The Zimmerman-Martin Case: More About the Economy Than Race


Why should it matter where it happened? Someone who attacks you up deserves to be shot.
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Now, this neighborhood where this all happened. This is one of those instances where I think nobody — “hardly anybody,” let’s put it that way. There may be some, but so few people in the media (and certainly none of our friends who live in major metropolitan areas) have the slightest bit of understanding of the kind of neighborhood it is in Sanford, Florida, where this event took place.

Everybody wants to make this — on the left, anyway — about race. I don’t think race had much to do with this, if anything. One of the reasons people think about race is the way NBC doctored that 911 tape. That is a major, major reason why so many people think this is racial — even racist. Grab ’em again. Play sound bite 21 first. This is what the Today show viewers heard when they were watching Today show on March 27, 2012. NBC aired what they said was a portion of Zimmerman’s call to the police dispatcher.

A gated community of townhomes. It’s not a gated community of mansions or single-family houses that are 6,000 square foot. Single family townhomes, gated community. These people who live there are just trying desperately to hold onto what they’ve got. But there are people who live nearby who want what they’ve got and have made attempts to take what they have.

So they came up with the Neighborhood Watch organization for their neighborhood. And this Zimmerman guy ends up in it, ’cause he wants to be a cop. I don’t think race had anything to do with this. I think the precarious state of the economy led to a bunch of people (barely getting by, by virtue of hard work) seeing people who are trying to take what they’ve got not being punished, not even being caught, not even being pursued.

The police were not even trying to apprehend ’em. So they say, “We’re gonna do it ourselves. We’re gonna hold onto what we’ve got.” Then you’ve got Trayvon wearing a hoodie which, I mean, what are people…? Let’s face it. Even Mr. Snerdley has told me what a big deal the hip-hop culture is to young African-American males. They all want to be part of it. Who knows what Zimmerman thought, other than what he said. But the idea that race was the factor?

I think the precarious economy — hardworking people trying to hold onto what they got — is the key to this.



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