What if Zimmerman wasn’t motivated by race?


What if Zimmerman wasn't motivated by race

What if Zimmerman wasn’t motivated by race

At demonstrations around the country people cry out for justice and even revenge for the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old by a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood watchman named George Zimmerman. They claim Zimmerman was a racist and that led to Martin’s death.

But what if hundreds of Americans got it wrong and Zimmerman isn’t a racist? What if his real motivations were power, control, significance, meaning and recognition? What if that is what ultimately fueled the tragic death of Trayvon Martin?

Read the full article by Patrick Wanis PhD published on FoxNews.com here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/03/29/what-if-zimmerman-wasnt-motivated-by-race/

Also read the article by Patrick Wanis PhD “Lessons from an alleged hate crime”: https://patrickwanis.com/blog/lessons-alleged-hate-crime/

You can post your comments on the FOX News article below.

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    jejozi says:

    I just read your take on George Zimmerman’s mind set the night of the incident. Fascinating. Here’s mine: Maybe he was tired of the crime in his community. Maybe he was trying to make his home and neighborhood a safer place. The police show up after crimes have been committed, maybe he wanted to prevent crimes from happening. After hearing the 911 tapes, he didn’t sound as if he was angry or on some kind of ego trip, he actually sounded kind of mild mannered. The news report today stated the he and his wife bought guns, on the advice from the police, no less, after a few encounters with a neighborhood pit bull, not because they were on power trips.

    You used the term, “what if” a few times, how about this. What if Zimmerman was approaching Martin to find out why he, a stranger in the neighborhood beset by crime, was there? What if he was talking in a nonthreatening way and Martin took offense at the questions and got up in Zimmerman’s grill? What if Martin started the altercation?

    There are so many things we don’t know about that night, that to make diagnoses with little to no information is the height of irresponsibility.

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    rex says:

    Why does the article begin with “what if” and end with “clearly motivated by”? This is very presumptive to be declaring motive and guilt…Instead this man deserves a fair trial where the truth can be determined.

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    Ron Taylor says:

    Why you people can’t just get off the racist thing and the power trip thing. All you criminologists and psychologists think that there has to be a root cause of supremacy or racism for a crime to occur. How about it just did, and one happened to be white and one was black. Everything doesn’t have to have a sociological root cause. You are feeding your own animals just to increase your paycheck. People like you make me sick. Why don’t you report on the white guy that got beat up in Chicago by two blacks that said they did it because of Travon and they picked him because he was a white guy. Now that is clear; why don’t you dissect that case. No, it won’t get you the attention that relates to a fat paycheck.

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    MissTee says:

    Ultimately, it’s not whether or not Zimmerman is racist, but were the police racist in believing his story and not arresting him? If he had been arrested and charged, we probably wouldn’t have ever heard of this case.

    Also, mentoring black children does not mean a person isn’t racist. Being half hispanic does not mean a person can’t be racist. If a person’s father is a judge, it does not mean that they can’t be racist.

    You may be right about Zimmerman’s motives. But the motives of the police are a factor as well. Their failure to arrest, and to just take the man’s word against all common sense, is a travesty.

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    shotel says:

    This is the best intellectual treatment I have read regarding this case. By far. And I thank you for getting your views published.

    I would love to know your thoughts on how the phenomenon of Tribalism in general, and Tribal social structure in particular overlay an individuals image of self-worth. IOW’s, isn’t being a racist nothing more than another form of simple Tribalism? The Tribal definition being [in this situation] ethnic identity that separates one member of a group from the members of another group.

    I think you clearly understand that we as humans are very insecure and frightened little creatures that masquerade behind our reasoning and our technology. It takes great effort individually, and as a group (Tribe/Society) to manage the balance of our underlying motivations; power, control, significance, meaning and recognition. When an individual is “unbalanced”, society tends not to weaponize them.

    The roots of Zimmerman’s frustrations may stem from unclear origin, but the societal safeguards were defeated (legal expungement of his violent past) as he was *recently* allowed to have a Carry Conceal Weapon. I think all can agree, not only would the the young teenager been alive today, but Zimmeman would have never left his vehicle in pursuit of the “suspicious character” had he not been in possession of a firearm.

    In conclusion, would you agree that at the end of the day, the Tribes (the larger Tribe of society, and the sub-Tribes; Religion/Ethnicity, Nationality, gender, etc.) are turning on one another…in the form of the Us-vs-Them narrative in an effort individually hide from the fear of the larger issues of power, control, significance, meaning and recognition?

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