Scenario at 2:30 am:
I'm in a strange town, visiting. I don't know anybody in the town
except my Dad, and I'm walking home to my Dad's house down a strange
street in this strange town when some crazy guy comes after me and shows
me a gun in his pants belt and seems to be inappropriately crazy-acting
angry. I've got three choices...fight or flight or freeze.
If I freeze
the dude could easily shoot me. If I run he might
shoot me in the back. I know the dude must be crazy to be confronting
me when all I'm doing is walking home. Paranoid crazy people do that
sometimes, attack others for no sensible reason. So, my only choice, faced with this armed madman, is attack so
fast that he doesn't have time to pull his weapon and quickly do enough
damage to the dude so that he won't be able to pull his gun and kill
me. That's what any sensible male, acting on instinct, would do when
confronted by what seems to be an armed maniac in a strange town.
The only error I make is I don't beat the guy senseless. I let up a
minute because I'm a human being, and I don't like to kill people.
That's my mistake...I don't knock the guy completely unconscious, so,
because I'm a human being with a conscience, I'm dead, and a shyster
lawyer makes sure that the paranoid racist, nut job gets off by making sure that
nobody gets a chance to really understand the dynamics of the
situation. The prosecutor began by reading the very clear racist remarks
of that nut job when he reported "suspicious" [walking down the
street?] behavior. Zimmerman made clearly racist comments at the time. What he
committed was a clear hate attack that he instigated, and only in the
deep South would he get away with it. We all know that, anybody my age
of 75 with a bit of brain in his head knows it, anybody who saw McCain
defeated by the race card in South Carolina during his first run at the
presidency knows it...the South is full of prejudice. Hell...it's the
whole reason the South went from Democrat to Republican after Johnson
signed the Civil Rights Act.
Now...will I be able to sleep?