The White Community: “Roderick Scott? Who is that?”

Kiradavis.net contributor Talitha McEachin

I have been researching the Roderick Scott case along with the Trayvon Martin case. Folks, I have to tell you, the similarities are striking. The difference here is that the shooter Roderick Scott is a Black man and the victim, Christopher Cervini, was a white teen. Of course, New York’s gun law’s are more strict than Florida; but Scott, like Zimmerman, called 911 BEFORE shooting. Scott thought Cervini was trying to break into a neighbor’s car. What is even more interesting is that most of you probably have never heard of this incident, which took place not that long ago in 2009. There were no marches, no protests and very little media coverage. President Obama didn’t speak on this case.  Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson didn’t show their faces and Geraldo Rivera didn’t blame Cervini’s clothing attire for him being shot. Scott also was not investigated for a hate crime even though his victim was white and only the local law enforcement investigated this case.  Now some will argue that in Zimmerman’s case because Martin is black, the “white” man will get off or never be charged. In fact, one HUGE difference between the two cases is that Scott WAS arrested, he WAS tried in a court of law but ultimately found NOT guilty of manslaughter. To be fair, I think that the reason he was arrested IS because New York does not have the “Stand Your Ground” law, not just because he was Black, and I can’t eliminate nor assert race as a factor for the arrest because it is impossible for me to know what officers were thinking when they arrested him. Writer Michael Filozof of the American Thinker website shared his views in this article on the American Thinker website & I concur: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/what_if_trayvon_had_been_white_and_the_shooter_black.html#.T3gcEOicOxJ.facebook Let’s be honest with ourselves – muffled, alleged, racial epithet and assumption that the pronoun “they”automatically means “Black person” aside there is nothing about the Zimmerman case that can directly be linked to a racist motive at all. A white person is not racist just by virtue of being white, nor is any member of any other race.We simply cannot know with certainty what was in George Zimmerman’s mind at the time. We simply cannot assume that every time a White… I mean Hispanic…no I mean White Hispanic has his or her eye on a Black person, that they are RACIALLY profiling the person. If you are now thinking “but he was profiling him!”go back and read again, I emphasized racial, I DID NOT say he was not profiling him. After all, Zimmerman called the police on “suspicious persons”  many times since January of 2011 and not all of them were Black but most of them were false alarms. In the Scott case, there were no questions surrounding the sloppiness of the police investigation as in the Zimmerman case. The fact that there was no alleged “sloppy police work” in the Scott case further proves the point that when a black man is the perpetrator, and the victim is white, in this country he absolutely CAN receive a fair arrest and trial. Many black people love to lament about shoddy police work when a black person is the perpetrator and think that if a black person kills a white person, the “system”will fail to be fair due to racism. I’m not saying that the judicial system does not have flaws or racist elements, but given this rampant consensus, we would expect the police to come under fire in the Scott case and this was not the case because they did an unbiased job. The NY police did their job fairly and by the book and I applaud them for that. There are so many criminal cases in which the perpetrator was Black and the police work was questionable. Trust me THIS difference in the cases is a GREAT thing given the percentage of Black men who make up the US prison populations. Also, keep in mind that an accusation of mishandling the investigation and actual evidence of it are two different things. After digging deeper than the surface that is the Liberal media, I think Zimmerman is a rogue, wannabe rent-a-cop who is trigger happy and probably suffering from some deranged “hero complex”, but that does not necessarily make him a racist. He probably thought he was stopping a potential criminal and would get his picture in the paper and community accolades. His  heroic fantasies have turned out to be a complete nightmare. I find it very interesting that there was no investigation by the DOJ to determine whether or not the Scott case was a HATE crime. Many will say that on the Zimmerman 911 call, he used the racial epithet “f****** coon” but I must admit, I just didn’t hear it and I won’t pretend to hear something that I don’t in order to justify my feeling that this is a racial killing. Sometimes, when some people WANT to hear something, they do. In the end, both deaths are tragedies, and neither life is more or less valuable than the other. I know the Cervini family must be re-living their son’s death all over again as we all mourn the loss of Trayvon Martin because of the similarities. I know the hearts of the Martin family must be still filled with grief and we grieve with them. I hope and pray that George Zimmerman is arrested and faces trial for taking another life. If it is self-defense, let the courts decide; not the mob and not the media. Nothing bothers me more than widespread incendiary, biased Liberal reporting which taints potential jury pools. Let us also not make the mistake of overshadowing the Martin tragedy with politics by accusing President Obama of having Trayvon Martin killed for political gain (yes some have gone there and I don’t entertain wild conspiracy theories), overanalyzing the fact that Zimmerman is a registered Democrat or in the case of MSNBC political analyst Karen Finney, blaming the “environment” supposedly created by Republicans for the death of Trayvon Martin. When we politicize tragic, non-political events, we dishonor lives lost in the process and I for one won’t take part in that foolishness.  Remember, the rule of law, not the rule of the mob and not the media.

32 Comments

  1. Maureen G. says:

    Excellent piece & I loved when I read on FB! greta job!

  2. Mia says:

    Loved this when I first read it. I am re-reading all of your articles lol

  3. Tony S. says:

    Never heard of the case, interesting.

  4. Barrett says:

    Talitha, you have given me hope that there are those who see these events in a true, unbiased truthful way. I have been disheartened of late by the way Martin’s death has been hijacked by those with agendas to spread discontent. With all of the hate from both “sides” I wonder how long it will take us all to learn how to live peacefully with diversity being our strength. Until I hear otherwise I will stick with respect, intelligence & a few good hugs. I owe you one for this piece.

  5. Chris says:

    I just heard of this case when looking for similar cases for stare decisis. I do agree that (Zimmerman) chasing the teen down was a bit extreme, though I think he thought what he was doing was right.

    On a similar note what is your take on the good Samaritan laws? It seems like people just shouldn’t get involved with their community (or help others) for fear of legal back lash.

    • Shayn Roby says:

      The sad thing about the Trayvon Martin case is that the media falsely reported the facts of the case. There is considerable evidence that points to Trayvon actually being the one who lay in wait to spring upon Zimmerman. Rachel Jeantel unwittingly revealed this with her “gay rapist” story. You can’t hardly make this stuff up. Liberals rail about profiling and homophobia. In the very incident that they publicize for all the wrong reasons, it turns out that the so-called “victim” was consistently “leaned out” on Robitussin, and engaged in homophobic profiling due to the suggestion that Zimmerman might be a “gay rapist” who could molest all of Trayvon’s family. http://shaynroby.com/2013/07/21/pbs-host-smiley-obama-race-speech-weak-as-pre-sweetened-kool-aid/

    • I’ll have to think about the GS laws because nowadays society is so different & communities less cohesive. It’s a really sad state of affairs.

  6. G Robins says:

    I really don’t see the similarities as you do. I think this piece is an attempt at offering closure to the African American community. The similarities end at a young life taken. In the Scott case, Cervini (rest in peace) was with other individuals at 3:30am, smoking, drunk, loud and breaking into cars (admittedly demonstrating criminal behavior). Martin was alone, walking home, not giving ANY indication that he was involved in any illegal activity. Scott confronted obvious illegal activity and it ended tragically. Zimmerman had NO reason to follow Martin, especially after he was told NOT to follow him.

    Scott most likely took his weapon in case something happened when he confronted the GROUP of boys. Zimmerman made several statements that let us KNOW he was out to GET this PUNK- excuse me…F’ing punk!

    In both cases, lives were lost and their families will never see these boys again. It’s extremely sad all the way around. But I cannot condone Zimmerman getting off just because Scott did. It’s not a race thing — it’s a right and wrong thing. Regardless of the verdict, Zimmerman was wrong.

    • Rita Darling says:

      Thank you G Robins. My point exactly.

    • I recommend that you listen to this interview. After I wrote this piece the Cervini family reached out to me & Kira and I interviewed them. It gave me a new perspective. The only major differences in the cases is the racial differences, Scott was arrested & charged immediately, he was not a NW’man & NY’s gun laws are different. He should not ahve shot Christopher (in the back no less). All of those things about the youth are immaterial to me because Scott had no knowledge of those things when he shot Christopher. Here is the interview:
      http://voices.yahoo.com/trayvon-martin-american-tragedy-part-iii-11431074.html?cat=9

    • G Robins says:

      Certainly, this interview is one-sided, just as an interview w Martin’s parents would be. Please understand I’m not saying Scott should have acted as he did. But how can you, with a clear conscience say the events are similar? Scott wasn’t looking out of his window w a gun, waiting on these boys. The report says the boys were loud and drunk and in people’s cars. He wasn’t out to be super-cop. He was looking out for his neighborhood. He should’ve NEVER shot the kid! I’m not taking sides on that point. Both were wrong but one was out LOOKING for an opportunity to get “those punks” WOTH a loaded gun in hand. The other got a gun as a precaution as he went to ACTUALLY stop illegal activity. Both wrong but for VERY different reasons. And either way, my prayers are with Amy parents that have lost a child.

    • Shayn Roby says:

      Testimony by Rachel Jeantel on Piers Morgan makes it very clear that Trayvon circled back around and was the one looking for trouble. There’s a reason the ACLU just backed down. Even THOSE MORONS see that they jumped on a wagon with broken wheels.

  7. Kelly says:

    Thank you for this. I can’t say that I agree with you 100% but maybe 85-90%. It is refreshing to read something like this that is so unbiased. I just heard about the Scott/Cervini case today and can’t make an opinion on it. However, my feelings on the Zimmerman/Martin case are that I believe that both parties were in the wrong place at the wrong time and made the wrong choice. I personally believe that mass media is going to be the downfall of civilization. Cases are no longer tried in a court of law. They are tried by the court of public opinion before they can make it that far.

    • Thanks Kelly! I just think it’s tragic that both called the police then acted. The Scott case is worse because he was in no immediate danger, he was inside his home & Cervini was not on his property.

    • G Robins says:

      Certainly, this interview is one-sided, just as an interview w Martin’s parents would be. Please understand I’m not saying Scott should have acted as he did. But how can you, with a clear conscience say the events are similar? Scott wasn’t looking out of his window w a gun, waiting on these boys. The report says the boys were loud and drunk and in people’s cars. He wasn’t out to be super-cop. He was looking out for his neighborhood. He should’ve NEVER shot the kid! I’m not taking sides on that point. Both were wrong but one was out LOOKING for an opportunity to get “those punks” WOTH a loaded gun in hand. The other got a gun as a precaution as he went to ACTUALLY stop illegal activity. Both wrong but for VERY different reasons. And either way, my prayers are with Amy parents that have lost a child.

  8. Joey says:

    At last I have found objective writing that is worth a re-read. Thank you for your time writing this article. I will continue to be a follower in the future.

  9. mike says:

    This was pretty well written but in the aftermath of the Zimmerman trial, we are still reeling from racial tension. And the Cervini case is largely forgotten. It’s interesting that the assertion that Cervini was drunk, high and breaking into cars comes from Scott’s mouth. Zimmerman stated he saw Martin looking into windows with skulking behavior. Martin had a history of questionable behavior. Toxicology report indicated it was very probable that Martin was under the influence of marijuana (I’m not making any statements on the effects of marijuana, making a point, please bear with me). In Zimmerman’s trial, none of this was allowed to be presented for the defense. Yet in Scott’s trial, Cervini was put on trial as surely as Scott was. Stranger still was Scott’s stating that Cervini charged him, while the bullet that killed Cervini was in his back discharged from approximately 20 ft away. Martin was shot in the chest at very close range. Both shooters were acquitted in the name of self defense. Both shooters were sorry it happened but wouldn’t have changed anything they did. Two 17 year old kids are dead because they allegedly behaved in a suspicious manner and then made threatening advances. One case has the country in a uproar, the media in a frenzy, the other largely ignored. We have racial tension… the media and our country’s leadership seem to thrive on it.

    • Virginia Cloud says:

      Scott and Chris Cervini were not alone that night, and Scott’s testimony does not stand alone. Cervini’s cousin James and another friend were together, attempting to break into cars in Scott’s neighborhood. James, at 15, had been on probation twice, for assisting in a burglary and for holding a knife to the throat of a ten-year-old boy (reportedly over a dispute involving marijuana). Scott’s defense attorney argued during the trial that it was likely Christopher rushed Roderick Scott in an attempt to help his cousin James escape. Both “kids” knew that James would be in trouble if he were caught committing more theft. Folks are in a frenzy over Martin/Zimmerman because justice was miscarried from the beginning of that case, with Martin’s body tossed into the morgue under “John Doe,” without police arresting Zimmerman, without filing charges, and without even making much effort to find out who the corpse was. The fact that a kid or a person of any age is killed by another human being is an unfortunate loss in any circumstance, but mainly a concern to the local community and not cause for national headlines. Maybe if the US was the size of Andorra then the national media could follow every unfortunate event. Martin/Zimmerman made headlines from the beginning because there was no arrest. An arrest and trial only proceeded as the result of public pressure. If Scott had been allowed to walk away without any arrest or trial or further investigation into the incident, public outrage would have ensued.

    • Agreed Mike, thanks for your thoughts! They are both tragedies but I do think the Scott case is worse.

    • Virginia please listen to this interview of the Cervini family when you can:

      http://voices.yahoo.com/trayvon-martin-american-tragedy-part-iii-11431074.html?cat=9

  10. Shayn Roby says:

    In her heart, Rachel Jeantel believed that Zimmerman was chasing Trayvon, but she unwittingly revealed that Trayvon lay in wait for George, giving the rationale that he was protecting his family because Zimmerman might be a “gay rapist”.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=J9_XahgM1Uo
    She let the cat out of the bag and didn’t even have the sense to realize that she had done so. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9_XahgM1Uo?feature=player_detailpage&w=640&h=360

    • @ Shayn, I’ll check it out I hadn’t heard her interview yet. From my understanding, she said that he jokingly said Zimmerman might be a rapist. Anything else she thinks he thought is conjecture and she was not there and neither were any of us.

    • Shayn Roby says:

      Talitha, I know that you will take the time to look at the interview and see that RAchel was dead serious. I just want you to know that I respect you, Kira, and Alfonso Rachel, who are all interested in truth. I am as well. I am sickened by the conduct of morons like Nikki Sixx, who Alfonso had on his PJ Media video recently. The Obama administration has gone out of its way to make this a racial issue. Bussing people in with DOJ assistance and funds before there ever was a trial should be heads up that the liberal spin doctors just couldn’t let a “crisis go to waste”. Using taxpayer dollars to organize a protest is criminal. There should be some federal employees in jail for that RIGHT NOW.

  11. Susan says:

    WONDERFUL article – very articulate and well-thought out – definitely one of the best ones I’ve read on this whole incident! :-)

    My only question in the “race” part of the Zimmerman case is this… Why is Zimmerman the only one being accused by the media of racism (when there has been no true evidence of such) and when Trayvon was, in actuality, the one using racial slurs against Zimmerman while describing him on the phone? This was testified in court by Trayvon’s friend, “Dee Dee”. Has anyone considered Trayvon may have attacked Zimmerman because of HIS race? Food for thought.

    • Susan says:

      Forgot to add – Dee Dee and Trayvon both believed Zimmerman to be a “gay rapist”. Trayvon slipped out of sight and allegedly made it home. Yet, he still came back and attacked Zimmerman, brutally. Doesn’t that insinuate a hate crime by Trayvon, and not vice versa?

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