Zimmerman Says It Was “All God’s Plan”
George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin after following him because he looked suspicious, and the fact he was black and wearing a hoodie with the hood pulled up – it was a rainy night – told a TV audience on Fox News’s Sean Hannity that “I feel that it was all God’s plan“.
Don’t you love it when religious people always invoke God to excuse their actions? Just because someone interjects God as a way to excuse their evil actions, does not mean God is behind them or does it suddenly make their wicked act, righteous. More likely, they are deceiving themselves and anyone else who would believe them that it is was just the hand of God, when they use violence on innocent people who are just trying to live their lives.
I understand George Zimmerman is not a terrorist and he is not someone who I think intentionally followed Trayvon just to shoot him. Whatever happened between the two that night, God had nothing to do with Zimmerman’s actions, nor the death of the young 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Not everything that happens in this world is God’s will, just because it happens. God does not control us; He gave us all a free will, as I am assuming Zimmerman believes in the same Christian God that I do. Therefore, we are not just puppets on a string; there are consequences for our actions.
The biggest issue here is that George Zimmerman does not think he acted wrongly in the first place; by getting out of his car and pursuing the teenager, after a police dispatcher told him they did not need him to do that. Using God as a scapegoat for his actions shows this man would do it all over again, if given the opportunity. For this was “God’s plan” and that made it alright for George Zimmerman, even if that meant a young innocent teen had to died.
I will speculate here and give my version of events of what I think happened that fateful night:
George Zimmerman initiated a call to 911 and told the dispatcher of a suspicious character in his neighborhood. The police were on their way and obviously, Zimmerman had not witnessed any illegal activity, yet he chose to act on his own and follow the hooded black teenager. Zimmerman had told the police dispatcher “F*****g punks, these a******s all get away,” which showed his intentions of following the youth, who he prejudged to be “up to no good”.
Trayvon Martin had just returned from the store with probable intentions of getting home out of the rain with his Skittles and iced tea. Unfortunately, he had a hurdle to cross because some man, who had yet to identify himself, was pursuing him through the neighborhood. He was on a phone call with a friend at the time, and the call showed his fear and trepidation about the pursuing stranger. Perhaps he double-backed and came up on Zimmerman or else Zimmerman caught up to him
Sometime or the other, I think the 6’1” teenager delivered a sucker punch and Zimmerman found himself on the ground with the teenager pummeling him. Where his story separates from my version of events is that he said the teen was reaching for his gun, even though his gun was hidden beneath his jacket and behind him. Trayvon probably did not know about the gun until it was pointed at his chest, or perhaps, after the bullet had pierced his heart.
Another scenario would be that Zimmerman showed off the gun to the teen to exercise his dominance and Trayvon felt threatened enough to punch him. Then perhaps the teen reached for the gun, especially if he felt it was a threat to him.
I have taken a few beatings in my life over the fact that I am gay and perhaps if I had a gun, I might have shot someone because I was getting a beating but it would not have been warranted. Perhaps George Zimmerman felt his life was in danger but even then, he could have simply put the gun into the teenager’s chest and told him to get off him. I would think that he has had some training, before being issued a license to carry a gun.
I also want to add here that I take in account the difference in size of the two. Even though Trayvon was younger, he was larger and probably better built than Zimmerman was.
I realize my version of events is all speculation and perhaps things went down differently and I am sure others have their own versions. One thing I feel quite sure of, George Zimmerman did not tell the whole truth about the confrontation. I think he gave a version that was most favorable to him, which worked well since Trayvon could not speak to tell his own version, lying dead from a gunshot wound to the heart. Zimmerman has changed his story a few times about the events of that night, which tells me that his story is not entirely factual, though like any good liar knows; always mix any lie with the truth, which makes it much harder to pick apart.
I believe the killing of Trayvon Martin is about race and that is because of the original profiling Zimmerman did of Trayvon Martin. However, it is also about a wannabe cop who allowed his dislike for young black hooded teenagers to control his judgment, to the point of allowing himself to pull a gun during a physical confrontation of fisticuffs. Any cop could tell you that is not how you handle a fistfight.
Is George Zimmerman a big racist? Probably not. Still, he profiled Trayvon without giving the teen a benefit of a doubt that he had a legitimate reason to be where he was at the time. Instead, he took it upon himself to strike out with an unforgiving hand toward someone he deemed “up to no good” because of the way he dressed and the color of his skin. I do not think he on purposely practices racism but perhaps his bad experience with young black men guided his judgment instead of common sense that fateful night.
I also believe he should have been found guilty of manslaughter because his wrongful actions ended in the death of an innocent teenager. Instead, George Zimmerman will continue to live free. Still, since he professes to believe in God, he should remember one scripture that should speak to him well:
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sow, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)