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March 31, 2012

I listen to talk radio on the way to work and that is how I was introduced to the tragic story of Martin and Zimmerman.  I heard the left dump on Zimmerman and the right dump on Martin ALL WEEK LONG.  And never once heard the only important thing.

A 17-year-old kid was killed.

I don’t know the facts of the event, and I’m horrified by the media coverage, but does any of that really matter?  A young man is dead.  An almost-man.  A kid.

If he did jump Zimmerman, if Zimmerman created the situation, if a dozen other things, nothing justifies this kid’s death.

I was 17 once.  I did stupid things and often in response to a stupid situation.  I received not a second chance, but a 100 chances.  Trayvon should have gotten those chances whether he was completely innocent or completely criminal.  17.  God help us.

There is no justice in this kind of situation.  Nothing brings back that life.  No media event with clownish “leaders” from up North will make this right.  Whether Zimmerman goes free or goes to jail, Trayvon’s parents don’t get their kid back.

This whole situation lost any sense of grief–and we should all be grieving when a child dies–when the press stepped in.  A senseless tragedy was twisted into PR for Sharpton, Jackson, Obama, and any reporter who decided to fan the flames of racism.

Mr. and Mrs. Martin.  I am so sorry for your loss.  You are in my prayers.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. kverdeck permalink
    April 2, 2012 8:02 am

    Absolutely agreed. The political/racial divide spawned by the tragedy has been terrible to behold, with each side making and defending their own assumptions about how the incident transpired. Only two people were there to see it, only one of them is still breathing, and his primary interest at this point (and on the night of the shooting, come to think of it) is self-preservation, so his story is to be taken with many grains of salt. We don’t know exactly what happened, we may never know, and this social fallout and media spectacle seem to be all we’re left with. That and, as you indicate, the tragedy of a 17-year-old young man who will never see 18, and his family who are left to deal with that.

    The one salient and (hopefully) actionable thing I am taking from the whole incident is that allowing corporations and special interests (the NRA and Wal-Mart, in this case) to purchase and even write our laws (look into ALEC, who have since 2006 spread the Stand Your Ground law, pretty much verbatim, to 20-something other states) continues to be a Very Bad Idea. So we have a law whose perhaps admirable intention is to allow law-abiding citizens to use lethal force to defend themselves and their families–yet can apparently also be used to defend a man for picking a fight and then ending it with a bullet, so long as there are no witnesses. If we even need such a law (I always thought self-defense, if it could be proven, was always vindicated–SYG merely puts the onus on the prosecution to prove it wasn’t self-defense), it clearly needs to have some better delineation about when it is and is not acceptable to end another human being’s life.

  2. April 2, 2012 6:08 pm

    Well put, Rob. This is a tragedy that keeps getting bigger because of those you mentioned. When will those parents ever be able to grieve? It must be hard to grieve in a media circus.

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