Video of George Zimmerman Reenacting Trayvon Martin Killing

More

Courtesy of ABC News, here is some pretty amazing footage. If you believe it, Martin's killing has very little to do with Stand Your Ground. Zimmerman is basically claiming Martin saw him, approached, and with no provocation, punched him in the face, repeatedly rammed his head into the concrete, verbally threatened his life, and then reached for his gun in an attempt to make that threat good.

I didn't know Trayvon Martin. Maybe that's exactly how it happened. I don't have much problem believing the two really did get into a fight, one in which Martin was prevailing. But the notion that teenager, with no history of violence, would effectively attempt to injure and then kill someone, without any real provocation strikes me as much less likely.

It's also a direct contradiction to Martin's girlfriend who was on the phone with him at the time.

I would love to see the raw tape.
Jump to comments
Presented by

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. More

Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Why Do Men Assume They're So Great?

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of this month's Atlantic cover story, sit down with Hanna Rosin to discuss the power of confidence and how self doubt holds women back. 


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

Video

Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

Video

What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

Writers

Up
Down

More in National

From This Author

Just In