First off, I’m not going to pass judgment on whether Trayvon Martin assaulted George Zimmerman, or if Mr. Zimmerman was justified in shooting & killing Mr. Martin. I was not there, and such judgments are left to a Higher Power. Rather, I would comment on the insanity & inanity surrounding this incident.
How the media at large has treated this tragedy is absolutely shameful. Altered and incomplete voice recordings have done nothing to deal with the truth of the event, and have inflamed various groups. They have portrayed Mr. Martin as an absolutely pure & innocent youth minding his own business, and Mr. Zimmerman as a gun-toting racist nut looking for trouble. Neither one of the previous statements is true, but that gets lost in the noise of the media’s “if it bleeds, it leads” quest for ever higher ratings.
And going right along with the media are the usual suspects, the ones that pop-up every time there is a perceived racial incident. Sharpton, Jackson, the New Black Panther Party, and others stand up and demand justice (i.e., immediate arrest and conviction) for the dead or else. I believe it is absolutely shameful that these people posture for the media, and inflame & incite near riots before all the facts are known. And in the case of the New Black Panther Party, they have stated the or else would include taking matters into their own hands unless their idea of “justice” isn’t carried out. This is unacceptable from all angles – are we a civilized society with laws and procedures to follow, or are we mindless barbarians?
The prosecutor in this case has stated that any arrests & subsequent prosecution would not be influenced by public opinion. Somehow, this statement falls flat when this same elected public official makes a campaign speech the night referencing the case before bringing charges against Mr. Zimmerman, and some have called the charges excessive. This will either result in an acquittal if the case goes to trial, or Mr. Zimmerman pleading to a lesser charge.
Here’s the problem if you haven’t picked up on it now – it’s all a sham, an over-blown hype of an incident that would otherwise be a footnote in the news if the conditions were different. What if both of the participants were black, or white, or Hispanic? The incident would barely make the local news much less the national news. The usual suspects wouldn’t even raise their heads, and a special prosecutor wouldn’t be appointed to investigate the incident. Stop to think about it – can you really in your right mind disagree with the above?
Yes, anytime someone is killed, especially a youth, it is a tragedy for all of us. The parents are devastated, and the person causing the death will be scarred & affected for the rest of his life. People’s lives are changed forever and permanently. There’s no getting around that.
The real tragedy of the Trayvon Martin case is that the truth and the rule of law have been replaced with half-truths, outright lies, threats of violence & vigilantism all for the purpose of advancing various agendas. Again, are we a civilized society, or barbarians? You decide.