Yeah, I know. I have been wanting to focus-shift this journal for an amazingly long time, from things that bother me to things that have been keeping me going in spite of how much the rest bothers me. Unfortunately, with the way things have been both in the outside world and on a personal level, this has not proven quite possible.
I cannot remember the first time I wrote about the murder of Trayvon Martin, but it was very early in this journal’s life. I remember writing about how one man was beaten senseless as an act that one of the perpetrators characterised as “justice for Trayvon“. I have added my own often senseless ramblings on the subject, and I have no qualms about admitting that a lot of it is simply an attempt to make sense of it on my part. When I was growing up, I was fed the impression on a plate that we had moved past this situation or point, and that although our world was still not as inclusive as it maybe should be, it was more so than has been the case in the past.
But every time I get a new revelation concerning Zimmerman‘s murder of Martin, the illusion seems to be further shattered. We are no better off in terms of getting along than we were in 1950. Less so, if the present situation is any guide. And this article reposted on the Daily Kos site by a police officer who has not identified himself has shattered the illusion in a similar manner to how two members of the Gang Of Four in Riki-Oh shatter concrete or people’s heads.
The article is a very good perspective on the job police officers have to do, and eloquently explains some of the reasons I respect them even when I find myself butting heads with them. They do one of the most difficult jobs in the world and protect people they probably cannot stand from people they understand the pain of very frequently. So please go and read that linked article first. Because it makes a very good point that I can only applaud and expound upon.
There was a time when I was curious about serving in the military or as a police officer. The former more definitely because I did, and still do to some extent, regard defense on a national level as more honorable an occupation. But like the author in the linked document describes, I am probably the wrong type for either job. Diabetes alone makes a person 4-F, for good reason. And as said author also describes well, I doubt I would get past their psychological screening.
As much as I despise the American “wock n woll!” band I refer to as Metallicrap, during the period in which they had a real musician to counter their poseur tendencies, they recorded a song called Fight Fire With Fire. I will show you Therion’s version thereof here:
This song perfectly describes the mentality I had toward everything when I was a fifteen year old boy, a little less so when I was eighteen, and still mildly now that I am nearing thirty-five. Do unto others as they have already done unto you. If every person in the world could admit that they are inherently governed by this collection of words, then we would all get along better.
But some are better at negating this than is the case with others. And this is what we see an incredible example of in RoboCop. And that is what I think came to mind when I read both about this case and the acquittal.
I will quote the part of this author’s words that had me laughing and clapping here:
George fits into a special category that we will just term the perpetual wanna-be.
I think to some extent, all people who believe that they want to be police officers or soldiers fit into the wanna-be category. They have seen examples or heard tales that made them think “wow”, and look into what they have to do in order to get into the line of work. But most of those who meet this description, for one reason or another, find that they either decide it is not for them or they are not up for it.
George Zimmerman, as this author states, is the worst kind of Human being to have in your community or charged with your protection. He wants to be on the force, he enthusiastically applies to be on the force anywhere he can, and all of the rejections and “go away”s in the world will not dissaude him. All throughout his childhood and adolescence, he was awed by the big bad men who work security or for the police. But when adulthood came in the legal sense, his mind and his perception of himself failed to follow.
As I said, I would be 4-F solely on the basis of my diabetes. But the fact is, even without having diabetes, I know in hindsight that I would never have passed psychological screening. I would hardly have been surprised to be knocked back when I was twenty-one. So I just content myself with the fact that I do the best I can, and try to make my way in creative things.
In other words, I stopped being a child, started realising that just because I can point a toy gun at someone and pull the trigger does not make me John Rambo, and that I should pick my fights a little more carefully. That is what differentiates anger management problem cases who sometimes end up in court like myself from real terrorising assholes such as George Zimmerman. Put simply, he looks like a man to the court system and indeed to the idiots protesting his righteousness. But to someone who knows real fear like myself or a level-headed police officer such as the author of the linked article, he looks like an overgrown child that took away an older child’s chance of ever being a man.
So on the basis of what I believe is a valuable and well-stated opinion, regardless of my agreement with a lot of it, I conclude that by acquitting George Zimmerman, a half-pack of jurors have basically endorsed the murder of teenagers who happen to be black.
Diverting away from this opinion and its details now, I am more than a little concerned about what this means. You see, many groups of people, not just ones with darker skin than the social majority, are frightened. Frightened of what the social majority might do with them if let far enough off the hook.
And that is what really strikes me about this whole farcical case. It is not just that a seventeen year old boy is dead simply because someone happened to dislike his appearance. It is not just that the murderer has been sent back home with a pat on the back and large angry mobs of all varieties eager to lynch him. No. What this means is that the Human open season has begun, and killings like this are moving towards the expected norm.
Many have pointed out that the worst injustice here is that the verdict will create more George Zimmermans. But the truth is that there have always been plenty more George Zimmermans where he came from. And the more overpopulated the world gets, the more as a percentage of the populace there will be. Films like Land Of The Dead illustrate this, with a detached upper class growing increasingly indifferent to those they leech upon until the lowest of the low come after them. George Zimmerman may have pulled the trigger and killed Trayvon Martin. But the truth is that a corrupt system intended to serve a group of people who wish it were still a hundred years ago did most of the groundwork.
What concerns me, however, is not that six white women from what I have been told is the most racist state in America have decided the life of a seventeen year old black boy is worthless. No. Nor is it that the community of black Americans are outraged enough to consider saying to hell with lawful conduct, let’s go tear off some white heads to get people looking this way. That does not even surprise me anymore. And that a person claiming with some credibility that they are or were a police officer and that Zimmerman is an example of the Human time bomb waiting to go off in the wrong place surprises me not at all.
Truthfully, nothing in this surprises me. Except the surprised statements from some that this verdict effectively makes it open season on “people of colour” in Florida. That surprises me. I do not know if you guys have been watching or not, but the world’s overpopulation problem is teetering on the edge of the terminal stage. And overabundance cheapens things. Thus, Human overpopulation cheapens Human life.
I actually think that the cheapness of life we see today, and especially the lives of “outsiders” (blacks in Florida or a lot of America, white farmers in South Africa, disabled pretty much everywhere, I could go on and on), is reflected in this verdict. You see, as much as I hate to say this where men like Lorenzo might read it, what this verdict is is essentially an expression of the fact that white Floridians do not see black Floridians as Human, and thus their lives are worth precisely nil.
And if one group can see a person’s life as worthless, carry that to the fullest extreme, and get away with it, so can others. That is what scares me the most about this verdict.