Trayvon Martin: and then there was silence

If you stick with the facts in the Trayvon Martin tragedy, you will likely conclude, as I have, that he was executed by George Zimmerman.

Fact: In the 911 call you hear a young man screaming for help, then a gunshot, then silence. (I nearly doubled-over in gut-wrenching heartbreak and horror the first time I heard it. I’ve begged for my life at gunpoint so I know the fear, the latter being a word that does not come close to the mind-splitting marrow-melting terror one suffers when someone is pointing a gun at you. Regular readers of this blog will remember that I was held up and shot in the head at point blank range leaving the bullet lodged in my brain.)

Fact: Zimmerman had no business carrying a gun because neighborhood watch rules prohibit the carrying of weapons.

Fact: Zimmerman tells the 911 operator he is following Martin. The 911 operator says, “You don’t need to do that.” Zimmerman says, “Okay,” but follows Martin anyway.

Fact: In the 911 call Zimmerman says, “These assholes, they always get away.” This statement underscores his biased perception of Trayvon Martin.

Fact: Robert Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s father, said,  “”I never foresaw so much hate coming from the president, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP.”  This statement indicates a dislike and distrust of blacks which in turn tells us something about how George Zimmerman was raised.

Fact: There was not a molecule of hatred in the president’s statement.

Fact: When someone is shot and killed they fall silent.

Fact: When Trayvon Martin was shot, the screaming stopped.