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Trayvon Martin, Walking While Black, “Stand Your Ground,” and U.S. Foreign Policy

Trayvon Martin, Walking While Black, "Stand Your Ground," and U.S. Foreign Policy

By Dennis Loo (3/21/12)

Trayvon Martin is the 17-year-old black teen carrying the suspicious and threatening weapons of a bag of Skittles and iced tea and walking while black in a gated, white community in Sanford, Florida in February.

No doubt in mortal fear for his life, neighborhood watch cum vigilante George Zimmerman coped with his fears of being Skittled and iced tea’d to death by Trayvon by chasing after Trayvon. Any black male walking around in a gated community, for god's sake, is just asking for trouble! I mean, don't they know where they belong?

This is what you do when you feel afraid for your life – you chase the person you’re afraid of.

If that person tries to get away from you, well, that’s just more evidence that they are really trying to get you and, of course, you then pursue them even more aggressively, confront them, and then you have no choice but to use your gun to shoot them before they Skittle you to death.

As Scott Sundby, a professor at the University of Miami School of Law, quoted in a Huffington Post article about this case and the 2005 Florida law that allows people to use deadly force if they feel threatened called "Stand Your Ground," states,

"You cannot provoke the confrontation. You cannot be the instigator and then claim 'stand your ground.’”

Trayvon Martin’s murder and the rationales offered by his murderer Zimmerman parallel the justifications we are being given for an attack upon Iran and the justifications that we were given when the U.S. attacked Iraq:

“Iran (or Iraq) is building WMD and if we don’t get them first, they’re going to get us.”

Word to Iran – don’t start importing Skittles and iced tea or you’ll really get bombed.

Aggressive war is the supreme war crime. As Judge Robert H. Jackson, chief American prosecutor of the Nazi war criminals, stated at the Nuremberg Tribunal: "To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."

On the macro sphere of national foreign policy decisions and federal laws (e.g., the NDAA and HR 347) and executive orders (such as Obama's assassinations of those that the president alone has decided - as prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner - that someone shall be killed, including even U.S. citizens and even on U.S. soil), we can find parallels to state laws such as the "Stand Your Ground" Florida law that makes it possible for someone who has murdered someone to simply claim that they felt threatened and therefore escape prosecution for murder.

From the national and international to the microsphere of individual behavior: When government figures openly kill without any indictments, trial, and convictions, then individuals also feel that they have a license to act lawlessly and as vigilantes. Remember the woman at Walmart who shortly after the infamous pepper spraying of students at UC Davis by Officer John Pike, decided that it was ok to pepper spray fellow shoppers so that she could get a jump on them in grabbing up the bargains?



0 # henry gandolph 2012-04-01 19:59
I's the same thing...shoot first,because they may want to harm us; ask questions later incase all they have are candy and a soft drink.
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