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Amanda Marcotte has refrained from weighing in on the Trayvon Martin case. One suspects that she learned a lesson from the little spanking she sustained during the Duke Lacrosse debacle in which she lost all credibility to anyone but the most radical feminists. But she weighs in today, ever so slightly:
Well, I have to point out that it’s conservatives, who are much more likely to not only be religious but to think that religion should be pushed on people for their own good, who are currently supporting a legal right to run around in the streets gunning people down for no other reason than you find their skin color to be darker than what you prefer around these parts.
This is the straight-line narrative – one lacking in nuance or imagination. The people making this argument see George Zimmerman, with a gun, making a phone call to report a suspicious person in his neighborhood. They then see a dead young man. In their world, the first must have caused the second. But as has been pointed out time and again, some shit seems to have happened in between point A and point B. Reuters is reporting that three of Zimmerman’s neighbors saw him bandaged with a swollen nose the day after the altercation and shooting.
So the worst you can say of Zimmerman – and this is just for precision’s sake – is that he saw a black kid and drew on the recent history of black kids burglarizing his neighborhood. This same black kid then responded to Zimmerman’s reaction and escalated the encounter. So it is completely disingenuous or retarded to argue that Zimmerman “gunned down Trayvon Martin *for no other reason* than the color of his skin.” It is likely the case that Zimmerman’s *reason* for shooting Martin was that he was getting punched in the head and slammed by a guy who happened to be black.
On a similar note, Martin wasn’t just carrying “Skittles and iced tea” and no weapon. Fists and concrete are weapons. That’s like saying “Trayvon Martin was just wearing shoes and a pair of pants.” It says nothing at all about what actions Trayvon Martin may have taken against George Zimmerman – actions which are supported by evidence on Zimmerman’s body.
This is a rehash to point out that Amanda Marcotte has incorrectly framed yet another narrative. She probably should have just kept her mouth shut.