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I don't want to lynch Zimmerman. In no way do I advocate or encourage anyone who is dissatisfied with the verdict to become vigilantes and take the law into their own hands, like Zimmerman did. I just think he needs to be held responsible for what he did, or society is saying it's perfectly okay that this happened.
As far as not knowing whether Zimmerman had any malicious intentions, perhaps you just didn't follow the story very closely and missed some of the facts. There are many things in this case that people were left to speculate and guess about, but there are some facts we KNOW because we have Zimmerman's words on tape. There is not one iota of doubt in my mind that Zimmerman had profiled Trayvon Martin as a criminal. He expressed great frustration that "f-ing punks" and "a-holes" "always get away!"
We know that that night Trayvon was just walking home, not committing any crime, minding his own business. We know that Zimmerman was on a mission to make sure that THIS "f-ing punk" wasn't going to get away with (something) if he had anything to say about it. He likely did not set out to shoot or kill anyone, but he WAS determined to "catch" the person he referred to repeatedly as a "suspect." He pursued the kid even after he was told not to. He had already called the police... he should have let them do their job... but HE is a wannabe cop and wanted to make sure that HE was involved in nabbing this kid who just happened to not be doing anything wrong.
It's pretty friggin simple to me. A kid is dead. A kid who was not doing anything wrong. Zimmerman shot him. He needs to be held accountable. We can't just say "oh well, life is messy and sh!t happens."
As far as anything racial goes, I'm not convinced that Zimmerman is necessarily a racist, but I do still think race played a part in how everything happened and how it was handled and how people perceive it.
I do believe public 'outrage' can be helpful. It is fairly natural that society speaks up on such issues, and it can and does have an impact. People like MLK believed in non-violent protest and civil disobedience in order to effect changes that would eventually make monumental changes to our society. It is doing nothing and accepting the status quo that causes things to decay and fall apart.
My apologies for being so off-topic, but this thread was flat-lining and I have strong feelings about this case for some reason. I won't blame you if you tell me to find a thread about it to post on.
Right to the point!
Strong feeling indeed!
The kid was only being in a place that gunman Z thought that the kid ought not to be
So Z ran the kid down and accosted the kid.
Gunman Z got some push back from the kid so Z shot the kid dead.
It certainly looks as if Z was out hunting that night.