As I recall, back when the whole George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin ordeal first went down, there were riots and black-on-white violence and cries of “This is for Trayvon” until, two months after the fact, the state-appointed special prosecutor, Angela Corey, officially filed second-degree murder charges against the “white Hispanic,” as The New York Times deemed him.
That’s when things started calming down a bit, with the angry mob waiting for their ignorant definition of a crazy, racist child killer to be tried and brought to their version of justice.
Not surprisingly, now that Zimmerman has been found Not Guilty, things are heating up again.
Along with the traffic-stopping protests in New York and Los Angeles over the weekend, my own city of Baltimore might be revving up the hate by stomping people into the ground. On Sunday, a Hispanic man was attacked, allegedly by a group of black teenagers, pistol whipped and then kicked and punched repeatedly while he was on the ground.
Admittedly, Baltimore is known for its violence regardless of the occasion. But in this case, a witness who intervened told the police that the hoodlums “were just yelling and calling him names as they ran after him. But once they were hitting him and after that they started yelling, ‘This is for Trayvon’” repeatedly.
Down in Senatobia, Mississippi, a young man was treated at a hospital after being badly beaten. He says three black men drove by, stopped and asked him if he knew who Trayvon Martin was. Then they allegedly abducted him, assaulted him and dumped his body on the side of the road.
In a Los Angeles suburb, protestors blocked traffic, stomped on cars, chased bystanders and stormed a Wal-Mart all in the name of – yup – Trayvon Martin. There’s no “alleged” about this incident either, not with so many witnesses to verify the story, including police.
Speaking of police, in Oakland, California, the cops didn’t even bother to do anything about protesters taking “complete control” over an area of public road, intimidating drivers as they did.
Meanwhile, George Zimmerman and his family and the jurors who acquitted him are receiving scores of death threats. After the trial concluded, Zimmerman also went right back into hiding. The prosecution’s star witness and epic fail, Rachel Jeantel, however, gets to go on Piers Morgan to yap about how the “creepy ass cracka… might have been a rapist.”
With the same level of reasoning, she also explained the jury's decision away by calling them “old. That’s old school people. We in a new school. Our generation. My generation.”
(Incidentally, this is also the generation that apparently believes in “bro-choice,” which is pro-choice for the sole reason of getting laid as often as possible. Not Even Kidding.)
I’m sorry folks, but none of this is saying anything good about who we are and what we’re allowing ourselves to become.