Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

Columns

July 17, 2013

ROOT: Just the facts

(Continued)

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.

Text Only
Columns
Featured Ads
Photos


Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Helium
Section Teases

Seasonal Content
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.