A Sunday Too Bleak For Words
Justice was besmirched late last night. We can take some comfort in the fact that this is Florida we're talkin' about here. Any people idiotic enough to send a flaming asshole like Rick Scott to the governor's mansion is bound to have certain...."issues", shall we say? Back in the early eighties a group of my friends decided to emigrate - en masse - to that state. They wanted me to join them in their exodus from New York. "Thanks but no thanks", I told them. Not one of them had ever spent any time there. I had.
I really wasn't expecting George Zimmerman to be convicted of second degree murder; but I thought that they would at least convict him of manslaughter. I never thought - in my wildest and stupidest dreams - that the demented little killer-nerd/cop-wannabe would walk. As Lenny Bruce once said of that hideously overrated peninsula:
"Florida: Geographically a groove; politically a cancer."
Good old Lenny. The guy really had a way with words, didn't he?
So, George says that it's his voice on that 911 recording? Trayvon's parents swear that it's their son's voice. You would think that they would instinctively know. If it is George's voice, let him replicate it. While it might be hard to discern what the person begging for help is saying, the timbre of the voice is unmistakable. C'mon, George! Let's hear that voice! Unless he's the second coming of Frank Gorshin, don't hold your breath waiting for him to give us a little demonstration.
If Trayvon had really been the aggressor (a scenario of which I am not convinced by the way) all George had to do was brandish the gun, hold it to his head and say "One false move and you're dead, pardner!" - that's it. He didn't. When he told the police dispatcher that he was trailing the boy (lest we forget: he was only a boy) he was told - in no uncertain terms - "You shouldn't do that", George continued the pursuit in spite of the admonition. That's why he bought the gun with him. Georgie was looking for a little action. If Trayvon had shot and killed George Zimmerman - in the exact same circumstances - are you delusional enough to swallow the notion that he would have walked out of the police station that night with no charges filed against him? Do you honestly believe that Trayvon Martin - in the state of Florida - would have been acquitted of the murder of George Zimmerman? If that's the case, have another sip.
According to every account, Zimmerman had no history of racial bias - and I accept that - maybe. But this is not merely about race, folks; it is about a grown man who recklessly used lethal force on a seventeen-year-old boy when caution and common sense would have been called for.
If you aren't aware of him, Emmett was a fourteen-year-old Chicago boy who was visiting his grandfather in the Mississippi Delta region who was murdered in the summer of 1955 for supposedly whistling at a white woman. Compare his story with that of Miami native, Trayvon Marin, who was visiting his father in Sanford, Florida, two-hundred-and-fifty miles to the north....
In 1955 Emmett Till learned - the hard way - that while whistling at a white woman might have been no big deal for a black kid in Chicago, it was considered (to put it as mildly as possible) "bad form" in Mississippi.
In 2012 Trayvon Martin learned - the hard way - that while wearing a "hoodie" was no big deal for a black kid in Miami, it could cost him his life in Sanford.
In fifty-eight years one would have thought that we've progressed a bit, wouldn't one? Apparently not.
The Murder of Emmett Till
The American Experience (PBS)
Emmett Till was the sacrificial lamb that launched the Civil Rights movement. This is a documentary that everyone should watch.
Here is a link to a piece I wrote last year on the subject of Trayvon Martin:
I'm going back to bed.