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December 3, 2012

…keep getting in the way of the longer, more researched things I want to  write. Ah well, let’s get to it.

George Zimmerman’s attorneys have released a picture of him from the night he shot Trayvon Martin. The basic reaction from the right and Zimmerman apologists seems to be “OMG THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!”


My reaction is, unsurprisingly, so what? We’ve already seen this picture, although in much lower resolution and black and white. We’ve seen non bloody pictures from a short time later. What does the new picture teach us? Blood is red? OK, well I knew that. Zimmerman obtained some kind of wound? Knew that too.

You want to know what else I know? Zimmerman followed an unarmed child down the street for no reason. Walking while black is not a suspicious act. If he had never followed an unarmed child none of this would even have happened. Zimmerman chased Trayvon Martin down. Had he never engaged both of them would be living quiet, police free lives.

As it happens, a child is dead and the man who killed him is playing the victim.

I’ll ask again


Hey remember before when I pointed out that AMC’s The Walking Dead sucks when it comes to writing women and black people? This week they had their mid-season finale. One of the most common examples given to me by people who thought I was off my rocker was Maggie. “She’s so badass!”

Yeah, not really. After being threatened with rape (which compounds the goddamn problem) she is brought in to a room with her boyfriend, has a gun waved at her and immediately caves like a caving person and rats out her crew. Meanwhile, her boyfriend is highlighted as badass and manly because he does not cave and fights back. Oh and they introduced Tyrese, a new black guy. Guess who died. Any questions?

A woman was murdered over the weekend. I have a question. Why is every news story focused on the murderer? Why the hell? Why is the fact that he was a football player more important that the woman he killed? Why is it that every story name checks the victim and then goes on to talk about the killer at length?

“This just doesn’t seem real…praying for 59 and his family,” Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle David Mims tweeted, referring to the number Belcher wore on the field.

Really? You’re praying for 59? REALLY? You fail at humanity forever.

Why is this happening? As I pointed out before, it’s about value; who is has value and why. In modern society value is indicated, in large measure, by being noticed and being allowed a voice. He has a voice. He is noticed. She does not and is not because even though she was murdered by someone who went on to kill themselves, she is only important to the story as a satellite of him. Anyone who isn’t disgusted by that shouldn’t be my friend.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2012 5:55 PM

    It’s interesting, in the comic that The Walking Dead is based on, it is essentially Glenn and Rick that let the cat out of the bag about the prison. I think the threatened rape was in there because it was alluding to the comic, where something much worse than a rape attempt occurs. The show has been rather faithful to the comic in this season…

  2. December 3, 2012 6:19 PM

    If Glenn had been the one to break and Maggie had stayed stoic in the face of threatened torture, I would have been a lot happier with the writers. Sadly, no. They just grabbed on to another stereotype and ran with it.

  3. shrinkingknitter1951 permalink
    December 4, 2012 4:39 AM

    Completely agree with you about the Kansas City murder/suicide coverage and commentary. It truly is all about who and what we value. Her parents have lost a child and her child is an orphan. But it’s all about the man who did it.

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