The “world wasn’t watching” the case, as the media and Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, sensationalized; however, the world was watching how irresponsible the American news media was in its coverage of the case. Our liberal mainstream media took the “race bait” hook line and sinker last year from the “black hit squad,” led by Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Before any facts were heard, America’s self-appointed “black leaders” smeared, convicted and lynched Zimmerman in the court of public opinion as a white (who’s really Hispanic) who killed a black 17-year-old in cold blood.
Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, called the media out on its unethical, racially charged reporting during the post-verdict press conference. From day one, O’Mara said, “You guys ran with a story fed to you and you ran with it and you ran it over.”
Not only did many blacks skip down the primrose path of racism with Sharpton, not knowing the facts of the case, but also allowed them to be used by the media to create a circus act that advanced the media’s coverage of the trial. Ever since the trial began, the mainstream media talked up riots, asking, “what will blacks do if Zimmerman is found not guilty?” The treated blacks like an angry mob of savages. All blacks don’t think alike!
While blacks have yet to riot, many happily accepted this brainwashing, changing their twitter avatars to black during the jury’s deliberation in place of the hoodie avatars they donned last year when Trayvon was killed. (Trayvon wore a hoodie that fateful night.) After the verdict, blacks gave the media the images they craved: shouts for justice, posters, and shirtless angry black men standing outside of the Sanford courthouse.
The all-female jury’s unanimous verdict of not guilty wasn’t a declaration of “open season on blacks,” as in giving whites a license to kill blacks with impunity. Blacks are doing a fine job of on their own of committing race suicide. Blacks, specifically young black males, are killing and being killed by each other every day in cities across the country.
The number one cause of death of black men age 15 to 34 is murder with guns. Not to be outdone in the prison department, blacks are being incarcerated at a higher rate than whites. We blacks represent about 13 percent of the population but account for nearly 55 percent of all federal prisoners. Where are the outraged, self-appointed “black leaders”? Why aren’t they shouting from the rooftops about this destruction of the black race? We need to have a conversation about the broken homes causing this violence. Instead “black leaders” only care about the alleged murder of a black teenager by a Hispanic whom the news turned into a “white-Hispanic” to stir up racial hatred.
O’Mara was right when he said the case “certainly wouldn’t have happened if Zimmerman was black.” There would have been no campaign to have him charged, no presidential musing about the kind of son he might have had, nor would the national media have devoted a single inch to the story.
The Zimmerman trial was neither the civil rights case of our time, nor was it close to being the biggest one in history. The 1955 trial of J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, charged with the killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till, was one of the most historic and important civil rights cases in history. Till was hunted down, beaten, shot in the head, and one of his eyes gouged out by white racists in Mississippi, who then tied a cotton gin fan to his neck and threw him in the Tallahatchie river in Leflore County, Mississippi. He had stuttered at a white woman, who accused Till of whistling at her. In the segregated south, blacks dared not look a white person in the eye, much less speak to him or her first.
Till’s murder was a monumental violation of his civil rights, and when an all white jury found his killers not guilty, the case stood as a historic travesty of justice.
Trayvon Martin’s death is tragic. Using circumstantial evidence and hearsay, the prosecution failed to convince the jury that Zimmerman didn’t act in self-defense but instead profiled Martin because he was black. The prosecution left unanswered too many questions on a mountain of reasonable doubt. After returning from the 7-Eleven, why didn’t Martin go back to his Dad’s house or call 911 if he was scared Zimmerman was following him? Why did Zimmerman have scratches on his head, a broken nose and bruised eyes, evidence of a fight with Martin? Testimony by renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio revealed Martin’s bullet wound was consistent with Zimmerman’s account that there was a fight and Martin was on top of him, beating him.
Zimmerman’s freedom isn’t a total victory for him; he will carry the death of that young man with him for the rest of his life. While following someone isn’t illegal, as O’Mara pointed out, many, including law enforcement experts, don’t think Zimmerman as a neighborhood watchman should have followed Martin.
As tragic as Martin’s death is the way the media have degraded blacks in their coverage of the case. Meet the Press host David Gregory invited Reverend Al Sharpton as a guest on his July 14 show to tell white America what blacks thought about the verdict. It demeans the intelligence of blacks for Gregory to continue to invite race hustlers like Sharpton on his show to act as the spokesman for “black America,” telling blacks what to think then conveying it to whites. Gregory doesn’t have white people on his show to discuss what white America is feeling and thinking because whites are treated as individuals, not a monolithic group.
The only thing there is “open season” on is the black buffoonery of the likes of Sharpton and so-called black groups like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who look like fools in search of a fabricated race war. Let’s be honest: Without this rhetoric, they would have no reason to exist. The NAACP started a petition to pressure the Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. On what grounds? The FBI conducted an investigation into the killing and found race wasn’t a factor.
The state never had a case against Zimmerman. All it did was drive “the races further apart,” said O’Mara in the press conference following the verdict. Zimmerman was arrested. A trial occurred. Black groups pledged they would honor the verdict. The verdict was rendered. Now “black groups” and “black leaders” howl “no justice, no peace” because they didn’t get the lynching they wanted.
How can any lawyer or rational person be “stunned” by this verdict? We don’t need reflection as a nation. We need to stop buying into the race hustle at every turn. Otherwise when racism truly occurs, we will be numb to it.