All the racists & hateful comments (from white and blacks)? disgust me

What is this country? I dont have an answer for that.

Am I strongly bothered that the media almost immediately tried to erase the headlines of this story with Glee? DEFINITELY

I knew Zimmy was getting off as soon as the jury “went back for clarification”… what that translates to is “looked for more loopholes”. And sure enough he walked.

The stage-play 12 Angry Men changed my views forever in relation to the legal system and judging of people period. If you haven’t seen it…

12 Angry Men is a 1957 American drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose.[3][4] Written and produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet, this trial film tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. In the United States, a verdict in most criminal trials by jury must be unanimous. The film is notable for its almost exclusive use of one set: with the exception of the film’s opening, which begins outside on the steps of the courthouse followed by the judge’s final instructions to the jury before retiring, a brief final scene on the courthouse steps, and two short scenes in an adjoining washroom, the entire movie takes place in the jury room. The total time spent outside of the jury room is three minutes out of the full 96 minutes of the movie.

12 Angry Men explores many techniques of consensus-building, and the difficulties encountered in the process, among a group of men whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict. Apart from two of the jurors swapping names while leaving the courthouse, no names are used in the film: the defendant is referred to as “the boy” and the witnesses as the “old man” and “the lady across the street”.

In 2007, 12 Angry Men was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.[5]

Source: Wikipedia (not the most valid source, but this is a blog not a term paper)

As lightskinned as I am, I know I’m black on the inside… especially in the court of law and corporate america. I’m talking a headlight out led to 5 guns drawn, car impounded, and 2 nights in jail. The system has proven this to me twice so far and almost a third time. I remember another street fight that could’ve ended 1 of two ways…. a. Me getting back in my car, and going home safely like a “punk ass b*tch” or b. Me trying to explain to a judge why I shot 3 white people… they were drunk, angry, I was out numbered, outsized… I’ll always and forever take my chances on a.

Sometimes it takes a bigger…wiser man to lose a fight.

The current record holder for…… nevermind… I started to make an OJ joke and realized how extremely distasteful that would be.

Back on topic…

So I see today my little cousin is talking about raising money to help the family bring a civil suit against Zimmerman. I can understand her intentions, but is it really worth it?

I’m not trying to knock the ambition or disrespect the effort, I just want to know. Why not just let the family be, let God handle the rest?

Give the money to the family just for the sake of giving it to them, not for them to turn around and go pay it all into the court system.

I assure you George will have his day of true judgement. That’s not our place as citizens or human beings to go back and try harder to change his verdict. You just live with it. Imagine if (not saying that he is or is not) but imagine if… he was truly innocent (not implying that he is) and the judicial system wasn’t as flawed as it appeared? Who are we to go back and put in our two cents?

Would you want angry people coming to your trial and throwing money against you and your case? These are just questions to ask yourself.

Honestly, what I feel the family needs is love, support, prayer, rest, and privacy.

The only thing they don’t need = Things that won’t bring their son back e.g. revenge, money, eye for an eye, to drag this any further.

It’s easy for me to say on the outside looking in, but I think we should leave the family to make their own decisions, do what they feel is best… and if it’s to take this thing all the way, then so be it.

I’m just a believer that God will handle it all. (Society handling it, is also part of God handling it).

When you hurt someone you hurt yourself. George Zimmerman took a life, and at the same time he gave his own life. It may not be easy to see now, but I assure you any form of life that he once knew is gone. Protected or not. “Comfortable” or not. Let God handle it.

We cant change the truth, change what really happened, we can’t bring Trayvon back. The only efforts that should be made are to prevent something like this from happening again, perhaps improvements to the legal system and gun control? Perhaps someone out there in the world thinking twice and saving a life? Perhaps a young black man not killing another young black man.

I take my hat off to all protesters and supporters. Do it from a place of love, not a place of hate.

As a young hoodie wearing black male and as your brother, I pray for you and your family Trayvon. Just know that while you were here on this earth you made a difference, your life was not taken in vain. We will be sure to make a difference. Blessings and may Trayvon rest in peace with the rest of our loved ones that are gone too soon.

6 thoughts on “Thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case”

  1. Why raise money? Because in the US you need money to affect change. For more info remember Citizens United vs. The U.S. Government. Another reason, BLACK PEOPLE talk a good game with marches and protest but never back it up with resources because we are short-sighted. For example we will buy new Jordans or iphones but won’t give money to the NAACP. Want to know who paid for Zimmermann’s defense? Private donors who believed in his case. Lets see if we step up with our pockets to voice our true disgust. Like she said on her FB page, “DON’T TALK ABOUT IT, BE ABOUT IT”.

    1. I agree with your statement that you need money to affect change.

      So let me ask this? What was the sense in us (Martin side) waiting until after it’s over to believe… to raise the funds.

      I guess my whole question is what purpose will it serve? Is this “really” justice?

  2. “The stage-play 12 Angry Men changed my views forever in relation to the legal system and judging of people period.”

    I was a juror in a trial of a black man who attacked his friend and wife with a knife. No one killed but the friend suffered wounds that disabled him for life. We found him guilty after getting a couple holdouts to accept that the evidence was overwhelming, well beyond reasonable doubt.

    Funny thing is one of the holdouts was a younger black man (the other was a white woman). After the trial we found out we were the 2nd jury – the first was a hung jury. The young black man was really upset about that, thinking maybe we had swayed him to find the man guilty. I have been there and seen a black not wanting to find a black guilty just because he was black.

    Please understand the evidence was beyond doubt – numerous eyewitnesses, physical evidence, testimony. It was not a question of facts. It was a question of being responsible for judging another person, and for this young man especially, judging another black man.

    Based on the reporting about the actual evidence in the trial I think if I had been on the jury I would have to have found Zimmerman not guilty based on reasonable doubt. Remember that “not guilty” doesn’t exactly mean “innocent.” What it really means is “reasonable doubt.” The idea is that it is better to let some guilty people go when you don’t have compelling evidence than to convict an innocent person on shaky evidence and hearsay.

    It is a fact that blacks have often not gotten a fair shake from the justice system. That is not helped by the culture of violence that many blacks seem to subscribe to. Had to say that. I don’t think many blacks are exactly innocent and that is backed by the statistics you mentioned in your post. Neither are all whites innocent. But I am pretty damn sure things are not going to get better as long as I feel I need to carry a Glock for self protection when visiting certain areas of my city predominantly frequented by blacks and hispanics.

    Personally I remember when the train station had a sign “Whites Only” over a water fountain. Been there and seen that. I watched Martin Luther’s “I have a dream” speech in real time on TV. I have seen huge changes in society. Back then white racism was really a problem. Today I think maybe the picture has changed and black racism seems to be one of the biggest problems.

    Just my view, unvarnished by political correctness.

    “I’m just a believer that God will handle it all. ”

    Me too.

    “The only efforts that should be made are to prevent something like this from happening again, perhaps improvements to the legal system and gun control?”

    The legal system functioned correctly until the Feds and Florida governor intervened. Based on the facts Zimmerman should never have been tried. It was a clear cut case of self defense based on the laws of Florida.

    The death was tragic, but no more tragic than the hundreds of young black men who have killed each other in Chicago so far this year. Why is it that the white liberals who were excited about the Zimmerman trial don’t really give a damn about that, kids in Chicago killing kids? The Zimmerman trial fits the white liberal Democratic narrative that is designed to keep blacks voting for them. But they don’t give a damn about blacks killing blacks because they will get the black votes anyway.

    Gun control is not the answer either. The problem is a social and cultural problem and white liberals who claim to want to help blacks are a large part of the problem, as are blacks stoked by race baiters like Al Sharpton.

    “So I see today my little cousin is talking about raising money to help the family bring a civil suit against Zimmerman.”

    From what I’ve heard the neighborhood association has probably settled and paid at least a million dollars to the family.

    lwk
    free2beinamerica2.wordpress.com

    1. Excellent response and very value added. Thankyou for sharing. I know that exact feeling of not wanting to condemn your own brother, but at the same time you realize that “I’m here on this earth making decisions just like you… and I have to face my own issues just like you”

      Why do we have such an excuse mindset? I don’t really know.

      I’m glad to hear that the association will be paying the family, an act of kindness I suppose.

  3. At the core it’s not about black men killing white, or black men killing black.. don’t buy into the racism argument, they WANT us to do that, to divide the justice on the lines of ‘me versus you’.. and the media will perpetuate this again and again, it’s easy to find the scapegoat in something and take it away from the real problem…. A MAN TOOK A MAN’S LIFE, and what kind of society we live in that makes it SO EASY, what sort of values form a foundation of such society????

    It’s about the fear that the two men carried within, met ‘in the dark alley’ of life, consumed by their preconceptions of what another is.. how easy it becomes to take out that gun and shoot, without thought or mercy.. fear drilled into people by institutions and culture.. yes, that’s the problem.

    The LIFE was taken. One human took the life of another human. Yes, he will leave with that for the rest of his life, that’s God (Self) punishment.

  4. “… how easy it becomes to take out that gun and shoot, without thought or mercy..”

    Actually it is a lot harder to kill than most people imagine. If Zimmerman is like the majority of humans beings he will suffer for the rest of his life and play the scenario over and over again in his mind and wish he had never got out of his car. The majority of people can’t kill without special training (which the military really started to refine in the Vietnam War) and are tormented by the memory for rest of their life.

    My cousin came back from the Army (didn’t serve in combat). One night a guy broke into his house with the apparent intent to murder both him and his girlfriend (she had been the other guys girlfriend before). He killed the man in self defense.

    There was never any talk of prosecuting him. The case was clear self defense. But my cousin could not live with it even though he knew both he and his girlfriend were still alive because he acted. A little while later he took his own life. Just could not live with it.

    One of the best books on the subject is “On Killing” by Dave Grossman. He studied killing in combat and his conclusions are often 180 degrees away from what most people think. He claims that only a small percent of people can kill with ease, usually sociopaths and on the other hand men who become very successful executives and politicians.

    “fear drilled into people by institutions and culture.. yes, that’s the problem.”

    I absolutely agree. There are lots of institutions, and most especially the media, who have their own narrative and try to pick the news and their interpretation of it and largely ignore everything else.

    Read a story the other day of a black man who killed a white boy in self defense, not entirely unlike the Zimmerman affair, but with the racial roles reversed. Was self defense and he was not tried in a court (which sounded perfect fair to me, given the facts that were presented).

    But yes, institutions and expectations are a big part of the problem. My view is that one of the institutions most responsible for destroying the black family and establishing the current sad situation is the Democratic Party. Republicans certainly have their problems, and very serious ones at that, but I don’t think they are largely responsible for the unintended consequences of generations of failed programs that in many ways have made things worse for blacks in the last 60 years or so – history that I have seen with my own eyes

    regards,

    lwk
    free2beinamerica2.wordpress.com

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