BY Wallace J. Allen, Publisher
Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, the one that has been used to justify the shooting of Travon Martin, will probably be in the news again very soon. The idea that a person only needs to “feel” that his/her life is threatened, (please read out loud for full effect) “feel that their life is threatened”, to justify killing the person representing that threat, almost guarantees a soon-to-be-killing!
Any Black man that happens to get in the same elevator with a paranoid “Zimmerman” is a target because Zimmerman’s life has been threatened enough by people who are just “talkers” to have him legitimately able to say he “feels” threatened and thus, is justified in shooting you… And you don’t have to be Black now that he is really scared. However, if you are a Black man, you might also “feel” threatened by the presence of Mr. Zimmerman, or someone who unfortunately looks like him, and decide to shoot before he shoots.
The other situation that almost assures another Florida shooting is the road rage that simmers at every Miami intersection. People angrily blowing their car horns, is the norm, and with the fresh Zimmerman verdict reminding people of their right to kill, I expect some of the drivers to leave home “ready for bear”.
Anyone that thinks I am a little overboard has not driven in Miami and is probably not an “experienced” Black man.