As promised, here I go, discussing the George Zimmerman trial verdict.
On Saturday, the jury of six women found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. Either they believed the defense that the defendant did what he did to protect himself from further bodily harm, or they thought the prosecution didn’t do its job.
Either way, Zimmerman is a free man.
I’d say justice was served, but I’m not completely confident in that statement. I believe the verdict was the right one to hand down, but I don’t think there ever should have been a trial to begin with. Not in such a clear case of self-defense.
The state broke down to public peer pressure, however, letting a low-life, reactionary mob dictate its actions instead of letting Lady Justice perform her job correctly, which is blindly.
Fortunately, she managed to work around such cowardice in the end, though that low-life, reactionary mob is still hard at work, showcasing its ignorance.
On both Saturday and Sunday, people protested the verdict by taking to the streets. In Atlanta and Washington D.C., things remained relatively civil despite the absurdity of the cause. In Los Angeles, meanwhile, they “shut down an entire freeway and thousands of New Yorkers mobbed Times Square and blocked traffic for an hour,” according to the UK’s Daily Mail.
“Emotional crowds screamed ‘Justice for Trayvon’ and carried signs that likened the struggle of the slain teen and his supporters to that of the original civil rights movement.”
At the risk of sounding callous over the loss of life – which is always unfortunate – puh-leaze.
There is an immense difference between an entire group of people being treated like second class citizens, and a racist, drug-using, violent teenager finding an untimely end.
It’s amazing what people intent on living meaningless lives will do to find meaning.
Cases in point are celebrities such as Beyonce, who held “a moment of silence” for Trayvon Martin at her concert; Atlanta Falcons’ Roddy White, who tweeted that the jurors “should go home tonight and kill themselves;” and New York Giants’ Victor Cruz, who also tweeted his opinion, saying that Zimmerman wouldn’t “last a year before the hood catches up to him.”
In Cruz’ defense, he apologized for advocating violence later on. Roddy White did no such thing.
This of course all boils down to race. Not logic. Not decency. Not justice. Race, which is too often held up as an idol to a nation desperate for an identity… and just as desperately avoiding the kind of responsibility and intelligence that would give it exactly that.