A story is trending on twitter with the #Zimmerman and #Trayvon hashtags. I put this in deconstructing disinformation since the national race issue is
being thrown into everyone's face right now. It seems race baiting and causing racial tensions which set back a country 50 years it agenda #1 right
now with the media, and social media as well.
Let's look at the case.
A judge sentenced a Jacksonville mother to 20 years in prison on Friday, for firing a gun over the head of her husband, who she claimed physically
The woman's name is Marissa Alexander.
It has all the makings of continued racial divide. While Zimmerman was just found not guilty of murder, turning his case into justifiable homicide
under "stand your ground", in the same state and under the same law a woman was found guilty of discharging a handgun and sentenced to 20 years in
prison with a mandatory sentence.
This case is media firewater. They are pouring it all over the place too. Igniting racial tensions and enflaming already tender wounds with people who
are unhappy about the Zimmerman verdict.
It's being tweeted online in response to the not guilty verdict regarding Trayvon Martin and Z man.
You have a battered housewife, who's black, who under the same law which set Zimmerman free, send her behind bars for 20 years.
But wait. This forum is called Deconstructing Disinformation
Just like they don't tell you all the info on the Trayvon case, they don't tell you here either. The Trayvon case, they omitted that the kid was
violent (he bragged about it), involved in illegal guns sales, drug sales, racist (calling Zimmerman a cracker) and mimicked or was involved in gang
This case of Alexander might be a melodramatic plea for feminists and racial advocates alike. Unless you actually look at all the facts.
Marissa Alexander, 31, testified that Rico Gray physically assaulted her on August 1, 2010, before she fled to the garage, and, unable to exit
through the malfunctioning automatic door opener, returned to the kitchen with her gun. She fired a shot over Gray’s head, causing a bullet to lodge
in the ceiling.
The above is the most important part of the case. The fact that Alexander returned after retrieving her gun
which is just the first sign of
her intent that day.
The beginning of the disinformation.
Let's look at how CNN plays it out by one of their columnists:
lexander says that on August 1, 2010, her husband went into a rage and tried to strangle her after reading some text messages she sent to her
ex-husband. She fled the family home, got to the garage and realized she didn't have her keys. Fearing for her life, she says she grabbed a gun and
went back into the home to retrieve her keys.
She says her husband threatened to kill her, and to keep him at bay, she fired a warning shot into a wall.
"Oh the humanity!"
CNN makes this out like it is a battered housewife trying to fend off her psychotic husband by firing warning shots. They totally fail at representing
the story here.
Should we believe CNN?
Like many cases of domestic problems, there are two sides to this story. Yes, the husband in the past was guilty of domestic violence, but he was not
the only one. When we hear stories of battered housewives, many people picture a poor helpless woman.
The thing is though, is many woman are attracted to those kinds of relationships, and many create conflict simply because their communication skills
are set in creating some kind of physical confrontation. Sometimes they merely instigate with words, some are violent. I must state that I am not
"woman deserve it" or "they are bringing it on themselves" or any other nonsense. So please don't put those words in my mouth.
I am saying, that there is a very few select number of woman, who are equally as violent, or crazy, and they are drawn to relationships that step far
outside the bounds of normalcy. And this might very well be a case of that.
While her husband was guilty of domestic violence in the past, so was she.
There are plenty of cases where woman are physically abusive
themselves. Some may provoke their partners by being physical, and once that happens they report the abuse.
Men are less likely to report abuse:
Men are much less likely than women to talk about domestic abuse to friends and family – infact research suggests they are 5 times less likely
to do this (Stets & Strauss, 1990). In general, only 1-2% of men who are assaulted by their female partners are likely to report the abuse to the
police or outside agency (Fontes, 1998).
She went back to get her gun. Zimmerman had his on him. Completely different scenarios:
“Because she was not fleeing from an abuser,” Corey told theGrio in answer to why Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was not applied in
Alexander’s case, even though Florida’s Supreme Court has ruled in the past that a woman being abused in her own home by her husband has no duty
to flee. “
A judge heard all the facts and evidence and said that this was not a case of ‘Stand Your Ground,’ Corey said. “You have to compare what
[Marissa Alexander] said to what the victims said.
There were two young children there as well. None of the physical evidence corroborates her story. There was the 911 call … and you can clearly hear
the distress in Rico Gray’s voice. They had a verbal argument [in which] he said ‘I’m outta here,’ and she said, ‘I’ve got something for
She had fired a shot in the direction of her kids and husband.
The laws that protect victims of domestic abuse, can apply to both of them, as both had taken out restraining orders against each other. And both had
been charged with domestic violence, and both had been victims. It was in this case though, where the husband had recently been a victim, and she went
back for a gun.
For whatever reason, she went back into the house and confronted Gray, firing a single shot, which Lincoln Alexander and Marissa, on her website,
maintain was a warning shot fired into the air. But Corey says that shot was fired at “adult height,” directly at Gray, who was standing in the
adjacent living room with his sons, who were aged 9 and 13 at the time
”[Gray] told his boys, ‘get your clothes, we’re out of here.’ And she and went in the garage and into the glove compartment, got out a gun,
got it in a ‘ready to fire’ position — it’s a semiautomatic and it had the safety off, and she had a round in the chamber,” Corey said.
“And she walked back into the kitchen and fired the gun at him. He was standing the living room and it went through the wall at about adult head
height, and ricocheted off the roof or the wall. And thank God it didn’t hit one of the kids.”
Her and her boyfriend were in a fight. She went back to her car where her car was, retrieved her pistol, went back into the kitchen and fired a shot
at him. The trajectory showed it was aimed at adult height.
t on 14-7-2013 by boncho because: (no reason given)