Was it Gods plan to kill Trayvon?
Julianne Malveaux | 7/25/2012, 5 p.m.
George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed African American teen Trayvon Martin, told Fox News personality Sean Hannity the events that occurred on Feb. 26 were "God's will."
What a cynical manipulation of our Creator, to suggest that the massacre of an African American teenager by a crazed vigilante is the will of God. Actually, if one wants to know about God's will, one might simply go to the Ten Commandments, the sixth of which is quite explicit--"Thou shall not kill."
Zimmerman has proven himself to be a multiple liar. He called himself destitute while collecting tens of thousands of dollars from a website that was formed to fund his defense. A judge put him back in jail for that lie.
He declined medical attention the night he killed Trayvon, and then showed up the next day with bumps on his head, but no evidence of who put them there. This is the equivalent of a drunk driver fleeing the scene of an accident and turning himself in sober the next day.
Now, Zimmerman faces a camera from an undisclosed location because he fears death threats, faking sincerity and regrets but saying that Martin's death is God's will.
Martin's death is not God's will but Zimmerman's, and the will of those legislative vigilantes who have passed "Stand Your Ground" laws in many states. Just as Zimmerman has manipulated God's word, he has also manipulated the truth, and he ought to be ashamed.
Note that "Stand Your Ground" laws are different from the "Castle Laws" that allows residents to use force against those who unlawfully enter their property. These laws have their own downside-witness the case of a man who shot Halloween trick-or-treaters.
But these laws allow folks to shoot people (as opposed to formerly held statutes where one was required to retreat) if they are in a place where a defendant is allowed to be.
Using such laws, had Trayvon had a weapon he might have justifiably used it on Zimmerman, since he had the same right to be on the streets. But does anyone have any doubt that if the shoe were on the other foot, Martin would not have been allowed to leave jail without being charged?
Zimmerman says this case has divided our nation, and he is, perhaps, right. How else could an admitted killer garner more than $150,000 via the Internet unless some rabid souls choose to support the wanton massacre of young African American men?
At the same time, this admitted killer has had hubris enough to provoke the New Black Panther Party to make him the target of incendiary rhetoric. But the New Black Panther Party, a small organization that is more bark than bite, may have offered a death threat.
Zimmerman, who was told not to follow Martin, actually committed one (a death threat), and were it not for the national attention this case has garnered, might have never been charged with the evil he committed.
I had the opportunity to meet Sybrina Hudson, Martin's mother, and her attorney Benjamin Crump at the most recent Rainbow/PUSH annual conference.