An American Tragedy
Edited By Emmanuel Harris II and Antonio D. Tillis
Chapter Three: Why Did Zimmerman Get Out of His Car?
Why Did Zimmerman Get Out of His Car?
THEODORE W. BURGH
When I initially heard the story and read the flood of news articles about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, the question that pushed itself to the front of my troubled mind was, “Why did Zimmerman get out of the car when the police told him not to?” If what I heard from ceaseless television talking heads or the cacophony of words I read spewing from the fingers of biased reporters was correct, it seemed to me that the tragic loss of Trayvon’s life could have been avoided if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle until the authorities arrived. Silly me. I quickly learned from those who were supposedly reading and hearing the same information as I was, that my attempt at logic was too simple. So I dug deeper. While there have been and will always be some questionable details regarding what happened between Martin and Zimmerman, one thing I can say with conviction regardless of the talking heads and spewing fingers is that George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin. When he saw Trayvon walking in the rain, his hoodie pulled over his head, acting as Zimmerman interpreted, “suspiciously,” coupled with the fact that the young man didn’t appear to belong in that neck of the woods, Zimmerman left his vehicle to investigate this individual who wasn’t in his proper place. Zimmerman judged him and left his car to prove his assumptions...
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