As the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin tragedy unfolds, I find myself increasingly disgusted and baffled by the ridiculous comments and explanations of those who are jumping to the defense of George Zimmerman, a delusional doofus who envisioned himself as Sanford’s own Judge Dredd and shot a seventeen year old teenager for being “suspicious”. He claims self-defense but anyone can see that a lot of the details don’t really add up.
The Florida “stand your ground” law Zimmerman is hiding behind should be the real issue here, but instead, the weak minded are obsessing with the “innocent” image of Trayvon, and some (like the white supremacist website Stormfront) are calling him a gangbanger and drug dealer. They have been circulating a fake photo of Trayvon in a “thug pose”, because this of course would somehow justify his murder.
These last few weeks have been an alarming reminder of how many people out there posses an endless capacity for spreading utter bullshit.
Trayvon Martin was black but Zimmerman’s family denies that race played any role in what happened and even points out that Zimmerman’s mother is Hispanic. They seem to be under the impression that being half Hispanic makes you immune to being a racist stereotyping asshole towards anyone else. Of course we were also treated to the classic “but some of George’s best friends are Black….” line by his father—the most cliché nonsensical defense employed by every celeb to ever have a melt-down and drop the n-bomb.
Why did Zimmerman find Trayvon so “suspicious” in the first place? The young man had simply gone to the local 7-11 to buy some junk food, and was on his way back to his father’s house—who did in fact live in the community—when Zimmerman spotted him and called the police. He told the dispatcher that the kid was acting “suspicious” and “just walking around and looking about”. Sweet virginal Mother of God—alert the towns people! A hellish black form has been spotted walking and looking in the area! LOOKING! Collect your children and board up the windows and doors, lest you succumb to the black demon.
Zimmerman continued: “This guy looks like he is up to no good. He is on drugs or something.” I was not previously aware of this, but walking home calmly in the rain is apparently a clear indicator of recent drug use. There is also evidence Zimmerman said “fucking coons” during the 911 phone call, but the quality is bad and some people claim he said “punks” instead. You can listen to the tape here and make up your own minds.
So what else did Zimmerman find so “suspicious” about Trayvon Martin? I mean besides him being black.
As Geraldo pointed out, Trayvon was also wearing a sweatshirt with a hood—a highly popular fashion choice among the most black-hearted and dangerous of villains. You need only look as far as Doctor Doom, Emperor Palpatine and of course, Skeletor. However, Trayvon’s villainy ran even deeper because as Zimmerman pointed out in the 911 call, he wasn’t only wearing a hood—he was also black! Say what you will of Skeletor’s schemes to rule the realm of Eternia, but at least his face was a cheerfully sunny bright yellow.
The idea that a hoody, one of the most common articles of clothing in North America regularly worn by all people, black and white, rich and poor, would be the reason this kid was murdered is simply idiotic. Even if that somehow was the case, it would only show further that Zimmerman is an unstable psycho who murders people based on the clothing they wear.
When and how the fuck did a hoodie become associated with being “a gangster” anyway? This is the first time I’m hearing of this. To make things even more hilarious, there are photos online of Geraldo himself wearing hooded shirts and jackets. Even his own son was ashamed of his insane comments.
As if that wasn’t moronic enough though, Glenn Beck’s right wing website “The Blaze”, insinuated that Trayvon was most likely a dangerous young criminal due only to the fact he was on a ten day suspension from school at this time. At first, it was claimed that he was suspended for “excessive tardiness”—a crime every other teenager on Earth is guilty of—but the editor of The Blaze, Mytheos Holt, insisted that it could’ve been theft, vandalism or sexual assault.
In other words, Trayvon is a young black male, so it’s only natural that he’d be guilty of the most extreme or perverted offense available, right? Not to mention how ridiculous it is to think that Trayvon would only get a ten day suspension from school if he had the unfortunate habit of raping fellow students. This is one of the biggest problems of this case and in general in our society: wild assumptions based on racial or ethnic background.
Later, the family confirmed that Trayvon was suspended for an empty plastic baggie which had traces of weed. ZOUNDS! A seventeen year old that may have smoked weed!? Well this changes everything! It is clear now he deserved to die!
Give me a fuckin’ break.
Much to the disappointment of Beck and other idiots like him, there is no evidence Trayvon was suspended for anything other than minor misbehavior typical of most teenagers—but even if there was, it would be irrelevant, because George Zimmerman would not have been aware of it.
It’s also highly likely that Zimmerman himself has smoked a joint or two in his life. Who the hell hasn’t?
Some of the comments I have been spotting under video clips of the case are simply stunning. Many are using this incident as a mask their vent their racist frustrations in public. Everything from “Good shot Zimmy!” to “if he was acting like a gangbanger he should be treated like one”. How did this commentator conclude that Trayvon was acting like a gangbanger? Gangsters are usually Black so it’s safe to assume Trayvon was one right? This comment came from an El Paso poster calling Zimmerman his “fellow brown man” and claiming to be Hispanic, so in keeping with his logic, I am going to assume he is a member of the Mexican drug cartels.
Trayvon reportedly enjoyed horseback riding, dreamed of going to college and being an aviation mechanic—damn, what a hardcore gangsta ass motherfucker. Also, aren’t college kids known for experimenting and smoking weed!? It all makes sense now!
Of course, in the following weeks, everything possible will be done to dig up dirt on this kid and paint him in a increasingly worse light, because as I said, image is everything. As they find the inevitable dirt—because all of us have something—they will act like he’s the only teenager on Earth to ever get in trouble. If you just look “bad” enough, we’ll all forget how you were senselessly murdered. What they’re saying here is that putting a bullet into a black teenager is only unacceptable if he’s an angelic boy scout.
So when Zimmerman called the police for the 47th time since September of 2011, it wasn’t about the potholes or trash bags which he reported in previous calls, but the unwelcome black menace lurking within the beloved gated community he had sworn to protect at all costs.
The 911 tapes make it clear the dispatcher told him not to follow Trayvon. Neighborhood watch is strictly meant to be the eyes and ears of the police; they are not under any circumstances supposed to take the law into their own hands. It is also unusual for neighborhood watch members to be armed. Zimmerman however was not only armed but dismissed the dispatcher’s instructions and got out of his car to follow Trayvon. It’s not hard to figure out why; we now know he dreamed of becoming a police officer and I suppose this was another chance for him to prove his worth and live out his fantasy. He should really get himself a Playstation.
We now also know that Trayvon was on the phone with his girlfriend minutes before his death and that he told her about a “strange man” following him. She advised him to run. There was also the 911 phone calls from scared neighbours on which a voice crying out for help can be heard in the background. Zimmerman maintains that it was actually Trayvon who attacked him and that the voice on the tapes yelling for help is in fact his own, not the teenager’s. He had to fire his gun because he “feared for his life”.
So in this scenario we have to completely ignore the statements the girlfriend made about Trayvon trying to get away from the “strange man”. Instead, Zimmerman would also have us believe that the 140 pound Trayvon was looking for trouble and spontaneously pounced out of the darkness onto a man twice his size and assaulted him with such martial ferocity that the only option left for our noble neighborhood watchman was to put a bullet in him. Now, I didn’t know Trayvon personally, but I’m pretty sure he wasn’t Batman.
We know Zimmerman wasn’t jumped out of the blue by anyone because in his phone call he made it very clear that Trayvon was trying to get away (just like his girlfriend said) and that he was following him.
“These assholes always get away,” he tells the 911 operator. “Shit, he’s running,” Zimmerman says calmly.
“Are you following him?” the dispatcher asks.
“Yeah,” Zimmerman responds.
“Okay. We don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher says.
“Okay,” Zimmerman replies.
One of the witnesses, Mary Cutcher, stated that the police was “siding with Zimmerman from the start”, and that the voice heard on the tapes crying out for help was “very young”. Once they heard the gunshot the crying ended immediately so they knew it was the young boy.
Cutcher said Zimmerman was confused after the shooting.
“He’d pace and go back to the body and just like — I don’t know if he was kind of ‘Oh, my God, what did I do? What happened?’” she said.
Another caller, Selma Mora Lamilla, said she did not hear any altercation, but the teen cried and “whimpered” before the shooting.
She described Zimmerman as “straddling” the teen after the shooting, saying he was “on his knees on top of a body.”
But just for argument’s sake, let’s assume Zimmerman is telling the truth when he says Trayvon attacked him. Let me get this straight. Despite the police telling him to stay put, an armed Zimmerman proceeded to stalk a seventeen year old teenager through the night and when he finally caught him, he was shocked that the teenager defended himself? You just stalked this kid through the night like Buffalo Bill looking for a new skirt—what did you expect would happen?
Trayvon tried to lose the “strange man” but in the end he failed. As far as he knew, Zimmerman could have been a rapist or someone looking to rob or kidnap him. It happens every day. Not to mention Zimmerman was armed, and judging by how fast he fired his gun, I’d bet he already had his gun out when he confronted the boy. I mean what would you think if a strange man followed and confronted you in the night? If anyone was acting out of self-defense in this scenario, it was Trayvon, and according to Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, he would be completely innocent of any wrongdoing. Once again, Zimmerman is the one to blame. He should’ve stayed put like he was told and he should not have been armed.
In fact, even the Florida lawmakers responsible for the self-defense “stand your ground” law that Zimmerman is hiding behind, have said that Zimmerman cannot have immunity under the law because he clearly pursued the person he had the altercation with.
It wasn’t the first time he followed a “suspicious” person either; in a previous case he chased a “reckless driver” while calling 911, but when the police showed up the driver told them he was terrified that the man chasing him was going to attack him.
The Police Academy extras who handled all of this are the other incredibly pathetic players in this tragedy. They didn’t even bother to test Zimmerman for drugs or alcohol, even though it is standard procedure to do so. He wasn’t arrested, just questioned and released. They made some unbelievably stupid statement about “trusting” Zimmerman because of his “squeaky-clean” background as a “college grad” who studied criminal justice. If they actually bothered to look into it they might have discovered that Zimmerman was arrested in 2005 for battery on a police officer, and he was also involved in a domestic dispute with his ex-fiancé who claimed he was “trolling” her neighborhood to “check up on her”.
I’ll have a glass of wine with this delicious irony, thank you.
When police arrived all they found on Trayvon was a bag of skittles and an iced tea.—a deadly combination in his lethal kung-fu hands I’m sure. They then took the body and stored in the morgue as a John Doe. The police chief—I’m going to assume his name is Wiggum—has recently decided to “temporarily” step down until the whole thing blows over. Still no arrest has been made, which it isn’t surprising considering the other controversies Sanford’s police has gotten into in the past, but apparently the FBI has now opened an investigation to look into this incident.
The New Black Panthers meanwhile have offered a $10,000 for the capture of Zimmerman, who has hidden himself away from the world after receiving death threats. This idea sounds like it could potentially cause more trouble, but the guy liked to pretend he was John Wayne dealing out justice on the wild frontier of Florida, so I can’t help but think a bounty sounds right up his alley.
President Obama sympathized with the family and urged the authorities to do a proper investigation. At one point he said “When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this.” He added: “if I had a son he would look like Trayvon”.
Of course, it didn’t take very long for the usual suspects to try scoring points off this, and Newt Gingrich came down from his Moon base to attack Obama, calling the statement “disgraceful”.
“It’s not a question of who that young man looked like,” Gingrich said.
“Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified, no matter what the ethnic background. Is the president suggesting that, if it had been a white who’d been shot, that would be OK, because it wouldn’t look like him? That’s just nonsense.”
I would rip into this ridiculously twisted interpretation of the President’s statement but there’s no need—the White House has already responded in a manner that is to my liking:
“Speaker Gingrich is clearly in the last throes of his political career,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “You can make a decision whether to go out with some shred of dignity or say these irresponsible, reckless things, and he’s clearly chosen the latter path, and that’s unfortunate for the country.”
The 911 tapes, the girlfriend, and Zimmerman’s aggressive history make it clear the case was handled badly and that Zimmerman carries most, if not all of the blame for the outcome. If we discover Trayvon was a bad guy before that night—nothing will change—because so is Zimmerman. Nothing will change because it is irrelevant how much weed Trayvon smoked or even sold in his life or how many times he got in trouble at school. It is simply irrelevant. Zimmerman would not have known about it anyway. The people who act shocked that Trayvon may have smoked weed are the same sheltered holier than thou hypocrites who like to pretend their own kids are innocent and naive; idiots who believe most teenagers haven’t smoked something, drank something or known someone who sells weed. The fact that so many people are so quick to dig up irrelevant dirt and believe the worst about Trayvon is a clear sign that Zimmerman wasn’t the only one doing some racial profiling.
But a few things here are obvious: It is obvious Trayvon was “suspicious” to Zimmerman because the former was Black and the latter an overzealous racially profiling doofus with a Punisher complex. It is obvious that in Zimmerman’s mind a young black male couldn’t have been in that nice neighborhood for any reason other than to cause trouble. It is obvious that if the hooded teenager he spotted “just walking and looking around” was white, he would not have been as alarmed and there almost certainly would not have been a shooting. It is obvious that Zimmerman should not have been armed. It is obvious he ignored the dispatcher who told him not to follow the teenager, and had he listened, this whole mess would have been avoided. It is obvious those defending his actions are doing their best to demonize the victim, hoping that tarnishing the guy’s image will make it much easier for everyone to say “he deserved it”. It doesn’t matter what he did in his spare time. Its irrelevant. It is obvious the police should’ve tested Zimmerman for drugs and alcohol and done a proper background check. It is obvious some people are incapable of empathy.
Even if you put the racial aspect of this aside, Zimmerman still shot and killed a person under very shady circumstances. This needs to be properly investigated and he to be held accountable.