Originally Posted by jpeirpont
You can't prove he did not either. So what? I prefer to err on the side of caution. Who knows who "these assholes" are to him. Maybe shouldn't get him convicted in the court of law, but realistically its not hard to gather what he mean't. So indeed protect your self from armed people are might follow you around for no discernible(lol) reason.
Talking about arming yourself has nothing to do with being or even sounding tough. You were better than this, your falling off. Stop it. lmao
There is far more support for the contention that Zimmerman did not profile T than that he did. Further, the available evidence indicates T was acting suspicious regardless of his race.
From the non-emergency phone conversation -
1. Zimmerman mentions he did not recognize T. This was a stranger walking around in a private community.
2. Z mentions several times that T appeared to be acting as if he was on drugs (which it so happens he was).
3. Z mentions T was walking around aimlessly and loitering in front of houses which had previously been robbed.
4. T's hoodie was pulled up covering his face and concealing his identity.
5. Contrary to the edited audio released by NBC Zimmerman did not call T a "coon" and did not state his race until prompted by the operator.
Additionally, T's hoodie was plain black, with no emblem or design on it. The local gangs that robbed houses in the community typically wore black hoodies.
None of those factors by themselves determines that T was up to no good, but they all combine to give some suspicion that Z was justified beyond T's race to observe him. Sure, they can all have innocent explanations, but the totality of the circumstances was more than enough for Z to watch him regardless of his race.
Additionally, there is significant evidence that Z's interactions with black people were positive. His relations with black people in the community, his participation in the big brother program, his support of Sherman Ware, and the in depth investigation conducted by the FBI all show this was not a man who wore racism on his sleeve.
Do these facts PROVE Zimmerman is not racist and did not profile T? No, as Piob said above it's virtually impossible to prove a negative. Maybe Z held all his racism in check and only let it fly when he visited n*******mania.com under an alias.
The available evidence clearly discounts a conclusion that he profiled T. You can reasonably say you're not sure whether Z profiled T or not that night, but to make the affirmative claim that Z did profile T is not supportable and is contradicted by the available evidence.
But of course, facts don't matter in service of the larger narrative. So by all means, continue.Edited by Harold falcon - 7/21/13 at 4:14pm