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.”