Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Trayvon Martin Case

I have not written about the case because I have nothing special to add to it but I have of course followed it.

The whole thing is a racist monstrosity, beginning from the parents not been told that their son lies in a morgue despite his cell phone having numbers marked "mom" and "dad." If the police did not have his cell phone, where did it go? The shooter was not arrested or tested for drugs and alcohol though Martin was, and the initial police investigation appears to have been completely biased and one-sided.

In addition to racism the other strands that made this possible are pretty obvious, too. Laws which allow vigilantes like George Zimmerman to cruise neighborhoods legally armed to the teeth and laws which offer him a possible defense (the Stand Your Ground law), however unlikely, for shooting an unarmed teenager.