No “Justice,” No Peace in Sanford

Word is that the jury in the Trayvon Martin case will soon reach its verdict.  Experts say that the prosecution has a very weak case against George Zimmerman.  Although the 911 operator told Zimmerman to stay out of it, that they would handle it, he was not legally bound to obey the operator’s directive.

In the ensuing struggle between Martin and Zimmerman, the case comes down to who was on top and who was crying.  Medical and photographic evidence indicates that it was Zimmerman’s head that was being slammed into the sidewalk.  The person being physically injured would be the mostly likely person to be calling for help.  Zimmerman was armed and fired his gun, killing Martin.  By Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman had the right to defend himself against his attacker.

Parents and witnesses have disagreed about who was calling out.  Critics charge that Zimmerman never should have followed Martin in the first place, that he should have taken the 911 operator’s advice.  Martin’s father, it turns out, lived in the complex and Trayvon technically had a right to be there.

However, the complex had been the site of a number of crimes.  Zimmerman was a member of a volunteer neighborhood watch group.  Not recognizing Martin and suspicious of what apparently his wandering behavior (he may have been lost), Zimmerman followed him, evidently with the intention of following up and confronting him.  Clearly, Zimmerman understood the dangers in approaching strangers, which is he why he was legally carrying a gun.

Clearly, Martin resented the interrogation, feeling that since his father lived there, he had a right to be there.  However, instead of reasoning with Zimmerman, whose gun was still concealed, Martin apparently attacked Zimmerman.  The result of his violent response was a violent death.

Further evidence showed that Martin was high on marijuana.  The Media has been trying to help the prosecution’s case by showing photos of Martin when he was an innocent 12 year-old, not the drug-using, temperamental teen he’d become.  Zimmerman, protected by the Stand Your Ground law, might otherwise have been charged with involuntary manslaughter.  In an effort to protect his neighborhood, he was protecting himself.

Zimmerman is Hispanic.  But someone has to play the white villain in this case, and Zimmerman’s minority status is no protection.  He has white skin.  That’s it, done deal as far as the black community (which hasn’t always shown great love for the Hispanic community) is concerned.

Alerts are being posted all over the Internet.  Threats that the black communities will not riot this time in their own neighborhoods, as they did in the Rodney King case in Los Angeles some 20 years ago, but in white neighborhoods.  If the jury doesn’t come up with the “right” verdict – despite the facts, the evidence, and the law – this time “Whitey” is going to pay.

Will the jury be intimidated into giving Zimmerman some sort of sentence in order to appease the black community?  One might be tempted to think that even though it was self-defense, that this Martin kid is still dead and Zimmerman must make some account for it.  However, this was no accident where negligence could be cited.  Negligence would require some sort of prison sentence.

This was an altercation where the violence began with Martin, not Zimmerman.  No matter how much Martin might have resented being followed and questioned, a violent attack was not the answer.  Had he a cooler head, he could have walked away to his father’s house and eventually have charged Zimmerman with discriminatory profiling and probably have won the lawsuit.

Instead, because he clouded his head with drugs, Martin used poor judgment, made himself a suspicious target, and died at 17.  As for Zimmerman, he’ll either be wrongly charged and penalized with a longer sentence than he deserves, or the jury will acquit him, and there will be riots all the way down Florida’s Route 4 from Sanford to Lake Buena Vista (Disney World) because the black community doesn’t understand or care about the difference between justice and vengeance.

Look at this way:  suppose the situation had been reversed?  That Zimmerman pushed Martin to the ground, beating his head into the sidewalk, and somehow Martin got hold of the gun and shot Zimmerman dead?  Imagine if Martin were now on trial for murder?  What would the Black community say; that Zimmerman got what he deserved for “harassing” Martin and that Martin was only defending himself?

Martin didn’t deserve to die, especially for being in what turned out to be the right neighborhood.  But in this violent world, those who take up the sword will die by the sword, as Jesus predicted, whether they “deserve” to or not.




Published in: on July 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. With jury deliberations set to begin as early as Friday, residents in Florida where the trial is taking place, should take note. However, because of the widespread coverage of the case, it’s likely that should civil unrest, riots, or violence break out, it would be a nationwide phenomenon with the potential to randomly target Caucasians and Hispanics all over the United States.

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