Here’s the difference between Trayvon Martin and Chris Lane, Mike. Are you listening? Lane’s killers are in custody! They weren’t released after the murder the way George Zimmerman was. The criminal justice system is treating this killing like it should have treated Trayvon Martin’s.
Do you understand? I’m sure you do, and this cartoon is just grandstanding for attention.
More confirmation for my theory the people who have taken Zimmerman’s side are motivated more by standing against people like Al Sharpton or, in this case, Barack Obama than by defending Zimmerman’s actions.
Let’s try to understand Gorrell’s logic here:
1) Because Trayvon Martin walked into the wrong neighborhood (what was he doing in that part of town, Gorrell wants to know) he deserved to die?
2) Because of what Martin texted, he deserved to die?
3) Martin was unjustified to be creeped out by Zimmerman stalking him?
4) Martin was unjustified to confront the man stalking him?
5) Because Martin was winning the fight (if we go by Zimmerman’s story) he deserved to be shot?
6) And finally, is Gorrell completely ignorant of the whole ‘suspected of being black’ issue here, or is he willfully ignoring it? Obama didn’t say ‘Trayvon could have been me… if I had done what Trayvon did.’ It was ‘Trayvon could have been me… because of how we both look.’
That last one is what I want an answer to. Throughout the entire life of this story people like Gorrell have been twisting themselves into knots to claim this isn’t about race, it’s entirely about what Martin did and how Zimmerman was just defending himself.
Bullshit. Zimmerman stalked Martin, he got out of his car to follow him, and when he was losing the fight he escalated it. Even if you want to say “Oh, no. This isn’t about race. Zimmerman has plenty of black friends,” there is no justification for Zimmerman’s wanna-be vigilante actions OR attempts, like Gorrell’s here, to cast the story as a simple “The bad guy died for what he did” story.
Make any argument you want about Martin crossing the line by attacking Zimmerman, come up with whatever scenario you want about how the Scary Scary Black Teen could beat Zimmerman the Effete Pussy to death. You can’t ignore that Zimmerman instigated, escalated and survived the encounter and that the justice system was going to give him a pass before the national outrage caused the trial to occur.
Which brings us back to the ‘Are Gorrell et al denying the racism or are they really that ignorant?’ question. While I suppose it would be cutting them slack to go with the latter (they’re just blinded by white privilege), I see no justification for that. Obama mentioned, point blank in his speech, that all black men know the feeling of being watched, of being seen as suspicious or a threat.
So either Gorrell ignored the entire speech, or he is literally incapable of feeling any empathy for someone not like himself. Which would make him a monster, subhuman.
But I think he’s just an asshole. The kind of asshole who will go to whatever length to justify, say, the death of an unarmed teen in order to deny an unpleasant truth (America has a racism problem).
In Chip Bok’s America white people will ignore the black man, so long as he stands perfectly still, out of their way, and doesn’t make eye contact with any of them. Though having his hands in his pockets is suspicious…
A good cartoon.
Conservatives were more outraged Rolling Stone would cover a major news story than by the death of an unarmed teen.
"Maybe if black people knew what a thrill it is to racially profile and try to take the law into your own hands they would understand why Zimmerman did what he did."
This may be the worst of the lot. Brian McFadden, Matt Bors, it’s been a couple weeks since you guys did a video chat, but if you do it this week could you pretty please include this one? The ‘Both sides need to come to an understanding’ idea is just so odious.
"Even though we conservatives would like nothing more than to focus on those two, because it’s a lot easier to dismiss the entire issue when we make them the face of it rather than a dead 17-year old."