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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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