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The public’s perception of the aggressor in the Zimmerman-Martin case has hinged on minute superficial details. Sort of like John Kennedy’s defeat of Richard Nixon based partly on the grounds that Nixon appeared to be wan, nervous, and sweaty, we are switched back and forth in our beliefs of innocence or guilt of either Zimmerman or Martin based partly on the pictures we’ve seen of them. Many who now believe that Martin was more of an aggressor towards Zimmerman have changed their mind after newer pictures showed Zimmerman to be clean cut and well put together (compared to a jailbird in a jumpsuit) and Martin to be more thuggish rather than just a sweet, young kid.
Which leads me to a re-tweet from Toure, the outspoken Time and MSNBC pundit:
And of course, 42 sycophants re-tweet this into the public imagination. So Toure tacitly admits that perception is important. But I doubt that he’s willing to look at how a sweet Trayvon and a menacing Zimmerman presented by the media would alter public perception. Nor would he look at it as some concerted effort to create a story. But does Toure know what he’s talking about? Was this tactic employed by Zimmerman’s defense in order to paint a picture of a smaller, weaker Zimmerman? We can rest assured that Toure’s missed the mark here, just as he has in every other aspect of this case.
I reached out to ABC’s Matt Gutman who was there in the courtroom during Zimmerman’s hearing and asked him the simple question, the one that seemed like the easiest explanation for George Zimmerman’s oversized suit. “Was Zimmerman wearing a bullet proof vest in the courtroom?” He replied “sure seems like he was wearing a vest”.
Logic, Toure, logic.