Things I Don’t Understand

Things I don’t understand:
1) Why “George Zimmerman,” who is half Hispanic and half German, was an Obama supporter, etc., is considered a “white racist,” but Barack Obama is considered “black.” Could that not itself be racism regarding their names?
2)  Why, when one party calls 911 and says, “There’s a suspicious looking teenager,” and 911 asks for a description, and he says he can’t be sure but the kid may be black, that’s racism, but the other party calls a friend on his cell phone and says that “some white guy” is following him, and his friend on the other end suggests the guy might be gay and trying to rape him, the latter party is not accused of “hate.”  If Martin had killed Zimmerman, would the media have accused him of homophobia?  Or would the whole case have been ignored?
4) Why is the “Stand your ground” concept being judged based upon one specific but very ambiguous case, one way or the other, and not on its own merits in terms legitimate self-defense?
5) Why are people using this one case as the epitome of “everything wrong with America”?  Ironically, it is, but not in the way people mean.  News is news because it’s rare.  Yes, minority youth are sadly the victims of more gun violence than other socioeconomic classes–just as minority babies are statistically the victims of more abortions, but if you point out a connection there, regarding the cheapening of life, you’re accused of racism and/or cheapening the deaths of gun violence.  However, minorities are also the *perpetrators* of most gun violence, usually against each other, and rarely using “legal” firearms.
My dad once observed how his high school students, even in the 90s, had such a cheap evaluation of life that it was difficult for them to even appreciate the moral dilemmas at work in literature: they were more baffled than “scholars” about the age-old question of Hamlet’s procrastination.  It was perfectly logical to them that if someone kills your dad, you kill them.  They didn’t understand what the big deal was.   I don’t like guns myself, but I really do not understand why people blame guns but balk at blaming the media, and abortion and contraception, for creating the “Culture of Death.”


2 responses to “Things I Don’t Understand

  1. On #4, I don’t see this as the only case. The joke on News of The Weird is “I am in Florida” is becoming a defense. zimmerman was the start, since then we have had a texting man “stand his ground” in a movie theater by throwing popcorn at an old man who “stood his ground” by killing the evil man with popcorn and a cell phone. And a myriad of other cases. Sometimes, backing down is civil behavior.

    But here is something I don’t understand- a conservative “pro-life” libertarian who believes in the death penalty. The government we can’t trust with an army or our tax money, we are supposed to trust to judge and convict a man to death?

  2. Ted, that’s exactly one of my thoughts on the death penalty, too.
    And, yes, the popcorn guy was a better “test case”. I guess what I was getting at there, and thought I should have clarified after I posted, was that nobody (myself included) seems to be aware what the law even says: but all three have become buzzwords: “Stand Your Ground,” Zimmerman, Trayvon. . . . And one thing I’ve learned is that when the media (generally the “Left” and often the “Right,” too) use a particular law or case as a “buzzword,” nobody even knows what it’s actually about.
    My wife was skimming some debate recently about same sex issues and saw a case referred to. I don’t remember the name of the person, but the person said, “What about the [X] case?” And Mary actually bothered to look it up. It turned out this case that was supposedly being posited as a case for “LGBT rights,” and everyone nodded, was quite the opposite. A very unfortunate fellow who was an identical twin had a botched (very common though technically forbidden by the Church) surgery “down there” and the doctor said, “Well, raise him as a girl.” So they did. They took him to some doc who did “transgender therapy” and basically abused the poor kid, who went through a life of thinking “he” was a “she,” suffering all sorts of emotional hardships until learning the truth in adulthood and deciding he wanted to live as a man, but he ultimately committed suicide. Another example is a show we just started watching from a few years ago with Benedict Cumberbatch, called _The Last Enemy_ (kind of a British version of _Person of Interest_. BC plays a famous mathematician with very obvious Asperger who’s hired by some government contractor to be the spokesperson for a new surveillance computer system, and, at a meeting between his new bosses and the government, when he’s asked to contribute, he turns both sides’ arguments on their heads.
    Point being, again, that when people evoke a case without explaining why it applies (I’m sure that’s officially some kind of fallacy), more often than not it doesn’t necessarily exemplify what they think.

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