As always, a national story has been unnecessarily clouded by ideological bias. Once President Obama opined on the Trayvon Martin the right felt compelled to take a contrarian position, turning an unarmed teenager into a violent thug who got what he deserved. And George Zimmerman is now a freedom-loving protector of liberty trying to make the world a better place.
To quote Rick Santorum, “Bullshit!”
Whether or not Martin was a good kid or a bad kid, an angel or a thug, a normal teenager or a dangerous deviant, he had every right to walk in the streets of his soon-to-be-stepmother’s neighborhood without fear of being shot. A criminal record, a manner of dress, a height: none of these make the shooting of an unarmed, law-abiding teenager justified. And yet here we are, forced to defend Martin’s honor, as though if he had been a gangster there’d be nothing to say. As though the minute a black man is anything but a choir boy it’s okay to shoot him in the street.
A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had his head slammed into the ground.