I am not a “band wagon writer or poet” I never feel the need to jump in and add my two cents to every situation the media determines is “national” news, nor do I dip quill in ink to inscribe poetic thoughts about every tragedy or injustice happening in this world. To do so would mean that from being so heavily infused, my opinion, would be weakened to the point that it held no weight. I have been sparked by a few gross injustices and shocking behaviors and I speak only when it is on my spirit to do so.
It is on my spirit to do so now.
The killing of Trayvon Martin by “self appointed” Community Watch “Captain” George Zimmerman, unsettles my spirit on so many levels that it is hard to know where to begin.
I paint no picture of Trayvon neither hoodied thug nor hero saint. No picture need be painted. He is no more. What’s done is done and we weep openly. We need not frame his life with pointless platitudes. No child deserves to lose his life in such a random, tragic and ridiculous manner.
I can, however, paint you a picture that I see clear as day.
Trayvon was intentionally victimized, hunted down and murdered.
Not by an out of control racist.
That is what people want you to believe.
It is easier to place the frame of insane savage around a man then pawn him off in the “crazy racist” category.
You see then we make sense of it then go back to our corn flakes, hair cuts, after school activities and Trayvon’s memory settles in the dust of all the other forgotten Trayvon’s.
One more candlelight Vigil or trivial show of momentary solidarity then back to normal.
George Zimmerman was given a false sense of fire power and skewed thinking, as he placed fingers over the steel courage resting in his pocket and purposely hunted down another human being simply because he did not feel the 17 year old, hooded, “suspect” was entitled to walk freely behind the safety and serenity of a gated community.
George Zimmerman is no savage racist. He is a normal man. A common man. A serious man.
He is Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Shawn Hannity, Bill O’Reilly blasting in your ears and at your fingertips 24-7.
He is Newt Gingrich’s ignorance and Geraldo Rivera’s arrogance.
He is the grandfather sitting on his front porch smoking his cigarette watching TV and becoming increasingly “concerned” about the crime infiltrating his neighborhood from the indoctrination infiltrating his airwaves.
He is the liberal man secretly fearing his daughter will bring Trayvon home.
He is Pat Robertson’s speaking on behalf of a God who hates all non christians translated into non whites and Rick Santorum’s thinly veiled campaign slogan “the courage to fight for America” against the “snob” of a President we have.
George Zimmerman is dumbed down by the abolition of the Fairness Doctrine, he is chasing a streaming Fox News hound downloading hatred and bigotry into the veins of communities across the country.
He is Sarah Palin’s bullseye and bullshit lies, Boehner’s crocodile tears and abject privilege, he is Herman Cain and Alan West’s grossly inaccurate depiction of King’s Dream.
He is the everyday tax paying God fearing American who can never say that deep down in places never seen, resides an overwhelming anger over a man “like” Obama being President over his country, his family, his very life; or that it is so consuming that he can barely contain himself; which is only exacerbated by the indignation of having to contain himself.
Because we don’t speak of such things in a politically correct society.
To the Zimmerman’s of this world it is an affront that Obama rules the free world while the so called Tayvon’s of this world run amok.
George Zimmerman is the epitome of Bigoted rhetoric and although he held the gun in his hand, the trigger is pulled day in and day out by the vapid insanity of a nation of zealots too easily found in your papers, your television, your air waves, your back yards, neighbors yards, management meetings, family gatherings and political rallies.
George Zimmerman is not an out of control fire breathing racist.
He is an angry, confused collector of fair & balanced” media portrayals and soundbites which permitted him to hunger for the blood of a 17 year old child walking back to his non absentee father to finish watching a basketball game behind the iron rails of a gated community where he thought he would be safe.
George Zimmerman did not see Trayvon as a human being. He saw him as disposable garbage and he saw himself as an heroic “captain.”
No, he isn’t a raving racist; he the normal everyday man, fully responsible for his actions and choices.
A Serious Man.
In stereotyping and killing Trayvon, he made two fatal mistakes.
And I pray he pays severely for them both.