Let's Get PoliticalRacial Injustice in America: George Zimmerman Acquitted in Murder of Trayvon MartinJessica Tholmer

This may not be the most HelloGiggly thing you have ever read, but we were hit with a hard punch of the reality of our country yesterday. George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin yesterday afternoon in a Florida state court, causing much uproar (and still not enough, in my opinion) across our country.

In case you do not follow national news, Zimmerman is a “neighborhood watch coordinator” (a title cringeworthy in itself, in my opinion) for his gated community. Allegedly always quick to call the police, Zimmerman reported that Martin “look[ed] like he [was] up to no good, or he [was] on drugs or something.” Zimmerman got out of his car, confronted Martin and shot him point blank in his heart.

In the child’s heart.

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It almost goes without saying, but Trayvon Martin was a young Black man.

You guys, I am struggling. I want to believe this was not a crime concerning racial injustice. I want to believe that Zimmerman’s lawyers, and that the jury itself, are not racists. I want to ignore the similarities between Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till. I want to feel that our country has evolved even a little bit, but I cannot. I cannot believe.

My family is Black, and I would usually defend or sidestep that statement by claiming that it “doesn’t matter,” but it does. It does matter. I am never profiled for anything. I have been told that I do not “look Black,” I simply look like I tan well in the summer sun. I have been told that I don’t “act Black” because I had great grades in high school, and I went to a liberal arts college, and I majored in English Literature, and I work at Starbucks, and I shop at Old Navy, and my girlfriends are nice blonde girls. I have been told that I do not “seem Black” because I listen to pop music, not just hip-hop, and I speak eloquently, and everyone in the world has this stupid image of what a Black person is supposed to be, and I clearly do not fit the rough image everyone in America has created about Black people, but I am gonna spit some truth really quick.

I am a Black person. And a proud Black person, at that. I am a privileged Black person, as well. I am privileged in that I can walk down the street without ever having to worry about being profiled because I don’t “look,” “act,” or “talk” Black. But my brothers do. My older brother “looks, acts and talks” Black. He doesn’t straighten his hair to fit in like I have always shamefully done. He doesn’t dress up because he wants to be perceived as anything other than who he is like I have always admittedly done. He is the smartest man I know, but he speaks with such strong colloquialisms that sometimes even I need an interpreter to understand his words. I don’t know how often police officers have stopped him, even arrested him on expired warrants or now-irrelevant-drug laws. I don’t know how many times “neighborhood watch guards” have called the police on “suspicious activity” when he is around. I have walked, head high and proud, next to my brother–both of them–and seen the way they look at us. We can’t even go into grocery stores without eyebrows raised. Racial profiling is infuriating, for it continually ends in the deaths of young men.

Trayvon was my brother as much as my blood brother.

Zimmerman is not a police officer, but if he was, this trial would have likely not even happened. Police officers get away with–literally–murder of Black men all the time. The fact that Zimmerman was a regular man, not one with too much authority, is why I sit here heartbroken and even more disturbed than I am on a regular night. I thought he would be convicted. This story reads differently than the rest.

Martin’s “suspicious activity” was that he was wearing a hoodie, and walking around in the dark in an area that “his kind” do not usually belong in. You see, young Black men do not have the privilege of walking in any area they please at any time of the day. Young Black men have to hold their breath when cop cars drive by, or in department stores, or in the halls of their high schools. Young Black men are not allowed to catch a late night snack without being murdered for looking as if they are “up to something.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518634830 Stephanie Snay

    Page two of this article isn’t loading right. I’d love to read it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339406775 Matthew Riddle

    I feel sympathy for Trayvon’s family. It is horrible to lose a child at any point in their lives.

    But, if I were alone, at night, getting attacked by some stranger, I would shoot to kill. No doubt about it. I feel I am not alone in this thinking.

    That’s all I have to say about that. /gump

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14204143 Tyesha McPherson

      I think the situation you are describing is a little different from what this situation was (or at least my understanding of it).

      If George Zimmerman would have just stayed in his car and waited for the police (like he was told to do by the 911 dispatcher), and not confronted Trayvon Martin, there wouldn’t have never been an altercation in the first place. Also, if Zimmerman felt so threatened, why get out of the car anyway? I’m sorry, but I’m just finding it hard to be sympathetic to a man who confronted someone who, if I’m understanding the situation correctly, wasn’t bothering him at all, then felt he needed to defend himself with a gun when he start the altercation in the first place. Maybe I am missing something?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329472833 Amanda Marjorie Cockrell

      There’s a major flaw in your point. The only reason Zimmerman was attacked was because he decided to play cop. Martin wasn’t doing anything that Zimmerman could undoubtedly pin point. Martin was just walking the streets at night with a hood on. If this isn’t racial profiling then I don’t know what is. And another thing, could’t you say that your point could also apply to what Martin was thinking? Martin has grown up with this idea of racial profiling and that the law wasn’t on his side, and now some guy is approaching him aggressively saying God knows what. Martin was just as scared, and there is no reason he had to die, because some neighborhood watch guy thought he “looked suspicious.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339406775 Matthew Riddle

        “Martin was just walking the streets at night with a hood on.”

        People act like this is perfectly normal. Why was he walking around the gated community?

        Did he live there? I’m guessing not, because nobody has brought it up.

        Did he have friends there? If so, where were his friends when this happened?

        You have a random person walking around a gated community where he likely doesn’t belong (doesn’t own property, doesn’t have friends), with a hoodie on.

        And I say, with a hoodie on, because hoodies are significant. People wear hoodies to hide their faces.

        So, some guy is walking around a gated community at night, trying to not be seen or noticed (hoodie). And this is perfectly normal? This doesn’t draw suspicion at all? Really?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329472833 Amanda Marjorie Cockrell

          I used to live just outside a gated community. So I’m not allowed to go for a nightly walk to clear my head with a hood? Is that what you are saying?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329472833 Amanda Marjorie Cockrell

            And as you can notice in my profile pick… I am a huge fan of hoodies I wear one because the hood makes me feel comfortable. It’s like a built in hat.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339406775 Matthew Riddle

            Maybe where you live, you feel safe enough to walk around your community at night. I’m happy for you.

            I don’t even like the idea of going to my car at night where I live. I wouldn’t even imagine the idea of jogging at night.

            And if I owned a hoodie, would I wear it at night? It obscures the wearer’s vision, which would be bad, because you wouldn’t able to see anyone around you, at night. That doesn’t sound like a good idea at all.

            If there was any cases of crime in the area, in which I think it’s pretty obvious there was in this gated community, I would advise anyone go out jogging at night, nor would I advise them to mask their cone of vision while they are outside. Both ideas sound like it would just lead to trouble.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500293466 Melissa Gerjoi Vance

          Ummm… yes, he was with his mom and his mom’s fiance, who lived in the community. As for the hoodie, it was February – still winter.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002162492453 Jonathan Stein

            It was warm & raining. It’s “winter” but in FLORIDA. I was actually in nearby Orlando when this all went down.

            Also..

            http://www.dlas.org/questions-zimmerman-verdict/

            It’s amazing how many misconceptions have been spreading on blogs (like this one, with no journalistic oversight whatsoever, apparently) and Facebook detectives.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010546897 Nicole Small

          He was staying with his fathers fiancee and her son. They lived in the gated community. He popped out for a drink and some Skittles and some guy started following him. Wouldn’t you be scared?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339406775 Matthew Riddle

            I would gone back into the house.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=786170159 Lina Rahman

              So again, he’s meant to take racial profiling and unnecessary (and no doubt aggressive) accusations from some random guy who is too big for his boots, running around with a gun in his pocket playing God. Why *should* he answer to this guy and then cower back as if he had done something wrong? He wasn’t doing anything wrong. He shouldn’t have to answer to anybody, but a cop.

              If you ask me, Zimmerman deserved a beating, the power hungry douche. And maybe the threat of getting his own gun turned on him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500293466 Melissa Gerjoi Vance

      If you can’t defend yourself without shooting someone dead, you have no business wandering the streets at night trying to dole out vigilante justice. It’s not like Zimmerman was minding his own business somewhere and was attacked by a vicious thug. He was following and harassing this boy and was getting his ass beat for it. If anyone was defending himself, it was Trayvon.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001325246188 Alex Lou

        He was not “wandering the streets to dole out vigilante justice”. He was part of the neighborhood watch in a community plagued by burglary and home invasion. He took time out of his personal life and put himself at risk, purely out of the goodness of his heart, to protect his community and neighbors – ironically enough, many of whom were black. On top of playing the neighborhood watch role, Zimmerman spent even more of his own free time during the day tutoring black children from his neighborhood. He sounds more like a hero than a racist to me.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500293466 Melissa Gerjoi Vance

          Actually, he WAS doling out vigilante justice – something he was known for doing and getting in trouble for, at that. As a neighborhood watch volunteeer, he should have stayed in his car after alerting the police to something suspicious in his neighborhood. the end. If he had done that, this boy would be alive. As for his tutoring, I really don’t care about that. I can’t get into George Zimmerman’s head and I wasn’t there. His actions were still wrong all the way across the board, regardless of they were racially motivated or not. He is not a hero at all.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001325246188 Alex Lou

            A sentiment you hold due to the media-inspired misunderstanding of the community watch’s interaction with the police. The police statement “We don’t need you to do that” is not a command to stay out of it. In fact, they use that statement precisely to AVOID giving a command, because giving commands makes them legally liable. When working with community watch they actually WANT the citizen to pursue the perpetrator because that helps them to do their job and prevent the perp from getting away – they’re just not legally allowed to give commands that put citizens in harm’s way. He was not only legally allowed to “stalk” (again, misuse of a word perpetrated by the media) Trayvon, but was morally obligated to do so in his duty as the community watch guard.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1536122322 Robby Dot Rat Nadeau

    Where is the outrage over the two black teens who killed a white teen girl earlier this year in New Jersey for her bike and threw her body in a dumpster? I think that was racial. You only ever hear of white on black crime being racial. Black on white isn’t? Please.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1536122322 Robby Dot Rat Nadeau

      Don’t get me wrong though. Any murder is horrible. It’s just some get hand picked for publicity.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500293466 Melissa Gerjoi Vance

      What does one thing have to do with the other? Just because the news isn’t focused on this incident, which doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with race by the way, doesn’t mean that the points being brought up about this case are not relevant.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1841108884 Craig Forshaw

      That would be because the girl was murdered for parts of her bike. Five minutes searching google made that clear. It was BMX-motivated, not racially-motivated.

      Trayvon Martin was shot because a white man saw him and went, “That kid must be up to no good because he is black.” He was targeted because of the colour of his skin, and the associations racist idiots make about black people being more likely to commit crime.

      Your comments are disgusting and inappropriate for this discussion. You may think you are bringing balance to the argument, but all you are bringing is racist trolling.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

        How do you know they didn’t target her and her BMX bike BECAUSE she was white? How do you know De’Marquis didn’t target a white lady to mug because she was white and then shoot her 13 month old in the face because she didn’t have any money? Point is, you don’t. You also do not know if Zimmerman targeted Trayvon because he was black. After all the infamous hoodie that is associated with Trayvon would have obscured not only his facial features, but his skin color as well.

        If you paid attention to the trial and the transcript of the 911 call you would notice that Zimmerman only answered about race because he was asked. He did not state in his initial call that he was following a suspicious black person.

        Here is a snippet of the 911 call:

        Zimmerman:
        Hey we’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy, uh, it’s Retreat View Circle, um, the best address I can give you is 111 Retreat View Circle. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

        Dispatcher:
        OK, and this guy is he white, black, or hispanic?

        Zimmerman:
        He looks black.

        Even when questioned Zimmerman only said he “looks” black. He didn’t know for sure if he was black or not. Only when Trayvon approached Zimmerman was he able to determine his ethnicity as shown by the 911 call here:

        Zimmerman:
        Yeah, now he’s coming towards me.

        Dispatcher:
        OK.

        Zimmerman:
        He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male.

        To cite and ask why other cases don’t garner as much national is not racist. Not everything white people do is racist, regardless of how much you wish it so. It is not meant to take away from the loss of Trayvon’s life. It’s meant to illustrate the bias of the national media and their attempt to politicize and polarize certain events.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5700040 Nikki Nyack

      I hate this kind of argument because it makes no sense. BadThing1 happened for a reason, BadThing2 happened for another reason. Some incidents get more media play than others for a variety of reasons. It doesn’t mean one takes away from the other.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1295559663 Ben Kolengowski

    When did people get it in their heads that our court system is about justice? The jury did the right thing. Whether or not it was murder, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict anybody, far too much reasonable doubt about the events. I’d rather 1000 criminals go free than 1 free man sit in jail for one day. The court is about keeping innocent people from being incarcerated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1295559663 Ben Kolengowski

      And making this a racial issue is just playing into the completely false media hype.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500293466 Melissa Gerjoi Vance

        I disagree. Pulling a gun in this situation was excessive. He wasn’t defending his life, he was defending his face.

        Also, the race argument is polarizing but it’s valid. The media has a lot to do with and nothing to do with it at the same time. If you allow the media to dictate how you feel about things or what you care about then yes – you are playing into the media hype. However, the medi being inappropriate here should not make the conversation itself invalid.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1055124076 Eugene Cusie

          Did you watch any of the trail? According to not only to “witnesses” and evidence the gun was pulled once George Zimmerman was on the ground and the “kid” (who I might add was over 6 feet tall!), was on top hitting Zimmerman (according to the only witness close enough to see what was happening. If you were on the ground and someone was on top of you what would you do? I would have pulled my gun and shot him too. Do not let the media twist this story into something it isn’t.

          George Zimmerman should have just called the police and stayed out of it. Travon Martin should have just continued on his way home (or even better? Maybe he shouldn’t have been out at all. When I was 17 I had school and a JOB! If it was a school night my butt was inside or at work after dark!)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500293466 Melissa Gerjoi Vance

            If your reaction to someone punching you with their fists (after harrassing and stalking them, I might add) is to shoot them dead, you should not have a gun either. If you do not know how to defend yourself properly without taking a life, you should not be putting yourself in a situations where you need to. You should leave that to the professionals, as George Zimmerman should have done.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339406775 Matthew Riddle

              As others have pointed out, George was just on community watch. Far from being trained to defend himself. Also, if you live in a dangerous community, you should have some form of self-defense, whether it be pepper spray, a knife, or a very popular choice, especially if you live in Texas — a gun.

              Like Eugine, if a random stranger was on top of me, at night, attacking me, I would shoot to kill.

              I’m not going to let him continue to attack me, undeterred, until he either kills me or decides I am bloody enough to walk away from.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

              If your reaction to someone punching you with their fists (after harrassing and stalking them, I might add) is to shoot them dead, you should not have a gun either. If you do not know how to defend yourself properly without taking a life, you should not be putting yourself in a situations where you need to. You should leave that to the professionals, as George Zimmerman should have done

              If your reaction to someone following you and asking you a simple question about what you are doing in the neighborhood is to punch them in the face then straddle them MMA style and bang their head into a sidewalk, maybe you shouldn’t be out walking between houses in the first place.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1060388914 Vicki L. Weis

            I think you all forget 1 VERY IMPORTANT THING.. The cops told Zimmerman NOT TO FOLLOW Trayvon. They asked are you following him(Trayvon) Zimmerman’s reply was YES. They said stop following him. STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE.. We are on the way! Had Zimmerman listened to the Officers directions, we would not be here today would we? He decided to take it upon himself to take actions in his own hands. If I as a 17 yr old child, saw someone following me, first in a car, then on foot. I would do exactly what Trayvon did. FIGHT FOR MY LIFE. The very fact that Zimmerman did not follow the Police officers directions should have convicted him alone.. This whole ordeal is Zimmermans doings and makings. He should be in prison right now. This is a race issue. Florida is one of the most Racist States in our United States of America. I should know. I live about 30 miles from where this all happened. And just so everyone knows. I am a 44 year old White Woman. This is a TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE. INCOMPETENT PROSECUTORS. AND A 5 WHITE PLUS 1 HISPANIC JURY. WHERE WERE THE BLACK JURORS? HAD THERE BEEN 1 BLACK JUROR ON THIS JURY, THINGS WOULD OF END DIFFERENTLY. I GUARANTEE YOU THAT. MIGHT OF ENDED IN A HUNG JURY, BUT THEN AT LEAST THEY COULD OF RETRIED HIM WITH A PROSECUTOR THAT KNEW WHAT THE HECK HE WAS DOING…

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001325246188 Alex Lou

              Actually, they never told him that at all. You might want to check your facts.

              What they said was “We don’t need you to do that” which is a standard police response that they use to AVOID giving orders because giving orders makes them legally liable. Even if they want the citizen to assist in the arrest (as is common when working with community watch), the police cannot give orders that put citizens in harm’s way. In fact, they try to avoid giving orders at all if they don’t have to, so to say that they “told him to stay in his car” is completely false.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

              First, they told him “We don’t need you to do that”.

              Second, Sean Noffke, the 911 dispatcher is NOT a policeman. He is a telecommunicator. That is far different from a policeman. Don’t twist the facts please. Instead you should try getting your news from unbiased sources or read multiple articles so you can make an informed post.

              Third, all Zimmerman did was follow Trayvon and ask him a question. That did not warrant a busted nose and trauma to the back of his head from being slammed into concrete. Trayvon ended up losing his life because he made a poor choice in attacking Zimmerman. If Zimmerman had attacked Trayvon first and Trayvon defended himself by shooting Zimmerman, I would totally be on his side.

              If you were in Zimmerman’s place would you have tried to protect yourself from a 17 year old YOUNG MAN that was 6′ tall and physically imposing with a hug or a gun?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1841108884 Craig Forshaw

      Not enough evidence to convict? The guy admitted he shot the kid. He stated his reason for doing so as being that he feared for his safety… from being attacked by an unarmed, slight seventeen year old. He feared for his safety because he assumed the boy was up to no good, based on nothing more than his appearance. His appearance, of course, being that of a black child.

      This is a racial issue, and it is a premeditated murder. Who the heck confronts someone who is up to no good, with a gun, when he could easily have called the police. He didn’t intend to challenge him, or scare him off. Trayvon isn’t reported to have fought back or attacked Zimmerman, just that Zimmerman challenged him and then shot him, after forcing a confrontation himself. A confrontation to which he brought a gun.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

        Not enough evidence to convict? The guy admitted he shot the kid. He stated his reason for doing so as being that he feared for his safety… from being attacked by an unarmed, slight seventeen year old. He feared for his safety because he assumed the boy was up to no good, based on nothing more than his appearance. His appearance, of course, being that of a black child.
        This is a racial issue, and it is a premeditated murder. Who the heck confronts someone who is up to no good, with a gun, when he could easily have called the police. He didn’t intend to challenge him, or scare him off. Trayvon isn’t reported to have fought back or attacked Zimmerman, just that Zimmerman challenged him and then shot him, after forcing a confrontation himself. A confrontation to which he brought a gun.

        He admitted to shooting Trayvon in SELF DEFENSE. That’s very different from premeditated murder.

        As for Trayvon being a “slight seventeen year old”, he was, in fact, 6’2″ and 175 muscular pounds. That’s far from being slight. Not to mention he wasn’t a 13 year old pimply faced little kid like the liberal media would have you believe by the photos he posted. He was a physically imposing young man.

        This was not a racial issue as I have stated in multiple posts. Zimmerman mentored young black males. He chose to risk his own life to patrol his neighborhood which also consists of 20% black population to protect their homes as well as his own. Not to mention there is the 911 call where Zimmerman does not identify the race of Trayvon until prompted by the 911 dispatcher. Even then he only says he “looks” black. Keep in mind it would be hard to tell the race of someone on a dark rainy night, especially when they are wearing a hoodie. It’s not until Trayvon approaches Zimmerman on the 911 call does Zimmerman identify him as a young black male in his late teens.

        If you truly believe that Trayvon did not physically assault Zimmerman, then you obviously do not have the whole story. You have seen the photos of Zimmerman with a busted nose and the back of his head bloodied, right? If not I highly recommend you educate yourself on the case by exploring different outlets other than MSNBC, CNN and any other liberal rag out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=786535102 Steph Woodward

    I don’t get it. Can somebody tell me why this is being set up as a racial issue? I read the transcripts and the background. Zimmerman didn’t even seem to be sure what race this kid was in the beginning. He seemed concerned because someone was slinking around behind houses instead of using the sidewalks… not because the kid was black or had a hoodie. And the neighborhood makeup is almost 25% black from what I read. So, again, it’s not because he “didn’t belong” due to his race, as the author is claiming. None of what is being said here even makes sense. This guy was appointed as the head of their neighborhood watch because there had been quite a bit of criminal activity in the neighborhood to begin with. And I just don’t understand at all why anybody seems to think that this was racial. Tragic… indeed. But I don’t get the racial slant that’s being put on this at all. I’ve seen nothing to back that up in the slightest. In the phone call, Zimmerman sounded unsure of the race of the person initially anyway. And the author failed to mention the part where Trayvon Martin was on top of Zimmerman beating him up while Zimmerman was calling out for help, and that’s when Zimmerman finally pulled out his gun and shot him. That was based on multiple witness accounts. This whole thing is being so distorted from the facts by people who are taking things out of context and twisting them into something totally different than how they read if you just look through the entire series of events and the transcripts. Shame on you for doing the same, Jessica. I had a higher regard for Hello Giggles than this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329472833 Amanda Marjorie Cockrell

      Let’s just say for the sake of argument that Zimmerman didn’t know what race Martin was. Does it make it any less wrong? Zimmerman still went after a young boy that wasn’t doing anything, and even if he was…..THAT’S WHAT THE POLICE ARE FOR!!!! Was Martin attacking someone? No. Was Martin breaking into a house? No. Was Martin doing anything that but someone in immediate danger? No. There was absolutely no reason for Zimmerman to approach him. Don’t you think that maybe Martin was scared that Zimmerman was about to attack him? So sure maybe you’re right, maybe it’s not a race thing, but it is still equally as wrong!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339406775 Matthew Riddle

        “There was absolutely no reason for Zimmerman to approach him.”

        Because, we all know, that is not what security does. Gated community security are supposed to sit in their car and let random strangers walk around the community with no trouble. Letting random strangers walk around the gated community undeterred is in the best interest for all of the people living in the community, right?

        Really?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329472833 Amanda Marjorie Cockrell

          Again that’s was the police are for…. And please “neighborhood watch” is not security. Zimmerman was a citizen, he had no rights or proper training to “play cop.” No one was in any immediate danger. If he had let he police deal with it a 17 year old boy would be alive today. Zimmerman had a gun, you can’t tell me he didn’t have any intentions on using, and he used it unjustly. He couldn’t shoot the kid’s arm or leg? No, he went right for his heart.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1339406775 Matthew Riddle

            “If he had let he police deal with it a 17 year old boy would be alive today. ”

            We don’t know that at all. There are a million different scenarios that could have happened.

            Cops also have guns, and if you have followed the news in the last year, you know Cops can sometimes get trigger happy.

            Should George have called the police? He should have.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1708371419 Stephen J Nims

            “He couldn’t shoot the kid’s arm or leg? No, he went right for his heart.”

            Amanda, this makes no sense. When I’m laying on the ground with another person on top of me, screaming out for help because I’m being beaten MMA style, I take the time to think to myself “I’m being beaten senselessly and I have a way to defend myself via my gun, but he’s only a kid, maybe I should shoot him in the leg.”

            WRONG. I take out my gun and defend myself!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500293466 Melissa Gerjoi Vance

          He’d already called the police and the police informed him that they were on their way and that he was to stay in his car. that is the full extent of responsibility for a neighborhood watch volunteer – to report suspicious activity. The reason for that is to prevent vigilantes from murdering innocent teenagers because they incorrectly assume they are up to no good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1708371419 Stephen J Nims

    “Zimmerman got out of his car, confronted Martin and shot him point blank in his heart.”

    You’re kidding me, right? Are you outright choosing to deny facts that have been presented at the trial, or are you shamefully buying into the media’s portrayal of the entire situation?

    Zimmerman was on the ground getting beaten senselessly by Martin, then shot Martin in self defense. How, pray tell, does this constitute “[confronting] Martin and [shooting] him point blank in his heart”?

    Do us all a favor, and check your facts before you ever blog again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001325246188 Alex Lou

    ALL of the evidence was in Zimmerman’s favor… To imprison him as a sacrificial lamb to sate public’s need for a “civil rights victory” would have been a horrendous injustice. Zimmerman has a life and family just like you and I, and to take that from him so that other people can feel better is to the point of reverse racism. It’s equivalent to the Nazi’s pinning their problems on Jews and slaughtering them to feel like vengeance has been taken. Zimmerman did nothing wrong; in fact, he was a great guy. He took an active role in protecting his neighbors from crime (many who were black) in a neighborhood plagued with theft and home invasion. He even spent time tutoring neighborhood children – again, many who were black. If anything, Zimmerman’s assistance to the black community puts that of most people to shame.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

      Thank you. Many choose to ignore facts that prove Zimmerman is not a racist and instead buy into the liberal media agenda to incite a race war.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1552610068 Elizabeth Cusick Martinez

    Unbelievable….Only in America is a hispanic man accused of being a racist white man. Excuse me! His head was being beat into the concrete! He is innocient!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=747077581 Ariel Triana

      Yeah, after he got out of his car and followed Trayvon after he was instructed NOT to get out of his car and follow him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1708371419 Stephen J Nims

        So by your logic, Ariel, it is OK for someone to beat another person just for following them?

        • http://www.stilljennifer.com Jennifer Still

          And by your logic, Stephen, it’s okay to shoot someone in the heart who isn’t armed?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

            So Jennifer, was Zimmerman supposed to just lie there and have the back of his head caved in from being slammed repeatedly into the concrete?? Just because you are unarmed doesn’t make you any less dangerous. Being 6’2″ and a muscular 175 lbs. made Trayvon a pretty physically imposing figure.

            So yes, if someone is straddling me and using my head as a door knocker on the concrete, I have every right to defend myself, with a gun, if I feel my life is in jeopardy.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775026693 Florentino Ezra Anthony DeLaguna

              At some point you have to realize that SOME people don’t use logic or facts, they live in a fantasy world where the rules only exist when they want them to.

              EVERYONE in America has the right to defend their life if they feel it is in imminent danger. End of story, its funny how Trayvon’s character was hidden by the main stream media, and certain officials. Also I saw articles claiming that the DOJ spent 10k on Anti Zimmerman rallies! average people stay ignorant and argue about race because it makes them feel like they care. Like every time they argue about the color of someones skin it gets them extra anti racist brownie points. I think the fact that anyone is talking about color in this case is racist. If you want to be honest though Zimmerman is Hispanic, not WHITE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1302581531 David Cassell

    Why was he in a gated community you, need to be where supposed to be not cutting through where ever you like and if the police tell you not to follow, you should head the advice. My son wears a hooded to school when its a little cool
    he’s white so stop playing the race card and get real. We have civil suites and a wrongful death charge is not that hard to prove..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1793032520 Jenn Sims

      What a fkn joke, David Cassell. Obviously you have no facts about the case, yet you choose to comment on it. What a fkn joke. He was in HIS gated community attempting to go to HIS family’s house. Fk your son’s hoodie. He’s white. I’m white, and I am utterly offended and disgusted by this. And you

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

    Zimmerman mentored two young black men. This is fact. What is not fact is how you presented the events leading up to Trayvon’s death. You act as if Zimmerman just walked up to Trayvon, pulled out his gun and shot him point blank in the chest in cold blood. That is blatantly false. Here’s the quote per your article,

    ” Zimmerman got out of his car, confronted Martin and shot him point blank in his heart.”

    Wrong. All you’re doing by misrepresenting the facts are flaming an already tense racial situation. If you are going to comment on this you should show some journalistic responsibility.

    Furthermore, where is the outrage at the case of De’Marquis Elkins who SHOT a WHITE BABY in the face because the mother he was mugging didn’t have any money??

    Where is your outrage at poor little Jonylah Watkins shot 5 times and killed by a thug while her father changed her diaper in the minivan??

    Where is your outrage at the two black teens who killed a white girl for her bike in Jersey??

    Black on white crime is just as racial as white on black. Stop pretending it isn’t. Black on black crime is intraracial and should be afforded the same level of seriousness.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500293466 Melissa Gerjoi Vance

      The problem with your argument is that all of these situations are 1. Not necessarily racially motivated 2. Covered extensively – I’ve heard of all of these and I actually try NOT to watch the news and finally, 3. they will all be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, as do most black offenders

      Black on black crime is a seriously problem that is consistently covered in the media and CONSTANTLY brought up in these conversations about race as if the fact that black people also kill black people makes it OK for other people to kill black people???

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

        The problem with your argument is that all of these situations are 1. Not necessarily racially motivated 2. Covered extensively – I’ve heard of all of these and I actually try NOT to watch the news and finally, 3. they will all be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, as do most black offenders

        Black on black crime is a seriously problem that is consistently covered in the media and CONSTANTLY brought up in these conversations about race as if the fact that black people also kill black people makes it OK for other people to kill black people???

        There is no problem with my arguments.

        1) You assume the Zimmerman trial was racially motivated based on liberal media talking points. The fact is you don’t know. You also don’t know if the young black youths who shot a white baby in the face picked a white woman to mug due to race. This creates a inherent problem in your argument.

        2) The crimes I posted were not nationally covered by the media nearly as extensively as the shooting of Trayvon Martin and you know it.

        3) You know why they were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law? Because they were guilty! Zimmerman defended himself. If he had shot him in cold blood as this poorly written blog would have you believe, why did he have a busted up nose and bloody skull from being slammed into the concrete? Surely those events didn’t occur AFTER Trayvon was shot in the heart. That seems highly implausible. It’s time some of you people start using logic instead of your emotions to come to factual conclusions and not highly fantastical conclusions made with huge leaps of logic.

        Also, where did I say black on black crime was okay? Where did I use that as justification that it’s okay for other people to kill black people???? I did not. This is a prime example of what I just wrote above. You took a huge leap in logic without actually reading what I wrote.

        These shootings were not covered by the media nearly as extensively as the Zimmerman trial and you know it. You assume that the shooting of Trayvon Martin was racially motivated, but you don’t know that. That’s an assumption you make based on propaganda spewed by the liberal media. Facts prove that Zimmerman was not racist. He mentored young black youths. The neighborhood he watched over also included the homes of many black people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=58803910 Kelli Jackson Broers

    More irresponsible commentary that is not based in fact. I mean holy hell, seriously, “Police officers get away with–literally–murder of Black men all the time.” What are you smoking up there in Seattle? You are completely delusional and abusing your platform. This kind of crap is not why I come to Hello Giggles. And in fact, I may stop frequenting it unless they promise never to feature you again.

    • http://makeitbrighter.blogspot.com jessica tholmer

      I can link you to another website if you’d like the kind of news you seem to be interested in reading about: http://www.foxnews.com/

      I’m never going to stop writing for HelloGiggles, but you can certainly stop reading my articles.

      xoxo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1411690998 Brett Russell

    If you evaluate the situation with your brain rather than emotion created from a few superficial articles that were read when this first happened (and that were likely biased) you could see that there are a few important facts here:

    1) Zimmerman was an idiot for confronting him, but if you should go to jail for being an idiot then most of would need to be in jail. Zimmerman did call the police, and while it would make sense to follow at a distance, he should have kept far back.

    2) Zimmerman didn’t just walk up to Trayvon and pull out his gun and shoot him. Zimmerman approached him, they got into an argument, Trayvon physically assaulted him, Zimmerman fought back, Tryavon was pounding Zimmermans head into the ground and Zimmerman felt he was going to get killed (perhaps he was, perhaps he wasn’t – but he still felt that way) and pulled his gun and shot. Tryavon was on top of him and if you ever shot a gun (guessing you haven’t) it is unlikely in that moment Zimmerman had any idea where the bullet would go – just that he had to shoot.

    3) We have a legal system in the United States. Any “justice” is served by that system, and an acquittal was given. Thus, everyone needs to move on. There is no indication that this was racially motivated. Tryavon was acting suspiciously (try walking on the streets/sidewalk rather that going through peoples yards) – wouldn’t matter what race you are, when your face is hidden and you are cutting through houses (as burglars often do) then you look like your up to no good.

    4) No matter if you agree with it or not. Florida has a law (most states do) where if you feel that your life or someone else life is in immediate danger you can defend yourself or them with lethal force – and it Florida if someone is approaching you and you are in danger, you are not obligated to “run away” as your action.

    Zimmerman is an idiot for approaching him. The rest is just a sad set of circumstances. Things like De. Marquis Elkins shooting a baby in the face during a mugging is a FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR worse thing. Perhaps you should focus on the actual EVIL people for taking a stance rather than the stupid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000543112587 Brian McQuillen

    What a horrible blog/article. “He got out of his car, confronted Martin and shot him point blank in his heart”.. Yeah i bet that is how it went down.. That young man didn’t deserve to die but Zimmerman just was out looking to shoot a “black man”? get real! This blog is very one-sided.. I remember being a teenager and being followed around in stores because people thought i was “up to no good”.. never once did i attack the person following me around and “provoking” me.. this Jessica Tholmer is an obvious racist and hates all races other than her own.. if it was any other color young man killed (which it wouldn’t be national news, especially if it were a white male) she could care less and would just giggle all the while eating her black olives and whipped cream waiting for the next “hate crime” inflicted on her race..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002456468215 Reich Erruschach

    Racial injustice?
    Was Trayvon slamming Zimmerman’s head on the concrete a racial injustice?
    Typically it is only racist or racial injustice or a hate crime if it is not perpetrated by the minority side.
    I will tell you exactly how this isn’t racial.
    Well actually first you ask “Tell me how this isn’t racial.” followed by “This isn’t about race, this is about equality in a country that we’re supposedly a part of. ” so right off the bad you aren’t even consistent in your attempt to demonize Zimemrman.
    According to your writings, the court confirming Zimmerman’s injuries were on par with what someone who had been beaten up accounted for nothing.
    Trayvon having a history as a thug and having marijuana in his system at his time of death accounted for nothing. Much like Trayvon’s own family, you attempt to defend him through thick and thin, regardless of how much evidence piles up against him.
    Actually, I was wrong, a rare mistake on my end. This IS racial. It is racial, because you are defending Trayvon for no other reason than because he is black. I sincerely doubt you would show this kind of passion for conviction if Zimmerman were black and Trayvon were white. Why you might ask I think such things? Regardless of any amount of reasonable doubt or evidence that proves Zimmerman’s story is accurate, you immediately turn to the racial card and insist Zimmerman’s actions were racially motivated.
    The truth of the matter is the fact that Trayvon was black had virtually no factor in Zimmerman’s actions. Trayvon was seen peering in to windows and attempted to open doors of homes; a long step from simply walking the neighborhood. When confronted by Zimmerman, Trayvon attacked.
    This information of course can be disputed by those not present; however, when so much evidence supports his side of the story, it is highly unlikely for it to be much otherwise. When no evidence to support any other side of the story exists, what other alternative is there? It seems declaring it racist is the alternative.
    Whether he be black, white, hispanic, or asian, if somebody were to slam someone else’s head into the concrete and repeatedly attack them, it would not be uncommon for the victim to defend themself. The court even confirmed Zimmerman’s injuries matched up to what he described had transpired between him and Trayvon. In spite of this, your article tries to make Trayvon out to be the victim which further promotes such delinquent behavior.
    The racially motivated attacks that the mainstream media conveniently decided not to report on were apparently ignored as well. One such case of a man asking children to not make so much noise as they played in the street which entailed a group of blacks bludgeoning him on his own lawn, only to blurt out “Now that’s justice for Trayvon!”
    That alone puts into perspective the very people you’re trying to idolize and side with while trying to exemplify anyone who disagrees with such behavior by declaring them racist and corrupt.
    You my friend, and everyone who thinks like you, are the real racists and perpetrator of racial injustices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1619815290 Alan Paxton

    When Ron Goldman went to Nicole “Simpson” Brown’s condo to return some sunglasses and was murdered along with her for simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time receive the “justice” they deserved? Was that racially motivated? Two people murdered because of who they were or the color of their skin? Or was it a “hate” crime? They couldn’t speak of what happen, then breaking news: a man with cause rides around LA with a gun to his head and a pocket full of cash in the back of a white Bronco saying he was going to kill himself because of what he had done was then later found not guilty where were all of these people then? Everyone black and white knew a man got away with murder not one count of murder but two murders, no way did they do anything to deserve what happen, let all these people focus on the facts, not in what they want to believe, I know there is a race thing in America but it’s not because of the color of ones skin but because in their attitudes, more black men do commit crimes. That is a fact. Not a color, most of the crimes are with guns, so why is that? All these people should look at the facts and put that energy towards working more on fixing the facts, that’s why it is what it is. A seventeen year old is capable of killing someone young or older so please stop calling him a kid, he wasn’t a kid, he was a young man who didn’t deserve to die for cutting thru a neighborhood but the way the facts were presented showed HE decided to stop, wait and confront a man and the rest was what witnesses said they heard and saw with their own eyes, did they lie to save someone from being charged for protecting his own life?
    He made a mistake by getting out of his car and doing what he had done many times before that night and walk around looking for anything that shouldn’t be happening. I bet he knows now he should have stayed in his car but the young man should have kept walking as well and we all would be more focused on things that deserve attention.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679709854 Steve Dew

      Wtf does OJ’s craziness or case have to do with Treyvon? Absolutely nothing so stfu with that bs. The verdict may or may not have been racially motivated but Zimmerman’s profile certainly was not Treyvon committing the alleged string of burglaries in Zimmerman’s gated community. Zimmerman approached Treyvon because he was black and therefore “looked suspicious.” You can say that Zimmerman was defending himself but he put himself in that predicament in the first place and was in no way authorized nor did he have valid reason to stalk, approach, or kill Treyvon. No one knows who threw the first blow verbally or physically. For all we know Zimmerman threatened Treyvon while following (and we can even argue that a stranger following any of us is a perceived threat within it self). This radical profiling needs to stop because every race commit crimes just as much as any other. Show me a VALID source that says blacks commit crimes MORE than whites or any other race and even then you can’t say that ALL blacks commit crimes the same way we can’t say that all whites are racist (and yes I know Zimmerman is mixed but I’m pretty sure he identifies with his white half more than his Hispanic half). Think of it this way…had Treyvon been a teenage white girl walking through that neighborhood that night with a hoody…would Zimmerman have bothered to stalk and then call 911?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5700040 Nikki Nyack

    This blog post does have a very emotional perspective, but frankly I’m more disappointed in the unfeeling comments I’ve read than the blog post. The crime itself may not have been racially motivated, but to say race had nothing to do with any of this craziness that has endured of the past year is ignorant. As much as we like to think we’re oh so intellectually above it, race place a much larger role in many situations.
    Zimmerman thought he fit a description and called the police. Fine. See something, say something. He was then instructed not to approach this guy, who he thought looked hood, did it anyway and they got into a fight. While we’ll never know what really happened, DO NOT forget that Trayvon Martin also had the right to defend himself against a strange man following and then approaching him. I often think if he had run away, that it could’ve been seen as evidence of some perceived committed crime or that he didn’t belong in the neighborhood. Zimmerman wasn’t even arrested that night. The only reason he was eventually arrested was because people got wind and went “WTF?” The defense didn’t prove that Zimmerman was ‘not guilty.’ They proved that Martin deserved to die. He’s dead so I guess he can’t speak for himself, but I’m pretty certain that was not the case. This isn’t the first or the last time this will happen. It happens all the time. Profiling happens. Needless death happens in so many different ways, and it makes no sense to me to compare them. Saying “Black on white crime happens so why aren’t we upset about that?” doesn’t negate anything. We should upset about ALL of it.
    The fact that a person looks a certain way is a factor, and I cannot not emotionally AND rationally respond to that, not only as a black person, but as a PERSON. I can’t HELP but think that if I have young boys one day, and manage to raise them right, I can’t protect them from some person who thinks they’re a “fucking punk” for not doing anything other than being themselves. I can’t not respond to that. So don’t tell me to get over it, because it doesn’t end with Trayvon Martin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1191761967 Kelsey Ysasaga

    your all fucking stupid a man murdered a kid and that should never ever happen. even if the kid is fighting you and if some one is fallowing you you should fucking punch them in the face a few times hes a grow ass man he should know how to fucking take a punch in the face! he killed a kid and he should go to jail for it killing isn’t ok never ever no matter what.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

      He wasn’t a kid. He was a physically imposing young man.

      You’re fucking stupid if you think it’s okay to just punch a person in the face for following you. I’m white and I’ve been followed in stores by employees thinking I was going to steal something. Does that give me the right to punch them in the face? No.

      From all accounts Trayvon was much more physically imposing than Zimmerman otherwise a grown ass man wouldn’t have been getting beaten up by a young man.

      The fact is you never know who might be concealed carrying so the smart thing to do is avoid confrontation, not initiate it. If events had transpired differently and Trayvon had been punched in the face and had his head beaten against the concrete I would totally be on his side if he shot Zimmerman. However, that didn’t happen and no ‘if’ scenarios are going to change reality.

      So if killing isn’t okay no matter what, how do you feel about abortion?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1191761967 Kelsey Ysasaga

        he was a kid. people shouldn’t follow people that creepy if some one was following me i would kick there ass.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002456468215 Reich Erruschach

          This is the “kid” Zimmerman shot in self defense.

          http://static.politifact.com.s3.amazonaws.com/politifact%2Fphotos%2Fgame.jpg

          He, at the time of his death, stood almost 6’2″ tall and weighed 175 muscular pounds. He had numerous run ins with authorities (both at school and local police), had been stopped and almost arrested two days before his death for smacking a bus driver in the face, because the driver refused to let him ride for free. He was released because the driver was told not to press charges by the bus company and to continue on his route.
          He was suspended at school not only because he tried to bring a little marijuana in with him, he was also in possession of wedding rings and other jewelry, watches, etc. that he said he “found” along with a large screwdriver while on the way to school that day. The jewelry was turned over to the Police by the school.
          Not a single paper printed RECENT photos of this kid
          Not a single paper will admit that this kid was a marijuana dealer.
          To do so would have not keep your interest in this case.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1191761967 Kelsey Ysasaga

            marijuana is a wonderful groovy thing that bring pace and love to the world also amazing beautiful music so if he was selling weed to his friends or what ever that’s not a bad thing i wish i sold weed because then i would be helping the world be a better place.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002456468215 Reich Erruschach

              Obviously it is not a crime to look big and imposing… yet that still begs to question why 99% of all the media outlets exclusively posted a picture of him when he was 10 or 12.and none of his recent pictures. Seems as though they made a desperate attempt to pull at people’s heart strings if some of us didn’t know any better. I totally agree that Trayvon had just as much right to defend himself from an attacker as Zimmerman did; however, if Trayvon attacked first then that makes him the assailant and Zimmerman the defender. Truth be told we can’t tell for absolutely certain who struck first, but the fact remains, Zimmerman suffered injuries that were proven to match the story he described, and Trayvon is unfortunately able to tell his side because he is dead. So since our court system is not like The Socialist Workers’ Party of Germany where you are guilty until proven innocent, I think it is in all fairness that he be released without charges unless evidence can be provide that he had malicious intentions.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=703255038 Lady Lee Anne Mendeloff

            That’s a photo of The Game.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002456468215 Reich Erruschach

              My mistake, copied wrong photo in browser. This is the one I intended to link.

              http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FvJ71IaUufE/UAuGJtzkOQI/AAAAAAAAAPI/xnkAnQtB9C0/s1600/Trayvon+Martin+Thug.png

              Far different from the five year old they keep listing on the news.
              Note the tattoo on the left bicep.
              And he was supposedly a 17 year old kid?

              The comparison of a lengthy sexual history leading to a victim being raped is a ridiculous comparison which even does not remotely equate to a person with a history of criminal activity being suspected of committing a crime when acting suspiciously.
              And I think having someone tackle you and bang your head onto the concrete repeatedly is a legitimate enough reason. to use force to stop an attacker Most rational people would agree with that ideology..

              • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5700040 Nikki Nyack

                I’ve seen that photo before, he’s obviously not a child, but looks like a teenager to me. I don’t see your point. It’s not a crime to look big and imposing. Growing men often look similar.
                Sure, I’ll concede that he may have been suspected of previously committing a crime. I’ll concede that he could have been hot tempered. I will NOT concede that he was not committing a crime at the time he was followed and confronted by George Zimmerman. I will also not concede that Trayvon Martin had just as much of a right to self-defense as Zimmerman did, and that unfortunately we’ll only ever know one side of this story. I’m not saying this was a racial incident by any means, but I’m also absolutely not saying that this craziness is devoid of it. I am saying Trayvon Martin should not have been confronted or killed by George Zimmerman, he should have been convicted of something, and this is not the first or last incident like this; and I wonder how long it will happen before we care en masse.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5700040 Nikki Nyack

            The photo you attached is a picture is a rapper, The Game, so you are sorely mistaken.
            I’m not going to comment on Martin’s past. It’s like saying a rape victim has a lengthy sexual history so she couldn’t have been raped. He was killed for no reason legitimate reason. End of.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5700040 Nikki Nyack

        17 years old is a kid, sorry. Almost legally adult, but I would also argue that an 18 year-old is a kid. And being “physically imposing” isn’t a crime. Zimmerman is a grown man. IF Martin threw the first punch, he shouldn’t have hit him, but Zimmerman should not have approached him, under order of the police, and he sure as hell should not have killed him.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673321961 Matthew Barnes

          He was not under the order of the police to not follow Trayvon. It was a 911 dispatcher, not a policeman, that said, “We don’t need you to do that”.

          There are many times I would like to confront someone who is being an ass but I do not. Why? Because you never know who is carrying a gun. Both parties involved made bad decisions that night. Only the bad decision of one left him dead. If I were Zimmerman, I would not have followed him because who knew if he (Martin) had a gun or not? If I were Trayvon I would not have punched Zimmerman in the face or pounded his head into the ground, because he may (and did) have a gun.

          Was it illegal for Zimmerman to follow Trayvon? No.
          Was it illegal for Trayvon to assault Zimmerman? Yes.

          Being physically imposing is not a crime. Don’t twist my words. I stated that because it plays into why Zimmerman felt the need (after having his nose busted and playing basketball with his skull) to defend himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1440125245 Vistaa Usaa

    Zooey, pay attention to your career; Public opinions associated with religion, politics, family and racial controversy may alienate, and cause you to lose, many of your fans. If you must, make public comments using a pseudonym. Too bad FB doesn’t have a ‘Dislike’ icon.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1191761967 Kelsey Ysasaga

      fuck you don’t talk shit about Zooey i’m glad she shared this cuz it is really fucked up that it happened.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5700040 Nikki Nyack

      Why should it be alienating? Because it’s controversial? Because it’s difficult to discuss? Because it’s complex Why should that be alienating? Explain that to me. We all live in this world. We should be talking about it together. Incidents like these are not just other people’s problems. It belongs to all of us.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1487910043 Suzanna Kopec

        Deschanel’s sharing of this article is not disappointing as a declaration of an opinion but because it makes her seem grossly uninformed. As heartbreaking as this case is, this post does it very little justice. Jessica, I understand your gut reaction to Zimmerman’s acquittal but shouldn’t you at least browse the New York Times website before you compile your opinions here? And if you did, do you really think you’re accurately portraying the case by leaving out the entire physical altercation? I don’t believe Zimmerman received the justice he deserved, but these misguided, emotional, factually inconsistent arguments do a great disservice to Martin and his family.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1487910043 Suzanna Kopec

          That last line was a little overkill. I meant more than they do a great disservice to the debate as whole.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551257474 Angela Moll

    This case isn’t about race. It’s called self-defense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1549850141 Tomi Akinmola

    This blog post is such a disappointment.. None of it is factual, or helpful! As a black woman, I myself won’t even attempt to make this a racial case because it’s not!

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