At his bond hearing yesterday, George Zimmerman—in his apology to Trayvon Martin’s parents—said, “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a bit younger than I am, and I did not know if he was armed or not.”
Ok…let’s imagine the situation wherein Trayvon has more than his bag of Skittles and Arizona Tea. Nothing else in the situation changes. Have you imagined it? Now here’s the question:
Because it seems as if Trayvon was in the ultimate catch-22—in reality he was unarmed, walking down the street, and deemed suspicious. Yet had Trayvon had anything that could have been perceived as a weapon he would have been deemed suspicious. No matter what, on Feb. 26th, Trayvon was going to be deemed suspicious.
Is there ever a point in which a black person—primarily men—is NOT a threat or suspicious when walking down the street?