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Ron Radosh

The jury in the trial of George Zimmerman has spoken. Evidently, their verdict is not satisfactory to the racial hucksters and demagogues. Leading the pack, as usual, is Reverend Al Sharpton, whose own role in the Tawana Brawley debacle has not worked to discredit anything he says for the media.

“An atrocity,” Sharpton called it, “one of the worst situations that I’ve seen. … We had to march to even get a trial, and then at trial when he’s exposed over and over again as a liar, he is acquitted. This is a sad day in the country. A slap in the face to those that believe in justice in this country.” Later, he added: “We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman. I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps and I intend to head to Florida in the next few days.”

The Reverend Al, as he is called by his supporters, was joined in a call for a Department of Justice indictment of George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights by Ben Jealous, head of the NAACP. “We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict,” Jealous said in a statement. “We will pursue civil rights charges with the Department of Justice, we will continue to fight for the removal of Stand Your Ground laws in every state and we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed. … The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin.”

The problem that Sharpton and Jealous have is that the FBI already had investigated the case, and could not come up with any proof that racial hatred was what motivated Zimmerman to follow Martin. Indeed, George Zimmerman was shown to have mentored black children, and to have publicly complained about police actions that he thought were unfair to the African-American community. His best friend is a black man. The tragedy that developed was hardly the same as when white cops were found to have beaten Rodney King and used unnecessary and brutal force out of racial animus.

Joining the attempt to fan the flames of discontent among the African-American community were a slew of liberal writers, led by Michael Tomasky at The Daily Beast. Like many others of his ilk, Tomasky seems to think America is back in the early ’60s, when racial segregation existed and the Southern states were in command of a racist Democratic Party whose leaders sought to preserve the system of segregation at all costs. Indeed, he argues that under President Obama, America’s racial divide has gotten worse.

Zimmerman, Tomasky writes, would have thought twice about shooting a white kid, evidently even if he feared for his life and the white kid was on top of him pummeling his head into the cement. “He’d know in his bones,” he writes, “that white lives are accorded more value in this society than black ones, and you don’t go around shooting white people and expect not to pay a price.”

Zimmerman, of course, did not say anything about race when he was speaking to the 911 dispatcher until he was asked about it –he thought Martin might be black, but was not sure. After all, it’s not so easy to identify the race of a person wearing a hoodie at night viewed from a car. Does Tomasky think that at the moment when the weaker Zimmerman feared for his life, even if he knew at that point that the boy on top of him was white, he would not have reached for his gun if he thought his life was in danger?

As for the Stand Your Ground laws, The New York Times editorial board wrote: “The jury reached its verdict after having been asked to consider Mr. Zimmerman’s actions in light of the now-notorious Stand Your Ground provision in Florida’s self-defense law.” As most followers of the case know, except for the supposedly learned editors of the paper, the defense did not once invoke that law in waging their defense of George Zimmerman.

Instead, they argued that Zimmerman reached for his gun when he was pinned down and his head was being slammed into the ground, fearful as he was for his life. That is a standard that would have applied to all the states of the union.

Nevertheless, the Martin family counsel, Ben Crump, stated that Trayvon Martin would go down “in the annals of history next to Medgar Evers and Emmett Till as symbols of the fight for equal justice for all.” Evers was a brave fighter against segregation in an era in which the KKK and White Citizens’ Councils were active in segregated Southern states and most often were protected by the law, if indeed the lawmakers and police themselves were not members of either organization. Till was a young black boy killed by racists for the offense of supposedly whistling at a white woman.

If you want to read first-rate commentary taking up the arguments of the racial demagogues, read Abigail Thernstrom’s fine piece that appears on CNN’s website. While the station was most notoriously stacking the decks in favor of those who argued racial injustice was committed by the jury in finding Zimmerman innocent, perhaps their website editor decided it was time for some of its viewership to at least have the option to read a different perspective. “People such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson,” she writes,  “see white racism as endemic and elevate what’s wrong with America over all that is remarkably right.” She continues to argue that if President Obama’s Justice Department “brings civil rights charges against Zimmerman, as the NAACP has urged and which it is reportedly still considering, the ugly racial politics of this prosecution will be undeniable.”

President Obama’s statement was hardly memorable. But if the DOJ decides to suddenly indict Zimmerman for racial hate crimes and to come up with new “evidence” it somehow failed to find earlier, it will only be because it is once again surrendering to public outcries from the civil rights establishment. At that moment, Barack Obama could come up with his own Sister Souljah moment, and inform the public that the jury verdict must be respected, and that no reason exists to mount another trial on spurious grounds.  Or, he could tell his attorney general to stop wasting taxpayer money by fielding yet another investigation to try to prove a racial motive for Zimmerman’s pursuit of Trayvon Martin.

Let me end by saying that because George Zimmerman was found not guilty and the jury believed the prosecution had not proved the charge of second degree murder beyond reasonable doubt does not mean that Zimmerman is a hero or a role model. He should have listened to the advice of the dispatcher, gone back to his car, and not followed Martin as he was walking back home. He acted precipitously and foolishly, and the entire tragic episode could have been avoided. But once Trayvon Martin accosted him and the struggle ensued, Zimmerman reached for his gun when he believed his life was in danger. One might also have wished that young Martin had simply told Zimmerman he was going back to his father who was in a unit in the development, and not decided to engage in a fight with a man he thought was harassing him.

The outcome is what makes this a tragedy. I sympathize with the Martin family at the loss of their son, and I understand their anger at the verdict and their feeling that, in their eyes, justice was not served. But I have none for those who are seeking to use this tragedy to bolster their own worn-out credentials as civil rights leaders, and who use their so-called authority to create anger and a mob sentiment among the African-American community.

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"He should have listened to the advice of the dispatcher, gone back to his car, and not followed Martin as he was walking back home."

*sigh*

He was on the way back to his car, and he never followed Martin. Martin had four long minutes to get home and stay there.

PLEASE, PLEASE educate yourself fully on the case before making statements like this.

And, yes, Zimmerman IS a hero. He's stood up to a corrupt prosecution who has even (falsely) charged his wife with perjury. He could have copped a plea, but instead fought for the truth.

He helped his neighbors; he offered to let two of them stay in his home after theirs was invaded.

He helped his community; mentoring poor children and continuing to do so even after the program that started it ended.

He stood up for the abused; he was the sole advocate for a homeless man beaten by the police chief's son.

I'd rather live in a neighborhood full of George Zimmerman's than one with a single Trayvon Martin.
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I'd have more sympathy for the Martin family if they'd come to grips with the fact the didn't raise their kid properly and accept some of the blame for his value system, rather than doing the usual and foisting the whole thing onto the entirety of white America through a racial Hispanic proxy. That tells me they don't themselves even know the difference between right and wrong, just us and them, identity, not principle.

Why were they not monitoring his Facebook, Tweets and cell phone? Were they aware he was an amateur burglar, fence, weapons traders, drug dealer and user and street fighter? What chance does any kid have for a good life who's doing that stuff? Did they never teach him not to use the word "nigga" or "cracka" to describe human beings? It wasn't fate or chance or Zimmerman that put that kid in harm's way but Martin himself and his parents, all three of whom had the ability to make free choices for their path in life and determined what it is they value. Martin valued crap and crap is what he ended up with.

Sharpton and his bunch are in complete denial about the nature of black youth culture and also to the extent their own hate speech only makes it worse. In the end, it's black folks who'll take the lion's share of punishment for their values, not me, just as I am responsible for the stupid decisions I make in my own life, not untold millions in other cities and states.
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do think you err in this: "Let me end by saying that because George Zimmerman was found not guilty, and that the Jury believed the prosecution had not proved the charge of second degree murder beyond reasonable doubt, does not mean that Zimmerman is a hero or a role model. He should have listened to the advice of the dispatcher, gone back to his car, and not followed Martin as he was walking back home. He acted precipitously and foolishly, and the entire tragic episode could have been avoided....."

I believe the record is clear that GZ was heading back to his truck when he was attacked by Trayvon. There are ample maps of the incident which establish this.
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Well, it's pretty obvious to me that there was indeed a racial profiling in this case and an assault based on race. The witness testimony and forensics support that fact.

I'm talking about Martin attacking Zimmerman, of course. Martin used racial epithats before the attack and clearly believed that Zimmerman was white. No such evidence like that exists relative to Zimmerman but Martin is clearly guilty. Further investigation would no doubt uncover other similar instances on the part of Martin.

So do your job, DOJ. Go get the racist little bugger.
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they don't want to be "watched" or "stopped" or "frisked". they don't like police. they don't like living in a nation of laws so they are intent on changing that. like they did in rhodeshia which of course then became zimbabwe or maybe detroit or south africa where crime is rampant and accepted as such.
they like it. that's why it exists otherwise it wouldn't. no other group is like this. they have the lock on it.
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"Never pick a fight with an old man. If he's too old to fight, he'll just kill you."
-- John Steinbeck

I have a simple rule: assault me and I'll kill you.

As an older guy who makes a practice of never going anywhere unarmed, I can make that rule stick. It's based upon a simple calculus, you see: my life > the life of a thug.
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Dear Mr. Radosh, Zimmerman acted in an appropriate manner when he was told "We don't need you to follow him" which was followed by two instances of the dispatcher asking what Martin was doing. Did this imply to Zimmerman that it was his choice? But, let's be clear. He was never told to NOT follow him.

You state Zimmerman acted precipitously and foolishly and it was preventable. Out of respect for the the young man who died and his family, few have questioned the actions of Martin that directly led to his death. Martin attacked Zimmerman when he had ample opportunity to simply go home over the 4 minutes it took while he ran. Martin decided to return and confront the "Creepy-ass Cracka" Zimmerman with an ambush. The person who wanted a confrontation was Martin, he started one, and is now dead as a esult.

Those who wanted Zimmerman's charges reinstated and a trial to seek justice got it. The justice that Trayvon's supporters wanted, was not the emotional satisfaction they thought the jury would provide. So now they act out.

It is sad that a 17 year old is dead, but Martin's actions and poor decisions that night created a situation that could have ended differently. He apparently wanted a fight, and that led to his own demise.
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A slap in the face to those that believe in mob rule by black agitators in this country.
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Trayvon Martin was a thug, nothing more, nothing less. The parents of young black males need to pull their heads from the smelly place, put Jesse Jackson and Crown Heights Sharpton in a deep, deep hole and cover it up, then raise their kids in a real home with mother and father married.

Not every kid would turn out perfect if they took my advice. But a ton of them would turn out a hell of a lot better than what the ghetto culture is producing now.
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It seems that Blacks are not satisfied with the Racist Affirmative Action privileges they enjoy in America's Schools, Colleges, Universities and Workplaces they now want the same privileges in the Nations Courts.
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Having watched George Zimmerman's brother, associates and parents being interviewed on TV over the past few days I was struck by their modesty and erudite intelligence.Juxtaposed that against the pig ignorant stupidity of Jeantel and the irrational emotional, illogical stupidity of the Black Race Hustlers,Black street mobs, the Lame Stream EneMedia and Left Wing moonbats and they are exposed as being all the more glaringly WRONG, BIASED and RACIST.
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Don't hold back there, Islandweller. Tell us what you really think. :-)

Seriously, well said.
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As Rachel Jeantel amply demonstrated on CNN last night. You can't fix STUPID.
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According to pig ignorant Jeantel on CNN last night Ni66a does not mean Ni66er it means a male of any colour ??????? and 'crazy ass craka' is nothing like 'crazy ass cracker' it just means someone in authority or a wanna be Policeman. Oh and she also claimed that 6 ft plus Black Racist THUG Trayvon with a history of violence was afraid 5ft 8 slightly built White Hispanic Zimmerman was going to RAPE him AND his young brother too.
So according to the ignorant uneducated one there was nothing at all RACIST about Trayvons ASSAULT on Martin he was just being HOMOPHOBIC and if so enforcing yet another of the truths about Black males.
So come on Lame Stream EneMedia lets here you CONDEMNATION of the HOMOPHOBIC assault by this Black RACIST THUG- Whats that deafening silence from the RACE HUSTLERS and the disgusting Lame stream EneMedia - Thought so.
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