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


  • Rich Rumple - Well, like you said on my blog … we have to be related! (Gee, I’ve never had a younger sister before!) There was just too many questions that were never answered, and too much sensationalism by the news channels for this to be answered easily. Like you, I have no idea, but the man upstairs will decide in the end.ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - it’s big news, even up here in Canada.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - All over the world I think. Hope you’re having a great time and I CAN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT HOW THE HOUSE SALE IS GOING.ReplyCancel

    • Beverly Diehl - Race is/was a big part of this case. Race, guns, paranoia, vigilanteeism, and the first problem is the cops seemed to phone it in and accept the story of the killer without doing a full investigation.

      Painful and uncomfortable as it is, we need to talk about these things and think about them.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - The police did phone it in- didn’t they. Is there more to say or has it all been said and no one is listening? I just don’t know.ReplyCancel

  • Sisters from Another Mister - Yes, the issue was not one they could completely define in the media, to give it a name that tied in to other news in the past. But for a white mom of a black child – the theme hits home.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It’s a situation that will give everyone an opportunity to listen/think/ and act with conscience in the future- I hope.ReplyCancel

  • shelly - Yeah. I couldn’t figure the race issue either. Especially since the media kept bringing up white as the other race.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - George Zimmerman is as white as President Obama (one white parent)- but no one refers to our President as White do they. The parsing of words can be very revealing.

  • Michelle Liew - Well said, it’s all about bias….so the media does color it, even if it does not admit it. Wrote on something similar in my post today too.ReplyCancel

  • Stacey OneFunnyMotha - I don’t have the answer either, but the whole thing makes me sick. A kid – that’s what he was – a kid is dead & the guy who killed him walked free. I understand how legally this may be allowable, and I don’t fault the jury per say because nobody wants to condemn a person to jail if they aren’t completely convince of their guilt, but there is something wrong with the system when something like this can happen.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Justice is a process not a result. I think the thinking (feeling) is that Mr. Zimmerman had no consequences.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I haven’t been following as close as everyone else seemed to be. I did not like the beginning black/white issue it was made out to be. I did not like how while campaigning Obama rushed to take a side and said it was a b/w issue and Zimmerman is Hispanic. How do you get a fair trial when campaigners take a side? I thought it was a political agenda trial in its beginning; right to carry arms and defend self.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - So, in addition to having great taste, being a great writer, and having one of my favorite blogs- you’re also an intelligent divergent logical thinker. I knew we were sisters.ReplyCancel

  • Alyson H. - In the end Trayvon Martin died due to another person’s stupidity. That person should be held liable to some degree. I don’t care if they are purple with green stripes, you kill someone you need to be held accountable. I don’t know if FL dropped the ball again, or what the deal is but there seems to be a pattern that has occurred in that state and they need to look at their judicial system and get their heads out of their asses.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Several times today if said, “Justice is a process not a result”, and the problem here is ACCOUNTABILITY. I genuinely thank you for taking the time to comment on what is a VERY sensitive subject Alyson.ReplyCancel

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  • Dee - Zimmerman’s father is a former magistrate judge & very white. His mother, Gladys, is a former school teacher. I’m not sure where the Hispanic-ness comes in. I grew up smack dab in the middle of black vs Hispanic gang turf wars in/outside Chicago circa 1995. Do other cities/states really not have the ongoing race issues between these minorities?? I know the prison system definitely does and wasn’t surprised at all by what I saw reported. But maybe that’s because I grew up with kids like both Trayvon & George ~ trying to rep for their ‘hoods and keep the other kinds of people out.ReplyCancel

  • adventuresinlowvision - Get this woman a talk show! You would be refreshing on TV compared to what’s on there now.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Hahahaha. No, you gone on. Actually, I’d LOVE a talk show. Tune in every Monday for a departure from the pleasantries of my usual posts.ReplyCancel

  • - Love this post. And can I also say, What the heck was that with Obama getting involved? Since when does a president speak out on a murder trial when it’s one victim? What about all of the white, hispanic, asian people who are murdered everyday? Where was his outrage then?ReplyCancel

  • - Oh yeah, and I applaud you for being willing to take on this topic. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Why Thank YOu. I’m testing a new ‘voice’ on Mondays. Some of my family & friends have asked me to ‘be real’ a bit more. So glad your reading!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - An act of stupidity. That’s what it comes down to, in the end. One guy with a gun and a very stupid moment.

    I do think the legal system dropped the ball over and over again. Maybe for this, and many other reasons (2000 election comes to mind), Florida needs to be demoted from state status until it finally gets itself sorted. I don’t imagine that will play well in Miami, huh?

    And Al Sharpton never met a photo op he didn’t love. The man’s a dirtbag.ReplyCancel

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