Don't Blame the Victim!
ABC News is reporting the following : George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch crime captain who shot dead 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, originally told police in a written statement that Martin knocked him down with a punch to the nose, repeatedly slammed his head on the ground and tried to take his gun, a police source told ABC News. Zimmerman had claimed he had called police about Martin, whom he found suspicious, then went back to his car when Martin attacked him, punching him.
It is also being reported that Trayvon was staying in Sanford at the time because he'd been suspended from Krop High School in Miami after being found with an empty bag of marijuana in his booksack.
If Zimmerman was in his car, how did Trayvon attack him? That makes no sense.
We can discuss the facts about how the altercation transpired when, and if, more facts emerge.
The thing I'm very angry about is the attempt to use the media to "blame the victim", thereby giving Zimmerman cover. So what if the teenager was supsended for marijuana? What does that have to do with him being shot and killed? It's an attempt to destroy the reputation of a dead boy, in a way killing him all over again.
This can be likened to the way many women are treated following a rape. If she dressed a certain way, was sexually active, or in the wrong place at the wrong time, somehow she deserved it and is responsible for the crime committed against her. The same tactic is being used in this case. But Trayvon will have no opportunity to mentally and emotionally recover. He will have no chance to grow up and be a productive citizen. The child is DEAD!!
To attempt to smear him, or somehow shift the responsibility for what happened is a horrible statement on our society.
Blame the victim? NO! How can this teenager be blamed for his own death, even if he fought back when faced by someone with a gun? Wouldn't "Stand Your Ground" apply to him too?