Tuesday, July 2, 2013

It's George Zimmerman, Not Trayvon Martin, Who’s the Real Victim

On my way in to work this morning, I was thinking about George Zimmerman, who is currently on trial for killing Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old hoodlum at the time of his death.

The 9-1-1 recording that Zimmerman made, the pictures of Zimmerman’s bruised up face after the deadly altercation, Martin’s past history, and interviews with Zimmerman and others all solidly point to the shooting being an act of self-defense, not murder.

Yet it’s Trayvon Martin who’s been martyrized out of this whole thing… Trayvon Martin who’s had the TV networks go to bat for him by doctoring the information they received… Trayvon Martin who’s had Hollywood celebrities rush to his defense and throw Zimmerman to the wolves… Trayvon Martin who’s had entire rallies organized in his honor.

What about the real victim in all of this? What about George Zimmerman, who might very well have been foolish to follow Martin in the first place but was motivated by the desire to protect his criminal-targeted neighborhood?

Those questions all led to an overarching topic to ponder, and it’s this:

Why is it the bad guys – the ignorant and self-righteous and incompetent and evil – who feel emboldened to shout their opinions from the rooftops? Why don’t we see anybody marching in the streets for George Zimmerman?

In other words, why is it so easy to find opinions sympathizing with what’s wrong, while the right cower in a corner trying to draw as little attention as possible?

I wish there was a decent answer.

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