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Race Baiting, Gun Hating Fallout From Zimmerman Verdict

July 16, 2013 by  

Race Baiting, Gun Hating Fallout From Zimmerman Verdict
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The not guilty verdict delivered in the George Zimmerman case over the weekend set off racially charged national debate, as the Justice Department announced that it will further review the case in search of civil rights abuses and as race baiters cheered on by the left’s punditry screamed that the jury verdict simply will not do.

The Southern Poverty Law Center took the opportunity to chime in following the verdict, positing that Trayvon Martin would still be alive had he not been black:

“They always get away.” These were the words George Zimmerman uttered as he followed and later shot Trayvon Martin — words that reflected his belief that Trayvon was one of “them,” the kind of person about to get away with something. How ironic these words sound now in light of the jury verdict acquitting Zimmerman.

Trayvon is dead, and Zimmerman is free. Who was the one who got away?

Can we respect the jury verdict and still conclude that Zimmerman got away with killing Trayvon? I think so, even if we buy Zimmerman’s story that Trayvon attacked him at some point. After all, who was responsible for initiating the tragic chain of events? Who was following whom? Who was carrying a gun? Who ignored the police urging that he stay in his car? Who thought that the other was one of “them,” someone about to get a away with something?

The jury has spoken, and we can respect its conclusion that the state did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. But we cannot fail to speak out about the tragedy that occurred in Sanford, Florida, on the night of February 26, 2012.

Was race at the heart of it? Ask yourself this question: If Zimmerman had seen a white youth walking in the rain that evening, would he have seen him as one of “them,” someone about to get away with something?…

…George Zimmerman probably saw race the night of February 26, 2012,  just like so many of us probably would have. Had he not, Trayvon probably would be alive today.

Attorney General Eric Holder, whose Justice Department said it will look into the case to determine whether Federal prosecutors should file criminal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, also weighed in on the case.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has gathered more than 450,000 signatures on a petition created after the jury found Zimmerman not guilty, calling for Justice to launch a civil rights investigation.

“A jury has acquitted George Zimmerman, but we are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Sign our petition to the Department of Justice today,” read a note accompanying the petition.

The Attorney General said that the court case provides an opportunity for America to talk about race:

…Independent of the legal determination that will be made, I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honestly about the complicated and emotionally-charged issues that this case has raised. We must not — as we have too often in the past — let this opportunity pass…

Holder’s boss, President Barack Obama, also weighed in on the Zimmerman verdict, calling on Americans to honor Martin’s memory by pushing for stronger gun control.

Obama said:

We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

MSNBC contributor and Georgetown University Professor Michael Eric Dyson said Monday that the verdict in the Zimmerman case made Saturday a worse day than Sept. 11, 2001, for black Americans.

“When the people who rig the definition and the litmus test have a bias to begin with, it’s not going to be proof positive for you when you come along testing whether race or bias exists,” Dyson began. “We don’t have to impugn [Zimmerman attorney] Mr. [Mark] O’Mara‘s character and integrity to say what you are talking about is on Mars and we’re on Venus.”

“We have to often tell people who get defensive about racism analogy, let’s make an analogy to terrorism,” he added. “So, you know how you felt on 9/11? yeah, that’s how we feel when it comes to race.”

And then, of course, there were those who took to Twitter to opine on the Zimmerman verdict — like Representative Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who struggled to understand the concept of innocent until proven guilty:

Former Obama adviser Van Jones simply blamed racism:

Following the verdict, rappers such as  P. Diddy, Big Boi, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes and others took to Twitter call America a racist cesspool of despair. Their colleague Lupe Fiasco quickly shouted them down with reason, pointing out their hypocrisy.

Indeed, there have been thousands of blacks killed on America’s streets since Martin’s death, about 500 in Chicago alone. Many of those tragedies, however, resulted from black-on-black crimes, evidently not meriting Presidential comments or round-the-clock media coverage.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • flashy

    Inflame the situation for monetary and political purposes ? Or have intelligent discussion about the issues without rancor and charges ? Extremists on both sides reject the latter and embrace the first.

    A jury found Zimmerman Not Guilty. They did not say ” innocent”. For those castigating DOJ for examining civil rights charges, for those appalled at Zimmerman facing civil lawsuits, for those saying he should face no more.. did you say that when OJ Simpson walked ?

    For those wanting Zimmerman in jail, notice the only ones saying words of “riot” etc are the extremist elements, and most from the far right “predicting” behavior from the black community.

    A jury decided. Zimmerman faces no jail. Fine. But he isn’t free. What we should be asking is…should he have had the legal right to pack a gun in the community that night or now?

    He panics, places himself in situations forcing violent confrontation, and has an ego issue and insecurity a mile wide. He couldn’t get a coo job. Why ? So why should he then, or now, be allowed to carry a gun in public ????

    As for the stirring of the situation to create rancor as this article attempts? There is no shame when politics and money are involved. Only attention. Too bad there exists an element that believes half the crap put out by the extremist right propaganda arm.

    • Jack

      I personally said it is a travesty that OJ was tried a second time in civil court. To me that represents a double standard.

      The accused is supposed to be presumed innocent until proven guilty in our system, thus both OJ and Zimmerman, having been found not guilty, are innocent. You may believe in your heart that one or both are guilty, but your belief is not the same as proof. I believe OJ is a murderer. The state did not prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, therefore OJ is innocent.

      I believe, based on the hard factual evidence, that Zimmerman acted in self defense, but I can construct a scenario or theory where he is guilty. The state may well have done the same, but could not prove it. There is no hard factual evidence in support of the theory. Indeed, the evidence supports and confirms Zimmerman’s narrative of what happened.

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    Its not guns that kill, people have been killing since the very first. Everything is a weapon and deadly in the right hands. The Government just doesn’t want people to have a means to defend themselves against a corrupt system. Wake up America, before its to late. The government wants to take control and limit the threat. Why else would they put chemicals in the water, in our food, try to take weapons, build Fema camps with razor wire, spy on all Americans, spread racial hate, and takeyour money and jobs.

    • Brandon

      Your right shadow!!! Will be used as another pathetic attempt to attack our 2nd amendment rights!!! This clown keeps attacking our Constitution he needs to go!!!!

  • http://None Names

    It is now finally leagal, as a white Hispanic, to defend myself against th the Trayvon Martin’s that are rioting. Thugs is the appropriate name.

  • Brandon

    Agree, case should have never been televised, Jesse Jackson and al Sharpton saw an opportunity and backed by liberal bias media, took it! Anything the race baiters can do to drive that wedge deeper and exploit racism to solidify misplaced power over their group and turn a profit!!! Disgusting!!!

  • Robin Montgomery

    @Lupe Fiasco your message was heard loud and clear , those hypocrits you called are all part of the smear, no our emotions don’t matter on either side because this whole conspiracy theory is the real government format for black genocide.

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