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July 17, 2013

ROOT: Just the facts

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — As for what happened next, you don’t know and I don’t know. Did Trayvon Martin attack George Zimmerman? Did George Zimmerman sneak up on Trayvon Martin and start antagonizing him? You don’t know and I don’t know, so let’s not fill in this moment with misleading information that we could both fabricate.

When it was over, a young man was dead and a vigilante was badly beaten. There was no issue on that evening until George Zimmerman decided to get out of his car and create one. If Zimmerman wanted to trail Trayvon Martin, then he could have done so from his car. Zimmerman chose to get out of his car, with a loaded weapon, and now a young man is dead.

Those facts could have taken place between any two people of any race or color. There is almost no way that George Zimmerman could have known who Trayvon Martin was or Martin’s skin color. Zimmerman was hunting for punks, and punks come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Was Trayvon Martin a punk? I don’t know and you don’t know. It did not appear that Trayvon Martin was out looking for trouble that night and he certainly did not plan on getting into a fight with a man with a gun. Did George Zimmerman legally stand his ground and defend himself? According to a jury, he did. But when you look at the facts, Zimmerman should never have been in that position in the first place.

The fact that a young man is dead and no one has to answer for it is what should be upsetting people right now. But what is upsetting people is the fact that a young black man is dead and the killer went free. Is the killer Caucasian? No, he isn’t. But the media insists on stoking the flames and dividing our country even further.

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