Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor
Zimmerman jurors got it right. Why is “race” still an issue in 21st Century America?
I really thought as a society we had gotten past that issue but the George Zimmerman trial seems to have brought it to the forefront.
For those who act like an ostrich, and have their head in the sand most of the time, Zimmerman was tried by a jury of his peers in Sanford, Florida this past month for shooting a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin.
He was acquitted of all charges last Saturday, which sparked outrage from the African-American community as well as many Caucasians who believed he was guilty.
In my opinion, the jury did what it had to do. The State and local officials didn’t think they had a case to prosecute in the beginning but buckled under pressure from the African American community. In the end there was little evidence that Zimmerman did anything legally wrong, although he was guilty of poor judgment. He should have stayed in his car, and not followed Trayvon on foot.
That hasn’t stopped Trayvon sympathizers however from having their say. Those that will use any excuse to riot and loot, took to the streets in Los Angeles and Oakland. President Obama has kept quiet, but he said before the trial if he had a son, he would want him to be just like Trayvon. Instead he’s had Attorney General Eric Holder do his bidding. Holder has been making speeches to African American groups blasting “hold your ground” laws that exist in 26 states including Michigan and Florida.
He also told another audience that the Justice Department is looking into the case to see if there is any way they can prosecute Zimmerman on civil rights violations.
Most legal experts claim that to be a waste of time. They and the one juror, a chiropractor, that has spoken out, have said this was not a case based on racial issues. Some in the media and African-American community would like to make it as such, but in reality it was only about an overzealous neighborhood watch, wannabe cop, fighting with a Black teen who was on the cellphone describing Zimmerman as a “creepy ass cracker.”
Despite Obama’s declaration and others depicting Trayvon as a small child who was minding his own business before he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, the real Trayvon was less than perfect. To call him a child is ridiculous. He was 6’4”, a high school dropout and had a Facebook profile that deified guns and drugs. Evidence shows he pummeled Zimmerman- pounding his head into the concrete over and over, until he was shot.
I say it’s time to move on. The City of Sanford has suffered enough. Having lived 25 miles from this town of 53,000 for several years, I have visited it many times (it has a great airport that I’ve used to fly to Michigan on several occasions) and isn’t deserving of the backwater racist town that some in the media have proclaimed it to be.
More importantly it’s time for this nation to move on. We need to stop playing the “race card” any time there is a verbal or physical altercation between black and white. Race should no longer be an issue. I know it helps pay for Al Sharpton’s lavish lifestyle. Ditto Jesse Jackson. I know there is still a small segment of our society that is bigoted, but they don’t amount to much.
I choose to believe, the 21st Century is much more enlightened than the early 20th Century. We are a nation of many colors and races, and for the most part, I truly believe we get along despite our differences. I hope you believe that too.