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… Was George Zimmerman profiling Trayvon Martin ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. I would argue , No . And I have good company .

.. The simple facts of the situation were this: Black teenage boys were committing burglaries at the townhouse community, Zimmerman had been appointed captain of the neighborhood watch . This appointment , and this resulted in him making a number of 911 calls reporting suspicious activity by black teenage boys.

.. As with so much else in this story, the truth was actually known — or at least, it was knowable, if anyone cared to look it up — because the press reported it. Reuters, April 25, 2012:

[O]ne black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.

“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”

.. This may or may not change anyone’s basic opinion of the situation, but there is no excuse for accusations based on ignorance. If black teenagers are committing crimes in your neighborhood, and you report suspected crimes to the cops, this is not “racial profiling.”

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