The Riptides of People v Zimmerman
* I am conducting a little experiment. On Monday’s I will be posting commentary on a Current Event of my choice by which I will proceed to rip someone a new poop hole. It may be fun. I might be sued. But I will always be entertaining.
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Why have we, the American public, been so fixated on
People v. Zimmerman?
Maybe it would be more efficient to examine the obvious.
If this had been a Black on Black crime, it wouldn’t be getting much press- all too common- doesn’t score ratings.
If this had been a White and Black confrontation with a White victim- most news outlets probably wouldn’t have touched it because of the implication of ‘importance’- it might have appeared that they were supporting the assumed White point-of-view (because really, Whites are mostly self-serving, and secretly still intend on taking over the world).
If this had been a Black and White confrontation with a Black victim- the Reverend Al Sharpton would have had another day in the sun (and another day of implied relevancy) .
But it was a Hispanic on Black/ Black on Hispanic confrontation with a Black victim. A new twist. Not so easy to define a predator and victim. No historic histrionics to fall back on. No easy cultural divides.
So what were the facts?
George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin during some kind of altercation.
Trayvon Martin is dead.
George Zimmerman was tried with 2nd Degree Murder (unplanned but unnecessary-in a nutshell).
We now know the verdict.
Is it what really happened?
I don’t have a God damn clue, but I do know this: When the media decides what’s relevant, what’s more or less tragic, you can put money on manufactured lines being drawn in the sand, with high winds, high waves, and a ball busting riptide.
Don’t forget your life jacket…
it’s going to be a bumpy ride.