July 8th 2013: In America we are now in the last week of the George Zimmerman murder trial. The prosecution has already made its case. Barring a bombshell dropped by the defence, I think Zimmerman is guilty of murder when he, as the neighbourhood watchman, shot dead Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old unarmed black boy.
I do not believe Zimmerman’s story. Why should I? He is up for murder. Besides, what he says sounds made up:
The Black Brute stereotype: here is what I said about it in 2008, four years before the shooting:
It is why whites are afraid to walk alone in black neighbourhoods: some black man might jump out of nowhere and rape or kill them. They especially like to rape and kill complete strangers at night.
What Zimmerman says: That Martin “jumped out of the bushes” and said, “You are going to die tonight” – to a complete stranger. And it was night. Pure Black Brute stereotype all the way down to the lack of motive. There were not even any bushes – they were made up too!
Not that the Black Brute stereotype is never true – there are psychopathic killers who are black. But coming from someone who has reason to lie – about someone with no history of violence or insanity – it needs to be backed it up.
But that is not the only thing that sounds made up:
- He has Martin saying, “Alright, you got me, you got me,” after he was shot – like it was a Hollywood film, like they were playing cops and robbers. Or something.
- He has Martin say “homie”. I have not heard a black person say that in real life in over 20 years. Another apparent Hollywoodism.
Throwing out Zimmerman’s story, we are left with:
- the physical evidence,
- Rachel Jeantel’s testimony (she spoke to Martin on the phone just minutes before he died), and
- the 911 tapes.
Rachel Jeantel has Martin being watched and then followed and then challenged by Zimmerman – and then an apparent struggle on the ground. Her Trayvon Martin does not say “homie”, even though she heard that part of the exchamge and even though she hardly cleaned up what Martin said.
Physical evidence: Zimmerman got a bloody nose. The back of his head was banged against the paved walkway. Yet there was no blood on Martin’s hands and none of Zimmerman’s DNA under his fingernails. It could not have been much of a fight on Martin’s part, certainly not one that threatened Zimmerman’s life.
The 911 tape: The next thing we know, from the 911 tape, are screams for help cut short by a gun shot. That means it was Martin who was screaming since he was the one who was shot.
Even real policemen, ones with training and years of experience, kill unarmed blacks. So it is not surprising that Zimmerman would do the same, with his wannabe-cop self who seems to think he is in a Hollywood film – the kind where the hero cop kills the bad guy in the end.