What Zimmerman should have said


“Hello there! I’m George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch guard. Can you tell me your name and your business here?”

“Oh, hi, I felt scared when I thought you were following me. I’m Trayvon, visiting my dad who lives over in that house. I was shopping at the store and bought some Skittles."

“OK, kid, have a good evening.”

“Thanks, Mr. Zimmerman.”

Isn’t this the exchange that should have happened? Isn’t speech what makes us human? Why didn’t Zimmerman call out? What made Zimmerman silently stalk Trayvon Martin, against the wishes of the police dispatcher? Anyone in Trayvon’s shoes would have been terrified. Trayvon told his girlfriend he would run to his father’s house. Does it seem likely he hid in a bush waiting to attack George Zimmerman?

Gabrielle Grossman, Oakland, Ca.

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