The worst fauxpology ever
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Mr. Zimmerman, 28, said in a soft voice as he took the stand with shackles at his feet and waist. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not.”
Oh, and that’s some nice writing, NYT, but it doesn’t fucking matter how soft Zimmerman’s voice was or that he had shackles on.
OH WOW, did he say it in a SOFT voice?
Well THAT just makes it all okay, doesn’t it?
soft voices mean that he’s meek, repentant, and worthy of forgiveness, duh.
also i can’t be the only one bothered by the fact that they found it necessary to mention shackles in a case that is so inherently about anti-black racism it’s disgusting. like i think that’s pretty goddamn insensitive. because it conjures images of him, a white man, enduring the same imprisonment felt by millions of black pocs for centuries and that’s really not okay to me.
@ the bolded (mine)
Nope, you’re not the only one. I just didn’t have the words to describe it.
Guys, I think you’re missing the point. If he was speaking softly, then it’s the reporter’s job to report that. If he was shackled, then it was the reporter’s job to report that. A reporter is a writer, and they must show us what we cannot see due to there being no photo or video show the reader those things.
He wasn’t trying to make it sound insensitive. He wasn’t trying to detract from the issues. He was merely illustrating the moment. No need to get all up in arms about it. There are things that are worth being outraged over, and things that aren’t. This is one of the latter.
As an ex-journalist myself who knows that journalists do add unnecessary qualifiers to make the stories more “marketable” (and they teach us to do this),
Shut the fuck up, you naive twit, and take some fucking seats.
i’m going to go ahead and second what’s said above. are you seriously naïve enough to think that the news media isn’t as rooted in institutionalized, unquestioned anti-blackness as the rest of this country?
the news is dictated by what we as a people have proven we want to hear. the news isn’t for reporting facts anymore. the news is for creating propaganda and perpetuating despicable stereotypes. open your eyes and look at the facts. this man killed a 17-year-old black boy in cold blood with no motive beyond his own racist judgments, and they feel the need to portray him as sensitive, humble, appropriately chastened. no, he has not yet been dealt anywhere near enough punishment for his hate crime. no, i don’t want to see in the newspapers words that i recognize to evoke pity and sympathy for a man who committed an insufferable murder. and no, i’m not going to listen when someone tells me it’s not worth getting angry over. we have no ability to be objective as a country, and we never have, so don’t even try.
And whatever makes white people feel more comfortable about racism sells.