George Zimmerman Verdict

The jury has ruled- considering the evidence presented, and rightly in my opinion- that George Zimmerman is innocent.  Despite the considerable emotion surrounding this case, justice has been served.  Not “justice for Trayvon” and not “justice for George”; but simply justice.

To celebrate justice rendered in this case is not an admission or an articulation that Trayvon Martin deserved what happened to him that fateful night in February of 2012. As most will acknowledge, it’s a sad and unfortunate thing that Trayvon Martin lost his life resulting in his parents having to bury their son.

At the same time, George Zimmerman also did not deserve what has happened to him either.   The death threats, the editing of the 9-1-1 tapes to make him appear as a zealous racial profiler; the releasing of his Social Security number, the tweeting of an address thought to be his by Spike Lee, the violent bounty offered by the New Black Panther Party, the dishonest projection onto him that he hunted Trayvon “down like a dog” simply because Trayvon was black, was simply unwarranted and unjustified.

It’s also a travesty that some self-seeking, infamously, well-known people would seek to emotionally and politically manipulate this incident for their own selfish benefit, regardless of the damage caused.  They have objectified Trayvon Martin, making him a mascot for all things racial, real or imagined, and that’s a shame.

More to the point, the sad reality is that Trayvon Martin was just as much a victim of the lawlessness of the black suspects who criminalized the apartment complex as he was of George Zimmerman’s gun.  And yet, there’s a lack of indignation regarding that.

It’s also especially shameful considering that very, very few people who profess anger regarding this incident and trial have shown no emotion and have given no attention to the very real fact that in the inner cities across America, there is an epidemic of violence that sees Trayvons killing other Trayvons at an embarrassing rate which gives credibility to the belief that the only black lives that are of value are the ones taken by white suspects.

My prayers continue to be with the Martin family as they attempt to move on from this ordeal in hopes of finding closure and a sense of peace.

My prayers are also with the Zimmerman family that they too find closure and can move on with their lives, in the safety and security they deserve after the unfair treatment they’ve received.

Lastly I pray that the usual suspects who find a perverted sustenance in inflaming racial animus resist the impulse to incite violence among the city of Sanford and that ordinary Americans resist the temptation to participate in violence, destruction and vigilantism.”

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One thought on “George Zimmerman Verdict

  1. Tracey Smith July 15, 2013 / 5:34 am

    The writer of this piece makes some very good points. However, he leaves out the very essence of the outrage that incited many who know all to well what it is like to be “walking or driving while black.”

    The initial outrage was the fact that the Sanford police came upon a crime scene where an unarmed 17 year old was dead. They did not process the scene as it should have been regardless of the race of the dead or the killer. They assumed the only plausible explanation was the explanation George Zimmerman gave. It took 44 days and public pressure before charges were even filed, as they should have been by a preponderance of the evidence. Talking about the color of people who may have robbed the complex before or kids in Chicago has no bearing on Treyvon Martin. He deserved to be treated and looked upon just like any other American who was walking to a place where he belonged. Just as when a group of white kids vandalized my neighborhood and white guy raped an old lady two blocks from my home. We were vigilant, be every person who was in our neighborhood who was not usually there was looked upon with suspicion and not just the young white ones who fit the description, by race only, of people who were known to have committed crimes in the past.

    Sadly, America is not post racial. Many suggested blacks would riot. Many suggested the scales of justice had turned where blacks have gotten too many breaks. Some even posted memes about blacks who committed crimes as some sort of proof of this sick line of thought. The difference? As soon as a black suspect is identified he or she is immediately arrested and it is very likely they will never see the light of day again after a murder conviction.

    It is interesting to hear people say George Zimmerman was found innocent. The jury verdict was not guilty. I agree with this verdict under strict interpretation of the law. There was a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman could have been defending himself from great bodily harm or death. I would have been forced to find that doubt had I been on the jury. The issue of all the events leading up the gunshot including Mr Zimmerman’s obvious racial profiling have very little bearing because of the question being asked: Self defense or murder? This question does not consider Mr Martin’s fear or if he was attacked or incited, a real possibility based the evidence. However, the only question the court begged the jury to answer was weather GZ was defending himself when he shot TM. There is a reasonable doubt that he may have been.

    Justice was served because our criminal justice system was set up with the understanding and weight that would allow a guilty man to walk before allowing an innocent man be imprisoned. That is what makes it one of the greatest in the world. The possibility of innocence outweighs the possibility of guilt.

    An interesting observation can be found in asking anyone of any ethnicity what was the verdict in the OJ trial? The overwhelming answer will be he was found not guilty. Not that he was found innocent.

    In the end, George Zimmerman has been properly adjudicated by a jury of his peers and is free to go. He should be left alone to live his life. Only he knows if there was malice in his heart on that fateful night. Only he, like OJ, will have to answer that question before his maker.

    My prayers go out to the Martin family and the Zimmerman family.

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