Bill Cosby weighs in…

The Trayvon Martin case isn’t about race?

In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crawley on Sunday 15th April, re-known comedian and philanthropist Bill Cosby, gave his viewpoint on the emotionally charged Trayvon Martin case. According to the transcript as reported by Dylan Stableford of Yahoo! News, Cosby states: “I believe that when you tell me that you’re going to protect the neighborhood that I live in, I don’t want you to have a gun…I want you to be able to see something, report it, and get out of the way, because you happen to be a part of the neighborhood. I don’t want you to get hurt. And I don’t want you to hurt anyone.”

Cosby who reveals in the interview that he in fact used to have a gun provides reasoning that may be widely understood; Cosby explains “I don’t know what happened, but I know that this — I used to have a gun. The policeman who okayed it said to me, “Mr. Cosby, when you pull this trigger, you can’t call it back.” And so I had the gun in my pocket. And the reason why I had it was to protect my family. But I also knew that anything that went on outside–and it appeared to be something that wasn’t on the OK, I went out with my gun. And the thought was if this person is not right or if that doesn’t move when I say move, I’m going to show that I have a gun.”

I have found that it is hard to have an opinion on this case and not get relegated as one thing or another. I have disallowed myself from having any opinion because I am yet to know what to concretely base my informed opinion on. Has this been an issue of racism or prejudice? I don’t know. We have not heard in totality exactly what happened here, and I fear that the court of public opinion will disallow those facts from being taken exactly as is. A grossly unfortunate occurrence has happened and two parents have lost a child – that is a fact. It seems unlikely that Zimmerman has any chance of receiving a fair trial – that also is a fact.

The facts of the case may eventually reveal that indeed this isn’t a case about race, but right now judging from the pulse of the multitude of protests and for example the punchline of comedic repertoires such as Bill Maher’s, it’s about nothing else.

related articles:
Trial in Martin case, Filled with high emotion… (The New York Times)
Tough for Zimmerman to get a fair trail… (MSNBC)
Articles about Trayvon Martin (The New York Times)

image: Bill Cosby - April 6, 2011 file photo, at the National Action Network's Keepers of the Dream Awards Gala in New York.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File). source: