Self Study #4: the one for T

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.

completely cauchy.

Bear with me, there’s a quilt at the end of this post.

During this holiday week, it’s difficult not to assess the state of the nation and wonder. Let there be no doubt, I am a proud American more often than not. And I’ve publicly declared that I am rather authentically American, a blend of bloods unlikely to have occurred without all the atrocities and glorious revolutions of our past that we celebrate on these many holidays.

And I am a scientist. I tend to acknowledge my initial emotions, but try to collect data in situations before forming concrete opinions. On most social issues, in fact, I don’t “take sides,” opting instead to attempt to sympathize with all involved; the sympathy is not meted out equally, however.

When I consider the case of Trayvon Martin, the young boy shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Florida in Feb 2012…

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4 comments

    1. 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.

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