Trayvon Martin

The thing that is really pissing me off about the whole Trayvon Martin fiasco is how so many have jumped to conclusions and the emotional reactions.

It is a shame that this kid died, it really is.  The lives of everyone associated with Trayvon and George Zimmerman have been turned completely upside down now.  I understand there is prejudice in the world and that racism is not dead, and because of those prejudices, there are some people who are going to be starting at a disadvantage.  I get all that.  But regardless, there are ways to handle situations that are as awful as this one.  Let me give a few points about how NOT to handle them.

1 – Don’t put a bounty on the head of the person who did the shooting.  Thank you, New Black Panther party, for living “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”.  The Middle East has been trying that for centuries now…how has that worked?  I understand you are pissed off, but talk about a completely childish and remarkably backwards way to try to make things “better” that will NEVER end racism.  That attitude is precisely why so many are prejudiced against you, and if you are truly interested in stopping racism and not using it as a tool, you would quit pouring gasoline on the fire.

2 – Let’s have the powers that be denounce this bounty ASAP.  There are many people with whom I disagree on their policies, but I certainly would like to give them credit for being rational enough to tell the NBPs that they are seriously messed up in the head on this one.   In the Middle East, radical Islam causes all kinds of death and mayhem, yet very few seem to denounce it, and so people who don’t know any better start to equate all Islam with terrorism.  The denouncing better start mighty quick on this one before the same prejudices are unfairly reinforced here.

3 – Do not tweet the address of the person who did the shooting.  Oh, and especially don’t tweet the WRONG address of that person.  Thank you, Spike Lee, for contributing to this vengeful attitude that is so pervasive right now.  Were you hoping someone would go and kill Zimmerman?  Will you accept responsibility if someone kills the owner of the house at the address you gave?  I doubt it.  Dumbass.

4 – Don’t act like you know what happened the night of the shooting.  You don’t know.  So many people heard “black man shot…..” and knew it just HAD to be an unprovoked, racist, vicious attack on a completely innocent bystander.  And  you know what?  Maybe it was, because I don’t know, and unless you are Zimmerman, you also don’t know.  To jump to that conclusion, and get everyone all fired up and calling for blood and bounties, will NOT fix the problem, and it will make people stop taking what you say seriously.  I’ve seen many stories that have said Zimmerman has been an exceptional neighbor.  I have also seen stories that have detailed Trayvon’s recent past.  Suspended from school three times.  Drug user.  Attacked a bus driver.  His twitter account was NO_LIMIT_N***A .  Does all of this mean he was being a punk that night and provoked Zimmerman, who then shot Trayvon in self defense?  Nope, no more than the fact that he was a black man who was shot means his killer was racist.  WE DON’T KNOW, so act responsibly and don’t act like you have all of the answers, because you don’t.

Prejudice is out there now, and this is the kind of situation that can add to it or help defuse it, depending on how it is handled by all sides.  I’ve detailed how to change things for the worse.  Will the rational minds prevail in the end?  I sure hope so, for everyone’s sake.

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