Chapin City Blues

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"Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” –Abraham J. Heschel

There’s no easy way to start this post. In fact, I wanted to start in the same “our hero” tone I wrote the Carlos Ochoa post in. But calling George Zimmerman a hero, even ironically, would disgust me to no end. And there is a difference, I knew Carlos Ochoa before he was a killer. I only heard of George Zimmerman only after he became a media sensation, a murderer, a misguided hero. A racist.

The Gist of the Story

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin made a mistake. He made the mistake of walking alone in the streets. He made the mistake of wanting candy and tea. He made the mistake of wearing a hoodie. But his greatest mistake, the one that damned in the end, the one that literally got him killed – he was born black.

We can sit here and check mark all the mistakes that Trayvon Martin made. None of them will be more damning than the truth. Trayvon Martin’s only mistake is that he never made one.

No, the true mistake-maker was George Zimmerman. We can rewind it a bit and say the mistake was his parents’. Maybe if they had raised him right, he wouldn’t have been a media darling. We wouldn’t be here, wondering if Zimmerman’s a hero or a Hitler. We wouldn’t be here writing on our blogs. We wouldn’t be donning our hoodies and taking to the streets. We wouldn’t be attacking Geraldo Rivera for being an utter shit-bag with a pedophile mustache.

George Zimmerman went out that night with a gun. A semiautomatic gun. For what? To protect his neighborhood like some vigilante? Just what was Zimmerman thinking? Perhaps, he was thinking he could scare some people off. Some troublemakers. Someone who looked suspicious. Or maybe he left the house thinking, “I’m going to kill me a nigger tonight.”

As fate would have it, Zimmerman saw Trayvon. He called 911. He reported the “suspect.” He was instructed not to follow. He continued pursuit. The end resulted with Trayvon – seventeen fucking years old – dead. Zimmerman skipped being arrested. He reported it was done in self-defense.

The Race Card

If George Zimmerman were black, this wouldn’t have been a question of race. The problem is, if George Zimmerman were black – even if he used the “self-defense” argument – he’d be in prison awaiting his trail. Had Trayvon Martin been a upper-middle class white kid from the neighborhood, I can’t say the Zimmerman wouldn’t have faced a judge. But Zimmerman isn’t black and Trayvon isn’t a white kid. And it’s things like this that brings racism rearing it’s ugly little head into our society.

Now Florida has a “stand your ground” law – whatever that means. That translates to – I think – you have the right to protect yourself with any amount of force if you are threatened. That is, if you’re a white guy, you have the right to track – hunt? – a black kid down. And should the black kid attempt to protect himself by coming at you, you have every right to shoot that black kid dead. CONGRATULATIONS, Floridian Racists! You can legally kill an African-American and suffer no backlash – except from the whole country, minus your racist buddies.

Frank Taaffe

Frank Taaffe might be the second coming. He wasn’t there. He hasn’t seen Zimmerman’s battle scars. For all we know, he was in Timbuktu hunting. However, he will attest that his friend was only protecting himself. He had a bloody nose. He had injuries that corroborate with the self-defense story. However, he ignores that Zimmerman continued after Trayvon after he was instructed not to. He considers the neighborhood watch – which has no connection to the real Neighbor Watch – that Zimmerman was a part of as an acting police force. He believes that his friend is innocent, so he is above the law.

What would Frank Taaffe think if the roles were reversed? What if George Zimmerman were the suspect and Trayvon the watch dog? What if 911 had told Trayvon to stop following Zimmerman? What if Trayvon ignored the order and continued after Zimmerman. What if, feeling pursued, Zimmerman confronted Trayvon and it ended with his death? Would he state on Nancy Grace that the wounds Trayvon sustained corroborated with self defense? Or would he, instead, shout, “Fry that fucking coon!”?

A Damn Shame

I think Samuel L. Jackson said it best in his video entitled, “Blame.” But how many more people have to suffer – have to die – due to our country’s double-standard. You can take it from here, Samuel.

3 thoughts on “The Race Card

  1. Marjorie Anne says:

    I hate it when the media attempt to do the job of the judicial system. It also confounds me to know that George Zimmerman, who is half Hispanic, was referred to in the media as a “white Hispanic.” (That’s a new term for me.) In doing this, it seems to me, the media are attempting to keep Zimmerman from being viewed as a “minority person” or a person who comes from a group who has also been historically opressed by the dominant (white) culture in the United States. It seems that a white on black crime is more controversial and anger rousing than any other combination. But what do I know–I’m just a simple woman who is the mother of some “white Hispanics.”

    1. gllrmo says:

      Racism, for me, has never been exclusively white. Like the song states, “Everybody’s a little bit racist.” And I’m not a fan of the race card. In fact, I hate it. I hate it when people go around searching for the devil because, usually, the devil finds them. I believe that’s an old saying, or philosophy. Those who go searching for monsters should make sure they do not become monsters. The Zimmerman group has made it their job to drag Trayvon through the mud. Likewise, the Trayvon Martin people are making sure people know that Zimmerman reportedly called 911 several times, and usually on black “suspects.” They also note his run in with the law, even once – apparently – punching a police officer. It’s true, the media has become the judge and jury of our time. As for “white Hispanic,” I think if they add in the “Hispanic” part, it become less of a hate crime and more of a misunderstanding. It’s pathetic. More so when Frank Taaffe sits there, telling Nancy Grace – a person I have little respect for – that every thing that happens sums up to self-defense. Nancy Grace responds with, “You don’t go into a bar and pick a fight only to cry self-defense.” And that’s what Zimmerman did. He was told to stand down – he had no real right to go after the kid – and he didn’t. He strolled out with a semiautomatic gun – who carries those around, anyway? But it’s true. We don’t know his motives. Maybe it wasn’t because Trayvon was black and wearing a hoodie. Maybe Zimmerman just wanted to kill like those members of the Kill Team – a group of soldiers who just decided they were going to kill innocent bystanders just for the sake of having some fun. I honestly believe that this is a case of wrong place, wrong time. It could’ve been anyone. Could’ve been Gabriel Gutierrez, Mike Wong, Billy Michaels, or Tiffany Kincaid. But in the end, it wasn’t. It was Trayvon Martin. And that set the course for the entire nation to look at the case under a microscope and shout, “RACISM!” And it’s not. But it is at the same time. The old American double standard.

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