The more I think about this story, the more annoyed I get.
The MSM is happily spinning this as large racist white man shoots skinny innocent unarmed black kid, but the story could easily be fat unathletic Hispanic man shoots black football player in self-defense after being attacked and beaten.
The MSM has certainly done a crappy job about telling us anything about the individuals involved. I think they fear to look to closely because they might find that the more they look into the facts, the more it looks like self-defense.
Here’s a Chicago Tribute story about Zimmerman which doesn’t have much information.
From what I gather about George Zimmerman, he’s half white and half Hispanic. I don’t know anything about the exact Hispanic ethnicity of his mother. People have said he is Cuban, but is that based on a well-sourced news story or merely the assumption that there are lots of Cubans in Florida? Zimmerman looks too Mestizo, in my opinion, to be half white and half Cuban. If his last name sounded Spanish instead of German or Jewish, everyone would have said he was an Hispanic and this would not be spun as a "racist" white committing a "hate crime."
By all accounts, Zimmerman is fat, but I have no idea what the source is for his actual weight or size. And then there have been accounts of Trayvon only weighing 140 lbs, but I have no idea where that came from. Did the coroners weigh the dead body and release it to the public? Doubtful. Is his family purposely understating his weight in order to make him appear to be a victim? Probably. Other accounts said that Trayvon is six feet tall and 160 lbs. Big enough, and strong and aggressive enough with his football training, to beat up a fat guy who doesn’t exercise much. Not that I know anything about Trayvon’s exercise routines.
Zimmerman seems to be what some would call a loser. He did not graduate from college. He “aspired” to work in law enforcement, but obviously wasn’t considered qualified enough to get any sort of real job in law enforcement, so as a hobby he patrolled his gated community, an activity in which he was overzealous (because he had nothing else going on to give his life meaning), but he also helped to catch a real thief, and most of his neighbors didn’t mind his activities.
The article says he was married to “Shellie Nicole Dean, a cosmetologist” but there’s no information about whether he’s still married and if not what happened to the marriage. [Update: a commenter says they are still married.] He’s at least alpha enough to get married. As a burly Hispanic man who was arrested once for getting into a bar fight, he has more machismo than a skinny Asian guy.
It’s not clear to me if he’s a homeowner or if he lives with his parents, or even if he has a job. [Update: Based on info that he is still married, I suspect he lives in the house with his wife, and that his parents' names may have appeared on the deed or mortgage because they helped him buy the house (not uncommon), but that has given people the false impression that he lives with his parents.]
Zimmerman certainly doesn't represent the "white racist elite" who run the country.
Less is known about Trayvon. Apparently he has no criminal record and he didn’t commit any crimes that day, at least not before he got into a fight with Zimmerman. However, he was not a nice kid. He was suspended from school (according to CBS News), and you don’t get suspended from school by being the nice angelic kid the media is making him out to be.
The more I think about the more it seems to me like the following happened:
Zimmerman seeks a black kid he’s never seen before walking around the gated community wearing a hoodie. If people don’t get why the kid looks “suspicious” to Zimmerman then they are being purposely dense.
Zimmerman, rather stupidly, gets out of his car and asks the guy “what are you doing here?” or something like that. He asks this in a manner that Trayvon finds offensive, and Trayvon responds by attacking Zimmerman. Trayvon is stronger than Zimmerman (despite weighing less because Trayvon lifts weights with the high school football team while Zimmerman is just fat) and an aggressive fighter. Zimmerman gets scared, after being punched and knocked to the ground, and shoots him.
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Kyle Rogers at the Charleston Examiner does a good job presenting Zimmerman’s side of the story.