~pancake~ wrote:1) Zimmerman sees black teenager wearing a hoodie
2) Zimmerman’s mind makes judgements about the character and motives of this young man
3) Zimmerman calls 911 and is told to stand down
4) Zimmerman pursues the young man anyway
5) Altercation ensues that none of us can say with certainty the details of
6) Zimmerman shoots and kills Trayvon Martin
7) Some comments suggest that Travyvon’s choice of clothing contributed to his death, that people make judgements when they see this, and that he is at least in part responsible because of that choice.
The question as to whether or not Zimmerman was technically justified in using lethal force under Florida’s “Stand your ground law” is a matter for the police and the courts. To date, as no arrest has been made, it would appear that perhaps the police have made that decision.
The fact remains, that if a judgement call hadn’t been made because of how this young man looked, the altercation wouldn’t have happened and he wouldn’t have died.
The fact remains, if he hadn’t been followed because of the judgements that were made about him simply because of how he looked, he wouldn’t have died.
The “Stand your ground” law technically allows a person to defend themselves if they fear for their lives, but we need to think hard about what really, intially, caused that fear.
Mynerva wrote:What I think is 100% unacceptable is putting out addresses on twitter the way Spike Lee did...and putting money on Zimmermann's head by some new black panther group.
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.
Ontario’s Human Rights Commission and Quebec’s Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse released sweeping reports in recent years noting racial bias is evident in the justice system, and urged their respective governments to take the lead in battling the trends.
http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/McG ... story.html
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