The Zimmerman Verdict

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

The verdict came in late Saturday: Not Guilty. By Saturday night, there were riots in Oakland, California, mainly involving vandalism and property destruction…though in fairness, a town that is known to riot when their team wins, and then to riot again when their team loses, and then might just riot again when their team isn’t even playing, probably isn’t the best town to measure by.

All politics aside, the acquittal makes sense. The prosecution had a weak case going in, which is why George Zimmerman wasn’t charged until the race-baiters and the media got involved and made it a major political issue. According to Bill Lee, who was the Police Chief in Sanford at the time of the shooting, the authorities in Sanford made their initial decision to not charge Zimmerman because his statements lined up with the physical evidence at the scene. Zimmerman, of course, was under no obligation to give any statement at all (the right to remain silent, and all of that), and yet he gave multiple statements to authorities. Even after all of that, the local police didn’t feel that it was worth charging Zimmerman.

Make no mistake: this was a trial brought on wholly and entirely by politics. It was a clear case of self-defense, albeit marred a bit by some poor decision-making, right up until Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and President Obama himself all got involved. “If I had a son,” President Obama irresponsibly stated, “he’d look like Trayvon.” I’ve often wondered how willing the president would be to stand by those words if the major media outlets had been doing their jobs and reporting on the whole story, rather than the sainted caricature of Martin that they so eagerly perpetuated: that Trayvon Martin was just another punk kid, an African-American teenager over-influenced by the gangsta culture, a 17-year-old, 6’2″ football player with a pot habit. Given the reality of who Trayvon Martin really was, it makes one wonder how committed our president truly was to those words…or if, had the community-organizer-in-chief had a son, he’d look like the real Trayvon, rather than the caricature.

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