To me this doesn't seem like a case of racism as much as it is prejudice. That may seem like I'm parsing words, but it really is a big difference, imo.
The guy was the only volunteer to do the neighborhood watch in this (gated) community, wanted to be a cop, had called 911 something like 50 times in the last calendar year, and had actually reported a burglary that resulted in an arrest.
Zimmerman fancied himself the Protector against 'punks' (which is CLEARLY what he says on the 911 tape, not the slur he's been accused of flinging) in his neighborhood. Martin was a 'punk' in his eyes, and therefore clearly worthy of a presumption of guilt. Cos that's how his world works, Skittles and iced tea be damned.
newarenanow wrote:I think the whole racial thing coming in is the cops not arresting this guy.
I agree, that seems more like it. No arrest, no toxicology testing, no impounding of the guy's car, the police detective who interviewed him was a narc not a homicide investigator........ this whole case is just one giant fustercluck for this little podunk PD.
PensFanInDC wrote:The OPs response was, "Zimmerman doesn't sound Hispanic. It sounds Jewish to me." (again edited for grammar). Isn't that racist?
Would it be racist if it were "Hernandez..... that sounds Mexican to me."
Zimmerman is German for "carpenter" and is a very common surname amongst people of that parentage, Jews and Gentiles alike.
PensFanInDC wrote:.... he isn't Hispanic because his last name is Zimmerman and that means he is Jewish.
Haha..... presumably this friend has yet to see a photo of George Zimmerman. (btw, the mug shot photo of Zimmerman that is circulating stems from a 2005 arrest apparently for battery of a police office when he intervened during a friend's arrest.)
PensFanInDC wrote:Also that Hispanics and blacks get along better than Jews and blacks so he couldn't be Hispanic and had to be Jewish.
Tell your friend to move to Koreatown/Rampart here in L.A. for a while and we can revisit that opinion in a year or so.