Ardent defenders of George Zimmerman have spent the past few days trying to paint the neighborhood watch captain who shot Trayvon Martin as a hero who was only trying to defend himself. But it seems their case is falling apart. Police surveillance footage said to have been taken four hours after the teenager was shot shows a Zimmerman who doesn't appear to have major head injuries. So much for Zimmerman "having" to shoot Trayvon because the hoodie-wearing teen was "bashing his head on the pavement," huh?
What will they come up with next to blame the victim? How much deeper into the sand will Americans bury their heads in an attempt to pretend that racism doesn't exist in America? Where will it end?
We've already read the "creative" descriptions of Trayvon that paint a picture of a hulking beast of a man, a 6'2" football-playing thug facing eeny weeny defenseless lil' George Zimmerman (and his gun), instead of the 160-pound, 6-foot-tall (he gained 2 inches!) 17-year-old described in the official police report. We've seen the photos of the shirtless black kid giving the camera the finger, disseminated across the web with a claim that it had been lifted from Trayvon's Facebook page. It was faked, folks. But it's still being shared on Facebook, pushed along down the river of denial.
We've heard the myriad excuses for Zimmerman's racial slur on the 911 tapes, each more ludicrous than the last. Among the worst I came across online last week: a claim that instead of calling the black teenager a vile epithet, the words "f---ing c--n" was uttered by the 28-year-old Zimmerman in reference to raccoons rifling through trash cans.
So. What's next? Will someone come out of the woodwork to describe the UFO Trayvon summoned with a click of his fingers, and the aliens that controlled Zimmerman's body? Perhaps the Skittles in Trayvon's hands, the candy that was his only defense against a man with a handgun who can be heard on 911 tapes stalking him down the streets of the gated community, will play a role in the next conspiracy theory meant to convince the world that a dead child is to blame for his own death, that there is just no way that a black kid could be racially profiled by a Hispanic man, that racism doesn't exist. Or maybe they'll skip out of that gated community entirely and again spout stories both real and imagined of slights by blacks against whites. Because somehow we're supposed to believe that one horrible, racist act by a black person against a white person makes up for a black teenager being shot by a Hispanic man ... as if it washes out the race "thing."
Trayvon blaming should stop, especially with this new evidence. But sadly, I don't think it will. The more ludicrous the stories told on Zimmerman's behalf, the more evidence we have that race still is and perhaps always will be an issue in America.
People would rather protect the racists than face the fact that they exist because admitting there is racism means asking yourself if you've ever been guilty of it. And the Trayvon blamers are. Big time.
Watch the police footage obtained by ABC and tell us what you see. Does it change anything you've thought about the Trayvon Martin case?
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