Is Trayvon Martin's tragic death an excuse to talk politics? Of course not, but that doesn't seem to matter to either side. In a shocking statement, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker claimed that it is "conservative, right-wing policies that are to blame" for Trayvon's death. Seventeen-year-old Trayvon was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was not arrested based on Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law that states a citizen has the right to defend himself if he feels his life is in danger. However, many are questioning if Zimmerman's life was truly endangered and the case is causing heated debates across the country.
Baker, speaking on video to a reporter from The Daily Caller, said, "The same folks who want to kill workers' rights in the work place are the same folks who want to kill voters' votes ... and now they are literally supporting legislation that is literally killing our children." How sad, Baker is trying to use this young man's death for political gain. She added that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was behind the law. However, Director of Communications at ALEC, Kaitlyn Buss points out that the "Stand Your Ground" law was "...passed unanimously in the Florida senate in 2005, backed by all Democrats except one who abstained and was not the product of an overall Right-Wing agenda, as the AFL-CIO has claimed."
It's doubtful that Zimmerman gave any thought to the "Stand Your Ground" law when he killed Trayvon Martin. It's doubtful he thought much of any law since he flat-out ignored the 911 dispatcher that told him to stay put. Baker is known for trying to make any anti-union legislature into a racial and/or anti-women matter, but even for her, this has gone too far. Both sides need to keep their mouths shut and let the justice system do its job. After that, if they are dissatisfied with the outcome, work with the system to change things. This needs to be about a young man who shouldn't have died, not a "blame game" for politicians and lynch mobs trying to gain publicity points.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012