"These fucking punks always get away." --George ZimmermanDear George (I hope its okay if I skip the formalities and call you George. Seems like we've know each other for years even though its only been a few short months. Mr. Zimmerman sounds soooooo formal.), I believe you are right especially after being acquitted for murdering 17 year old Trayvon Martin.
To avoid doing a rehash of the story we've already heard, Martin was walking through your neighborhood with a bottle of iced tea and a bag of Skittles but the most important thing was he was a black man wearing a hoodie. In your small mind, any young black man sporting a hoodie must be a hoodlum, thug, criminal or some kind of predator. Evidently the jury of mostly white women thought the same thing too. They bought your story, line by line.
In your world, young black men are suspicious no matter what. None of us will ever know what really went on between you and Trayvon Martin because you were the only one left standing and the story is yours to tell. It's amazing how an unarmed kid can be murdered for no good reason but it really must have been easy for you. In your mind, Trayvon Martin could not have been just a young black man on his way back from the store with a drink and some candy, he had to be one of the "fucking punks" that always get away. You made sure that didn't happen again, didn't you?
Your acquittal means that it's open season on young black men; deemed criminals and suspects on sight. They can be shot and the perpetrator, like you, can claim self defense and escape justice.That's a damn shame. Trayvon Martin wasn't just a young black man in a hoodie, he was someone's son who never made it home that fateful day. He was a brother, a cousin and a friend. He was a man.
For now, you have gotten away with murder but I'm pretty certain your life won't be getting any easier. I heard you have aspirations of becoming a lawyer. (Watch out there, you'd better finish up community college first.) You have no reason to celebrate, this is not a victory, it is travesty.
Now that you've proved you can murder a black man and get away with it. I am convinced that this post racial society they claim we live in does not exist. If the tables had been turned and you had been murdered, I am 100% certain that Trayvon Martin would be sitting on Florida's death row if there is one or serving a life sentence. Nothing post racial about a society that values a person based on their skin color and played out stereotypes.
We have a long way to go in dealing with our racist legacy. American has always had a problem with race and your acquittal last week certainly proves that. Not sure if any of those jurors or you for that matter, tried to put yourself in Trayvon Martin's place. Growing up a black man in America isn't easy.
For now, I surely hope you will go back to living your life quietly and out of the spotlight but I don't think that's happening. Personally I don't want to see you, your attorney or your intellectually challenged brother making the talk show circuit talking about how justice has been served. We both know that's a damned lie. You are a murderer, nothing more, nothing less. You cannot profit from someone else's misery.
In the meantime, my thoughts and prayers will be for Trayvon Martin's family and for their terrible loss.
(I'm just as angry as those folks protesting in Los Angeles, New York and Oakland. If you noticed, it isn't just a bunch of angry black folks, the crowds I have seen have been very diverse. Your head is probably exploding at the prospect that other people would be just as outraged by the verdict. The world is a changing. You don't have to be black to see that your acquittal was a miscarriage of justice.)