Sandusky, Trayvon, and what planet do some people live on?
Yesterday morning before the Sandusky verdict came down, my hub was tuned into the Mike & Mike show on ESPN. They were discussing the Sandusky case, and they had a caller on the line. I didn't catch who it was, but it was a colleague and not just a listener. We all know the facts of the case, right? Ten victims, now adult, came forward with painful and humiliating stories of sexual abuse, with many collaborating details. An eyewitness to the rape of a child who reported it at the time. A previous allegation swept under the rug.
I found this disturbingly reminiscent of Zimmerman defenders, including the officials who decided to stop the investigation before interviewing all the witnesses, including the one teenager who was walking his dog just a few yards away. Did they decide that if a black teenager is involved in an altercation, he must be the aggressor, regardless of fact? That Sanford is better off with one less black teenager? Or simply that challenging the stand your ground law is not good politics? Maybe it's not such a good idea to have officious wannabe cops traipsing wild-west style around with guns, stalking every black kid that dares walk to 7-11?
I haven't made up my mind that Zimmerman is guilty. I want to see all the evidence first, and I realize that the press releases only the most salacious point of view, and it's all biased. I lean towards guilt, not because of the spin, but because of the 911 calls and witness testimony. But I recognize that it's possible Trayvon attacked a man he perceived as a threat. I probably would. Follow me and demand answers from me, and I will punch your ass in the nose. I promise. But I am secure in the knowledge that if you shoot me dead for punching you out, you will be prosecuted. I'm not a young black man. And unless you're a celebrity, you won't get much sympathy from the public and the press.
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