FLORIDA, July 18, 2013 — On Wednesday, Communities writer Charles Badger wrote about his views on the twenty most hypocritical statements made regarding George Zimmerman’s trial.
The article was heavily skewed toward Trayvon Martin, but a refreshing read nonetheless. It inspired thoughts about what many others have said regarding Zimmerman, Martin, the latter’s fatal shooting, and the former’s all-too-publicized trial.
Many of these statements are so outlandish that they seemingly rebut themselves, especially if hard evidence is considered. Nonetheless, a rundown of them can never hurt, nor can their fact-based rebuttals.
1. “Trayvon Martin was shot because he’s black!”
Lat year, the FBI conducted an investigation to determine whether or not Zimmerman was racist. Despite interviewing over thirty people, the agency could find no evidence to support this idea.
2. “George Zimmerman stalked Trayvon!”
Stalking is a crime in Florida, as with most other places. In the Sanford Police Department’s investigation of the Martin shooting, no evidence was found which gave credence to the notion that Zimmerman was a stalker.
3. “Trayvon was a great kid who didn’t have problems with anybody!”
Text messages sent by Martin, a seventeen-year-old, reveal that the young man discussed obtaining firearms, handling marijuana, and was kicked out of home by his mother in Miami due to behavioral issues. The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department had enough evidence to charge Martin with drug-related activity, but chose not to because it did not want more black youth in the corrections system.
4. “Zimmerman shouldn’t have been carrying a gun!”
Zimmerman was, and still is, licensed to carry a firearm in Florida. So long as he does not break any applicable laws, he is free to be armed — even on the streets of his own neighborhood.
5. “Trayvon had every right to pound Zimmerman since the kid felt threatened!”
There is no proof that Martin ever feared for his life. As a matter of fact, he was in far better shape than Zimmerman and therefore more well-prepared for a fight. What the evidence does indicate is that Martin sought out a confrontation with Zimmmerman, got what he wanted, and this cost him his life.
6. “Zimmerman had no right to leave his truck!”
There were and are no laws to prohibit Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, from doing exactly this. Should he have followed Martin? The police dispatcher suggested that the SPD didn’t need him to do this, but a suggestion is exactly that.
7. “Trayvon was murdered and nobody cares!”
Zimmerman has been acquitted of any wrongdoing in the death of Martin, even though so-called journalists, social activists, religious figures, celebrities, and others were agitating for a conviction. The reason that there was no conviction is simple: There was not enough proof to secure one.
8. “Zimmerman got away from punishment and now he’s living the good life!”
Zimmerman will never be able to live as a normal person would after this charade. He will have to worry about thugs administering “street justice” for the next several years, if not the rest of his life. It seems that he either has been or will be run out of Florida, the state he moved to in order to begin his career as an insurance agent, as well as the place his parents retired to. This is no happy ending by any sane definition.
9. “Trayvon didn’t hurt Zimmerman all that bad!”
Evidence indicates that the stronger and more agile Martin was repeatedly slamming Zimmerman’s head into a concrete sidewalk. After a short period of time, such a thing will either result in death or serious brain damage. Had Zimmerman not shot Martin, then it is all but certain that Martin would be sitting in prison right now.
10. “Zimmerman was a white man who used his white privilege to kill a black kid in a country dominated by white supremacy!”
Zimmerman is multiracial; his father is of German background and his mother is Peruvian with some black ancestry. Martin was black, of course. However, the fact that black social activists and attorneys essentially convinced authorities to file charges against Zimmerman proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that white supremacy is about as relevant to this nonsense as a tyrannosaurus rex.
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