We are not here to talk about the verdict in the Zimmerman case, because that is not what we do at TVovermind, but what we do, indeed, do is talk about television, its stars, and its creators. And in this case, we are talking about the creator the beloved HBO show, The Wire, speaking up about his feelings about George Zimmerman being found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin. While all the world seems to be somewhat up-in-arms about this, David Simon had some particularly honest and concise things to say about the verdict.
You remember The Wire, don’t you? The HBO police drama, written by police reporter David Simon, focusing on different aspects of crime across Baltimore, Maryland. It was on for many years, and loved by many for just how honest it was. That honesty came from David’s own experience, working with criminals and law enforcement agents. Well, David came out this weekend with some writing on his blog, and though you can read all of it by clicking on that link right there, to sum up what he said most precisely, he stated:
You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead.
He had much more to say about it than just that, but that sums up his views on the whole situation, and makes us think back to his show, which did a wonderful job of showing us BOTH sides of the fence. The good guys and the, dare we say, bad guys.
And again, we are not giving our two cents about any of this because we are not a news blog, but we do feel the need to let you know what David Simon thinks, because sometimes, just because we can’t say what we feel, doesn’t mean someone else can’t say it perfectly for us.