I will not undertake to explain the facts of this case to those of you who are unfamiliar with it. You can Google it to find out. I simply want to say this:
The pundit commentary has been ignorant and historically blind. This is not a hate crime. It is a lynching, legally authorized by the laws of Florida, signed into law by that supposedly sound, sensible mature Republican, Jeb Bush.
I do not know how long it will be before the Black community concludes that it must take its defense into its own hands. And they will be right.
Friday, March 23, 2012
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So it is your opinion that Zimmerman "reasonably believed" that his life was in danger?
What? I just said that Zimmerman lynched Martin. What on earth are you talking about?
If that is the case, then Zimmerman did not "reasonably believe" that his life was in danger (which I agree he likely did not). As a result, he should be prosecuted under Florida law *without* recourse to the self-defense statute. But if this is so, it undermines the claim that the killing was "legally authorized by the laws of Florida, signed into law by ... Jeb Bush." It was a wrongful killing, period, and it is not protected by the laws of Florida. I dont think you can have it both ways: that he lynched Martin AND that such lynching was legally permitted.
I should note, however, that I do believe your claim could be vindicated by showing that the practice of legal officials, citizens, etc., is such that this kind of behavior--lynching of unarmed individuals--actually *is* authorized by the legal system in question. I have in mind here something like a Hartian theory of a legal system and his discussions of a rule of recognition, where the social practice is such that the formal text of a statute is not determinative of the actual existence of a law in the given jurisdiction. This would require a showing of a system-wide practice that, as far as I know, does not seem to exist in Florida (or maybe this happens all the time, and I am ignorant of the empirical realities).
In this case, the empirical realities, as you call them, matter. For a very long time, lynching was legally sanctioned. It was a long hard struggle to get the US Congress actually to pass an anti-lynching law. There were many cases in which the local law handed Black men over the lynch mobs. I chose my words carefully.
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