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Of Hoodies and Crime

March 28, 2012

Some of us in New England have long thought that Florida has all the charm and intelligence of Bald Hill Road with palm trees.

Now comes old friend Peter Kadzis of the Boston Phoenix to remind us that Florida is a “nightmare from which America cannot seem to awake. It bakes with neuroses.’’

Florida, writes Kadzis, “has an uncanny ability to magnify and distort cultural and political anxiety, to live with a welter of deeply inbred social conflicts that regularly erupt with a ferocity that is almost surreal.’’

The Sunshine state, Kadzis says, is surrounded by “fun-house mirrors, the sole purpose of which are to make the application of common sense to public events impossible.’’

Florida is home to the 2000 presidential election miasma, the Terri Schiavo case, the custody struggle over Elian Gonzalez and  a never-ending spate of bizarre crime. The latest is, of course, the Trayvon Martin case, where a 17-year old was fatally shot while visiting his father’s fiancée in a gated residential community in Sanford, Florida.

Martin, a black youth, was unarmed. He was wearing a hooded (hoodie) sweatshirt and carrying some ice tea and a bag of skittles candy.

Martin was shot by a man who says he was part of a neighborhood crime watch. This man, George Zimmerman, is of Anglo and Latino ancestry. He was carrying a gun. Zimmerman suspected that Martin was a criminal, even though it appears he had scant  evidence of that.

Zimmerman claims he was assaulted and shot Martin in self-defense. The arresting officer wanted to arrest him, but the local prosecutor decided against pressing charges.

There has been an obvious national outburst of protest over the killing of Martin. Much foolishness has been focused on whether the young man’s wearing of a hoodie led Zimmerman to racially profile Martin.

Kadzis editorial on this issue is passionate and well done. The most famous hoodie-wearer in New England is Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Nobody ever suggests he is impersonating a ghetto gang-banger as he roams the sidelines..

This case is a sad example of loose gun laws pushed by the National Rifle Association and the racism that is still a stain on American society.

 

 

6 Comments leave one →
  1. tim1999 permalink
    March 29, 2012 12:40 pm

    This case is a sad example of our devolving and illegitimate “mainstream” media.
    What Scotso and his band of illegits won’t tell you….

    Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic and a registered Democrat.
    The majority of people living in that “gated” community with the active neighborhood crime watch are people of color.
    The “hoodie” is a youth look not a black look
    (Please visit any lilly white suburban high school parking lot)
    Mr. Martin was 3″ taller than Mr. Zimmerman.
    (The general public would never know this given how Mr. Martin’s baby faced elementary school picture has been repeatedly used by Scotso’s band of illegits)

    Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman after the two had a physical confrontation.

    Just wanted to inject some facts for Scotso and his band of illegits.

    Btw Scotso are those loose gun laws pushed by the NRA and that stain of racism the root cause of those 100 homicides (including a 6 yr old girl on her front porch) over the past 2 and a half months in Democratic party and union stronghold Chicago?
    100 murders in 2 + months yet Obama does not call for national soul searching.
    Or perhaps those loose guns laws pushed by the NRA and the stain of racism triggered that massacre in Boston’s heavily Democrat Mattapan neighborhood??
    You know that massacre where a 2 yr old was also executed??

    Scotso why do you not weep for these victims of “epidemic” violent crime in Chicago or for those young people wiped out in Mattapan?? Why does Obama not weep. Jesse not weep. Al not weep. Why does Spike not tweet????

    We both know why don’t we Scotso.

    • Mister Guy permalink
      March 29, 2012 11:03 pm

      “Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic and a registered Democrat.”

      Who cares if he’s an independent or a registered communist? What does that have to do with anything related to this case??

      “The majority of people living in that ‘gated’ community with the active neighborhood crime watch are people of color”

      …which begs the question, why would Zimmerman be racially profiling a young black man in a gated community like that? Because Zimmerman has been known to be obsessed with young black males in his previous “neighborhood watch” roles.

      “The ‘hoodie’ is a youth look not a black look”

      Tell that to Bill Belichick…ugh…

      “Mr. Martin was 3″ taller than Mr. Zimmerman”

      …and Zimmerman outweighed Martin by well over 50 pounds.

      “Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman after the two had a physical confrontation.”

      But what took place during that altercation, and who initiated it??

      “Btw Scotso are those loose gun laws pushed by the NRA and that stain of racism the root cause of those 100 homicides (including a 6 yr old girl on her front porch) over the past 2 and a half months in Democratic party and union stronghold Chicago?”

      “Or perhaps those loose guns laws pushed by the NRA and the stain of racism triggered that massacre in Boston’s heavily Democrat Mattapan neighborhood?”

      Again, what does that have to do with anything related to this case??

      Nice try at obfuscating the issues that are really in play here timmy, but, as per usual, you failed. Run along now…

  2. tim1999 permalink
    March 30, 2012 12:02 pm

    If Trayvon Martin were killed by Jorge Zuerna and not “white Hispanic” with the anglo name George Zimmerman none of this perverse and demented leftie media circus would be going on. None of it.
    The left would be silent.
    The left has no problem with black on black crime. None!
    The left has no problem with brown on brown crime. None!
    The left has no problem with black on white crime. None!

    • Mister Guy permalink
      March 30, 2012 10:48 pm

      What happened in this incident is that a man of mixed race killed a younger black man, period.

      Anything else is just silly obfuscation that no one, outside of the far Right-wing, is buying into.

  3. tim1999 permalink
    March 30, 2012 12:08 pm

    Btw now that the NY Times has created this whole new ethnic and racial labeling system re: “white Hispanic” I expect all you libs to identify House Speaker Gordon Fox as a “white Cape Verdean” from here on out. Okay Scotso??
    You libs need to share your perverse and mailgant hypocrisy with your own.

  4. May 16, 2012 1:03 pm

    Your means of explaining the whole thing in this piece of writing is genuinely fastidious, every one is capable of without difficulty knowing it, thanks a lot.

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