George Zimmerman Is Being Hated on Just Like Tyler Clementi Was, Says Worst Guest Column Ever

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Though Zimmerman was forced back into jail, his goatee was allowed to remain out on bond.
George Zimmerman's legal team shared an Orlando Sentinel guest column this morning that defends Zimmerman on a level a step above the others: It's not just that he deserves his fair day in court and people are jumping to conclusions. We should be looking up to Zimmerman. Lots of other people haven't done so well in the face of bullying, hatred, and threats.

It's a curious thesis, with curious evidence. The martyrs mentioned: two bullied teenagers and a guy who murdered his children.

"What is happening to Zimmerman, on every level, is a national disgrace," writes the improbably named Modesty Avian, from Tucson. "It takes people of a high caliber and moral courage to survive death threats, terrorism, hatred and harassment. People like the Zimmermans deserve our empathy."

It does not appear caliber was an intended pun.

"Bullying suicides are everywhere, from Tyler Clementi to Abraham Biggs, among many others who have taken their own lives when maligned," she continues. "Consider Josh Powell, who burned himself and his sons when faced with hardships and trials."

If you're not familiar with those names, Abraham Biggs was a Pembroke Pines 19-year-old who streamed video of his overdose suicide online in 2008.

Tyler Clementi is the Rutgers University student who jumped off a bridge in 2010 after his roommate secretly recorded and broadcast footage of Clementi hooking up with another man. It shook an entire university community and provided the impetus for the "It Gets Better" campaign to reach out to LGBT youth.

Josh Powell was a Seattle father who stole his two young sons from a social worker, hit them both with a hatchet, and then blew up his house with all three of them inside. For real.

The social worker was supposed to be supervising the visit between Powell and his sons because Powell had lost custody of them -- he was a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, and his kids were taken away after his father, with whom they were staying, was arrested on child porn charges.

"Hardships and trials" indeed, Ms. Avian, but hardly a case in which we get to say "Poor Josh Powell." You don't get to lump Clemente and Biggs in with a hatchet-wielding child-exploder and use it to back up your justification of a killing. What's the point here? That Zimmerman didn't kill himself? Is that cause for admiration now?

"Lynch mobs want vengeance, not justice... It is easy to see from his actions and the court proceedings that Zimmerman has the deepest respect for our justice system," she says, with no comment on Zimmerman's assertion to the 911 operator about how "these assholes always get away." And where was that "deepest respect" when Our Justice System told him not to chase Martin around his father's gated community?

She then says "Zimmerman is neither a racist nor a vigilante."

While we'll probably never be able to prove race was a factor in the Trayvon Martin killing, Zimmerman's MySpace page included totally racist stuff about Mexicans. Maybe he got over it. Let's give her the benefit of the doubt on that one.

But Zimmerman isn't a vigilante? If you define vigilante, as Google does, as "a member of a self-appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their community without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate," then yeah, Zimmerman is totally a vigilante. How could that even be a question?

Even if the killing was justified, even if Zimmerman acted in self-defense, even if he Stood His Ground and is found to be totally innocent, Zimmerman is a vigilante. He was told not to follow Martin -- he did it anyway. Even if you support Zimmerman completely, you can't deny it was vigilantism that led to this whole debacle.

Let's read some more of the column:

"Humans have discovered that good wishes are essential to life. Imagine then, if groups of people, organizations, churches, politicians and media were to vilify and demonize a single individual."

It's not clear which publication this "good wishes" discovery appeared in, but let's move on to this thing about how "groups of people" don't demonize individuals. Turn on CSPAN for about ten seconds and you'll see a group of people making a living off of doing just that. Pro-choice? Demon. Anti-abortion? Demon. Cries of voter suppression from one side, cries of voter fraud from the other? Demons, the lot of 'em.

And churches? Churches demonize people every day -- that's where the word demonize comes from." Imagine, for a second, what a crazy world it would be if churches just went and passed judgment on people. What a terrible place!" Yeah, that doesn't happen. None of those gay people actually wanted to get married.

Avian concludes, "Whatever else you may think regarding the case, the character and courage of Zimmerman and his family is an inspiration to us all. Would we fare so well in his shoes?"

A good question. What would we do if we were in Zimmerman's shoes? Would we walk around in the dark with a handgun, following random people through our neighborhood? Would we ignore authorities who told us not to just be following people around while the police are on their way? Would we then kill someone as he tried to beat the crap out of us for following him around? And when we got arrested, would we lie to the courts about how much money we had for our defense and then get our bond revoked?

Who knows? But it's nice to know that if we did all those things and ended up charged with murder, people would compare us to Tyler Clementi and say they look up to us. When you kill someone, after all, it's incredibly courageous to sort of cooperate with authorities.

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me
me

I must be out of the loop.  My neighborhood watch organization is part of the National Organization and are not allowed to carry guns.  Only pepper spray and taser.  They are trained to approach a person with caution and to be friendly.  Similar to the store employee who asks if she can help you find something when she really thinks you are there to shoplift. If a person is spotted who looks suspicious or who is committing a crime or whatever, the training specifies that you phone the police and try to remember as much as you can about the suspect and to remain at a safe distance.  Never put yourself in harms way. The vehicle is the safest place to be.

LoveforAll
LoveforAll

If you are walking in your neighborhood and someone of color be it green or blue or whatever attacks you then you have the right to defend yourself.  If you are following someone in your neighborhood and that person perceives you as a threat regardless of color then that person has the right to defend himself. Bottom line is at some point in time their paths crossed, GZ did not properly identify himself as a "good guy" neighborhood watch so as far as TM was concerened he was defending himself against someone who was following him.  This is the reason why people of authority should always identify themselves so the other person knows who they are.  Police officers do not follow people quietly if they think the person in doing something suspicious.  They identify themselves, then if the perp runs or does whatever, it cannot be said that they did not know who was behind them.  By all means protect yourself, but do not put yourself in a situation where you have to protect yourself.  Kinda like the bully getting beat up and then killing the very person he was bullying, in self defense when he should have left him alone and let the authorities handle it.  GZ made a fateful decicion that night that has changed his life forever, regardless of the outcome. His life will never be the same.  He will never be a police officer, he will never be a security guard, he will never be a neighborhood watch volunteer again.  It will for some time be hard for him to even obtain employment.  And that is a life that sucks.

Agent Change
Agent Change

Racist, homophobic, xenophobes on the right love to paint themselves as victims.  It's sad really, but I think it exposes a bit of the delusion they live under.

Leroy Eugene Hudson
Leroy Eugene Hudson

Nope, never noticed that. Seen em talk about every dang thing in the world. Perhaps those are the only times you pay attention to what they're doing.

Guesst
Guesst

The 7-11 video provides a snippet of Trayvon Martin's deep voice.  Zimmerman's, otoh, has a well-known one that is almost girly in its quality and texture.

Concerned
Concerned

The lord provided the 911 calls with a determined Adult chasing after a child and a screaming child begging for their life. Listen with your heart. It's the last words of a child that see their life flashing before their eyes. And now the admitted killer of this child is cowardly claiming this child's last words as his own to escape conviction. The whole world is watching and at the end God will have the final say.

44
44

Ever notice how the black chappies never have any comment on blacks killing other blacks, white, hispanics or asians? It's only when someone of another color kills one of black skin... Is it any wonder they have amounted to little more than slaves for the past 10 thousand years?

me
me

When a Black kills a White person, no one has to protest to get justice because they will be immediately arrested. The only reason why the "chappies" are not visible when it is a Black criminal who is obviously guilty is because they would never allow a Black man to say he killed a White man in self defense and the guy didn't have any weapons.  Also, there was already issues with this particular police department.  They didn't follow protocol.  If GZ had been treated as if he had killed a White person the Reverends and lawyers and news media wouldn't have a story.

Guesst
Guesst

Most likely, Trayvon Martin was carrying drugs at the time that he ran away from George Zimmerman, who was seated in his car then. About 3 minutes later, TM inexplicably came back to almost the exact same location to yell at George, who had just hung up his phone nearby the fight scene, arranging to meet a cop. The most likely scenario is that he ditched his weed and his blunt, and came back to give GZ a piece of his mind.

me
me

Wow, really? So using your logic then I will assume that one of GZ buddies took that bloody picture of him after pouring fake blood on him and punched him in the nose. That is why the blood that is running from the back of his head dried running toward his face.  He was standing with his head down. Both made fateful decisions and one is dead and the other has to live with the consequences. And if he ditched his weed and blunt, I am sure the police department and crime scene investigators would have found it. That is part of the investigation to collect evidence. Unless they found it and smoked it.  Or maybe GZ and his buddies took it to celebrate... The whole situation is sad and race does not have anything to do with it.  GZ would have shot and killed anyone who was beating his ass.

Guesst
Guesst

Most of the laughable farfetched scenarios about Zimmerman being a superhuman stalker who was able to wear out a running teen have been dismissed.  Reasonable people understand that Zimmerman was a pudgy asthmatic who didn't have a prayer of catching the football running back, TM. The location of the fight/death scene is known. It is about 30 short yards from Zimmerman's parked truck. It is about where one would guess that Zimmerman could run for about 5 seconds before being told "we don't need that" and then stopping. It is also where ALL of the neighbors who could hear noises so testified. In addition, it is also known that both individuals were on the phone for 2 mins roughly after Trayvon ran out of sight. It means that TM was out of earshot of the death scene locale. The only mystery left is how far Trayvon ran from that place, only later to return to it, puzzlingly. (Obviously, it was not a case of Zimmerman pursuing him for two minutes, tiring him out, and Trayvon haplessly coming to a halt to that location.) Also obvious, it was not a case of Trayvon being "skeered" to go back to that place -- he did so, voluntarily. Given the fact that the witnesses only heard a sentence or two of loud yelling before the fight, and that DeeDee testified that Trayvon communicated first, it can be deducted that he yelled at Zimmerman first. That is the best evidence available for how the confrontation began.

Rosario Moreno
Rosario Moreno

I think the only empathy should be for the parents of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman should go to jail because he's a racist violent man and taking away his freedom is the only way he will learn. Next time he'll think twice before carrying a gun and referring to Black young man as coon. How dare he? A young innocent life has been lost, a mother's heart has been shattered, a family has been broken and Zimmerman should go to jail for life. That's where he belongs, with people like himself.

Bewford
Bewford

Zimmerman's toast. He fooled a lot of people. He better take a deal and ask for some favors; RIGHT NOW.

Guesst
Guesst

Before any discussion about "stalking", it must be kept in mind that George Zimmerman's phone call is the best evidence about what was his motivation. First, he was not going to stop, hinder, capture or tackle anyone. All that he had ever described was a suspicious person which he wanted a cop to use his best judgment on.  Not to immediately arrest or take down. So there is no EVIDENCE that he had something other in mind, only some farfetched, imagined motivation invented by his harassers. Second, all of the EVIDENCE supports the claim that Zimmerman never wandered very far from his vehicle; and stayed in the area where the dispatcher first realized that he had gone from the vehicle. All of the witnesses reporting noises were from units surrounding the sidewalk T near the death scene. In addition, the fact that Trayvon Martin could conduct a private conversation for 2+ minutes while Zimmerman simultaneously finished up with the dispatcher PROVES that he was not near that location, and MUST have returned close to where he first got "skeered" and ran 3 minutes earlier.  He came back to confront, attack and be killed. 

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