The Trayvon Martin Litmus Test


People believe what they want to believe. They have pre-formed  opinions and tend to look at those sources and examples which support their position.  And they are just as likely to disregard facts and ideas that challenge their point of view.  This is especially funny when people think of themselves as objective, “just-the-facts” people. They can’t see or refuse to accept their biases.

Psychologists call this confirmation bias.

Do you believe Trayvon Martin was just an innocent kid walking from the convenience store, was racially-profiled, and then murdered like other Black teens?

Or do you think he angrily attacked the man who was following him and trying to get back into his car – and was shot in self-defense?

I think when the facts come out, we’ll learn the truth falls in the middle and virtually no one will be happy with the conclusions.

How biased are you?  Here’s an article about your beliefs.  It’s a little long but I find it fascinating.

www.tolerance.org/hiddenbias

I’ll guarantee this – if you come out well,  you’ll think it’s a good piece.  If you come out biased, you’ll think it’s not a valid representation of you. Of course you’ll think that way!  Like the rest of us, you’re just a human nitwit.

6 Responses to “The Trayvon Martin Litmus Test”

  1. Bill says:

    I’ll tell you the worst part of this from my point of view. The media in general has lost its collective mind and figuratively lynched Zimmerman. FOX News, which I hate and detest, is going to come out of this smelling like a rose. Zimmerman will be indicted, tried, and found innocent, and FOX news will crow about how it is the only network that is fair and balanced. Of course, they are biased as hell, but in this particular case they have used their head.

    I do not know what happened that night, but I do know police investigators spoke to I believe five eyewitnesses and decided against making an arrest. They must have had some grounds for their decision, and I’m guessing a lot of people are going to end up with egg on their face for rushing to an erroneous judgement.

    I agree with your comment 100%. People believe what they want to believe, reality be damned.

  2. Joseph Belle-Isle says:

    Oh hell Bill, Zimmerman was white and the witnesses probably were, and probably the cops. With that many right folks-remember-WHITE IS RIGHT!! iT’S AN OPEN AND SHUT CASE. Don’t you wake up every morning and kiss yourself in the mirror and say, “Thank GOD I’m white?” Everybody looking for the “mising link,” is either blind or certainly not beautifully white (Except for the obese cheese eating crooked twits from the FDA who spent years at Harvard learning how to cheat on innefective and slow murderring new drug discoveries which are really just adulterated aspirins laced with medicinal cyanide. It’s too bad the American Indians didn’t lern how to pick cotton and learn to love tap dancing and living in low rent shantytowns.

  3. Bill says:

    About 90% of the U.S. American Indians died from disease. The ones in the Caribbean actually were enslaved and literally worked to death.

    Yes, I do look in the mirror and feel fortunate to be white. If this were 1912 then yeah, the fix would be in. But this is 2012; I expect to see a trial that is fair to both sides, especially with all the media scrutiny.

  4. paolo. says:

    Without the national outrage, there might not have even been a grand jury much less a trial (the GJ decides if there’s enough evidence to indict for trial.)

    One report said the police didn’t know whether to hold Zimmerman or release him because of the ‘stand your ground’ law. Prosecutor said to let him go. I don’t know if it had anything to do with it but Zimmerman’s father is a former judge who knows the prosecutor well.

    Police chief got a 3 to 2 no-confidence vote from the city council and had to temporarily step down.

  5. Bill says:

    Sanford FL is 53% minority. That’s a lot of votes. If the powers that be are going to err, they will generally err on the side that will help them win the next election. Even in the face of national media outrage they have still not arrested Mr. Zimmerman. That tells me something.

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