When spectators understand the finer points of the game, power-playing can be an interesting sport to watch. Very entertaining – if you’re smart enough to realize it’s nothing but a game.
Observe how the color of your team jersey is supposed to dictate the side you take. As is the color of your skin. Pathetically, many people believe it must also determine how they think.
The George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case is a perfect example. There’s one prefab position for Team Red, and another for Team Blue. Each is partially right, and each partially wrong. The truth doesn’t totally conform to what either side is supposed to believe. But what the hell – in the words of Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?”
George Zimmerman seems to be sort of a Barney Fife. He’s neither the knight in shining armor he’s portrayed as being to Team Red, nor the white-hooded Grand Wizard being sold to Team Blue. What is really amusing, to all of us still capable of adult thought, is that he’s now being sold as a “Cracker,” or as the descendant of those who came over on the Mayflower. Even though he looks like he was born in Guadalajara.
For generations, people of color have been patronized and condescended to on the issue of self-defense. When they arm themselves in self-defense – even though they tend to live in high crime areas, where the desire to do this should be understandable – criminality is automatically assumed, of them, by the police.
Now, the authorities are starting to treat White people the same way. But-but-but…don’t they know how special we are? The Tea Party is outraged, and must spring into action!
The truth of the matter, of course, is that the Second Amendment applies to EVERYBODY – regardless of skin color or ethnicity. If we’re going to preserve the right of self-defense, we need to be as concerned about that right as it applies to people of color as we are for those who are White.
Had George’s last name been Gutierrez instead of Zimmerman, we’d be having a very different sort of conversation in this country right now. Had he been out, on that dark and rainy night, in a neighborhood other than his own, precisely because he does look more like a Gutierrez than a Zimmerman, the cops would have given him the same sort of hassle to which they might have subjected Trayvon Martin.
All this rah-rah, pom-pom girl stuff is idiotic. The two officially-approved ways of thinking about this issue both lead to dead ends. Wake up, Americans. Let’s start thinking for ourselves.