Watching Anderson Cooper, a white friend of George Zimmerman is defending him in a remote interview.Slight paraphrasing, I was too pissed off to DVR it.
He describes what a good guy George is, and how Zimmerman actually thwarted a robbery in his (the friend’s) house, just a couple weeks previously.
Then the friend says that they have had a lot of burglaries, and ‘90% of the burglars are young black males.’
Anderson fails to ask how this man knows that…were all the burglars caught? If they weren’t, how would they know?
In any case, he makes a point to say that 90% of the burglars were young black males, a bit of information he volunteers without a question being asked about it.
Fine, whatever. Then ten seconds later, Anderson asks, “And you don’t believe that there was a racial component to this incident?”
The friend is adamant, even offended, “Absolutely not,” he says, emphatically.
Repeat, unasked, the guy goes out of his way to point out that black males committed these alleged crimes. Black males. “These crimes you didn’t ask about, Anderson? Black males did them.” THEN, TEN SECONDS LATER, he says race had nothing to do with Zimmerman singling this young man out and following him as if he had already committed a crime.
He’s trying to use the ultimate white douchebag logic that has been used for every bit of racist profiling ever: George Zimmerman was justified in following and harassing Trayvon Martin because he was a black, young male, like the criminal suspects (that we only have this guy’s word were black), but of course, there is no racial component to Zimmerman’s actions.
George was right in following Trayvon because he was black, but race had nothing to do with it.
If that makes sense to you, congratulations, you are now a horrible human being.
And lazy journalism, to boot! I normally like Anderson Cooper just fine, but that’s incredibly disappointing.
I still don’t understand how this is a controversial issue. I mean…how can you even read the slightest bit of information on the situation and side with Zimmerman? If he and his friends admitted he made a mistake and he was repentant for it, I’d feel some sympathy. But how can people actually be fighting back against all this? Oh, right, because apparently society is cool with assholes.
Doesn’t make a lick of sense.