Monday, July 29, 2013

The Dangerous Cultural Divide: Race vs, Rule-of-Law

Trayvon’s mom: Stand Your Ground helped Zimmerman get away with murder

The mother of Trayvon Martin said Monday that she believed Florida’s Stand Your Ground law played a role in her son’s shooting death, but she wasn’t ready to support a boycott of the state for not changing the self-defense law.

“The thing about this law is I just think it assisted the person who killed my son to get away with murder.”

Commentary by walford

I think many [including Trayvon’s Mother] who think that Zimmerman should have been convicted believe that it is perfectly reasonable to attack someone merely because they are watching -- and even following -- you go through a neighborhood [with a history of burglaries] as you are casing houses while wearing a garment that obscures your face. To run away or call the police would likely be considered a sign of weakness in Trayvon’s milieu.

Let us consider that such people consider being “disrespected” to be sufficient grounds to take another person’s life. But there are apparently strict protocols of chivalry that apply to victims of violent thugs -- particularly depending upon the demographics of the parties involved. For example, to use a weapon to defend oneself from an unarmed attacker is unacceptable in the Code of the Street.

To handle the inevitable conflicts that will arise with others peacefully and civilly is beyond their capacity. They expect others to adhere to their might-makes-right value system.

This is at the root of the objections of many to Stand Your Ground laws. If you are being attacked -- particularly by a member of a Designated Victim Group -- you are expected to take your beating and possibly be killed if you violate the Code. In this case, the violation was watching somebody possibly casing houses for burglary.

This is not the value system of most Americans. To accommodate it would be to surrender to violence and savagery. Law-abiding citizens are armed in this country and rightfully so. Expect to be shot if you are waving sharpened screwdrivers in our faces on the subway — or beating our heads into concrete.

Not initiating violence is always an option if this value system is not appealing.

If those who are not capable of behaving like civilized human beings engage in behaviors that ultimately costs their lives, I daresay the world is well rid of them.

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