Originally Posted by philosophe
I would like to think that the current circus will make people think about their preconceptions about young black men--whatever they are wearing and wherever they are walking.
The defense decided, as a matter of strategy and necessity, not to attack Martin's character. But we know that, if anything, it looks like he was trying his best to present himself as a walking negative stereotype. Other than attacking Zimmerman for no reason, do we have to go down the list?
Martin was a truant and was on a course to drop out of school.
He had been caught with a big screwdriver and a bag full of women's jewelry.
He was a habitual drug user.
He was trying to illegally buy a gun in the week or so before was killed.
He had fake gold teeth and otherwise went out of his way to present himself as a thug.
But we're all supposed to pretend he was an angel--is that the lesson you take from this case?