Mr. Rhett wrote how: “The killer says he was motivated by the Trayvon Martin case.” This was a most unfortunate incident, and was promptly however seized by black leaders and a pliant press, as a terrible example of racism in action. Yet Mr. Zimmerman was hardly any racist, and was acting in fear for his life. He probably erred in his persistent zealous patrolling of the neighborhood however, but was otherwise acting as a good citizen. Mr. Martin was hardly an example of any good citizen.
The incident and the press coverage instigated more sensitivities on the part of blacks, who became primed to react to successive incidents involving police, and enraged into more and more of a frenzy over any case that could be contorted into a racial act..
“Hardly an example of any good citizen” (with which I by every measure disagree!) don’t deserve death at the hands of a person who the police specifically ordered to stand down. Zimmerman was ordered by dispatch not to pursue, violated that directive and engaged a teenager with skittles for no more reason or authority that his egomanical devotion to narcissistic looking glass of justice. His record of violent threats involving women since the killing, his freeway contact that resulted in a bullet hole in his truck window speaks to his on-going attraction to violence and guns.
Distort as you will the facts by a subjective reading, Zimmerman’s behavior–not Martin’s–put them both at risk, and the fact–fact!–remains his actions resulted in Mr. Martin’s death. Moreover, I would be careful to “judge” a youngster you do not know from media accounts, who, even by those reports, did not engage in behavior out of the ordinary for youth, black and white. It sounds like “blaming the victim,” which I am sure is not your intent. Is it? Especially, one who on the day of his death was guilty of nothing.
Lastly, I deeply resent the use of “frenzy,” and “primed” to describe the outcry to successive acts of murder and the raising of legitimate grievances. Honestly, I am more “enraged” by your comment and your willingness to “contort” murder into a misunderstanding, ignoring the very words and acts, pattern and practices that clearly establish these deaths as racial acts–administered and protected by institutional forces against communities of color. These communities are sensitive enough and wise enough to know when race is a central issue and when it’s not and their judgement should not be disrespected.