15 July 2013

#Zimmerman multiple choice test

Choose only one:

1. Martin had every right to walk through that neighborhood.
2. Zimmerman never should have gotten out of his car.

The trick here is that these cannot both be true. Zimmerman lived in the neighborhood. Martin was a guest there. If Martin had every right to walk through the neighborhood, so did Zimmerman. You can't have it both ways. If Zimmerman never should have gotten out of his car, then Martin shouldn't have been wandering around the neighborhood.

And frankly, "Zimmerman never should have gotten out of his car" is a "the bitch was asking for it" argument. So think long and hard of the implications before you choose it.

Choose only one:

1. Martin was a threat to nobody.
2. Zimmerman never should have gotten out of his car.

If (1), then why (2)? Again, think about that one long and hard. And again, they can't both be true. If Zimmerman was stepping into an "obviously risky situation," then he was absolutely right to call the police (as he did.) Arguing that the situation, and by extension Martin, was dangerous, but at the same time to argue that he deserved the protection afforded by meek and willing victims is an appalling surrender of all moral authority. The predators are always in the wrong. That does not mean they all deserve to die, but when they assault others, those victims have an absolute right to defend themselves.

Choose only one.

1. Zimmerman's injuries were not severe enough to justify self-defense.
2. It was Martin who was acting in self-defense.

Again, these cannot both be true, as Martin was the only one who sustained no injuries (prior to his fatal one.) But at least if you chose (2) you acknowledge either that Zimmerman was beaten to a bloody pulp, or that legally one need not sustain any injuries at all to exercise legal self defense. Both, in this case, are true.

Choose only one:

1. A hispanic Obama supporter shot a black man and was acquitted of criminal charges by an all-woman jury.
2. It's all white men's fault.

I hope I don't need to explain that one.

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