Lynn: You have such a unique perspective I wanted to talk to you about this Florida case that everybody seems to be obsessed with. So what do you think about it?
Joxua: The way we handle race relations in this country is like a pendulum. One group gets to punish another group for crimes of the past or crimes that somebody else committed. Opinions can be invalid and ignored or not allowed to be voiced in the first place because of the opinion or the source of the opinion. If its not hip or PC or pleasant you are not allowed to say it and you’re not suppose to be thinking it. I call it the pleasantness fallacy. We can’t have an honest discussion when we are not allowed to bring up unpleasant topics and if our opinion is preemptively rejected we have no reason to participate with anybody else’s solution.
Lynn: What is your opinion on Trayvon Martin?
Joxua: I don’t really know enough about him to have an opinion. If I had an opinion it would be based on superficial aesthetic snap decisions and it would be informed by my own personal bias. He seems like a normal enough kid to me and what happened to him saddens me but I don’t think he was without some culpability.
Lynn: How do you feel about Zimmerman?
Joxua: I think he is an overzealous, beady-eyed, little fuck. I have a saying “It is not that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely it is that where the corrupt mind perceives power it reaches for it eagerly. Another uncorrupt person will perceive responsibility where the other perceives power and reaches for it slowly. It is interesting that Zimmerman wanted a scenario just like this, but he did’t think beyond the actual event. He wanted to force his will on somebody else, but he didn’t want the aftermath. There is an old saying “You have the rights to your actions, but not to the results of your actions.” Zimmerman wanted to prove himself to the police and in the form of the conquest, he demonstrated that he was unfit to be a policeman, but his behavior was what he thought they would approve of which shows his perception of the police not as protectors and servants but as violent, intrusive overlords and this is the kind of people that are attracted to being police.
Lynn: What do you think about the stand your ground laws?
Joxua: I think we are likely to see more of them when the economy is this bad there is more crime and less money for police so authority has to be given back to the people. You should be allowed to be tribal, self-interested and suspicious in your own neighborhood. We are likely to see more instances such as this. When there is no money for a structure of authority to govern then people must govern themselves. There were seven houses robbed in Zimmerman’s neighborhood so he wasn’t being just selfish for himself he was being concernful of his neighbors however misguided his actions were.
Lynn: What do you think of President Obama’s voicing his opinion?
Joxua: I find it interesting that Cornel West likens Obama to Zimmerman for his decisions in America’s wars. Strong words from Cornel West he’s really getting his parr hesia on. I love my brother Cornel West. I personally think Obama overstepped his boundaries as a president expanding his sense of self to include Trayvon saying things like Trayvon reminds him of himself at that age and Trayvon looks like the son that he’s always wanted. He has basically thrown himself into the fray and faked a foul. Now Zimmerman didn’t just shoot a wanna be gangster that was beating him unconscious he shot the president as a young man or he shot the president’s son.
Obama is not thinking like or acting like the president. He hasn’t transcended his attorneyness. He is acting like a propagandist and throwing his weight on one side. He is essentially throwing gasoline in a fire. He is being divisive. The president sets the precedent. Obama should be thinking like a judge and not like an attorney. He should be unifying the nation not taking sides in polarizing debates.
Lynn: I know you voted for Obama twice. I am wondering how you feel about it now.
Joxua: I think he is showing some pressure under the stress. I am really disappointed with how he has proceeded on this topic. I still don’t feel that the other presidential options were any better. I don’t think that the president has as much artistic control as other people think the president has with they moneyed and political forces that he has to contend with I don’t think he can control what happens but he can influence the sequence of events in which things happen.
Lynn: Thank you for your input.