Zimmerman case: Don’t be that bigot

Things have been hopping around AVfM, with both Postergate and Kellettgate hitting hotter and heavier than a gold-digger on a rich guy, so we’ve neglected to comment on the other big news of the month, the acquittal of George Zimmerman in his trial over the death of Trayvon Martin.

Although there are racial dimensions to men’s human rights issues – all races of men suffer from injustices generated by our gynocentric culture – the racial issues of the Zimmerman trial were muddled by the truth that Zimmerman identified as Hispanic, so the dialogue of “white-on-black” crime rang a bit off for me. Other sites in the man-o-sphere (most notably, covered the Zimmerman case almost obsessively, but I’d like to add a few points to the discussion as well.

I’ve been stalked before (in my case, by an ex-girlfriend) so I understand how upsetting that can be. I’ve also had to defend myself from physical assault, and although my attacker survived, I also understand the impulse to use deadly force to defend oneself.

But setting aside those concerns (which have been covered ad nauseam elsewhere), there are gender-based issues in the Zimmerman case that deserve airing at AVfM. I’ll cover 5 of them here:

The 911 White Knight call

Let’s review the transcript of part of the 911 call:

Dispatcher: Are you following him?
Zimmerman: Yeah.
Dispatcher: Okay, we don’t need you to do that. [Emphasis added]
Zimmerman: Okay.
Dispatcher: All right, George. We do have them on the way. Do you want to meet with the officer when they get out there?
Zimmerman: Yeah.

During the commentary surrounding the trial, it was alleged that the police had told Zimmerman not to follow Martin. But they didn’t say, “STOP – do not follow him” or even “Don’t be that guy”. What they DID say was the passive-aggressive, responsibility-denying “we don’t need you to do that.”

Men and women react differently when they hear phrases like that – a woman would usually take it as permission to desist, but a man in a “white knight” state of vigilance would take it as permission to persist, and thereby, distinguish himself as a hero among men.

Such negative suggestions are as clear to savvy men as this: “Honey, you don’t need to buy me roses for Valentine’s Day” – meaning, of course, “if you know what is good for you, I’d better get flowers AND chocolate AND jewelry AND a nice dinner AND…”

The fact that the dispatcher further expected Zimmerman to meet with officers – drafting Zimmerman into the militia, as it were – made it clear to Zimmerman that his continued pursuit of Martin was expected by the police as well.

The societal expectation of militia service by all able-bodied adult males is certainly a men’s human rights issue and an indication of inequality between the genders that needs to be redressed.

The sexual abuse barnacles

About a year ago, feminists like Amanda Marcotte were trying to barnacle charges of rape-y stuff onto the trial to serve their meme of demonizing men by alleging that Zimmerman committed a sex crimestarting when he was 8 years old. Marcotte cackled that Sexual abuse is a form of bullying, a violent crime whose pleasure for the attacker is far more about enjoying their power and dominance over the victim than it is about sexual urges. Subsequently, sexually violent men tend to be more violent generally, particularly against people they believe are lesser or weaker. If you’re trying to establish that Zimmerman had it in him to hunt down and murder a teenager who is much smaller than himself, then a history of sexual assault does help demonstrate this.

Of course, Amanda – sexually curious 8-year-old boys are the shock troops critical to the patriarchy. Are those pearls you’re clutching new?

Fortunately for Zimmerman, cooler heads prevailed, and the judge (a woman) declined to let this irrelevant and unproven bit of bullshit poison the trial. In the awake of the growing anger over Zimmerman’s complete and total acquittal by an all-woman jury, some of the more desperate voices are hoping that the long lost sex abuse allegations (which supposedly ceased a decade ago) can be resurrected as a sort of proxy retaliation against Zimmerman.

Obviously, they won’t bring any racial justice, but they would allow feminists to steal the justice narrative to slop their own endlessly needy, victim-mongering wallow.

The gay-bashing rapist revelation

During a post-trial interview with Piers Morgan on CNN, Rachel Jeantel, the reluctant phone witness who was talking to Martin just before Martin assaulted Zimmerman, finally revealed that she had warned Martin that Zimmerman might be gay, or even, a gay rapist preparing to approach Martin. Martin freaked out over the idea that Zimmerman might have sexual designs on him or his family, and this seems to have precipitated the attack on Zimmerman – which, of course, would make the attack a violation of Zimmerman’s human rights as a (purportedly) gay man, and make Jeantel the proxy instigator of the attack.

So, Trayvon Martin was killed in the act of gay-bashing (in Jeantel’s and his own minds, anyway). The fury of Martin’s sudden turnabout attack is now explicable (he had been avoiding being followed up to the point of the introduction of the gay rapist idea) and it indicates the degree of Martin’s revulsion that he went from flight to fight mode in so short a time.

The men’s human rights issues related to a woman (Jeantel) being held blameless for using gay/rape threats to precipitate man-on-man violence ought to be obvious.

That fabulous all-female jury

In a simpering piece written for CNN weeks before the verdict, What Zimmerman’s all-female jury says, Holly McCammon recounted the history of female jury duty and purred that The gender makeup of the jury is not likely to be pivotal in determining the verdict in the Zimmerman trial. The evidence is what matters in the outcome.

Oops – in the wake of the trial’s vindication of the heroic white knight (conquistador?) the opinions about the all-chick jury changed radically.

An all-woman jury, steeped in feminist stereotypes about the constant fears and oppression of women, seems like it would be naturally inclined to buy a self-defense claim, even if it were to come from a man. Zimmerman’s almost complete passivity during the trial seemed designed to feminize him as the hapless victim of Martin’s assault, while at the same time the prosecution’s case attempted to paint him as a reckless vigilante. Is it in the nature of women to overcome their fears and repudiate a protective male figure?

The actual decision to seat an all-female jury was likely an accident-by-default – lawyers don’t pick juries directly, but rather, they pick the people to strike from the jury. A gun-owning, perhaps conservative man who believes in self-defense would’ve been struck by the prosecution; a gun-eschewing, liberal-leaning social justice warrior would have been struck by the defense.

None of the jurors are talking yet*, but one of the women, identified only as “B-37″, is planning to write a book on the trial. Until that book comes out, we can only speculate as to the nature of their deliberations, as well as the extent of their shoe collections.

Woman of the year, Rachel Jeantel

Witness Rachel Jeantel continues her testimony during George Zimmermans trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Witness Rachel Jeantel continues her testimony during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Thursday, June 27, 2013. (AP Photo / Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool)

The controversy over the disastrous performance of Rachel Jeantel on the stand continues to rock the media. Time Magazine and others bent over backwards to come to the damsel’s linguistic rescue.

But what failed worse than Jeantel were the accounts trying to defend Jeantel. These accounts vary in their tactics but are universal in their attempts to deflect from Jeantel any real human responsibility for her shoddy performance.

The Christian Science Monitor juxtaposed the following three quotes about Jeantel: first, “What so much of this really revealed was the gulf between middle-age, middle-class, mainstream codes of behavior and life among youth from poorer, nonwhite neighborhoods … they couldn’t have been further apart if Jeantel were born on the moon,” writes Eric Deggans in the Tampa Bay Times.

And then, second – “Christina Coleman summarizes in a Global Grind article called Why Black People Understand Rachel Jeantel: ‘I … understand why white people wouldn’t like Rachel.… But maybe the reason white people don’t understand Rachel Jeantel has something more to do with white privilege than what they could call Jeantel’s capricious nature,’ she wrote.

And finally, J. Christian Adams on the Pajamas Media website: “Coleman sounds like John C. Calhoun, the South’s leading defender of slavery and segregation…Calhoun believed that blacks and whites could never live together, and that after any emancipation they’d forever be ‘worlds apart.’”

So, in the space of one article, Jeantel’s defenders went from lunar-born to underprivileged to interstellar travelers.

But no one seems willing to talk about Jeantel as if she were a responsible adult – her evasions, lies, distortions, dissembling, disinterest in co-operating, or self-absorption were emblematic of her perspective as a childish brat rather than worthy adult woman.

But at least one commenter did sympathize with Jeantel’s suffering – not Martin’s death, not Zimmerman’s continuing persecution, but rather, Jeantel’s pain – pain that will explode into fullness when it finally dawns on Jeantel that it was her gay-baiting that led to Martin’s death.

You know, because sometimes gay men, and straight man, suffer, too.


* Since the drafting of this article, at least one juror (B-37) is now speaking out, and she has canceled plans to write a book.

[Conjecture regarding Trayvon Martin’s sexuality has been removed after criticism in the comments. The speculation on Martin’s sexuality was to offer a possible explanation for his sudden violence and was not intended to reflect on the sexuality of all black men.–ED]

About August Løvenskiolds

Once he stumbled onto GirlWritesWhat's videos, August Løvenskiolds, aka The Bibo Sez, started eating red pills like they were tic-tacs. He likes debating feminists, but knows this stage will pass soon enough.

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  • Jason Gregory

    Another excellent article, August Løvenskiolds. You make an interesting connection between male sexuality and how women often manipulate men by shaming them about their sexuality, which is something that Jeantel did to Trayvon moments prior to the altercation, a part of the saga that needs more press. Props to you for bringing attention to this.

    • August Løvenskiolds

      As her reward for gay-shaming Trayvon, Jeantel was just granted a full scholarship to college by radio host Tom Joyner…and the lonely girl now has worldwide attention.

  • Theseus

    Great perspective. As I commented on another thread, the fems are nauseatingly jumping on the outrage bandwagon.

    What’s-her-face from NOW is commenting how young black MEN are being targeted. Sure, like you actually care about them sista?!!! What when your organization has heavily contributed to having black men’s children ripped away from them in family court? When your organization has contributed heavily to the rape and DV hysteria in this country and resulted in the jailing and incarceration of innocent black men? Yeah you reeeeally care about them.

  • TexasIsPangea Greg

    The claim that Amanda made was totally a bullshit assumption. If a man does abuse women, then it doesn’t translate to a man going after a smaller black kid because women would be associated as being weak and so would the black kid be associated in the same way. If the man has somewhat of a sexist tendency to beat up women, then it remains in the realm of sex. Of course, beating someone up is usually provoked, but the initial provocation can be sexist by association and the severity can also be sexist.

    Anyways, Treyvon Martin is a guy, and I can’t think of any correlation to George following him and George abusing women. I mean, how does that work?

  • sondjata

    Wow…. I think I’ll take a “break” from AVFM for a while due to this…There are places I go for this type of commentary and this was not one of them.

    • HQR3

      Even if one feels, as many do, that the verdict heralds an open season on black males, it requires incredible mental gymnastics and tortured logic to see this racially charged case as a men’s rights issue. While surely not the author’s intent, pursuit of non-gendered controversies like Martin/Zimmerman can only foster divisions in our fledgling movement that we can ill-afford.

  • Falcor

    I’m just going to point out, the probable reason he bought the skittles and soda was to go home and make purple drank, not to give it to some kid.

    • barnaclejones

      lol yeah he bought skittles and ice tea to make the worst batch of lean ever

      ice tea is bitter and uncarbonated while skittles don’t dissolve easily, what with being coated with carnauba wax specifically so they don’t dissolve, all of which makes for terrible lean, which often use soda and candies with lactic acids, like jolly ranchers

      and there’s your drug knowledge for the day

      oh yeah, and this article sucks

  • Rad

    The most interesting part of the Martin case to me is the kind of parallels that (desired) separate and superior modern “civil rights” for minorities have with separate and superior modern “rights” for women.

    They are both justified by claiming that whom those rights defend are perennial victims requiring special status beforhe law due to the historical and unstoppable patriarchal/racist tendencies of the culture.

    Thus, innocent unless proven guilty? Not good enough. Let’s take to the streets until we get our racial justice/campus “preponderance of evidence” reform.

    Jury trial? Only if the jury agrees with our racial justice/rape culture narrative. Otherwise, it’s time for a belligerent flouting of the law since any other outcome than the one we desire could not have possibly been the actual case….cause…broken ideology.

    Double jeopardy laws? Well…etc.

    Everyone better take the socially correct “opinion” or you are automatically a racist/rape culture supporter. There’s just no other possibility.

  • Kukla

    Sexism and possible homophobia in the Trayvon/Zimmerman case? Really? That sounds like something from a feminist critique where “if you look deep enough, it’s there”. I don’t buy it. Sorry.

    • August Løvenskiolds

      A lot of people rejected the germ theory of disease because those pesky germs were just so damn small, you had to look really deeply to see them.

  • Typhonblue (Asha James)

    The real demon here is the threat narrative(racism, homophobia) that pit man against man in a deadly struggle which degrades the humanity of both.

  • HieronymusBraintree

    Excuse me but there absolutely no evidence at all that Zimmerman continued to follow Martin after agreeing not to. I know everyone keeps saying he did but we do not in fact know that. In fact the evidence points to Zimmerman stopping his tail upon agreeing with police dispatch that he didn’t have to follow Martin.

    According to Jeantel Martin had told her that he had arrived at his father’s place. Yet instead of going inside to safety the fatal attack occurred about five townhouses away in the direction from which Martin, a thin HS football player who was presumably fast on his feet, was supposedly helplessly fleeing Zimmerman, a somewhat older man with no record of athletic accomplishment. If any one has a plausible scenario to explain this that does not make Martin the aggressor and thereby exonerates Zimmerman, I’d certainly be wowed to see it.

    I’m too lazy to look up the article but the defense hired an expert on picking juries and he is on record as saying that he deliberately picked women because they’re better listeners and were more likely to see things from Zimmerman’s side.

    PS Regarding Jeantel: My experience is that assholes virtually never take responsibility for the actions. That’s what makes them assholes. In her mind she and Martin will always be the victims of George Zimmerman’s violent hate of black people and nothing will dislodge that conviction from her poor miserable brain.

  • Theseus

    Oh, like I said I agree with you that what Jeantel said contributed to Martin’s overall fear and probably got him even more worked up. What we don’t know is exactly how the confrontation went AFTER that.

    Did Martin turn around and say to Zimmerman “Leave me the F alone and stop following me”? At that point did Zimmerman keep coming in an authoritative and confrontational manner…and then Martin attacked him?

    See in most cases, the person that has the weapon and is also the one taking the aggressive stance (purposely following and pursuing someone) then they are usually the one that bears the burden of the responsibility if things go badly. This is what common sense tells me.

    This situation could be different. I don’t know. But I am willing to reconsider things and reserve judgement in light of some of the observations that were made in the article. Hopefully more evidence will surface.

    • Alex462

      Stefan Molyneux has an excellent summation of facts about the case which the media has not deemed fit to share with the public.

      • theoutside

        A great presentation. Should be sent viral around the world.

        Thank you to Stefan Molyneux for doing it and to Alex462 for posting it here.

  • Suburban Fieldsman

    Excellent article.

    Anyone notice the parallel here? Feminists, and, honestly, a disappointing number of not-particularly-feminist women, drink deeply from the elixir of “when I aggress towards a man, it means you deserve it, and when a man aggresses toward me, even in the slightest way, it reveals his brutish inner nature, and must be dealt with”. Is that not exactly what they’re trying to sell to black men now?

    In point of fact, there is and has been for a long time a problem of black youth killing black youth, literally by the thousands each year, because they become involved in “thug/gangsta” culture. While, far as I can tell, there doesn’t seem to be any discussion of that since the original shooting, we do seem to hear constantly all of the things that George Zimmerman did wrong such that it is somehow his fault that Travon Martin attacked him. Number one on the list is that Zimmerman “shouldn’t have gotten out of his car”. I mean what is Martin, Cujo? Zimmerman can’t get out of his car because that means that he instigated the instigation of the instigation of an attack? Who knew that “getting out of the car” could be such an incendiary offense?

    All that said, I know that if there is one take home message from all this, for me, and I certainly hope for all now-enlightened white men like me, is that I owe a large and irreversible debt of fear, grief, and pain to all minorities, and especially, women, for my many many years of nonchalantly “getting out of my car” in their presence. It must have been terrible for them. Only today, I was about to pull into a parking spot I’d been waiting for, and a woman in her ecologically correct station wagon shot missile-like into its silo. I noticed her head was slung back at an angle, implying I think that the phone call she was on was of unusual importance. Not that it mattered, I deliberately stopped and motioned for her to take the spot. The thing is, I now know that what I SHOULD have done, was to stop, shut the car off, place my hands on the wheel in the ten and two o’clock positions, and avert my eyes until she made safe passage out of her car and into the store. It boggles the mind really, to think of all the times I have so arrogantly committed the incendiary act of “getting out of my car” when some “women or minorities” were present. I have been quite lucky none of them ever attacked me, justifiably out fear or panic, because as you may well imagine, I could have defended myself. (Shudder).

    On a more serious note, yes I do believe, once again, black men are being sold a bill of goods. Rather than react with responsibility, honesty and pride, and the gravity appropriate to the death of a young man, they have been goaded into drinking long and deep from the intoxicating liquor of victimhood. I wish them luck with the problem of their young men and the tendency to join thug culture, and kill each other. What the “black leaders” don’t realize, or more likely, give a damn about, is that once you start drinking from the government quaff of pervasive victimhood, it’s hard to go back. One thing I also know is that there are a lot of people who know exactly that, and that is why they are selling this enormous load of bullshit to black men in the first place. I find it to be an interesting parallel to the addiction so many women have to the very same drink. What addict does not want to share their addiction.

  • theoutside

    Good article.

    “The men’s human rights issues related to a woman (Jeantel) being held blameless for using gay/rape threats to precipitate man-on-man violence ought to be obvious.”

    Important statement.

  • Della Burton

    Imagine how differently the incident would have gone if, instead of inciting Trayvon Martin to what he may have thought was preemptive violence, Rachel Jeantel had responded to his expressed concerns with, “Hang up with me, call 911, tell them what is going on, and hurry home.”

  • Gordon Wadsworth
  • Gordon Wadsworth

    What’s great about manboobz is that he has a huge list of all the major sites around the manosphere on a sidebar. He helps us all so much.

    • Kimski

      If AVfM readers were The Watchmen, manboobz would be the retarded and moronic sidekick that noone takes seriously, because he is wearing his panties on the outside.


    • Sophist

      Because maintaining a bookmarks folder in your browser is too taxing a task for you to do all by your lonesome?

  • Bombay

    I never thought of this article as blaming something on a woman. What a strange perspective manboobz and gang have. I suppose that quality is what makes them feminist victims.

  • Sophist

    “The fact that the dispatcher further expected Zimmerman to meet with officers – drafting Zimmerman into the militia, as it were – made it clear to Zimmerman that his continued pursuit of Martin was expected by the police as well.”

    Wow. I’ve seen some leaps of logic, but this is a doozie. You honestly think that anyone would interpret a request for a witness or victim to stay at the scene so that they can directly fill in the dispatched officers on the details as an expectation that the witness/victim do their job for them? So, what, when you call to report your car has been stolen and they ask you to stick around until a cop shows up, what they are really asking is for you to track down the thief yourself? My friend, you have gone out of your everloving mind. I would bet you $500 that I could call a thousand random people – no, make that a thousand random *men* – and ask them what it meant when the dispatcher asks someone who calls 911 to stick around till a squad car gets there, and not a single blessed one of them would give an answer anywhere near “you are being drafted into a posse”.

    This is nuts.