Yes, George Zimmerman was acquitted of the killing of Trayvon Martin. Yes, sadly, George Zimmerman should have been acquitted of the killing of Trayvon Martin given Florida’s ridiculous Stand Your Ground laws. None of this gets around the fact that Trayvon Martin would be alive today if he were white. George Zimmerman had black kids up to mischief on his mind when he followed Trayvon Martin. All evidence points to this being true.
When I first heard about the call to pursue a Federal Civil Rights case against George Zimmerman, I balked at the idea. There is no doubt in my mind that George Zimmerman is a soft racist, just like some of my family, just like some of my friends (and boy does it baffle me that they don’t realize they’re racist). That, in and of itself, is not a good reason to pursue Federal charges. The more I thought about it, though, the more it makes sense.
George Zimmerman is not your average soft racist. He is a soft racist with a gun. He used that gun to kill a black kid. A black kid that he was following because he was black and “something’s wrong with him”. This, despite the fact that he was told not to follow the black kid. Why? Because “these assholes always get away”.
George Zimmerman put himself into a position that allowed him to kill Trayvon Martin. Florida law allows you to put yourself into a position to kill another human being. The combination of the two led to Trayvon Martin’s death. We have a racist man using a racist law to kill a black kid. This seems to me to be exactly what Federal Civil Rights trials are meant for.
And I know it’s besides the point, but boy does George Zimmerman make it difficult for to like him or feel sorry for him even a little bit. He thinks the killing of Trayvon Martin was “God’s plan”. Defense attorneys were wise to keep him off the stand. A sympathetic figure he is not.