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July 16, 2013 - 10:23 am

The trial is over, the verdict is in, and America has reacted — or overreacted.

William Saletan writes:

It happened because two people—their minds clouded by stereotypes that went well beyond race—assumed the worst about one another and acted in haste. If you want to prevent the next Trayvon Martin tragedy, learn from their mistakes. Don’t paint the world in black and white. Don’t declare the whole justice system racist, or blame every gun death on guns, or confuse acquittal with vindication. And the next time you see somebody who looks like a punk or a pervert, hold your fire.

To many Americans, George Zimmerman was not on trial, but rather racism in America was being judged. Regardless of what you think about the guilt or innocence of Zimmerman, do you think the verdict says anything about race or racism in America?

All the pundits and commentators have weighed in; now it’s your turn. Leave a comment below voicing your opinion.

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Yes. A racist jury...or one that bought into the race baiting...would have convicted.

Forum shopping is alive and well. The civil trial will be brought against Zimmerman (and whatever deep pockets the plaintiff's counsel can find) and try to gin up a racist reaction for money damages.

The prosecution of this case was entirely orbited around the gravitational pull of racist payback. The Agenda Media intentionally falsified a racist picture.

Is racism alive in America? It is not only alive...but it is fed by a leftist need to create divisive attitudes...so that class warfare of every type has a theater of operations for leftist ideology to grow its disease out of the Petri dish of hate.

It's a culture....in every sense of the word.
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The verdict itself says nothing about race in America. It was correct and, as far as I can tell, arrived at without reference to race. That's how justice should work.

Everything else about the trial - how it was initiated, how it was conducted, how it was reported, people's reactions to it - says volumes about race in America.
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The juror that was recently interviewed indicated that race played no part in their decision. The verdict reflects the triumph of law over emotion -- and that in the face of a prosecution that was actually arguing FOR jury nullification.

The aftermath, however, displays once again that the racial grievance crowd has no interest in equal justice.
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What it says is that a lot of liberals in the news media are so biased that they will happily throw a man's rights to the wolves in order to push a sensational story undermining race relations in this country. We've known for some time that Obama is a race-baiter, albeit a slick one, but the news media have always been the ones to remind us of the presumption of innocence. Yet they're now leading the lynch mob.

I wish that Zimmerman had listened to the police officer who told him not to follow Martin and just let them handle it. But I wonder if the reason these community watches are proliferating is the failure of police to curb crimes in residential area.

I suspect that if Zimmerman hadn't been armed, Trayvon would be in jail today for aggravated assault or worse. It's clear that the photo of Trayvon in the 8th grade was misleading. He doesn't look so sweet and innocent in the photos on his cell phone holding up both middle fingers to the camera.

Still, this just gives reasonable doubt as to Zimmerman's guilt of the crime of murder, which is what the verdict indicates. It's been a sad and tawdry episode for the President, the civil rights movement and especially our so-called enlightened news media.
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Does the verdict say anything about racism? I don't think so, but the make-up of the jury sure might and I think Zimmerman's Defense team played right into a no-win trap set by prosecutors with the help of Obama's DOJ. I think that after all the prep by the prosecution and its outside advisors, they knew they couldn't win based on the evidence at hand and the current laws regarding criminal intent. We can all agree the only reason Martin is dead is because Zimmerman shot him, but proving the actions were based in racism and not fear was/is impossible beyond all reasonable doubt without a confession or some kind of "Hispanic-power" manifesto since the the only living eye-witness is Zimmerman himself. So, the prosecution set the best trap they could to make sure that DOJ would have a good reason to push for a civil venue where standards of proof are a lot more flexible. Everyone who thinks all of this was incompetence, I say consider this may have been part of the plan all along. They knew they would lose, but knew if they could make it seem as racist as possible, (like an all white jury) everyone would scream for justice! Should Zimmerman have to pay for his bad decisions? Yes, perhaps in some way, so while I generally don't like creating a case of double jeopardy, or "rewarding" those who believe we should be able to throw out verdicts the public doesn't like (so, no to the DOJ's civil rights case), I think we should allow Martin's parents to bring a wrongful death suit. After all, I think we can probably all agree that Martin's death was wrong.
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With the Racism portrayed by the Democrats during this trial and after the verdict coupled with the Racism exhibited by this POTUSA and AG's DOJ with the assult on Mexicans through their Fast and Furious actions, supplying murderous drug cartels with weaponry for criminal intent to kill mexicans,
One cannot but plainly realize, the Democratic Party as a whole has declared War on Hispanics.
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No...but the usual suspects...are the usual suspects.........................at least statistically. )'(
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I think that is provides another leg of substantial evidence that non-white Americans have the power to harm white Americans with discrimination and persecution on the basis of race, and thus the real racists are the minority Identity Politics groups and the Left.
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This trial was no more about race than was OJ's. It's interesting to note the different reactions to both verdicts from the self-proclaimed keepers of racial justice, like Al Sharpton & Co.
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No,the verdict does not. It just has further exposed a movement that had already been well underway to undermine segments of the White American population.

When our first "White Black" president made the comment that Trayvon could be his son, he was signaling or giving a sort of mandate to the established race hustling industry to not miss the opportunity presented to them.

Hopefully ,it will turn out to be much to do about nothing and I think we can all assist that by not allowing ourselves to be baited by the usual suspects.

Any way,most reasonable people will come to see the trial was fair and that many of the so-called facts they were laboring under just didn't turn out to be factual in the least.
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Of course if Zimmerman had not been packing and had stayed in the car an innocent teenager would still be alive. However, criminal justice requires, as it should, a high bar for a murder conviction.

Consider the number of prisoners exonerated when DNA or other evidence shows they are not guilty even after decades of incarceration; especially the many death row prisoners exonerated. Makes one wonder how many innocent people have been killed by states. Texas recently apologized for executing the wrong man.
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Why does the Left hate Martin Luther King Jr and why do they do everything they can to keep his dream from becoming reality?

This case only came up because of Leftists judging people by the color of their skin and not the content of their character. Makes me nauseous.
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"Plantation Politics" with Chicago-style thuggery as its M.O. (modus operandi)Pure and simple!!! Democrats:NAACP, BLACK CAUCUS, BLACK COMMUNITY LEADERS, BLACK MSM, et al have to maintain their hold over their TWO BASES, i.e., Blacks and Hispanics.See, 2014-Blacks (Gun Control, Stand Your Ground, etc.)then for Hispanics -Amnesty (already in force with POTUS' signing of Executive Order allowing for a 'Back Door Amnesty' program since 2009). MSM has to exploit these two themes as orchestrated from the White House and approved by POTUS.
Un-explored community problems in major urban centers like Detroit and Chicago have to be swept under the table by lapdog media. Rampant drug use in tenement dwellings, low income (Black and Hispanic) communities are shunned. Unemployment causes(education, religion) are avoided like the plague by all Black and Hispaniccommunity organizers, "plantation political" leaders and splinter Progressive New Left Activist groups. Two main forces are present in 21st century American "body-politic", i.e., anarchy and tyranny,
Tyranny as evidenced by recent White House and POTUS' actions, words and deeds.Anarchy as evidenced by organized Union Chicago-style thuggery. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Today's America is fast repeating 1925's German and Russian historical/political actions.
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