I don't know if Zimmerman killed Martin out of malice or self-defense. A new enhanced video shows a gash on the back of Zimmerman's head as he exits the police car. Alright, fine, he was injured.
But who was defending himself? You see a black teenager in a hoodie and automatically suspect he's up to no good? That's the definition of racial profiling. Then you follow the boy around, to the point where he feels he has to engage you? Intimidation, malice. Florida law decrees that there is justifiable murder, and that's the defense Zimmerman is taking. But would Martin have had the same benefit of the doubt had the situation been reversed? What if Martin had killed Zimmerman?
You actually expect me to answer these questions? Who do you think I am?
It's fucking exhausting, actually. I'm sick of this culture war. I'm tired of racism. I'm tired of obsessive PC. It's one of the subjects that's sapping the strength out of my generation, making us apathetic. It's one of the things that makes us wonder, "What's the point?"
Here's a fact: there is no race. Race was invented. There is virtually no difference between someone who is "white" and someone who is "black." It's racist to even pretend it exists. Every genetic trait can be traced to every "race." Got it? Good.
Obama was the first African American president (never mind the fact that the term X-American makes no sense). Why even point out the difference? Why are we obsessed with classifying ourselves into different subgroups? We're not animals. We're not birds to be organized into subspecies. It's fucking stupid and should just stop.
But it never will. It's never going to stop. No one who has the power to change it will change it. Racism breeds conflict, and that's what sells TV ratings. The fact is that the culture war makes quality TV.
I'm tired of walking down the street and getting looks from people, for no reason. I just want to know why. Why do we hate each other from the start? Why do we let the media manipulate us into an automatic grudge, automatic suspicion?
Whatever. Let's assume these archaic subspecies actually exist and examine the Treyvon Martin case.
1. Black stranger in upscale neighborhood (Umad?)
2. Bothersome latino (not white) neighborhood watchman with a history of being an ass (No, really, are you mad?)
3. Latino follows black stranger around, even after being asked to stop (it's annoying, isn't it?)
4. From eyewitness accounts, black stranger starts attacking Latino watchman (It is)
5. (Starting to understand what I'm talking about?) Latino shoots and kills black stranger
6. Que public outrage, accusations of covering up latino's implied guilt, racism, etc etc.
Oh hey, white / latino vs black. Again. For the umpteenth time. People are fascinated.
Alright, now let's examine it again without the racial perspective.
1. A teenager is walking around late at night, in a neighborhood he isn't familiar with
2. A neighborhood watchman thinks he looks suspicious and follows him
3. Police (a civilian responder) asks him to stop, and he doesn't
4. From eyewitness accounts, a fight breaks out
5. The neighborhood watchman shoots and kills the teenager
Did Zimmerman actually feel threatened by a kid? I have no idea. How am I supposed to know? I certainly don't think he should have followed him. You don't follow kids. You also don't threaten the person you're following. You don't instigate a fight.
What I think happened is that Treyvon felt threatened and started defending himself, then Zimmerman defended himself, and that equals a dead kid.
There. Isn't that much cleaner than the fucking stupid racial bile you see spewn on CNN? Edit: This is what I think happened, because it makes the most sense to me. I would have felt threatened if Zimmerman had followed me. I would have also defended myself. I could just have easily been shot and killed, too.
Unfortunately, we'll probably never know the truth, because who ever tells us the truth about anything?