Blame the Victim

People have been known to blame victims of date rape.  Others have said that the victim of a car or home burgarly are to blame.  And now, a few folks have taken to blaming Trayvon for his own murder.  If you’re an American and haven’t heard about Trayvon Martin, you obviously live under a rock.  In an effort to de-humanize Trayvon and justify George Zimmerman’s actions, reports are now coming out saying that Trayvon had been suspended from school for having a baggie that had drug residue.  And Geraldo Rivera commented that Trayvon’s hoodie is as much to blame for his death as George Zimmerman. *blank stare*

Just so we’re clear, folks, let’s state the obvious-George Zimmerman, riding around his neighborhood, spotted a young boy.  He called the police and reported a “suspicious person”.  Even after the 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman not to follow the young man, he did anyway.  Not only did he follow him, he exited his car, with a gun, and approached this “suspicious person”.  No one, besides Trayvon and George, know what happened next, but we do know that the end result was a 17 year old kid who lost his life.

Let’s try to imagine things from Trayvon’s perspective-he’s a 17 year old CHILD.  And if his parents were like mine and most others, they probably told him to be weary of/don’t talk to strangers.  And this man who’s following him and eventually approaches him, is a stranger.  Honestly, I’m almost 30 years old and still give people the side-eye who approach me and I don’t know who they are.  But I digress…A stranger approaches you and asks you what you’re doing in the neighborhood.  Now, if he’s like most teenage boys, he might be feeling himself and give a smart remark.  Or, if he’s a little more mannerable, he might answer with a little more respect.  But if we want to be honest, Trayvon does not owe this man anything.  He’s not an officer, and he’s not an official- he’s an overzealous neighborhood watch captain.  IMHO, anyone who exits his car with a firearm is looking for trouble.  And I honestly believe that even if Trayvon told George he was visiting his father and his girlfriend, it would not have mattered. 

Now, for you people that seem to think this is only about race, it’s not.  The fact of the matter is that this unarmed boy was shot and killed (murdered, if you will), and his killer walks free.  In fact, his killer was never arrested.  It appears that the police department is serving double duty and has done the job of the attorneys.  Just so we’re clear on how this works, the police normally take the shooter in (ESPECIALLY if they have confessed), question them, then book them.  It’s up to the DA or prosecutor to decide if they want to take this to trial.  And honestly, because this man has still, one month and one day after this shooting occured, not been arrested, tensions are high and the family (along with the world) want answers…and more importantly an arrest. 

To those of you that ask what justice is, I’ll tell you- Justice, in this case, is for George Zimmerman to be arrested and charged with the murder of Trayvon Martin.  He can either plead guilty or plead innocent and go to trial and let a jury of his peers decide his fate. 

I’ve said all I will for now.  But please don’t doubt for a second that this is the last time you’ll hear about Trayvon on this blog; I can guarantee you it won’t be.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

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5 Comments

  1. Well, I’m not sure the killer should be arrested. Innocent until proven guilty right? There are just too many unanswered questions and the killer is anything but a flight risk.

    He shot him, yes, and admitted to him, but:

    …where did his face get so beaten up from when the police arrived?
    …why did he call 911 before shooting him?
    …why are his black friends coming out and speaking up for him?
    …who are all these witnesses that are coming forward and saying both men were fighting before treyvon got shot?

    From everything I see, this had nothing to do with race. It’s just an easy way to look at it. It may have been, but right now it points to anything but.

    • Thank you for your comment. If we want to get technical, there are tons of people who are arrested every day and are considered innocent. But all of the evidence points to their guilt. You’re right; there are a lot of unanswered questions. But the main question is why didn’t the police do their job? A man confessed to killing him and was never held accountable for his actions.

  2. I think he is being held accountable. He is going to trial. He’s not a flight risk and honestly, I have no idea what the cops know that I don’t and I can’t speculate. If he did it like veryone is saying, than yes, he should go in for life, but there are so many questions and as I read this I see more articles …treyvon suspended for graffiti …Miami-Dade police have jewelry found in treyvons bag (another item from school) along with a screwdriver that is being investigated. It just seems more and more bits of info are coming out that this guy wasn’t no nice of a kid, and more and more info coming out that the shooter wasn’t racist …no one knows though.

    • You know something I don’t know? Who said he was going to trial? He hasn’t even been arrested. And HE said he did it; not everyone else. And as I stated in my post, it doesn’t matter what type of child Trayvon was (whether he was a thief or a drug addict), at the time of his murder, he was unarmed and walking home. And your comment just reiterates what I was stating and the title of this post…so thanks.

      • He is going to trial… Yes, he did say he did it, but the question is why? …and the more info that comes out the more it looks like he was within the law …there are no firm facts either way except that the shooter called 911 before the shooting, the police first met the shooter being “battered and bloody”. Thats it. So you would have to go back and look at the persona’s of each of the men involved …I gotta say, it sdoesn’t look good for Treyvon. Honestly, the more I read about this, it seems to be the media picking up on a distraught and lying mother.

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