Pundits on both sides of the cultural divide have found signifcance in this outcome. It would be emotionally satisfying to assail Zimmerman, to lay his transgressions and shortcomings at the feet of his parents; to judge Zimmerman by the harsh standards that he used to judge Martin; to find Zimmerman guilty of being a moral degenerate and sentence him to a lifetime slithering under a rock of our collective indignation.
Battle lines can easily be drawn based on such a story: We must show our young people that the world of success is not a gated community. At 32, the most significant thing Zimmerman has ever done is kill a child. Martin, from Miami Gardens , Florida, had been visiting Sanford with his dad, who had a friend who lived there.
Jeff and his wife live in New Jersey and have two children, a son Marc and a daughter Lauren. Last Week in Racism: The American news media, purveyors of truth and your only source for all the developments in the exciting life of Justin Bieber , continues to call George Zimmerman white. This Week in Racism. Twitter Facebook Email. This creates a really appealing narrative, in which a white guy shot a black kid because racism.
But that will do nothing for Martin or his legacy: We must show our young people that their lives matter all the time, from sea to shinning sea, in an America they help make beautiful.
For Zimmerman, no stranger to dustups with the law before and after confronting Martin, the mere presence of an unfamiliar black kid, dressed in a hoodie, walking through his gated community, presented a crime or the threat of a crime.
If my sexual performance is any indication, I'm very comfortable with "clumsy. His death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement, a vigorous response to anti-black racism in our nation. Newsletters are the new newsletters.
That assault has been so complete that even Zimmerman feels free to castigate Martin and his parents. A white man has gotten away with a vigilante murder against a black child. In the United States, the answer is always to shoot the problem away, be it at home or abroad.
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This Story Tagged: After briefly touching on that subject, she takes a sharp left-turn into Crazy Town — which happens to be my favorite late 90s rap-rock band:. But the son of a retired magistrate kept getting a second chance, a privilege he never gave Martin.