Life – Crocodile Tears

Crocodile Tears , An insincere display of grief; false tears. From the belief that crocodiles weep either to lure a victim or when eating one.

 For a long time, I refused to comment on the Trayvon Martin case because I needed to believe that there were aspects of the case that had not been exposed to the public.

 I thought perhaps being a teenager that Trayvon might have created a scene in the store where he purchased the pack of Skittles candy he left home to get. Or perhaps the store owner was going to come forward and say that Trayvon had shoplifted the Skittles and that he, the store owner, had called Mr. Zimmerman and had complained of being ripped off again. But none of that happened!

 Then I patiently waited for the News media’s reports on all the numerous robberies and muggings in Mr. Zimmerman’s neighborhood. That didn’t happen either.

 And then, Mr. Zimmerman took aim at the Martin family again. This second shot came in the form of an apology. I can tell you, Mr. Zimmerman, from personal experience that apologies are a thing that needs to be well timed.

 With regards to apologies, adults are not like children. An apology does not make it all better. Before you apologize for wronging and adult – especially killing someone’s child — you need to let some time go by first, as in., ‘time heals all wounds.’ An apology does not!

 The other thing I have a problem with regarding Mr. Zimmerman’s apology is this (an it’s my writer’s version of what I think happened that night.):

 Trayvon was not walking down the street as Mr. Zimmerman said, but was in actuality, running down the street. Which was what caught Mr. Zimmerman’s attention. I mean a young black in a hoodie running down the street. He’s obviously guilty of something.

 I originally thought that Trayvon was running because as a member of the football team he would have wanted to keep in shape. But I was wrong. He was running because as one of my ten year old Sunday School students pointed out, ‘it was probably raining. That’s why he had the hoodie on.

Add to that he was in a strange neighborhood and trying to find his way back to his father’s girlfriend house in the rain.

 So Mr. Zimmerman sees this Black man running down the street, calls the Police to report a suspicious person, ignores the 911 dispatcher and decides to (and this is where I have the problem and most likely Trayvon’s parents as well)

Divert from his route

 Hunt, as in stalk this young black man

Retrieve his gun from the glove compartment

Load his gun

Get out of his truck and

Point a loaded gun at a teenager who had never seen him before

Threaten the young man (as Mr. Zimmerman said on the tape “you’re not going to get away with it. Not this time!). I’m sure Trayvon didn’t have a clue as to what Mr. Zimmerman was referring to. All Trayvon knew was a white man was holding a gun on him.

I have to stop here and ask myself, ‘What would I have done?”

Let a stranger with a gun drag me off somewhere

Scream for help (as Trayvon did on the tape.

Fight back (most likely the cause of Mr. Zimmerman’s head wounds)

No, Mr. Zimmerman, your apology was not acceptable because a black man running down the street is not a crime.

And since you like to take shots at people, Mr. Zimmerman, here’s one for you.  Remember Susan Smith.  We do!