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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 09:53 AM

39. That's why this case has affected me so much

I know Trayvon isn't the first and won't be the last, but that very easily could have been me...

I like to take walks; I usually walk alone...I have a lot of personality quirks (moreso than most people) which means I'll wander or change direction or stop and observe something because sometimes I'm fascinated by the most random, inane things I come across...I can sometimes get lost in my thoughts while walking and sort of lose self-awareness around me...If I was in that neighborhood walking, I certainly would have been labeled a "suspicious person, possibly on drugs"

Even though I've known the indignity of doing-whatever-while-black, I've always walked a straight and narrow path, and have never to this day even seen the inside of a police car...I'm a little older and milder (and hopefully smarter) now, but if there is one thing that has always made me go into Roid-rage HULK mode, it's being accused of something I didn't do...

The 17-year-old me, being accosted as some common criminal by some overzealous amateur wannabe crimefighter would have rained fists upon his face right up to the moment I got shot...In Virginia, it would have been a "good shoot", no questions asked...Yeah, my parents and family would have fought for justice, but even today the universal reply from the public, the media and the legal system would be "So what if he was a good, straight-laced student who had never been in trouble before? If he got shot he must have done *something* to deserve it!" So it's not enough to get killed meaninglessly and unavenged, your reputation gets smeared and you are eventually forgotten...

Ironically, if Martin had anything on his juvenile record, no matter how minor or unrelated, police and the local media could have given the "he must have done something" excuse and easily swept this under the rug with no one outside of Sanford hearing about it...That was probably their hope all along..

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