Quoted: Was Zimmerman Telling The Truth?

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“But we still will never know the truth about this key question: Who instigated the scuffle that led Zimmerman to pull out his gun? According to the taped account Zimmerman gave to police that was played in court, after just following Trayvon Martin some, Zimmerman was on his way back to his car when Martin popped up and sucker punched him, soon saying “You’re gonna die tonight.” Along those lines, a verdict that Zimmerman fired in justifiable self-defense makes what anybody could see as at least the beginning of sense. But I think that Zimmerman almost certainly lied about this. I think it for three reasons.

One: Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel recounted Martin’s describing a verbal encounter, with Martin asking Zimmerman why he was following him, Zimmerman asking why he was there, and Martin soon saying “Get off, get off.” Jeantel, although linguistically coherent, was not the most gracious interviewee — but her account of this exchange was straightforward.

Two: For all the coverage of Jeantel’s dissimulations designed to keep herself out of the spotlight, Zimmerman himself has lied repeatedly — about his finances and about not knowing about Florida’s “Stand your ground” law when he had taken a criminal-law course that treated it extensively.

Three: His version simply doesn’t make human sense. Being followed makes Martin so angry he jumps the man and tries to beat him to a pulp? Concocted for a novel, play or film, such a scene would be ridiculed as hopelessly contrived. It sounds like something a desperate, unimaginative man makes up to keep himself out of prison.”

— John McWhorter, “Viewpoint: Was Zimmerman Telling the Truth?” Time Magazine

  • brokenlol

    This is the problem with the case. According to the version of events presented by Zimmerman, he was justified in his shooting.

    The problem is, his version of events don’t make an ounce of sense. However, because the police couldn’t be bothered to investigate the death of a young black man, much was likely lost. Police didn’t even bother to question his version of events.

    The delay between the crime and the actual investigation also gave ZImmerman and his defense time to shape his version of events into a narrative that portrayed him as the real victim in the case.

    Worse yet, certain parts of our media threw their support behind his narrative and gave it the credibility that “the news” gives to events.

  • golby260

    What the? A black conservative questioning the party line? THE WORLD IS ENDING.

    Same stuff I’ve (as has everyone else with common sense) been saying all along: Zimmerman’s story doesn’t pass the smell test. Unfortunately, everything has almost determinedly transpired to prevent his story from being proven true beyond (lol) a reasonable doubt or as a lie. It’s almost like an urban legend or a religious parable at this point, with people like Juror B37 and all of right-wing media (except for McWhorter, I guess) taking it as gospel. “On a dark and stormy night, there was a boy and there was a man…”

  • nicthommi

    I’m sorry, these stories infuriate me. George Zimmerman chose to leave his car and stalk this child. If I see someone outside and decide to go out and confront them, then I am the cause of said confrontation even if that person rightfully pops me in my mouth first.
    How do we even get to a point that a man who was told to fall back by the actual police, who have no love for black males, is considered to be the victim after he stalked a child.
    I’m a woman, and I tend to peer over my shoulder if I see footsteps or feel as if someone is following me. If it was dark and I thought that person was threatening me and I couldn’t elude them, I could see positioning myself for a fight. Not b/c I want to, but b/c it could be my only chance to escape.
    But also, we still have white people who are okay with the idea that we are not allowed to be safe and that we are not allowed to move freely through this world.
    George Zimmerman’s truth doesn’t matter b/c he followed a child long enough for any REASONABLE person to fear HIM.
    White or nearly white people are so used to getting a pass in terms of their actions that they cannot view the response they have as being something we are entitled to. Several months ago, a white man in my apartment building followed me to my door and actually leaned over to look inside as I rushed to get in. I reported it to my apartment office and guess what? They did absolutely nothing. Do you think that would be the response if a black man did that to a white woman? If that white women struck out at that black man, do you think she’d be charged with assault. If I had clocked that man with my heavy purse, don’t you think I’d have been arrested?

    • Kraas

      “I’m sorry, these stories infuriate me. George Zimmerman chose to leave
      his car and stalk this child. If I see someone outside and decide to go
      out and confront them, then I am the cause of said confrontation even
      if that person rightfully pops me in my mouth first.” This. This, exactly.

    • Kraas

      “I’m sorry, these stories infuriate me. George Zimmerman chose to leave
      his car and stalk this child. If I see someone outside and decide to go
      out and confront them, then I am the cause of said confrontation even
      if that person rightfully pops me in my mouth first.” This. This, exactly.