I have taken off my hoodie. I usually wear it in the stores, but I’ve taken it off. And I don’t really listen to music, as in that situation. I don’t really listen to music loud, but I look around. I watch my back while I’m walking down the streets.
It wasn’t just the gun in Zimmerman’s hand that shot Trayvon. It was a historic rendering of black men as enemies of the state, menaces to society, threats to the American way of life, that caused Trayvon to lose his life that day. How do you legislate against that?
If a survivor of domestic violence uses a gun to warn an attacker, not kill him, and that survivor now faces a prison term of twenty years, then what purpose does Stand Your Ground serve?