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July 16, 2013 - 9:28 am

“They failed to prove anything,” Fox News contributor and columnist Juan Williams told Andrea Tantaros on her radio show today. Williams said that George Zimmerman was acquitted because the case that the state of Florida put on against him was weak.

After noting that Trayvon Martin’s family probably feels like there has been no justice in the loss of their son, Williams went on to blast away at Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson for their involvement in the controversies before the trial and the reaction afterward.

“When you see Sharpton and Jackson and that kind get involved here, you would hope that they were giving vent to people who feel frustrated over the verdict. You were hoping that they were saying, you know what, ‘This is the system. This time it didn’t work in the way that we like. But this is the American system,’” Williams said, noting that from the beginning Trayvon Martin’s parents simply wanted to get a trial. The family through its lawyers have acknowledged that they got the trial that they wanted.

It’s Sharpton, Jackson, and the media who continue stoking controversy. “Somehow Sharpton and Jackson refuse to live with [the verdict], and that’s my problem,” Williams said.

“It’s the media that tried to impose a racial form on this…because that’s the narrative they wanted,” Williams said, “which was a white man shooting a black kid for no reason and it’s the evil white man and the good black kid” despite the facts and despite the fact that anyone of any race can have “racial attitudes.”

“The media had to make [Zimmerman] white, that’s what they wanted to do,” Williams said. Williams noted that NBC News falsely edited Zimmerman’s 911 call to make him sound racist, and the New York Times dubbed him a “white Hispanic” to insert black-white racial relations into the story.

“This goes on and on with the media, again, trying to create a civil rights story from the 1950s or 40s when it’s not that,” Williams said.

Tantaros asked Williams how much President Obama, who weighed in on the case by saying that if he had a son “he would look like Trayvon,” listens to Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

“I think he listens to Sharpton a little bit, I think he and Jackson have a long history of animosity, they don’t like each other,” Williams replied. “I think that [Obama] has a sense of not ever wanting to turn his back on the black community, and then it’s a self-imposed pressure that he feels that he’s got to, once in a while, show that he is black.” Williams added that Obama “tripped over his own feet” in the Prof. Henry Louis Gates case, in which the president declared that the Boston police officers “acted stupidly.”

Williams called on everyone to “respect the verdict” in the Zimmerman trial.

Tantaros asked Williams where the Hispanic leaders, La Raza and Eva Longoria and George Lopez and others, have been while Zimmerman faced trial and accusations of racism. Zimmerman’s father is white, his mother is Peruvian.

“Because the media is so crazy on this topic,” Williams said, “you know, you just have to stop and shake your head. I just don’t understand, they think that somebody who is Hispanic or Asian or Native American, doesn’t have attitudes about race, about white people, about black people, about their own race? Guess what. You just watch American media, you see that there’s all kinds of racial imagery and stereotypes and caricatures out there. But they needed to make Zimmerman white and I thought that was just offensive.”

Tantaros asked Williams again, where is the Hispanic community to defend Zimmerman?

“It’s all about pursuing long-ago and in my opinion grievances that have been expired,” Williams said. “They pursue the old narrative, the one that the media tried to force on this case because it makes them into victims, it makes them somehow feel as if they’re entitled to something. It is madness.”

Listen to the entire interview here.

The Andrea Tantaros Show is produced by the Fox and Rice Experience for Talk Radio Network.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Williams touched on a lot of bases there, and he's right on about every one. The real profiling has been done on 240 million white Americans, and the morons couldn't even put a white American at the center of the case. They were so eager they simply adopted Zimmerman as a proxy. Black folks don't stop and think about how much push back and hostility they are inviting over essentially nothing. Being ignored can be a form of punishment and protest too, a silent one.
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Regardless that Williams is late with his stand and aired it on a rather limited venue it seems some credit is due. This is blasphemy to his party and peers and it will be duly noted. If he keeps this up too much he will become a higher profile target and be attacked in a more concerted manner. So good on you Juan.
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This part of the 87.5% is tired of going through life being lectured to by the 12.5% that are being treated far worse by the left elite. I am not openly biased against anyone other than those who will not do what they can to improve their lives. Because I'm paler does not mean I own anyone reparations because they are less pale.

And can I get an amen for an end to the glamourizaton of thug culture? Acting and talking like a thug do not make you a man, they make you a thug. If you don't want to be mistaken for a thug, don't act like one. I am not saying the young man was a thug, lots of his supporters appear to be.

Things were not perfect when I grew up but at 17 I was not anywhere at 10:30 other than at home. In the house. My Dad traveled a lot so my Mom was in charge. They were not my friends, they were my parents.

What happened that evening was awful for the two people (and families) involved. If the racial hustlers really cared about Trayvon, they would stop using this for their own purposes.
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Well, "Multiracial Vigilante Shoots, Kills Black Teen" just wouldn't have advanced Teh Narrative, don't you see?
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Wow, its rare that I agree with Juan Williams. I hope he doesn't take too much heat for it. It's good to see him be a journalist, again, and not an apologist.
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Good comment, Fail Burton. It is past time for the 12.5% of black Americans to take off the cloak of victimhood and stop blaming the remaining 87.5% for something that happened before any of them and even their parents were born. It is time for them to start taking the responsibility for improving their own situation, and for working together with the other Americans who have given up victimhood to improve our American society for everyone. One good step would be an end to the hyphenated Americans and a return to the melting pot that made this country the greatest beacon for freedom in the world! Another would be to support politicians who have the same objectives, and the willingness to work together to achieve those goals.
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The fact that it is only NOW that Juan Williams is finally ready to speak out about the race-baiting by the black race hustlers and their enablers in the Lamestream liberal media shows just how far he has gone in the tank to protect Obama.

It remains to be seen if this is just an outburst of rational insight, or the start of some serious soul-searching on what he has allowed himself to become: a one-trick pony willing to tarnish his reputation to justify the incompetent and ineffective administration of our government by Barack Obama.

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Questions for two Black Americans

1. Eric Holder after the verdict came in, in talking about possibly pursuing a Civil Rights violation case against Zimmerman said "Justice must be done". Is Eric Holder saying that at trial justice was not done? If so and if those are his beliefs he should say so.

2. Juan Williams says the state of Florida put on a weak case. So Juan Williams does not in this case think that the case the defense made shows that the State of Florida could not produce a strong case because there is no strong case.

Does Juan Williams believe the State of Florida could have prevailed with a different case? It seems he must but he offers nothing to say what such a case might be, nor does anyone ask him.

This we must say. Many blacks are in a sustained state of attack against our country. And likely one of them was Trayvon Martin as he was clearly influenced by many who feel this way.

That is sad as it cost him his life.
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OH, STFU Juan....two days ago you were ready to hang Zimmerman while riding the "race-hater express." You are a flip-flopping hack and as much of a racist as sharpton, jackson, holder, and your boy obama. But, as soon as the winds change you want to appear fair and objective again. Go back to npr you intellectual coward. You and Gerry Rivers make a great pair.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Old saw: "Give credit where credit is due." I due, you due not. Doesn't make either of us a bad person.
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It seems Juan is being courageous for the truth here. I compliment him for it.
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Congratulations on growing a set, Mr. Williams. Better late than never.

“Grievances that have expired.” Here’s hoping the attitude as well as the phrase catches on.
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