For anyone who thinks that the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin was justified, there are several assumptions you must have made to get to that conclusion. In short, anyone who believes Zimmerman was justified in killing the unarmed teenager are most likely racist, even if they don’t know it.
Here are the five assumptions you need to have either consciously or subconsciously made to determine that a white guy who, after being told by the police not to, chased down an innocent black teenager and shot him dead, is innocent:
1. A white person carrying a gun is a hero – a defender of truth, justice and the American way. A black man carrying a gun is none of the above. He is almost certainly a gangster and a threat to society.
2. When white kids smoke weed, they are college students or ‘pot heads’. When a black kid gets high, he is a drug addict and a thug.
3. White people are allowed to chase black teenagers with loaded weapons if they believe they are guilty of something. You don’t need any proof – just suspicion. White people are presumed innocent by society, and black people are presumed guilty.
4. Black people are not allowed to ‘stand their ground’ when a white person with a gun chase them down for no reason. The ‘Stand your ground’ law only applies to white people (see the story of the black woman in Florida who fired a warning shot when her husband threatened to kill her, and received 20 years in jail).
5. Trayvon Martin couldn’t possibly have been defending himself from George Zimmerman because George Zimmerman was white, and white people don’t attack black people.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.