Thursday, April 12, 2012

George Zimmerman Killed Poor Trayvon Martin, Now Ain't the Time for Your Tears

If we don't learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.  In 1963, on the day Martin Luther King, Jr delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech, a court handed down a six month sentence to a young white man for the unprovoked murder of a docile black woman.  The nearly fifty-year old case has disturbing similarities to the malice evidenced in the baselessness killing of Trayvon Martin and its impact on society.  Twenty-two year old Bob Dylan penned, sang and recorded the true story of poor Hattie Carroll, sparingly using poetic license (William Devereux "Billy" Zantzinger becomes "William Zanzinger"; Hattie Carroll had eleven children, the song says ten) to describe the events of February 9, 1963:

The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll
With a cane that he twirled around his diamond ring finger
At a Baltimore hotel society gath’rin’
And the cops were called in and his weapon took from him
As they rode him in custody down to the station
And booked William Zanzinger for first-degree murder
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain’t the time for your tears
William Zanzinger, who at twenty-four years
Owns a tobacco farm of six hundred acres
With rich wealthy parents who provide and protect him
And high office relations in the politics of Maryland
Reacted to his deed with a shrug of his shoulders
And swear words and sneering, and his tongue it was snarling
In a matter of minutes on bail was out walking
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain’t the time for your tears
Hattie Carroll was a maid of the kitchen
She was fifty-one years old and gave birth to ten children
Who carried the dishes and took out the garbage
And never sat once at the head of the table
And didn’t even talk to the people at the table
Who just cleaned up all the food from the table
And emptied the ashtrays on a whole other level
Got killed by a blow, lay slain by a cane
That sailed through the air and came down through the room
Doomed and determined to destroy all the gentle
And she never done nothing to William Zanzinger
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain’t the time for your tears
In the courtroom of honor, the judge pounded his gavel
To show that all’s equal and that the courts are on the level
And that the strings in the books ain’t pulled and persuaded
And that even the nobles get properly handled
Once that the cops have chased after and caught ’em
And that the ladder of law has no top and no bottom
Stared at the person who killed for no reason
Who just happened to be feelin’ that way without warnin’
And he spoke through his cloak, most deep and distinguished
And handed out strongly, for penalty and repentance
William Zanzinger with a six-month sentence
Oh, but you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Bury the rag deep in your face
For now’s the time for your tears


Anonymous said...

I think Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder. First degree is premeditated and I don't think what he did was considered to be premeditated. I would argue that chasing someone with a loaded gun, whether you knew the person personally or not, is premeditated. He did not carry the gun for decoration and had gone out looking for trouble. I think Zimmerman will be given a fair trial and I hope that the jury finds him guilty. He should have thought before driving around a neighborhood with a loaded gun.

Allison said...

You are right, its a second degree murder charge. I'm going to correct that right now.

And I could agree that he went looking to use that gun, but the second degree charge makes that a moot point while still going for life in prison which is the outcome I'd like to see.

Anonymous said...

Very good Allison. We have 6 months to take down these purveyors of ill will and move our country on to bigger and better things for all. We have to keep President Obama in office and take back Congress. The Tea Party have proven themselves as worthless! Time for all of them to go!