Stand Your Ground: License to KILL Blacks?
I have to be one of the most objective observers of the Zimmerman trial in America. I did not watch one minute of the trial and I am now focused on the verdict. I stumbled across the most troubling part statistically of the “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) law. There is a disproportionate amount of blacks being killed and the white shooter is found innocent. In my opinion, this is the most important factual discovery of the State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman trial — the odds were in his favor before the trial even started!
Forget about the fact, Trayvon Martin’s social media antics were sensationalized and Al Sharpton portrayed him as an “academic scholar.” Painting a picture of Trayvon as drug using thug who was cruising for a bruising while Zimmerman’s checkered past was just as suspicious including domestic violence, fighting the police, and the alleged rape of his cousin. It was (I say this tongue in cheek) the game of rock, paper, scissor: the RAPIST vs. THE DRUG DEALER, in the domain of public opinion.
Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person; in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent.
If you can separate yourself from the emotions of the case you will find that “Stand Your Ground” presents a different story when a white is killed vs a black. This SYG law flourishes because these statistics are not being shared in a national discussion. Anytime a law perpetuates a disproportionate amount of death and incarceration toward one particular race it needs to be repealed.
We can all agree if someone breaks into your home then the SYG law should protect you but this wild west law requiring only the testimony of the shooter (normally the only one who survives the encounter) to walk out of court free. SYG is creating a division in the country and it needs to be repealed. If anything Zimmerman’s not guilty judgement should bring to light more blacks are being killed evoking this law. As they say — do not hate the player, hate the game.
Michael Erevna, is Editor-in-chief of RevelationNow.net