Monday, July 15, 2013
Unfortunately for John Henry Spooner, he lives in Wisconsin. Fortunately for George Zimmerman, he resides in Florida. A state full of conservative backwards thinking legislatures who pass laws out of fear and not common sense. Laws that embolden men who look like they do to act in unspeakable ways.
Because of those barbarous and fatuous people, Mr. Zimmerman is free, Mr. Henry, on the other hand, might not be so lucky.
There are similarities between these men as well. The most glaring is that they both have been stained by prejudice, and their prejudices led them to act in ways that took the lives of two young men.
"John Henry Spooner, now 76, is shown at left in his mugshot following the May 31, 2012, shooting. At right, Patricia Larry holds a photo of 13-year-old Darius Simmons, who police say was shot and killed by Spooner.
A trial for a 76-year-old man accused of shooting to death his 13-year-old neighbor in front of his mother in Milwaukee is set to begin this week in a polarizing case that some say was misplaced vigilante justice." [Source]
John Henry is 76, he no doubt remembers the days when you could kill a "Nigger" and walk free. The jury of your peers would always make sure of it.
But times have changed. You just can't do that anymore. This is unless, of course, you happen to live in Florida.