An Open Letter To Conservatives Defending George Zimmerman (Op-Ed)
May I please point out an obvious fact that seems to have eluded you in your rush to oppose what you wrongly see as a liberal issue? It doesn’t matter if Trayvon Martin was wearing a hoodie. It doesn’t matter if he was suspended from school. It doesn’t matter if he looked “gangsta.” It doesn’t matter if he was a good kid or a bad kid. He could have been a hard core thug destined for a life of crime. He could have been an athlete destined for the hall of fame. He could have been just some schmuck destined for a life of pure mediocrity. None of this matters.
The ONLY thing that matters is that AT THAT MOMENT, all Trayvon Martin was, was a 17 year old kid walking back from the store with Skittles and an iced tea. He was walking back to his father’s house and had every right to be there. He tried to get away from some strange person following him and was chased and confronted. Either he felt threatened and attacked Zimmerman who then shot him or was provoked by Zimmerman who then shot him. In either case, Zimmerman was the aggressor.
We all known that Zimmerman pursued Martin because he was black. How do we know this? Because the very idea that he would have followed a white kid is risible. Even now, you can’t form the mental image of it and make it believable. You might as well picture Zimmerman following a suspicious unicorn. Trayvon Martin was killed for walking while black.
As you and the right wing media step up your assault on Trayvon’s character and reputation, think about why you are doing it. Do you even know? Is it because you feel bad for Zimmerman? A paranoid cop wannabe that was previously arrested for assaulting a police officer? You don’t care about Zimmerman. Don’t kid yourself. What you do care about is that “liberals” and “those people” are making such a big deal about it. And that’s what this is really about for you, isn’t it? You are so conditioned to oppose every single thing that comes from the “left” that you cannot help but take the other side. Even when that side is morally repugnant.
Seriously. Are you even listening to yourselves? You’re defending a guy that hunted down a kid and shot him. What’s wrong with you? Are you insane? Are you aware of just how far you’re off the reservation on this? Because liberals are making the point that the “stand your ground” law is flawed because it leads to this kind of tragedy by creating an environment where the George Zimmermans of the world feel they have the right to run people down and shoot them in “self-defense”, you automatically push back because maybe the unarmed kid had it coming? Really? What’s next? If liberals push for better airbags in cars you’ll scream that safety features take away your freedom to die horribly in a car crash? Aren’t you all pro-“life”? What’s the worst that would have happened to Zimmerman? He might have gotten his ass kicked? Do you really think Martin would have beaten him to death with his bare hands? Do you have any idea how hard that is to do? So, for you, the pro-“lifers”, avoiding a few bruises to worth a life? Look in a mirror and say that out loud. See if you can maintain eye contact with yourself. Look at your children and say that to them. See what kind of response it gets. Go to your church and say that to your reverend or priest. See if he agrees.
If you honestly think that you’re defending conservative values by supporting a murderer, maybe you should take a hard look at what it is you are defending and ask yourself if it’s worth debasing your soul and your conscience to do so.