Donald Trump’s Construction of Reality through Language.
Trump has the power of a nation behind him with the people giving him unbounded attention. When a man with this much function and influence sets to send a message with closely chosen language thats intended to strike emotion through it- it creates a reality surrounding it. The way we define a term has enormous outcomes and consequences in the real world. The language we use governs the way we feel toward one another. If we construct a group as particularly threatening- we create wars. There are enormous outcomes from our personal construction of our personal truth of the world. The language we use and listen to further strengthens and perpetuates constructs we use to define and marginalize people. Mexicans are ‘illegal,’ blacks are ‘criminals,’ gays are ‘sinful,’ and Muslims are ‘terrorirists.’ When a man with power perpetuates these constructions with emotionally provocative rhetoric real life psychological impacts result. It creates violent behavior that separates families through deportation, Trayvon Martin is murdered, Mathew Shepard is tortured, and mosques are set on fire. So, every time it is 12am and Donald Trump sends out an irrational tweet riddled with hate the potentiality of another marginalized person attacked or infringed upon is all too real.
“They Didn’t See My Son As Human:” Trayvon Martin’s Mother Sybrina Fulton Expresses Disappointment and Frustration With Zimmerman Trial And Verdict
Trayvon Martin’s mother said Thursday night that she didn’t believe the six women jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman were able to imagine her son as their own son.
Sybrina Fulton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper she was shocked when she heard the verdict.
“The reason I say that is because I just look at people as people, and I thought for sure that the jury looked at Trayvon as an average teenager that was minding his own business, that wasn’t committing any crime, that was coming home from the store and was feet away from where he was actually going,” she said. “But when I heard the verdict I kind of understand the disconnect, in that maybe they didn’t see Trayvon as their son, they didn’t see Trayvon as a teenager, they didn’t see Trayvon as just a human being that was minding his own business.”
Zimmerman never denied killing Martin. The neighborhood watch volunteer said he briefly followed the unarmed black teen because he suspected he was up to no good. At some point, Martin and Zimmerman got into a physical fight, which resulted in Martin being shot. The defense team was able to convince the jury there was not enough evidence to prove Zimmerman acted with “ill will.”
“I thought the human side of them would say, ‘Listen this was a kid, this guy made a mistake,’” Fulton said.
This is how flawed the Zimmerman verdict is. Above is a hypothetical example of what the Zimmerman verdict allows, especially when the person shooting is white, and the person being shot at is black.
Substitute the word “daughter” for Trayvon Martin, “man” for George Zimmerman, and leave the rest of the sentences the way they are, and you’ve explained the faulty logic behind the George Zimmerman verdict.
African Americans recoil at verdict in state trial, while 51 percent of whites approve of verdict
African Americans have a mostly shared and sharply negative reaction to the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the not-guilty verdict in the resulting trial, while whites are far more divided, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
At least eight in 10 African Americans say the shooting of the Florida teenager was unjustified, recoil at the verdict in the trial and want the shooter, George Zimmerman, tried in federal court for violating Martin’s civil rights.
On the Martin shooting in particular, the racial gaps are extremely wide.
Among African Americans, 87 percent say the shooting was unjustified; among whites, just 33 percent say so. A slim majority of whites (51 percent) approve of the not-guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial, while African Americans overwhelmingly and strongly disapprove. Some 86 percent of blacks disagree with the verdict — almost all of them disapproving “strongly.”
There is also a partisan tinge to the public views. Among whites, 70 percent of Republicans but only 30 percent of Democrats say they approve of the verdict.
Some of the reaction to the trial — among both blacks and whites — stems from wildly different views of the role of race in the criminal justice system more broadly. Fully 86 percent of African Americans say blacks and other minorities do not get equal treatment under the law; the number of whites saying so is less than half as large, 41 percent. A majority of whites, 54 percent, say there is equal treatment for minority groups.
About eight in 10 African Americans (81 percent) say the federal government should charge Zimmerman in federal court with civil rights violations. Just 27 percent of whites agree, while 59 percent say the government should not bring such charges.
Some 60 percent of Hispanics say blacks and other minorities do not receive equal treatment as whites in the criminal justice system, and by a two-to-one ratio, they disapprove of the verdict in the Zimmerman trial.
The Post-ABC poll was conducted July 18 to 21 among a random national sample of 1,002 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; it is 4.5 points for the sample of white respondents and 11 points among African Americans and Hispanics.
Zimmerman Speaks About Trayvon’s Murder…Through Police Interrogation Recordings: Police Investigators Recount Night of Trayvon Martin’s Murder
NOTE: Parts that I have found important are bolded for emphasis.
For the first time, the jury in the trial of George Zimmerman on Monday heard the defendant, in taped police interviews, give his version of events the night he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, in a townhouse complex here 16 months ago.
They also heard from a Sanford police officer who had once been clearly skeptical of Mr. Zimmerman’s account, saying Mr. Zimmerman seemed overly eager “to catch the bad guy,” but who in court on Monday said it had seemed that the defendant had been telling the truth.
The audio and video recordings of the interviews had been made public during the discovery phase of the case and were replayed in Seminole County Court on Monday, in the second week of testimony, while the officers who had conducted the interviews, Doris Singleton and later Chris Serino, were on the stand.
Mr. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder but has claimed self-defense, while prosecutors charge that he profiled Mr. Martin, who was black, and hunted him down. Mr. Martin, who lived in Miami, had been returning from buying snacks and was staying with his father and his father’s girlfriend in the complex where Mr. Zimmerman, who is half Peruvian, lived. The case ignited a national furor because Mr. Zimmerman was not arrested in Mr. Martin’s death for six weeks.
Officer Serino, a much anticipated witness, had initially suggested that Mr. Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter even as the Sanford Police Department said publicly that it did not have probable cause to do so. Later, however, Officer Serino also said he had felt pressure from some people in the department and did not believe there was enough evidence to press charges.
In the audio and video recordings of the police interviews, Mr. Zimmerman appeared and sounded calm, compliant and earnest. He had waived his right to a lawyer and said his suspicions had been raised by the sight of Mr. Martin walking in the rain on the night of Feb. 26, 2012. Burglaries had been rampant in the neighborhood, he said, prompting him to start a neighborhood watch program.
“Something was off” about Mr. Martin, he told the police. He said he had begun following Mr. Martin in his car and then on foot.
After Mr. Zimmerman got out of his car, he said, Mr. Martin soon emerged from the darkness and punched him, knocking him to the ground, suffocating him and then repeatedly bashing his head onto concrete while menacing him with the words “You’re going to die tonight.” Mr. Zimmerman said he had cried for help dozens of times and then had fatally shot Mr. Martin after it seemed the teenager was reaching for Mr. Zimmerman’s gun.
In his interviews with Mr. Zimmerman, Officer Serino dug into Mr. Zimmerman’s account. If the attack was as vicious as Mr. Zimmerman claimed, why weren’t his wounds — bumps and scrapes on his head, face and nose — worse?Why in his call to the police did Mr. Zimmerman describe Mr. Martin as a “real suspicious guy”? Why did he say it seemed that Mr. Martin was “on drugs or something”?
Mr. Zimmerman said it had been because Mr. Martin had been walking casually in the rain, looking into houses, and because he had not recognized him.
“Did it ever occur to you to ask this person what he was doing out there?” Officer Serino asked in the recording.
“No, sir,” Mr. Zimmerman replied.
“Do you think he was scared — do you think he thought you were trying to hurt him?” another officer asked. “Can you see how this might frighten him?” Mr. Zimmerman fell silent. “I didn’t have the opportunity,” he eventually said.
Officer Serino also upbraided Mr. Zimmerman for following Mr. Martin after a police operator had told him he did not need to.
Yet queried on Monday by Mr. Zimmerman’s lead defense lawyer, Mark O’Mara, Officer Serino said of the defendant, “In this case, he could have been considered the victim also.” Regarding Mr. Zimmerman’s wounds, Mr. O’Mara also noted that injuries were not criteria for legally valid claims of self-defense; rather, belief of impending death or great harm was enough.
Mr. O’Mara also asked Officer Serino what he thought about Mr. Zimmerman’s comment saying he wished that the altercation had been videotaped.
“Either he was telling the truth or he was a complete pathological liar,” Officer Serino replied. In this case, Mr. O’Mara asked, did he believe Mr. Zimmerman was telling the truth, given all the evidence? “Yes,” the officer replied. The court then recessed for the day.
Earlier on Monday, jurors got another glimpse into Mr. Zimmerman’s comportment the night of the killing. Officer Singleton testified that Mr. Zimmerman had expressed dismay after first learning that Mr. Martin had died. “In the Catholic religion, it’s always wrong to kill somebody,” he told her, after noticing Officer Singleton was wearing a cross around her neck. She recalled replying: “If what you’re telling me is true, that’s not what God meant. It doesn’t mean you can’t save your own life.”
In his cross-examination of Officer Singleton, Mr. O’Mara asked if she had perceived in Mr. Zimmerman any ill will, hatred or spite. “If he had it, he didn’t show it,” she said.
The prosecution also noted Mr. Zimmerman’s written statement describing Mr. Martin as “the suspect,” which the prosecution has said shows that he took himself to be a law enforcer of sorts, overstepping his role as a volunteer neighborhood watchman.
Also on Monday, the state called to the stand Hirotaka Nakasone, an expert in voice recognition with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who said a snippet of an audio recording from that night of a man screaming was too short to identify. In pretrial hearings, Dr. Nakasone testified on behalf of the defense to discredit audio experts for the state who had said the voice screaming quite likely belonged to Mr. Martin. Yet in a police interview played in court on Monday, Mr. Zimmerman said of the screams, “That doesn’t even sound like me.”
So, basically what we have learned is this:
1) George Zimmerman intentionally followed Trayvon Martin after spotting Martin walking back to his father’s house carrying an Arizona Iced Tea can and a bag of Skittles.
2) George Zimmerman started a neighborhood watch program at the Retreat at Twin Lakes gated subdivision after several break-ins into houses by African-Americans spurred his wannabe-cop vigilantism.
3) George Zimmerman himself thought that the person screaming on the 911 call wasn’t him. Damned by his own words!
4) George Zimmerman claims that Trayvon Martin beat his head into concrete, yet doesn’t remember how Trayvon allegedly grabbed his head to beat his skull in.
5) Zimmerman did not receive x-rays after allegedly receiving “shaken-baby” syndrome-like injuries from hits he allegedly sustained from Trayvon Martin. Unless the defense introduces x-rays, none were taken because Zimmerman refused them. If he was really injured, they would have painted a little bit clearer picture of that.
6) Several witnesses saw a large man (Zimmerman) over a thinner man (Martin), while only one witness (John Good) saw Zimmerman on the ground with Martin on top.
7) Zimmerman claims that he spread Trayvon Martin’s arms to the side after shooting him. Almost all of the police officers on the scene stated that Martin’s arms were under his body, with him being face-down.
8) Paramedics did not have the proper first-aid gear to patch up Trayvon’s chest wound. Rather, they asked a neighbor for a plastic bag and tape to cover the wound up. Then, they gave chest compressions to Trayvon at the location of the just-covered wound.
9) The key witness, Rachel Jeantel, was the last person (other than Zimmerman) to speak to Trayvon Martin multiple times. Jeantel states that Trayvon admitted that he was being followed by Zimmerman, even calling Zimmerman a “crazy-ass cracker.” Jeantel’s testimony backs up lead investigator Chris Serino’s testimony about discovering Zimmerman followed Martin, and pursuited him.
10) Only one person has stated that the cries for help were George Zimmerman, and that is defense attorney Mark O'Mara. Zimmerman, in his first interview with Sanford police, admits that the voice crying for help is not himself. Also, other witnesses have either thought that the voice was Trayvon, or they were unable to tell.
So far, the prosecution has proven their case. Unless the defense does something shocking (like attempting to get a mistrial) or brings a witness in that completely switches the case around (which is very doubtful), George Zimmerman will be found guilty of second-degree murder, and sentenced to 25 to life in a Florida maximum security prison.
Please correct me if I am wrong on any of my points. I welcome all discussion.