Friday, March 23, 2012

The Murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman: Greatest Crime in Human History

I may be exaggerating when I say it is the greatest crime in human history. Because human history has experienced events such as; the Holocaust, La Violencia, Slavery, and much much more, I can only say Zimmerman’s crime is among the greatest crimes in human history. Firstly, I should say that I am not advocating that Zimmerman, the person, is innocent/guilty or good/bad. The topic is solely the act [when Zimmerman decides to pull the trigger and shoot a teenager] and that act was bad. To justify a claim that Zimmerman’s act is one of the greatest crimes in human history I will have to break down my argument:


A) George Zimmerman violated the ideology of freedom: A person is allowed to walk freely as long it is not trespassing. It is called the freedom of movement which states a citizen is allowed to travel anywhere in the state within the respect for the liberty of others. As of now, the facts show that Trayvon was not trespassing and was walking on public road [i.e.; sidewalks or streets]. For whatever reason, Mr. Zimmerman believed that Trayvon shouldn’t have been there, in that neighborhood, walking there, supposedly along the sidewalk.  When Zimmerman confronted Trayvon, he decided to revoke the teen’s freedom of movement and life. I find this the most offensive part of my argument because Zimmerman’s freedom to bear arms as been immensely respected in the state of Florida yet he disrespects the fundamental freedom of movement in such a vile manner.


B) Apparently the State chose Zimmerman’s side: This is a shorter segment of my argument but probably the most absurd. The State Attorney chose to defend Zimmerman by not issuing an arrest. If you are not asking yourself why, then go pray. Now, it seems the State automatically thought Zimmerman was the victim thus chose to defend him rather than the teenage boy [this mostly will end in unemployment for a lot of people in the State Attorney's office]. I think, rather than discuss about Zimmerman’s racial views we should discuss Florida’s racial views. 


C) Stand your ground statue: In Florida, you are allowed to shoot and ask questions later--you are allowed to meet force with force. However, Zimmerman’s phone call to the police revealed that he was following Trayvon which meant it was he who instigated the conflict and it was Trayvon employing the “Stand your ground” statue. If Zimmerman started the conflict and Trayvon started to beat him up badly, Zimmerman could still not use the shooting as self defense [i.e.; Zimmerman bit off more than he can chew]. When Zimmerman saw that he could not win his battle, whatever that may be, he become Trayvon’s creator and removed him from this Earth. 

All of this amounts to stand as one of the greatest crimes in history. It might not be clear to you now but I will help you by multiply the magnitude of each one of these sub-arguments by a common coefficient (being human history).

The violation of the freedom of movement as grave consequences. Examples include but not limited to: the Armenian genocide, Russian Pogroms, the Syrian uprising, Palestinian conflict, on and on. Just think of any horrible event and the violation of freedom of movement is there.

Next is the racial bias and I think we all know where that goes...

Finally, “stand your ground” statue. The so called claim of self defense with deadly force has done wonders in human history. This reason has been used in the crusades, witch trials [that killed 1000’s of women], Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. But, I cannot tell you that I would like to remove self defense. Self defense has saved the “innocents” from the “wicked.” However, I would like to remind protesters and defenders of self defense to think before defending Mr. Zimmerman’s acts because the side you pick may be on the wrong side of history. Maybe it was Trayvon who was defending himself from an attacker, an attacker who clearly had a larger arsenal. 

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