George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, and the Way of the Gun
No, that's the rapper Game, in a crass, racist email in circulation since the shooting
The recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin is of particular relevance to Arizona.
In many ways, Florida is as racist and as gun crazy as Arizona, though here in Sand Land, the divide is Latino/Anglo more than anything else.
Like a lot of folks, I've been perplexed by Florida State Attorney Angela Corey's statement following the not-guilty verdict that, "This case has never been about race or the right to bear arms."
Of course, she's dead wrong.
What the entire country knows, is that the Zimmerman/Martin case always has been about race and guns.
I mean, is anyone really surprised that an almost all white jury of six women in the state of Florida, a state that was part of the Confederacy during the Civil War, didn't side with a black teenager wearing a hoodie?
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True, Zimmerman, 29, is half-Hispanic, as his mom is from Peru.
So if Zimmerman profiled Martin, it's no small irony that in Arizona, the neighborhood watch volunteer would be at risk for being stopped by the cops.
You know, for "driving while brown."
Still, there is the reality that race affects how people are charged and convicted in this country. And blacks get the worst of it.
Stats are not hard to come by.