“My main message is to the parents: If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”
– President Barack Obama comments on the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida boy who was shot dead by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. The case has received national attention because Zimmerman was never detained or arrested for Trayvon’s death and law enforcement seemed determined to ignore pleas by Trayvon’s parents to investigate the circumstances of his death. Zimmerman pursued Martin even after calling 911 — to report a “suspicious” person — and being told not to. You can read more about the case here and watch all of President Obama’s sobering remarks above.
Meanwhile, on Fox News, Geraldo Rivera — who I cannot believe is still somehow considered relevant and worth listening to — had his own opinion on Trayvon Martin’s death. Namely, that the hoodie Trayvon was wearing “is as much responsible” for his death “as George Zimmerman was.”
So, you know, paranoid, trigger-happy racists don’t kill people, hoodies kill people. I can’t even with this guy.
As for George Zimmerman? A 47-page document detailing the calls Zimmerman had made in the past to 911 shows he had a history of being suspicious about black men seen wandering through his “jurisdiction.” Neighbors noticed it too.
“I definitely think he had some kind of hangup with blacks,” said one male resident speaking to The Daily Beast. “He would follow and report anyone black who came in the complex, and it didn’t matter how old or young they were, or what they were doing. I just didn’t think he’d take it too far.”
Can someone please explain how this man continues to walk free?