The value of a George Zimmerman sits on top of that of a Trayvon Martin. Black life in America was basically ruled valueless by the Zimmerman verdict.The fact that the police department let this man roam free for an unimaginable length of time after participating in a homicidal transaction, speaks to the masses who possesses more power. Zimmerman–better yet Zimmerboy–and Martin were weighed on the balances and Martin was sent souring into the skies; at least that’s how the jury’s verdict marked our conscience.
Zimmerman thought he might improve his own self-worth in society by concocting this image of himself as law enforcement. It is no wonder why he chose to pursue a young black male, and gun him down, when he could have walked away or called the real police: he was imitating the police. With laws across this country such as New York’s stop and frisk and Florida’s stand your ground, the state mechanism of force–the police–are used to quarantine and disappear young black males.
Last year, this trial garnered lots of media attention for the murder of a young black boy; but, this year, the trial has amplified the ever persistent pestilence of racism. Take Richard Cohen’s Washington Post opinion piece: “I don’t like what George Zimmerman did, and I hate that Trayvon Martin is dead. But I also can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was wearing a uniform we all recognize. I don’t know whether Zimmerman is a racist. But I’m tired of politicians and others who have donned hoodies in solidarity with Martin and who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, I am a racist. The hoodie blinds them as much as it did Zimmerman.” As if Mr. Cohen knows anything about anything urban: it’s easy to imagine him running from his office to his car to drive home to the suburbs, never having to face the day-to-day realities of “urban crime”–in other words, black crime. But, Mr. Cohen nurtures and protects a filthy faith in a guarded racism: it would have been better if he were like some of the whites in the south who come out openly and state they think of blacks as below them. However, we can imagine Mr. Cohen as one of those civilized conservatives up north, who base all of their opinions off of objective criteria: he can blow this out of his arse!
The city in the spotlight right now, Sanford, Florida has downgraded itself and forever left its mark as the epicenter of Florida’s condoned killing of a 17-year-old youth.
Trayvon Martin died that night because of Zimmerman’s need to protect society from black boys and men: this is what he valued most. His sissified behavior before the altercation proves it: he call’s the city’s non-emergency hotline to “get props” that he found a nigger lurking in “his” neighborhood. But, Zimmerman was the nigger, because he chose to pursue this boy he soon so-called “feared”. Zimmerman thought he could hunt down this young boy–because he sure as hell would not have approached a black MAN like he did Trayvon: for he’s a sissy; which, is why he was forced to pull out a gun–after starting a fight–and losing the fight.
But, look at the price George Zimmerman paid for his transgression: he must walk the streets of whatever city he chooses to live in as a nomad, a vagabond. Each and every time he steps out of his front door, the ghost of Martin will haunt him; every night he lays down to sleep, he will have to settle within himself, the crime he committed. Maybe this is more punishment than any juror could ever give.
Young black males have paid a price also. In the savage act committed by Zimmerman, black males have had their reality, once again, thrown in their face–this reality speaks of their abhorred flesh and the extent and length one might go to extinguish them from the earth. Carol Swain of Vanderbilt University incorrectly notes: “I think our legal system worked the way it was supposed to work and that there are many facts about the case that’s not being discussed in the media because it doesn’t fit with the race agenda.” The “race agenda” is what she called it. Doesn’t this sound like those who argue against the “evolution lie”. They are one and the same: always opposed to common knowledge and facts–opposed to knowledge altogether for that matter.
Sanford, Florida will pay the steep price also. Is one to think after this incident, that black mothers and fathers will be sending their kids out into the streets unarmed?
George Zimmerman assisted in doing two things. He helped set our countries race progress back in time; and, most importantly, he set a new precedent for how blacks and white should treat and confront each other in the state of Florida.As Jelani Cobb contributor to TheNewYorker.com asserts: “Absolutely not. I don’t think justice was done.we have in Florida is a state of affairs where people have effectively been deputized in light of this verdict to stop African-American youth anywhere under any circumstances and demand to know what they’re up to and what they’re doing and possibly at the penalty of death.”
Because Zimmerman’s principles drove him to a dark place, we should question his standards and any of those who support him. Zimmerman stood for outlawed justice.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund stated correctly, “I don’t think you can say when a child is walking down the street, doing nothing wrong and buying candy and ice tea, and gets shot and killed in the street largely because he is African-American and there no one accountable for that death is justice. I think it’s quite clear that, no, justice wasn’t done in this case.” But, Johnathan Turley of George Washington University had this to say: “I think the problem is that this case has become a vehicle for issues that go far beyond what happened in the courtroom.I think when we talk about justice, we are talking about often overriding questions of race in America and these issues that have been unresolved for decades.But if you look at justice as to whether due process occurred, whether a fair trial occurred, the answer I think is clearly yes. This isn’t Scottsboro 1931 Alabama. This was a determined prosecution. Many people felt were — actually overplayed the case to try to get a conviction. I think it was a fair trial. And the result I think was predictable.” Turley was right about two things: that this trial highlighted the ongoing racial animosity that was birthed alongside the conception of this country, and that this trial was predictable. It was predictable for anyone with eyes and ears and a visceral connection with America’s justice system to envision a cowardly George Zimmerman walk free as the courts practically rule black life in America valueless. Justice in 2013 in the United States of America is still leaning more in one direction than the other–one wonders what will topple it over?