So let’s say that you were visiting a friend in an upscale neighborhood and decided you would take a walk to the store. It’s dark and a little rainy outside, so wearing your sweats and a hood makes complete sense. You made your purchase and decide to head back to the house, only on your way back, some random man starts to trail you. First in his car, then on foot. It’s dark outside. Would you be scared? I would.
I am not going to make this a race thing. Everyone is, but the fact of the matter is that a teenager was being followed for what seems to be no apparent reason. The alleged man who was doing the following took it upon himself to label this teenager, assuming that he must be up to no good, and calling police on suspicion. When the police specifically told Mr. Neighborhood Watch to back off, he doesn’t. He still exits his car, armed.
At this point, I would be scared shit!ess. Who is this man? Why is he following me? Oh crap, he’s getting out of the car? How would you defend yourself? You fight.
My theory (which could be completely off base): Upon Zimmerman’s exit of the car, Trayvon, probably shaken at the time, asks why he is being followed. They exchange words, a fight brakes out and Trayvon gives him a couple of good ones. Instead of fighting and taking the loss, Zimmerman shoots. Maybe he felt the shooting was self defense since he was getting a beat down, but seriously, what do you expect to happen when you follow someone in the dark? I am sure that there are more details, but we will not ever know the truth. Life lesson: If you agitate or confront someone, be prepared to fight.
Do I think race plays a part in this case? YES. The important truth is that a child was taken away from their family. His mother will never see him graduate high school. He’ll never marry, have children, and enjoy adulthood. While I do not think that Zimmerman was initially looking to shoot and kill him, it happened. Why could he not have identified himself as a neighborhood watch member? If he suspected foul play, why didn’t he wait until police arrived?
No matter what anyone says, the ‘who was on top of who‘ and ‘Trayvon grabbed for his gun‘, which, by the way, was concealed, Trayvon would be alive and well today if the following and confrontation never occurred. There’s no chance he’ll ever be able to tell his side of the story. No court of law for him to face. His fate was decided for him.