If you want to discuss the Zimmerman Trial itself, please contribute to the Zimmerman Trial
By now everyone is familiar with the George Zimmerman trial, even if they don't want to be. It has gained a foothold in the American psyche and even
outside our borders. There have been other trials that caught the attention of the media and then the public, like the now-infamous OJ Simpson Trial,
but to my memory nothing that went so far as this one in splitting the country down an opinionated divide.
I have met no one to date that honestly doesn't have an opinion. Everyone I have spoken to about the trial (and quite a few I haven't) either feels
Trayvon was unjustly killed or Zimmerman was acting in self-defense. I have yet to hear "I don't know" or "I'm not sure." Even more amazing, the
opinions are never held lightly... those who think Zimmerman is innocent are adamant about his innocence, and those who think he is guilty are adamant
about his guilt.
Now, there is already a thread on ATS about the trial itself, located here
; this is
not about the trial. Please do not bring trial arguments into this thread. This thread is about a theory I have. I call it the Zimmerman Effect.
Essentially the theory is that people in the US have become divided along a line that is not as obvious as race, income level, political affiliation,
or anything so noticeable. The dividing line is along fear of authority. There are now a good number of people who, unlike in earlier years, are so
distrustful of the police or legal authoritoes that they trust a more criminal element than they do the law. There are also those who are so fearful
of that criminal element of society that they place full and total faith in law enforcement. The former appear to be pulling for a guilty verdict for
Zimmerman, while the latter are those who are proclaiming his innocence.
This fear is apparently so deeply rooted that as it bubbles subconsciously to the surface through the Zimmerman Trial, it causes people to act
contradictory to their normal personality. Some have gone so far as to threaten riots if the "correct" verdict is not reached. This has even gotten
so widespread that some areas have plans in place to maintain control should it happen.
The first step to understanding people's reactions is to understand their base, where they are coming from. So in that light, I want to try
I am asking everyone to simply reply with two things: One is the honest, soul-searched answer to a hypothetical question: If given a choice between a
uniformed police officer and someone who is young, disheveled, and apparently street-wise, which would you be most wary of approaching? This does not
need deep thought, situational ethics, disclaimers, etc. I am looking for the subconscious, knee-jerk reaction you would have to those two
individuals. Cop or thug? Which do you fear the most?
The other thing is a simple guilty or not guilty, not on what you think will happen, but what you want to see happen deep down inside. No talk about
why, no analysis of the situation, no what-ifs, no basing on what you heard... which would you rather see?
One final request: if you live outside the US, please indicate so. This may be a national trend instead of a global one. I welcome all answers
regardless of location, but I want to be able to determine if any trend is national to the US or global.
It doesn't matter which answer you give to either question. This isn't about right or wrong; it's about testing out a theory. No answer is superior
If I am right, we may find a deeper conspiracy behind this than anyone ever considered possible.
My thread, my turn first:
I would be most wary of the cop, and I say guilty.