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  • hoozdik_hertz_557 hoozdik_hertz_557 Jul 15, 2013 6:07 PM Flag

    Let's Get Real, Zimmerman saga was all about race

     

    Zimmerman saga was all about race

    Let's get real

    By Paul Campos

    Because it happened in America, the trial of George Zimmerman for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin was all about race. And because it happened in America, the people who benefit politically from the same invidious forces that led both to Trayvon Martin’s killing, and the acquittal of his killer, will deny that race had anything to do with either the killing or the verdict.

    Suppose Trayvon Martin had been a 230-pound 30-year-old black man, with a loaded gun in his jacket. Suppose Zimmerman had been a 150-pound 17-year-old white kid, who was doing nothing more threatening than walking back from a convenience store to his father’s condo.

    Suppose Martin had stalked Zimmerman in his car, until Zimmerman became afraid and tried to elude him. Suppose Martin had gotten out of his car and pursued Zimmerman. Suppose this led to some sort of altercation in which the big scary black man ended up with a bloody nose and some scratches on the back of his head, and the scared skinny (and unarmed) white kid had ended up with a bullet in his heart.

    How do you suppose the big scary black man’s claim of “self-defense” would have gone over with a jury made up almost entirely of white women? But of course this is America, which means that the scary figure in this story is the skinny unarmed teenager, because in America pretty much any black male over the age of 12 in this sort of situation is going to be presumed to be the ”aggressor,” the “thug” – in short,” the real criminal,” until he’s proved innocent, which he won’t be, even if he’s now a dead, still unarmed teenager. And his killer is a grown man who provokes a fight with an otherwise harmless kid, starts losing it, and then shoots the kid dead.

    Because this is America, pointing out that a black boy can be shot with impunity by a more or less white man because many white Americans are terrified by black boys and men is called “playing the race card.” The race card is what the people who benefit politically from the fact that many white Americans are terrified by black boys and men call any reference to the fact that race continues to play an overwhelmingly important, and overwhelmingly invidious, role in American culture in general. And in the criminal justice system in particular.

    Trayvon Martin was stalked by George Zimmerman because he was black. Trayvon Martin is dead because he was black. George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin because the boy Zimmerman killed was black.

    If you deny these things, you are either a liar or an idiot, or possibly both.

    Nothing above requires the conclusion that the jury’s verdict was wrong as a matter of law. Florida’s laws, in their majestic equality, extend to people of all races the right to engage in vigilante killing that eliminates the sole witness to that killing. To point this out is neither a defense of those laws, nor a claim that they will in fact be applied equally. In other words, to blame this jury in this situation is to miss the point.

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    • Paul was my property professor in law school. He has the ability to cut right to the bone and is spot on here.

    • I disagree it was about race. Its about Florida and their whacky laws, Stand your Ground, also empowering gun totting self appointed police force.

    • Hooz the race baiter at it again. Anything to stir the race issue, right Hooz? If the BO admin hadn't fanned the flames, this wouldn't have made the back page of the newspapers. You know all that prosecutor would have needed to do was present some evidence and that jury would have convicted. But he presented nothing, so its innocent because of no proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Trying to convict by grandstanding and hollering just don't cut it. And we can all be thankful for that.

      That prosecutor must have been angling for a job with the BO admin, the way he was operating. Then there is Holder acting like he will have the final say? He was a party to and a participant in Fast and Furious. It means that he was a full partner in the murders of a whole lot of Mexicans. He is still in contempt of Congress for hiding the evidence. BO and Holder protecting each other. Truly the most corrupt admin the country has had.

    • "Trayvon Martin was stalked by George Zimmerman because he was black. Trayvon Martin is dead because he was black. George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin because the boy Zimmerman killed was black.

      If you deny these things, you are either a liar or an idiot, or possibly both."

      Undeniably true.

      • 4 Replies to daspadoni
      • Trayvon was followed because he fit the description (wearing a hoodie and black) of the people who were reported during burgleries breaking into the neighborhood houses. He was shot because he was bashing George's head on the concrete. Those are the facts. To call George a racist is just a plain lie (politically motivated). If the description was that the suspects were Hispanic or White wearing hoodies, and Trayvon were Hispanic or White, I'm sure George would have followed him still. George's record of community involvement speaks for itself. There are plenty of racially motivated killings in this country to pursue. This is not one of them.

      • because the jury found him innocent. Why do you thing the prosecutor went after a lessor charge.

      • Zimmerman has a history of donating his time to help Blacks. George Zimmerman gave his free time to be a neighborhood nite watchman because the neighborhood was ravaged by home burlaries. And the radical left wants to make Zimmerman out to be a bad guy for helping the neighborhood save what is legally theirs? And by the way Martin was caught in school possessing stolen property.not relating to the case. We have a case of a good guy here, and a bad guy. Not hard to figure out who is who

      • It was about a guy who projected himself into a situation where his firearm was likely to come into play. I think he cared less about race and more about the opportunity to accost a stranger.

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • "If you deny these things, you are either a liar or an idiot, or possibly both."
      Or worse.

      The jury has a lot of 'splaining to do.

      Apparently juror B37 is willing to...
      for the price of her soon to be released book.

      One of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial is set to break her silence in an upcoming book about her experience sitting on the jury for one of the most controversial trials of the century thus far.
      Juror B37, who was one of six women to find Zimmerman not guilty Saturday night after 16 hours of deliberation, signed a deal with Martin Literary Management president Sharlene Martin. "My hope is that people will read Juror B37’s book" MLM said.,

    • Hooz back to his race pimping again.

 
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