Sunday, 14 July 2013

Question

The manslaughter of Trayvon Martin. Because that is what it was, lets not call a horse a duck.

The manslaughter of Trayvon Martin occured because of one man's choice to confront this boy. Yes, he was legally a youth, and this man chose to follow him. With a gun.

Lets pause right there.

A man, George Zimmerman, chose to follow this boy, Trayvon Martin, with a gun. Now, that makes me ask a question right there.

Why? What possible reason, does a man who is not in law enforcement have for following a boy, and confronting him, with a gun on his person.

Now lets play a game. Lets pretend that instead of a boy this man with a gun follows, it is actually a woman. Perhaps the same age, perhaps the same skin colour. Perhaps a 40 year old white woman going home from work. Perhaps me, a young woman of Mediterranean heritage. What would i think, if i discovered a man following me, and then found out he was in possesion of a gun.

I would be terrified. Instantaneous fight or flight mode. And what thoughts would be running through my head?

He's going to mug me at gun point.

He's going to rape me. At gun point.

He is going to do something that will hurt me, even kill me, because he followed me and he has a fucking gun.

I wonder what Trayvon Martin thought, when confronted by this man and his gun. Perhaps he thought exactly the same, that he would be mugged, or raped, or hurt.

You know what? My opinion is not important. I'm just an angry white female looking for her next rant.

If that is what you want to believe.... go ahead. If you want to believe that George Zimmerman acted correctly, go ahead. If you want to believe that Trayvon was innocent, be my guest.

But lets not ignore the facts.

George Zimmerman chose to follow Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman had the gun.

George Zimmerman confronted Trayvon Martin.

And that boy died, because that man had a gun, and he used it.