Henry Rollins: Trayvon Martin Did Not Need to Die
I think all of this is part of something much bigger.
George Zimmerman is a foot soldier in a rapidly privatizing country. He is a new centurion of 21st-century America. Law enforcement is tied down by the strictures of, well, the law. There is only "so much they can do" to take care of the "problem." Much as American forces in Iraq were nailed down by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and their orders. This is why so many contractors were sent in, to do the dirty work.
The new, private America needs a different kind of cop to enforce a different kind of justice. George Zimmerman; just smart enough, just stupid enough, happy to toe the party line of minority control. He was the perfect crash-test dummy. He is completely expendable. The next version will be even better.
Zimmerman has fans and supporters all over America. This is how he was able to effortlessly raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for his defense. For them, he is the Charles Bronson character from the Death Wish films, a misunderstood hero who killed an uppity black kid in a hooded sweatshirt, who had obviously forgotten his place.
This is the issue. Zimmerman is a preview of what is to come, the product of planning that has been in motion for a long time. The hate is as real as the agenda is clear and incredibly well-financed. There's a lot of money in crime, but it's not always the street criminals who are making it. Several people have already made money from what George Zimmerman did. At some point, he might be able to cash in, too.
Just throwing this out there because all this makes me so mad: Instead of rioting or demonstrating, I think all concerned should stop patronizing fast-food chains. They should stop drinking alcohol and smoking anything. In fact, they should ingest nothing stronger than a cup of coffee and two aspirin. They should leave all the toxic crap for Whitey America to choke on. They should obey the law with annoying exactitude. They should all get picture IDs and register to vote. They should become the healthiest, most civically astute, morally commendable and impossible-to-arrest citizens America has. They should fuck up and destroy the prison-industrial complex.
Trayvon Martin did not need to die. The whole thing is so sick and sad.
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