I take it as a sign of success in setting up my FB that none of my friends have been celebrating Zimmerman getting off (some of them have made the case that the verdict was probably technically correct, which I can agree or disagree with, but that's another discussion).

Some of my friends apparently have more...diverse...groups of friends, including a number of people who have all but celebrated the verdict, since, after all, OMG! Didn't you hear the 911 call? Didn't you see just how badly Zimmerman was injured? What was he supposed to do, let that little thug beat him to death? This is why I totally teach my kids not to assault strangers!*

This raises a question—since the much vaunted 911 call, unless I'm much mistaken, includes Zimmerman being told not to pursue Martin (I guess his parents didn't teach him respect for authority, since he decided not to do as he was told), then his confronting Martin was all on him—he wasn't deputized to do it, he chose to. One of things that defenders of stop-and-frisk and other police overreaches love to say is, "The cops are there for a reason! That's why I teach my [editor's note: white, white white] children [editor's note: who aren't bloody likely to get stopped-and-frisked on a regular basis] to always respect authority!"

Let's put these two things together. "Do what the cops tell you." Okay, we can agree or disagree on that one, but Zimmerman—who didn't do what he was told—isn't a cop. He's a neighborhood watch guy who deputized himself to confront someone. In that moment, is it on Martin to just behave himself and do what this putz told him to do? Although I doubt that any of Zimmerman's fans are going to be willing or stupid enough to admit it, but how close is this to "Do what white people tell you?"


*-Two things. First, bullshit—you're not teaching your kid not to assault strangers. If you have to, there's something seriously wrong. Second, if you're going to say that, if you're even a little consistent, you must be a joy to listen to when you talk about the Steubenville case.