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Racism in reverse?

July 20, 2013

Today the President spoke about the acquittal in the trial of murder of Trayvon Martin, and the Presidents experiences as a young black man. While he spoke I wondered why this particular trial because on the day Mr Martin was killed there was another eight murders of young people that never made the national news and this made me think about the what ifs………..

…..Today after the not guilty verdict was announced the news reported extensive rioting and looting at the exclusive shops on Rodaio Drive in California and demonstrations across the country at state capitols denouncing the decision as racist. Also in the news the US Attorney General announced he was looking into possible civil rights charges of “willfully inflicting of bodily harm” because of racism. Various prominent community leaders said there was no provocation for the murders and that the killer was only motivated by racial hatred. It is a sad commentary but threats have been made and the jurors and the man now ruled not guilty are in fear for their lives.

The murders did happen and so did the not guilty verdict but the rest of that story never happened because it was OJ Simpson and not Zimmerman who was found innocent….and WHY is that? Why didn’t people run into the streets to protest the OJ verdict? Why weren’t there any looting or rioting? Why didn’t prominent leaders of the white community speak out? No one knows, except Zimmerman what actually transpired before that fatal shot, but we do know that the prosecution never presented the jury with any evidence to prove Zimmerman acted with anything other than fear for his life. So again I ask why the demonstrations and actions by the public and the Attorney general?


For those of us that believe in God
we know that Zimmerman’s actions will be judged by him
and God does know the truth about what happened.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2013 2:42 pm

    There will come and end to injustice and that will be a glorious day. Thought provoking post, Pete.


  2. July 20, 2013 4:12 pm

    What about the 13 month old child in a stroller shot in the face and killed and his mother shot but “only” wounded in a robbery in Georgia about the same time as the Zimmerman affair? Since mother and chilkd were white and the shooters were black, it was not a hate crime or racist, it was only a robbery. No one was charged with murder or faces possible vigilante retaliation, no price has been placed on the heads of the shooters. No, it is only “racism” if it is a white person or so called “white hispanic” saying or doing. What would happen if there were White Panthers intimidating folks? A White Pride month?


  3. TexasJim permalink
    July 20, 2013 10:46 pm

    I was a police officer for 31 years. I was involved in two fatal shootings. One person shot me and I returned fire. The other one had stabbed me bad and again I returned fire.
    I was tried by both newspapers as a bad cop and they wanted me off the force and in jail.
    The Grand Jury on both cases no billed me. I was off work for two years and received six months pay. I did return to work again but it was hard.
    It is bad when someone makes judgement about you without reporting the complete story.


  4. July 23, 2013 2:19 pm

    Similarly, the Caylee Anthony verdict elicited much fervor. If we think on this and other seeming injustices, we find much dissatisfaction with our system of justice, not justice itself, or race, really. It’s that a life was ended with nary a slap on the wrist for the happenstance of it. The jury was charged with finding a very specific verdict and they followed the letter of the law in living up to their responsibilities. We’ve become a nation of countless minute and fine laws that paint a very small picture of guilt or innocence and, thus, hamper the delivery of justice. To be sure, justice itself was not served with the lack of recourse for the loss of life, but the system created this alphabet of justice and the letter of those laws was observed in full. Race easily becomes the megaphone for all the innocents who go unheard, unavenged, and ill-served by the ways in which we’ve divided ourselves from our fellows in so many, many ways.


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