I’ve written almost nothing about the Trayvon Martin killing because I think it’s all too easy for people to choose up sides on the basis of tiny scraps of information, some of which turn out not to be true, and then to impose an easy narrative over the whole situation. I think it’s a good idea to wait for an actual trial, where the facts can be examined critically and truth can be separated from rumor, before jumping to convenient conclusions. But when I see statements like this from Zimmerman, it leaves me angry:
Hannity later asked him if he regretted getting out of his car initially. Zimmerman said no, then saying he didn’t regret being armed, nor his other actions that night, adding: ‘I feel that it was all God’s plan. For me to second guess it, um…’
Really? So if you’re convicted and sent to prison, will that be God’s plan too? Or will you fight against “God’s plan” by filing appeals? I get so tired of these constant claims that everything good or bad that happens is God’s will — or the ever-popular equivalent platitude, “Everything happens for a reason.” I remember seeing Patrick Swayze offer that bit of bullshit on the Tonight Show 20 years ago when asked about his then-soaring career. Maybe he should have gone and explained to the people of Ethiopia the grand purpose of Road House. And pity those poor Somalians, if only they had a good publicist.