What else can we possibly talk about this week besides the Zimmerman trial? I’m sure you’re sick of it, but I’m starting to wonder if Zimmerman isn’t shaping up to be the controversial John Brown character of our day.
Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry confirmed the worst of what the South feared about the intentions of the North and the threat of a slave uprising. Although there were many causes for the Civil War, Brown did more than enough to amplify the environment of racial paranoia and political polarization that characterized the run-up to it.
Zimmerman’s trial has done much the same. We can barely even discuss it civilly. For blacks, it confirms that the rest of America regards their children as dangerous animals who can be murdered without consequence. The rule of law has nothing to offer them, yet again. Liberals look to the outcome and see that guns are being used against unarmed people while Stand Your Ground laws lead to a vigilante culture. Right-wingers are monsters who obviously believe that Martin somehow deserved to die.
Many on the Right have viewed this case as proof of not only the need for concealed carry permits and stronger self defense laws to defend themselves from out-of-control thuggery carried out by feral black youths between the ages of 14 and 25; but even that the Obama Administration really is out to perpetuate a full-on race war and that he has picked his favorite side. From Obama’s first irresponsible statements about Trayvon looking like the son he never had to Eric Holder suddenly finding something that he’d like to investigate. I mean, it’s not like that whole IRS scandal or the matter of how those Mexican drug cartels got their hands on all those guns that the US Government provided did much to arouse his curiosity, is it? No, the full attention of the Department of “Justice” (which shall always be identified by me with sarcastic quotation marks for as long as Holder is the AG) must remain firmly fixed on a man who was tried and acquitted of shooting a 17 year old in self-defense in some Florida town most of us had never heard of before it happened.
It’s not excessive to suggest that Zimmerman is as true an enemy of the state as one can be. The Obama Administration is seeking any shred of any evidence they can find or invent that Zimmerman ever once said “darkie” or refused a menthol cigarette or committed any other thought-crime they can imagine. I would even argue that Obama probably doesn’t have it in for Snowden as bad as Zimmerman. At least Snowden attacked surveillance programs that Obama criticized too, before he happened to become President of the United States. On some level, I suspect that Obama and Holder can respect that. Zimmerman, however, has been given executive level attention by the DO”J” for what he is suspected of thinking before defending himself from a deadly force assault from someone who looked like he could be Obama’s son.
Worse than that, Snowden is certainly safer than Zimmerman, being under the care of the Russian government. Zimmerman is the target of attackers who will come at him legally and illegally, including the Black Panthers (who are pretty much allowed to do what they like nowadays as far as federal law enforcement is concerned). Given the level of persecution Zimmerman is going through, it wouldn’t be absurd to imagine him filing an asylum request with some Third World dictatorship where he can finally be safe from the vengeful prosecutors and racial vigilantes Obama’s Administration and supporters can bring forward.
It’s no secret what I thought of the case. From the beginning, I’ve considered it to be an obvious self-defense matter. You can argue about guns, SYG, morality of justifiable homicide, the racism in Zimmerman’s heart, or whatever. The point is that the prosecution simply could not prove that Zimmerman started the fight that ended with Martin getting shot with the evidence they had. They didn’t have the credible witnesses or the forensic evidence to support murder or manslaughter. It just wasn’t there, guys. The Sanford police knew it from Day 1. The only people who were surprised by this verdict were the ones paying the least attention to the proceedings, I’ll bet. The weakness of the case was writ large for those looking with their eyes on facts.
My own interest in the outcome was the knowledge that once the facts were heard and the verdict was read, it could only further shame and degrade the American news media that I hate so very much. Out of all the legal proceedings to follow, I am only looking forward to Zimmerman’s lawsuit against NBC for doing more than its part to agitate us against ourselves. They weren’t the only ones guilty of this incitement, but they were the most blatant. And they were successful.
Things are getting worse out there, I think. I was initially relieved that there weren’t any major outbreaks of violence. After the Rodney King/LAPD verdict, it was quick. This time is different though. There is this sense of seething in the city; more of a slow burn. It reminds me a lot of how tensions were gradually escalating right before Angela Corey filed charges against Zimmerman. What is there to stop it now?
So that’s where my John Brown comparison comes in. This has left a mark on us and how we feel about each other, no question. Maybe in 150 years, Florida v Zimmerman will just be a case that criminal lawyers study when preparing for self-defense cases. I’d like to hope so. Alternately, it could be that this is the moment we all decided not to “get along.” The distrust of the system and of each other, finally breaking it all apart. We’re being driven to it, you know. It’s all being ginned up by those who benefit from exploiting grievances, bolstering ratings, selling fear, and pimping votes. Those are the only ones worthy of our hatred. They’ve brought this on. All of it.
This is Trayvon Martin’s America; in which we support our tribes, right or wrong, and demand an eye-for-an-eye for every perceived offense. We find justice in outcomes, not law. This is George Zimmerman’s America; where we fortify our neighborhoods, arm ourselves on suburban streets, and shadow strangers. Justice is what we are willing to do with our own two hands because we have abandoned all hope in the goodness and competence of the authorities.
I call it all real retarded, sir.
1. “Black-on-Black Crime”: It’s almost been forgotten about. Damn Peruvian octoroons killing all those Chicagoans and all that. I know you guys have been hiding some gangsta rap. Now is the time to pull it out.
2. “Three Civil Brawls, Bred of an Airy Word”: Songs of unrest. I always enjoy this category.
3. “Stand Your Ground”: Songs that you feel best speak for your race/creed/color/hometown/county/religion/etc. Ignore the fact that everyone else thinks you’re a dumbass.
4. “Hero Complex”: Songs about Quixotic, frequently wrongheaded, fools who rush right in.
5. “Creepy Ass Crackers vs Fucking Punks”: Music about just being mistaken and misunderstood. The world is a hard and unforgiving place sometimes.
Bernie de la Rionda Bonus: Doing the best you can with what you have, win or lose. Especially losing.
Dedications for all gun-grabbing, limp-dick racial agitators and bloodthirsty, negrophobic cowboy assholes right here:
Mississippi Yankee: And now for the ridiculous and bizarre narcissism that was foretold…City Hall by Tenacious D. It has a couple of minutes silence at the end, which I guess represents part of the amount of time Martin could have run away or something.
WVR: Midnight by Ice-T
InsipiD: You Don’t Understand Me by The Raconteurs
pfluffy: Glorified G by Pearl Jam
Santino: Reason is Treason by Kasabian
Biggie G: Que Onda Guero by Beck
stogy: I Predict a Riot by Kaiser Chiefs
Iconoclast: You Don’t Know How It Feels by Tom Petty. Because I Won’t Back Down would have been in mildly poor taste, under the circumstances.
Now, I do not want to hear any griping about the dedications from those of you who didn’t put in a song last week for my road trip. We all know you were lucky to get anything at all this week. Incidentally, I had a nice time. Went to Omaha, enjoyed the zoo. Came home with a sty in my eye somehow, but made the most of it anyway.
As a side note, Omaha would have been a fantastic city to ride out any potential nationwide race riots.