Because I couldn’t have communicated my thoughts on this case any better. Thank you Cauchy.
ETA: I’ve gone through so much of the commentary on this case, pre-trial, during the trial and now that the verdict has been read to the point where I had to shut it off and make myself think. Think about what I really think about this case. While there are some complexities about the situation I wouldn’t articulate here, what I do believe is this:
for me, more than race, this case is about the fact that an armed adult, stalked an unarmed child, despite advisement from 911 personnel to stay in his vehicle and not pursue this child. The child was killed as a result, the adult is still alive and the adult was not even charged with manslaughter. I would have felt the same way if an armed black adult had killed an unarmed white child.
The verdict makes me frightened for my god-sons, my little cousins, my young adult male cousins and all the other young men who can in some degree be Trayvon Martin. And I’m afraid regardless of whether the predator is someone who thinks he should exercise justice on Trayvon’s behalf or another George Zimmerman.
I’m afraid for all our an unarmed children, being pursued then killed by an armed adult — no matter what race they are.
Adult vs child. Armed vs unarmed. I fear for generations to come. We hold our loved ones tighter and press on.
Agreed. I couldn’t have said it better.
It is a sad, sad day and a sad statement about our society. I thought this was a great article: http://thebluereview.org/a-george-zimmerman-sans-gun/
Excellent article Toni; thank you so much for sharing.
I agree … it really is a sad, sad statement about our society. I alternate between fear, tears for other victims of gun violence and confusion.