Mynerva wrote:I have no problem with keeping a close eye on the justice system and making sure this is not swept under the rug - but it is still important to wait and see what the evidence actually is.
No matter how disgusting a crime is - innocent until proven guilty has to be true for even the most horrible crimes.
And I also don't quite know what to think about these hoodie protests. Personally, I don't have much regard for those that protests without actually wanting to change anything, just out of sheer moral outrage. It seems quite pointless to me, and maybe a tad hypocritical (because you pretend to want to DO something, but all you do is 'make a statement' without consequences, when there are REAL things to fight for. I mean... assuming it was an innocent guy ending up dead because of 'profiling' based on race or clothing, I get how this would spark outrage and attention, but... making the statement that this is bad seems so... obvious. Everyone in the US seems to agree, except for groups that aren't going to be affected by such protests (racists, bigots etc. tend not to be impressed by such things, I'd think).
And since it is not yet quite clear what happened, it might be that instead of it being a 'hate-crime' or, at least, something born from racism or prejudice, it was simply a tragic event. It seems pointless to be wearing a symbol derived from a crime that you don't know the details of.
I don't know that 'stand your ground' law, not really, so, even if it seems a bit odd, I cannot really comment. Maybe that law itself is something worth protesting. But the hoodie doesn't point to that, directly.
It seems odd that the police didn't fully investigate. That would smell of corruption. You could protest that (not sure if that would do much good... maybe it would, but prosecuting/firing corrupt police officers would be more effective). But maybe they did investigate it but had no hard evidence of foul play, or investigated enough to establish they didn't have a good case and decided to use scarce resources more productively. Hard to say, just yet.
Maybe this whole neighborhood watch thing is kind of scary, kind of fascist, something you should NOT encourage. Maybe it isn't very effective. Maybe it leads to dangerous situations, often. Maybe these volunteers should be doing something else with their spare time. But I am not sure the hoodie protest is about that either.
Mostly, this protest in the USA seems to be about 'moral outrage', a premature celebration of political correctness and anti racist sentiments. Nothing wrong with the last bit, but... all these celebs and media people doing it... it seems kind of phony, complacent, this exhibit of 'solidarity' with the moral majority over an issue everyone already agrees on (except that they use a symbol of a crime that may or may not have been committed). It is like people organizing a 'rally' when a child gets murdered. Of course, we can all agree that such a thing is really bad. But what are such protesters really trying to say? Expressing sympathy? Fair enough. But what are they protesting? Violence against children? What's the point: we already agree on it. Often, it seems to be more for the benefit of the protesters than for any goal that doesn't involve them. Like people joining hands singing Christmas songs. Nice enough, but hardly a statement. And of course, the ONE isolated incident incites all the outrage (especially when it is a RARE case), while the problems and ills that are far more frequent (like wars, hunger in far away countries, things deeply wrong with society etc. generate far less).
Don't get me wrong: at first glance, this DOES seem to be something worth 'judging'. But... sorry... these hoodie protests... too soon, if it is about the case itself. And too 'easy' if it is about other stuff.