Thursday, March 22, 2012
Walking While Black
Trayvon Martin is dead, shot by a self appointed vigilante. Trayvon was 17 years old, a great student, who loved to build and wanted to be an engineer when he grew up. He will never grow up.
I will never have to have a discussion with my son about the dangers of being black in America. We're not African America, so my son will never have to worry about some racist, paranoid neighborhood watch "captain" gunning him down in the street. That's the reality. The discussion I have with my son is more about not telling anyone what I do for a living, because being a liberal in this town can get you hurt.
My heart aches for Trayvon's family, especially his mother. Your son goes down to the store for Skittles and an ice tea and winds up staring at a 240 pound, screaming, crazy man with a gun. I listened to the 9-1-1 tapes, I heard that child (and that's what Trayvon was) scream for help. I heard the shot. And I wept.
Now the Sanford police chief is taking a "temporary leave of absence." In other words, a vacation. George Zimmerman, brave defender of all things white is in hiding, and the Sanford police STILL refuse to arrest Zimmerman, claiming their hands are tied because of the "Stand Your Ground" law that basically is a right to murder law. Liars.
Sanford police have a history of collusion, witness tampering and out and out lying. This is SOP for them-they allegedly told witnesses what to say, correcting their statements. They never checked Trayvon's cell phone, they never administered sobriety tests on Zimmerman, but the medical examiner performed toxicology screenings on Trayvon Martin.
Trayvon Martin was unarmed, but George Zimmerman, a man with an arrest under his belt, was not. Trayvon Martin was minding his own business, but George Zimmerman was not. George Zimmerman is alive, Trayvon Martin is not. George Zimmerman is claiming self defense against an unarmed, 140 pound teenager carrying Skittles, an ice tea and a cell phone. The Sanford police back him up. Liars.
The Department of Justice must come to the logical, the only conclusion, as must the grand jury. George Zimmerman is guilty of murder in the second degree. I do not believe it was premeditated, but I do believe that George Zimmerman went out of his way to make certain that "f-ing coon" would not escape his twisted brand of justice.
© Erin Nanasi 2012