Monday, July 15, 2013

William Saletan is Trying to Be the Stupidest Person Alive

The 911 dispatcher who spoke to Zimmerman on the fatal night didn’t tell him to stay in his car. Zimmerman said he was following a suspicious person, and the dispatcher told him, "We don't need you do to that." Chief prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda conceded in his closing argument that these words were ambiguous. De la Rionda also acknowledged, based on witness and forensic evidence that both men “were scraping and rolling and fighting out there.” He pointed out that the wounds, blood evidence, and DNA didn’t match Zimmerman’s story of being thoroughly restrained and pummeled throughout the fight. But the evidence didn’t fit the portrait of Martin as a sweet-tempered child, either. And the notion that Zimmerman hunted down Martin to accost him made no sense. Zimmerman knew the police were on the way. They arrived only a minute or so after the gunshot. The fight happened in a public area surrounded by townhouses at close range. It was hardly the place or time to start shooting.
The phrase "we don't need you to do that" referred to the act of following Martin. The police were pretty clear--when Zimmerman said he wanted to follow Martin, the police said "we don't need you to do that." If that's fucking ambiguous than fuck it all anyway nothing means nothing and we need to go back to the days of Dick and Jane. Stop. Do Not Follow. Don't do that. Stop. Bad. No. Sit down.

What a bunch of bullshit.

I'm going to call this piece out of William Saletan's latest attempt at becoming the stupidest man on the Internet and identify it for what it is:
"The evidence didn't fit the portrait of Martin as a sweet-tempered child, either"
Trayvon Martin wasn't on trial for murder. George Zimmerman was on trial for murdering Trayvon Martin. So, why exactly would a thinking, rational person refer to the victim in this manner?

Oh, that's right. Saletan refers to this piece of information because it fits neatly with the idea that Martin was a rampaging asshole who always gets away and that Zimmerman was duty-bound as a wannabe cop and a half-assed neighborhood watch clown on Adderall to shoot him dead. It fits with the tribal instinct that is ingrained in people like Saletan to always--always--come down on the side of anyone who kills the outsider to protect the tribe. The funny thing is, none of the people defending Zimmerman would ever want to live next door to him, especially if they had dogs or children.

Only in America do we put a dead black teenager on trial for his own murder.

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