I am so tired of this whole situation. And the verdict made me even wearier.
Am I the only person who believes this issue is beyond race? From what I understand, George Zimmerman is not mentally stable and should not have been allowed a to obtain CCW/gun permit. (The history of excessive calls to 911 and his rejection by two police departments give me to believe there may be some mental issues at play.) This is why a mental health check should be a part of the background check process.
From what I understand:
1. George Zimmerman knew that Trayvon Martin was a teenager (i.e., a child. 17 is still a child; despite having adult physical features, the mind of a 17 year old boy is that of a child)
2. Trayvon Martin was in his own neighborhood (the neighborhood where his father lived).
3. Trayvon Martin was not actively committing any crime
4. Trayvon Martin ran away from George Zimmerman (from what I gather of the 911 call transcript)
To me, George Zimmerman's actions are those of someone who "isn't quite right" in the head. George Zimmerman's perceptions of Trayvon (and I can't say if they were racially motivated or age motivated or otherwise) is what motivated him to engage with him. We don't know all the details of what happened between the two. We've heard conflicting information from both sides. Zimmerman's people say Martin was bashing Zimmerman's head on the concrete; Martin's people say they were in the grass many feet away from the sidewalk. A lot of people have gone to great trouble to paint Zimmerman as a racist and Martin as a thug. When in reality, this was a situation that got out of hand because of one man's delusions. We don't really know what Zimmerman's assessment that Martin looked suspicious is based upon.
Is anyone else frightened about the precedent this situation sets? What if someone, out of their own mind, found me suspicious? What if they decided to follow me? I could call 911, but would they arrive before this person tries to approach me? Does this person have the right to confront me? Would I answer their questions or would I feel righteous indignation at the violation? Would my response be suitable? Is this person crazy? Do they have a gun? Am I going to die for no good reason??
Out of all of it, I feel for Trayvon Martin's mother. The reason being, I don't believe she initially felt the murder was racially motivated. However, after not being able to get the police and the state to pursue an investigation and bring charges, she wanted to bring some attention to this and get a trial. Unfortunately, the media chose to exploit the existing racial tensions in that community. To her, however, that man killed her child--and what mother would just accept that "Stand Your Ground" justifies her child's death. I wouldn't.