On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man. Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Three weeks after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.
Here is what everyone should know about the case:
1. Zimmerman called the police to report Martin’s “suspicious” behavior, which he described as “just walking around looking about.” Zimmerman was in his car when he saw Martin walking on the street. He called the police and said: “There’s a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking about… These a**holes always get away” [Orlando Sentinel]
2. Zimmerman pursued Martin against the explicit instructions of the police dispatcher:
Dispatcher: “Are you following him?”
Dispatcher: “OK, we don’t need you to do that.”
3. Prior to the release of the 911 tapes, Zimmerman’s father released a statement claiming “[a]t no time did George follow or confront Mr. Martin.” [Sun Sentinel]
4. Zimmerman was carrying a a 9 millimeter handgun. Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea. [ABC News]
6. Martin’s English teacher described him as “as an A and B student who majored in cheerfulness.” [Orlando Sentinel]
7. Martin had no criminal record. [New York Times]
8. Zimmerman “was charged in July 2005 with resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer. The charges appear to have been dropped.” [Huffington Post]
9. Zimmerman called the police 46 times since Jan. 1, 2011. [Miami Harald]
10. According to neighbors, Zimmerman was “fixated on crime and focused on young, black males.” [Miami Herald]
11. Zimmerman “had been the subject of complaints by neighbors in his gated community for aggressive tactics” [Huffington Post]
12. A police officer “corrected” a key witness. “The officer told the witness, a long-time teacher, it was Zimmerman who cried for help, said the witness. ABC News has spoken to the teacher and she confirmed that the officer corrected her when she said she heard the teenager shout for help.” [ABC News]
13. Three witnesses say they heard a boy cry for help before a shot was fired. “Three witnesses contacted by The Miami Herald say they saw or heard the moments before and after the Miami Gardens teenager’s killing. All three said they heard the last howl for help from a despondent boy.” [Miami Herald]
14. The officer in charge of the crime scene also received criticism in 2010 when he initially failed to arrest a lieutenant’s son who was videotaped attacking a homeless black man. [New York Times]
trigger warning: rape
Why do good stories have to be ruined by their problematic handling of rape? First Ouran and now THIS. It’s cultural dissonance, but srsly just plain don’t include rape in your stories there are other ways to put your heroine in danger.
I just I just have to rant about it Spoilers obvs.
So this dude Maron trusts turns out to be a demon. Turns out he was Jeanne D’arc’s main squeeze (or wanted to be) back in the day and turned into a demon when she died because that was rough. He informs Maron that her powers can only be used by a virgin (fortunately, this is COMPLETELY torn apart by Maron later on, foreshadowed by her basic reaction of “NO I CAN’T HAVE SEX? BULLSHIT!”) so he’s going to make her not one. At which point he pins her to the couch. She starts screaming no and struggling and realizes she can’t fight him off with human strength and calls for her angel sidekick to get her rosary so she can transform. But her sidekick is then held back by HIS demon sidekick.
For some reason, even though Maron was generally able to awaken on her own when straits were really dire, she doesn’t here (this sort of makes sense considering the plot twist, sort of doesn’t- though it’s weird she doesn’t wonder why) She tells him she doesn’t love him and loves her bf instead and that she ISN’T Jeanne, she’s a reincarnation but a different person, but he won’t have it. He pins her hands back with a spell. More uncomfortable screaming, then she calls for her boyfriend. And true to every cliche in the damn book, he swoops in to do a manly rescue.
What’s even worse is the aftermath. The next day, her boyfriend notices the marks on her neck (hickeys? bruises? bite marks? who knows!) from the incident and… starts kissing her neck. Seriously, he’s really handsy with her considering she just got assaulted. Doesn’t even consider that might make her uncomfortable? Granted, she doesn’t act remotely affected by the whole thing, but when she does tell him to stop he asks if she likes the guy. The guy who tried to rape her. what a ridiculously insensitive question to ask. And later, when he finds out the rapist is stalking them he has a conversation with him and it’s so weird.
Finally Maron is somehow okay with being around this guy when they’re thrown back in time together. The first time she mentions it is when she tells him he can’t try to do anything to her, then says she’s not Jeanne and she also knows he wouldn’t really do it because he would have done it when she was asleep at his house before the incident. Um, A. he seemed to be trying pretty hard to do it to me and b. So his heart wasn’t in it, that makes it okay for him to terrify and assualt you? She forgives him (he doesn’t even apologize!) and tells him not to do it again. And it’s claimed that he apparently really does *love* Jeanne- so WHY does it makesense that he would try to rape her?
What makes it worse is pretty much everything that happens after this is awesome- Maron is determined to save her past self even if it means she won’t exist because she can’t watch Jeanne be executed- and when Jeanne claims she can’t use her powers because she isn’t a pure virgin anymore (apparently she got raped to top it all off wheeee) (it does make sense even Jeanne D’arc would believe this, considering the values of her time period) Maron straight up tells her that purity should have nothing to do with that, it should only be about believing in yourself and as long as she does that, she’s invincible. Jeanne agrees and decides that to believe in herself she’s going to follow her gut and give Maron her power, because she doesn’t want Maron to die.
Then the guy dies or something which is good, I don’t even want to deal with that anymore.
And there’s tons of awesome stuff after that with Maron saving her distressed dude, valuing her female friends even over her epic love with her boyfriend (she’s unwilling to betray them for her boyfriend, and even if her best friend steals her boyfriend, she will still love and protect her and not allow anyone to diss her), being determined to save everything with her own power, being the only one who can save God, having sex and still not losing her “purity” and asserting again that the virgin/whore dichotomy is bullshit and then the story of Adam and Eve is rewritten so Eve is the hero instead of the villian IT IS AWESOME.
So hardcore awesome. But the other stuff! It almost ruins it. It’s not as bad as Ouran, but it was really badly handled. I wish it just didn’t exist.
I mean yeah, I sympathize with Cass, because she is abusive, but not only was she abused, she’s still being abused and encouraged to abuse. And she’s a teenager.
Cass is still just as much a victim and good person- she needs to be helped. But that doesn’t excuse her abuse at all. At all.
Lots of kids will beat their friends while being abused- it’s lashing out and it’s how they’re taught to communicate their pain. And yeah, I sympathize with that- not for being abusers, but the part where they are abuse victims currently.
But implying that we have to mention Steph’s flaws when analyzing Cass’s abusive tendencies is like… implying these flaws mean she somehow deserves the abuse and are connected to Cass’s abuse. That’s not on. And Cass’s childhood doesn’t make it okay.
Like Batman literally teaches her you should work out your emotional issues through violence, enforcing her childhood, so Cass is never shown anything different than that. Ever. And where do you think she got the idea Steph should be controlled?
Bruce is actually the most abusive
Babs tries to push back but not really enough. And then encourages Cass to beat up her friend.
lol shitty writing.
Cass needs to be raised by Jaime’s family or something. SO MUCH THERAPY FOR THESE KIDS.
like Steph and Cass both have a lot of issues to work through as characters before they’d be able to be in healthy relationships because of their abusive pasts
and a lot of their issues are down to crappy writing anyway (esp anything done my Chuck Dixon, he clearly did not read Cass’s series at all and had no idea Cass and Steph were supposed to be friends)
but are we seriously trying to imply that not prioritizing someone’s feelings as the most important thing in your world is the same level of abuse as someone beating on you.
because no- not always considering someone’s feelings isn’t abuse and definitely not on the level of being actively controlling and knocking someone out
Steph’s whole “HE’S NOT YER REAL DAD” was her lashing out at Cass for KNOCKING HER UNCONSCIOUS and then stating she didn’t believe in her. It was a shitty thing to say, but is Steph not supposed to lash out when her friend punches her in the face?
Cass’s punching always bothered me (esp when it was played for humor) but I find it understandable since she really doesn’t know that’s not acceptable. She’s used to communicating and controlling people through violence. No one calls Cass out on it. Babs tells her to hit Steph harder next time so she can’t talk which is supremely fucked up. Her parents are supporting this. I think if she was told it was wrong, and it was explained why and how much this probably genuinely hurts Steph, she would stop because Cass is a good person and does not want to hurt Steph, She just only knows what she knows, and she’s never told it’s unnacceptable because lol shitty writing.
And Steph did take Cass for granted but on the same note she had a humongous amount of shit to deal with, and Cass was team Bruce all the way and considering how Bruce treated Steph, I can see why she didn’t feel comfortable being around that. Steph isn’t the most emotionally supportive person, but like Cass, she doesn’t know another way.
And no it’s not IC for Steph to forget Cass just because she didn’t check in with Cass on everything- Cass was the person she went to see when she was fired, when she was bummed about her dad- why would you even imply that.