Definitely multiple elements of racism in the case, but the piece I think most folks have the most difficulty with is evaluating Zimmerman's motivations and state of mind leading up to the killing. He at least claims and the circumstances support a stated purpose for his original engagement with Martin, not like he was pumping gas or something when the encounter took place. But from the moment of the killing forward, almost every element of the investigation and court proceedings was handled with media and public scrutiny that centered on the possible racial elements. For many it's just a foregone conclusion that race played a major part in the events and if that's your starting point, you'll never get past it because it's not something that can be proven.Read them, then go back over the news about Trayvon's killing, news about/during/after the trial, and the various discussion threads you may have read on the subject. I honestly believe only the most obtuse among us could do so and not see racism at play.
Absolutely. "Stand your ground only applies if you're white!" Likewise, if both were black or both white, it wouldn't be an issue. There's so few killings/incidents that fit these parameters, it makes you wonder why so much attention, if not of course for the perceived racism.The sad part is that if you swapped skin colors and zimmerman was found guilty, the same people (i.e. Sharpton) would be bitching about that too and claiming the Stand Your Ground law should have protected him.
Not to argue with that video, (because I do agree with a lot of what's in there) but that information was not permissible in court for legal reasons. There are guidelines when you introduce evidence into a court case, you can't just pass on anything through for the jurors to see.And for your viewing pleasure. Some interesting stuff in here and I loved the ending. BUT, it made the outrage worse because these facts were not permitted in court.
If there's a thread that needs to die, it is the speeding ticket thread, that thread has become a complete train wreck. :wrench:you'll have to torture me to get my password, and then kill me. not sure you're up to it, junior. oke:
seriously, the thread will die a natural death all on its own. you don't have to declare it dead.