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Thursday, March 29, 2012

I got my hoodie...

Been following this Treyvon Martin story rather closely.

For those of you who aren't conversant:

A young black man (17) was staying at his father's g/friend (fiance?)'s house. He went out to pick up a couple of items from a convenience store, wearing his hoodie sweatshirt. A package of Skittles candy and a can of Arizona iced tea. He began to walk back to the place he was staying, which happened to be in one of Florida's infamous "gated communities".

A self-appointed "Neighborhood Watchman", George Zimmerman - a white guy, allegedly "hispanic", called 911 claiming he was "acting suspiciously". The emergency operator asked if he was following the boy (because, really, 17 is still a boy) - and when Zimmerman responded in the affirmative, the operator told him "We don't need you to do that". I have HEARD this conversation.

Zimmerman then gives such fascinating information as "He's looking around"... "He's looking suspicious"... "These (punks? coons?... whatever, can't hear well) always get away" "He's reaching into his waistband"

The only thing we know for SURE happened next, is that a bunch of neighbors called because of SOMEONE screaming - and a gunshot. When police arrived, Treyvon is dead.
He is still "armed" with nothing more than a can of iced tea and a packet of candy.

George Zimmerman is not arrested. He is not charged. He is taken to the police station in handcuffs, but shortly afterward allowed to leave WITH HIS GUN.

Zimmerman has claimed immunity from prosecution due to Florida's ridiculous "Stand Your Ground" gun law. Apparently the NRA thinks it is JUST FINE that someone can follow unarmed people around, then shoot them dead in COLD BLOOD - just for "looking suspicious".

Zimmerman has since claimed that Treyvon "attacked him", broke his nose and pounded his head into the concrete sidewalk. Bullshit. I've seen the video of the cops bringing him into the station. The stationhouse video camera shows NO BLOOD, no bruises, NOTHING - and lest we forget, head wounds bleed like a motherfucker. Heck, my daughter got hit by a rock when she was small, it cut like a 1/8" wound into her scalp - her waist-length blonde hair was SOAKED with blood. Zimmerman had nothing on his light grey t-shirt.

Zimmerman's appologists have also tried to smear Treyvon. They've posted to the internet about his alleged problems from school. They have posted photos of OTHER young black men, claiming they are of Treyvon - and they have posted one photo of Treyvon which it appears he took of himself - wearing one of those gold-tooth-grill's.

Now, I've seen that photo of Treyvon and the gold teeth. He doesn't look "menacing" - he looks rather like most teenagers look when they are experimenting with makeup and fashion. I remember clearly my own teen years and trying out various different "looks" with makeup. This was back in the heavy-eyeliner, white lipstick years. I'm sure I looked as "menacing".

But the thing remains - doess experimenting with a gold "grill", or having some senior-year issues with school - or wearing a hoodie - or having bought tea and skittles - or walking while black - justify being shot down DEAD by some gun-toting, vigilante, cop-wannabe who had called in almost FIFTY 911 calls during the previous 2 months?

No. It does not.

George Zimmerman's friends say he hasn't been able to stop crying since. Good. I hope he cries forever. They say his life has been ruined. GOOD! Treyvon's life has been not just ruined, but taken from him for NO REASON, other than this Asshole who wanted to be Wyatt Erp. Rot in hell, George Zimmerman. I hear you're in hiding - GOOD. You don't deserve to be walking free.