The media trial of George Zimmerman shows that we don’t need courts.

During Alice’s visit to Wonderland, she attended a trial.  The queen demanded, “sentence first, trial later.” We can do even better!

George Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin

As just about everyone not comatose for the past several days now knows, twenty-eight year old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed seventeen year old Trayvon Martin almost a month ago.  Beyond that, we don’t know much about what happened.  However, that has not slowed our intrepid mass media.

[B]y climbing over one another to get the story, mainstream media journalists appear to be adding more confusion, than clarity, to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Mr. Zimmerman’s mother is Hispanic, his father is Caucasian and apparently not Hispanic. According to Mr. Zimmerman’s father, as reported in this article,

George is a Spanish speaking minority with many black family members and friends. He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever. One black neighbor recently interviewed said she knew everything in the media was untrue and that she would trust George with her life. Another black neighbor said that George was the only one, black or white, who came and welcomed her to the community, offering any assistance he could provide. Recently, I met two black children George invited to a social event. I asked where they met George. They responded that he was their mentor. They said George visited them routinely, took them places, helped them, and taught them things and that they really loved George. The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth.

Mr. Martin was Black.

Mr. Zimmerman was not arrested by the police following the incident evidently because, based on his statement, the statement of an eyewitness and 911 phone recordings, his actions were compliant with Florida’s stand your ground laws.  According to this article,

Our sister station, FOX 35 in Orlando, has spoken to that witness.

What Sanford Police investigators have in the folder, they put together on the killing of Trayvon Martin few know about.

The file now sits in the hands of the state attorney. Now that file is just weeks away from being opened to a grand jury.

It shows more now about why police believed that night that George Zimmerman shouldn’t have gone to jail.

Zimmerman called 911 and told dispatchers he was following a teen. The dispatcher told Zimmerman not to.

And from that moment to the shooting, details are few.

But one man’s testimony could be key for the police.

“The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: ‘help, help…and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,” he said.

Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie; Zimmerman was in red.

The witness only wanted to be identified as “John,” and didn’t not want to be shown on camera.

His statements to police were instrumental, because police backed up Zimmerman’s claims, saying those screams on the 911 call are those of Zimmerman.

“When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point,” John said.

Zimmerman says the shooting was self defense. According to information released on the Sanford city website, Zimmerman said he was going back to his SUV when he was attacked by the teen.

Sanford police say Zimmerman was bloody in his face and head, and the back of his shirt was wet and had grass stains, indicating a struggle took place before the shooting.

There has been lots of speculation, a bit of it apparently well grounded but most of it not. Since the shooting,  Mr. Zimmerman has been quite reclusive, probably with good reason.  The media initially judged him a “White” racist killer.  The Reverend Mr.  Sharpton led a rally of

thousands of people in a rally yesterday in the Florida town where Trayvon Martin was shot. “We cannot allow a precedent when a man can just kill one of us and then walk out with the murder weapon,” Sharpton said, flanked by the slain teen’s parents. “We don’t want good enough. We want George Zimmerman in court with handcuffs behind his back.” Sharpton was speaking just hours after the death of his mother, the AP reports. “This is where she would want me to be,” he said. (Emphasis added)

Wanted Dead or Alive

The Reverend Mr. Jackson said “Blacks are under attack.”  This “Wanted Dead or Alive” poster appeared at a New Black Panther rally. President Obama, while careful “to voice no opinion on the conduct of the shooter, George Zimmerman, or any legal aspect of the case beyond a call for a thorough investigation,” declared that “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Let’s just abolish criminal courts and let the media take over.

In the United States, people reasonably thought to have committed crimes are tried in courts of law.  That seems no longer necessary or even desirable. Last year, Casey Anthony was tried for the murder of her daughter and, horror of horrors, was acquitted. Silly things like a need to prove what crime if any may have been committed and to prove — beyond a reasonable doubt no less — that the defendant committed the crime are troublesome. Even worse,  sometimes the results of such trials are inconsistent with the results of trials previously conducted by the media. I suggested here, in jest, that we should do away with the criminal court system and instead rely exclusively on the mass media.  Our very respect for the law is at stake.  What can we think of laws and courts — where there are rules of evidence and even a presumption of innocence, when the media have already — with speculation in place of evidence and with no rules at all, reached a different conclusion? We aren’t there yet in the Zimmerman trial, because it hasn’t been held and he hasn’t even been charged yet.  Still, why bother? Why not just have a big party and lynch him?  It should be easy because the mob has already assembled. Mr. Zimmerman must be guilty (of something) because the media have found him so.

It seems unnecessary to list the many Black on Black and Black on White murders that have lately occurred, because they could not have been racially motivated or even hate crimes.  Nor do they result in mass hysteria. White on Black crimes must be the fault of (conservative) talk radio. Yes, of course, just as were other notorious attacks in the past, such as the (White on White) shooting of Representative Giffords (along with several others) said to be due to

the vitriolic political rhetoric that has consumed the country, much of it centered in Arizona.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” he said. “And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”

The recent shooting of Jews in France was earlier attributed to far right sentiments flaring during the political campaign there.  In any event, we must outlaw all (conservative) talk radio;  freedom and democracy demand it. Off with the heads of all conservative talk radio hosts!  Right wing politicians too. But let’s encourage the media to do what they do best, helping us to make up our minds as we should.

Despite all of this, it is very comforting that President Obama has, as all had hoped, brought all of us together in post-racial, post-partisan harmony.

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I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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  3. True American Patriot says:

    My 30 years of Law Enforcement say listed to the lead investigator that recommended he be charged with manslaughter or 2nd degree murder the very nite of the incident…

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  28. Kevin Brown says:

    Zimmerman has lied saying :

    1) Trayvon “attacked”him. Bull. No one can even plausibly imagine the kid attacking under the circumstances (foreign neighborhood, while talking to his girlfriend on his cell).

    2) That the 911 screams were his. Bull again,
    according to voice experts, and the kids Mother!

    3) “Fu*king Coons” is clearly what Zimmerman says when amplified for analysis.

    Is he racist, doesn’t matter. He shot and murdered that kid got no good reason.

  29. True American Patriot says:

    Zimmerman should have listened to the VETERAN POLICE DISPATCHER and never have pursued the child… He is now and forever a child-killer…

    Additionally, reading between the lines (“they” and other like words), anyone with basic logic understands this guy is a racist profiler… He will now HAVE to select which racist gang to be allied to when he is sentenced for murder…Nonetheless, he will die in prison…

  30. True American Patriot says:

    TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT:

    Firstly, to the idiot that says Zimmerman was an “aspiring” policmen, you’re an idiot… He’d been ARRESTED for assaulting an officer before…

    Secondly, google “Force Continuum” or “Use of Force Model”…

    Thirdly, he didn’t have ample opportunity to kill Trayvon prior to the killing on the back porch. He followed the subject to a location that was more concealed AFTER he escalated the situation… My 30 years of Law Enforcement teaches me that you cannot “provoke” a Deadly Force situation… You cannot escalate an incident to justify your application of DEADLY FORCE…

    Lastly, use the Force Continuum/Use of Force Model as the litmus test to determine how an armed 28 year-old (“self-appointed” Neighborhood Watch Captain) adult with a violent history/record is justified in the merciless killing of an unarmed 17 year-old teenager who was 100lbs smaller, having showed no signs of probable cause, much less a threat as identified in the Force Continuum, is justified in the application of deadly force…

    DanMillerinPanama is an idiot that has had one too many tainted pina coladas from either Fort Clayton or Dreams…

    Read first, then post logically… Again, not an aspiring police officer, was “self-appointed” Neighborhood Watch Captain, and an arrest does not equate to a CONVICTION…. He should have been arrested because of the need for an investigation where he was the applicator of deadly force… The investigation could have exonerated him or at least justified his actions and the neglect of the Police Department in seeking prosecution… This was all a cover-up and not this particular PD’s first questionable “swept under the rug” incident…

    FYI, 30 years protection of POTUSs(Reagan, Bush’s, Clinton/VPOTUSs/SecDefs/White House Staffers/U.S. Attorney General and most importantly the American Taxpayers… Not an Expat with no degree living off of retired enlisted pay in some third or second-world country because the sex is easy and the booze is cheap… STILL engaged DIRECTLY in the battlespace effecting national security… Oh, and with a degree in Criminal Justice…

    • DanMillerinPanama is an idiot that has had one too many tainted pina coladas from either Fort Clayton or Dreams… I disagree, respectfully. There are no tainted pina coladas here. I get the pina from my garden and the rest of the entirely wholesome ingredients here in Chiriqui Province. In any event, it is impossible to drink too many.
      Perhaps if I could, however, I might comprehend the rest of the comment — while living here off my “retired enlisted pay.” [NB: I was a captain in the U.S. Army JAG Corps. back in 1966 - 1970, almost immediately following graduation from law school. I retired from the private practice of law in D.C. in 1996.]

  31. Texz Windstorm says:

    Is NOT ABOUT COLOR!! IS ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG!! Had Zimmerman let that kid ALONE HE’D BE ALIVE’n WELL, WITH HIS FAMILY!!! PERIOD! Trayvon gave him/Zimmerman NO CAUSE Probable or any other to follow him/STALK HIM LIKE AN ANIMAL ON A FOREST HUNT! Put on your THINKING CAPS PEOPLE! Put yourself in Trayvon’s shoe’s…let’s say “your on your way HOME. Someone decides to FOLLOW/STALK YOU ON THE COUNT OF…”SUSPIOUS LOOKS!” Not only do you run, but he HUNTS YOU DOWN, THEN CONFRONTS YOU! First off he isn’t Authorized! Has NO PROFFESIONAL UNIFORM ON OF ANY KIND. AT LEAST INDICATING THAT HE’S some watchman or police. So, in Tayvon’s mind Zimmerman is the “Thug or trying to do him Harm!” Those of you that DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT! NEED COMMON SENSE checkup!

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  36. righthook38 says:

    And why is no one speaking out against this “bounty” put out by the Black Panthers?? Where are these so-called civil rights leaders on that? Yeah, exactly. Nowhere. Where is Obama and the DOJ on this bounty? Again, crickets. Nothing said. That’s because they’re perfectly ok with it. Justice. Riiiight.

    • Can't Believe You says:

      It’s not everyone….no one is paying attention to them because they are not important. Im pretty sure they will be dealt with and why is everyone attacking black people like they are the ones to blame. Its not just black people that are mad with this case other races are mad too…I don’t understand the whole yeah black people are evil deal going on right now. You can’t blame what one group of black people are doing for a whole group. You wouldn’t want me to say all white people are evil because of what happened 100 years ago.

      • righthook38 says:

        Ok, I don’t think you’re hearing me. I never said all black people. I’m talking about people like Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan, Spike Lee and Obama. The Black Panthers have a bounty on Zimmerman and Spike Lee is tweeting addresses in order to get people to show up at Zimmerman’s house. This is vigilante justice. You don’t think that will lead to some type of violence?

        Sharpton and Jackson are well known for inserting themselves in these types of situations, before the facts have even come out. They don’t care about justice. It’s all for attention and their excuse to call people racists. They LOOK for these opportunities to create more division in our society.

    • Can't Believe You says:

      By the way, reverse-racism doesn’t work when a marjority makes up half of the population

    • Can't Believe You says:

      I have a better understanding now, but I’m not Sharpton or Jackson, but I do believe that racism still does exist, but that for another time. I wasn’t trying to be mean or anything but I’ve heard too many claims of the whole why don’t people talk about all the black on black crimes and stuff and I kinda snapped on you..sorry for that. I apologize and I do think it’s wrong what Lee is doing, but still doesn’t get off the fact that I think Zimmerman is guilty.

  37. righthook38 says:

    This entire situation is getting out of control. It’s people like Sharpton and Jackson that keep racial division going. They’re not fighting for justice. If they were, they would go after black on black crime as well. They don’t. Ever. It’s only when someone of another color allegedly commits a crime against a black person. It doesn’t matter what the facts are. They just look for stuff like this. They’re race baiters and fame whores, and nothing more. If Zimmerman is found guilty through the courts, then so be it. But until all the facts are out, they need to be quiet and quit ginning people up.

  38. Me says:

    George Zimmerman is not guilty. I think it is so ridiculous that so many people are making this such a huge deal. African Americans want to claim some race crime, when all of the evidence points to Zimmerman defending himself.

    And the news stations are jumping on this like freaking vultures with no personality/taste. What is with these news stations calling Zimmerman a “vigilante” and crap like that; he was on the neighborhood watch. That is not a vigilante, that is a position in the neighborhood. The neighborhood ELECTED him to be the captain of the watch team, therefore they all trusted him… meaning he was trustworthy. Stop being so stupid and blind about the facts America.

    Lastly, the whole “he pursued the kid and started it” is absolutely ridiculous. First of all, yes he clearly originally pursued the kid. But then this miraculous thing happened… the kid stopped running, and he stopped pursuing. Gee, what happened next you might ask… the freaking kid came up to Zimmerman. That’s right, maybe if you listened to the whole phone conversation you would hear Zimmerman saying “oh, he just turned around… he’s staring at me… he is coming towards me”. Sounds a little bit like Zimmerman was approached to me.

    Stop being retarded. I’m not saying that what happened was right, or that the kid deserved to die; the kid did not deserve to die, and the gun shot should not have happened. But it did. And it was done in self defense. Sure, be pissed off about it and all of that (I’m upset at how easy it is for somebody to shoot someone else), but this man is not guilty. Give him some peace, he is probably torturing himself wondering how he could have handled it differently.

    • Can't Believe You says:

      He’s only sad he got caught..no one knows what happened because it’s a he said, he dead trial going on right now. We can only go by what Zimmerman is saying oh yeah because he shot a young man who was wrongly profiled even after the police told him to stop following him. If Zimmerman would have stayed in his car, he wouldn’t be in the mess he’s in. He’s the cause of his own demise.if you feel sorry for him it’s because you believe his crap of him being sorry..well if he felt so sorry he would have done the right thing and did what he was told in the first place, which was to *drumroll please* go the f**k home. Please reply back because I don’t see how killing someone because you believe they are suspicious is justice..so next time someone sees you and they believe you are suspicious then maybe you should get shot and when they found you, they will probably found out you weren’t suspicious at all.
      F.Y.I.-If Zimmerman was so hurt and dangered why didn’t he go to the ER…tell me that!

      • Me says:

        I agree with you to an extent. Try to put yourself in his shoes. Remember, he was an aspiring police officer, so he kind of understands a thing or two about crimes. Now, you are in charge of keeping the neighborhood safe at night (you were the ELECTED neighborhood watch captain). It is raining outside, and there is a guy, late teens, suspiciously looking at houses in the rain. You call the cops, they say somebody is coming. The kid all of the sudden runs off. It would make sense to me that since the cops are coming to look into the matter, you probably want to be able to tell them where the kid is. At this point in time, I don’t think he is thinking of doing anything other than making sure he keeps track of where the kid is for the cops. Now all of a sudden you are behind some houses and the kid turns around and starts coming up to you, and you think he has something in his hands. What do you do. I know if I was in this situation I would try to talk to the kid, which witness reports state that they were talking. Sounds like everything is going as I would do. Now you tell the kid that you called the cops and need him to stay with you to talk to the cops. Like a good 17 yr old guy, he freaks out and tries to run (what 17 yr old wants to talk to the cops in the middle of the night). You (Zimmerman) try to stop him for the cops, still thinking you are doing the RIGHT thing. Little do you know things will soon escalate. Instead of continuing to try to run, the kid turns around a punches you in the face. You guys both fall over, but he clearly has the best of you. Remember, he now has the better hand and you still think you saw him holding something from before. You are yelling for help, but nobody is coming. For all you know, any second now he may pull this “thing” you saw out, so you use what you have at your disposal to protect yourself – your gun. I’m sure he didn’t mean to kill the kid, just wound him to stop him from what he thought the kid was going to do, which was injure/kill him.

        If Zimmerman truly wanted to kill the kid, I think he had ample opportunity to do it before the scuffle.

      • Texz Windstorm says:

        @can’t believe you,…HURRAY, FOR YOU!! Finally, somebody wit’ good COMMON SENSE!! Is very refreshing to know that there are some INDIVIDUALS out in this old world with human dignity, understanding and compassion! Oh, how refreshing! Bottomline end of story that MONSTER SHOULD’VE “STAYED HIS ASS IN HIS VEHICLE…OR RETURNED THE F**K back to his home..now an inocent youngmans life is SNUFF OUT! All because Zimmerman has watched way too many Charles Bronson movies (Death Wish).Problem with most people, is they’re quick to judge, without walking in the other individuals shoes. Try being black in America,& stereotypicaly profiled EVERYWHERE YOU GO! Saddly is something white Amerians will NEVER KNOW..BECAUSE THE KKK START RACIAL HATRED, SEGREGATION, ETHNIC DIVISION, AND SO FORTH IN THIS COUNTRY.

    • TexasMan says:

      Obviously you are a racist for saying he is not guilty. What qualifies you to determine if someone is guilty or innocent before trial. The call said, “He is looking at me” and then, “He is running”. Get your facts straight before becoming an internet lawyer, douche bag.

      • Me says:

        Ok, so there are many issues with your response…

        Issue #1: You obviously have no idea what a racist, or what racism, is. I don’t blame you, most of America seems not to. I am not a racist, I don’t see color at all. But if you want to bring up race, then you should understand that the African American demographic are the largest percentage of people that are charged with aggravated assaults and robberies. Zimmerman was an aspiring police officer, therefore he probably understood this. What Zimmerman may have done (we still don’t truly know) is profile Martin. Profiling and racism are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. Profiling is using facts and knowledge to make a decision, whereas racism is using hatred (an emotion) without facts. There is no part of me that is racist (I don’t hate any race). Racism is completely different that profiling, and it truly is infuriating that people don’t understand the difference. It is like a foreigner saying “Oh Americans sure do love hamburgers”. That is true, and if somebody said it, no big deal. But all of the sudden if somebody says “Oh African Americans love fried chicken” or something, they must be racist. Ridiculous.

        Issue #2: I have my facts straight. Listen to the WHOLE tape, not just the parts you want to hear. You are the classic, typical news media follower. I am not denying that Zimmerman did pursue for a bit, but then he stopped. You can clearly hear this by listening to the wind in the tape… when he is pursuing, it gets loud and windy, then he stops, and says that Martin turned around, looked at him, and said “Yup, He’s coming to check me out. He has something in his hands.” Gee, that sure sounds like I know what I’m talking about. Why don’t you actually research before you try to act like you know what your talking about… the media doesn’t tell you everything. And if you want to make the argument that he made up the “having something in his hands”, sure you can try that. BUT, I know of other cases where a police officer thought a suspect had something in his hands and prematurely killed the person (which Zimmerman DID NOT DO); Zimmerman actually tried to figure out what was going on first.

    • Can't Believe You says:

      Sorry i was so harsh..I don’t know where that came from..I dont know, but Im not saying that Trayvon was just sooooooo innocent that’s not my point, but I believe Zimmerman should go to jail for just doing what he wants. And if I was in his shoes I would have came forward and let myself gotten arrested believe it or not. Sorry I was aggressive that’s my fault

      • Me says:

        I’m not upset at all about it, I know that this topic invokes alot of emotions… it’s easy to get pissed off about it. I think he should have gone to jail until they figured something out, that is just due process. It was handled poorly by the police officers. But now, at this stage, people are crucifying the wrong person. If the police would have done their job correctly, which would have been to take Zimmerman into custody, then I don’t think this would have escalated to a national ordeal. But they didn’t, and the media is going crazy (I mean who wouldn’t in their shoes, tons of profit to be made by them). If Zimmerman goes to jail, which I think is very possible, it will be mainly because of political pressure. Thanks for your input; I appreciate that you are willing to discuss it and actually keep your head (seems like a rare commodity these days).

      • Texz Windstorm says:

        @Me….oh, come the F**k on, already! I WE PEOPLE OF DARKER SKIN TONE GET SO, SOOOO SICK’ n TIRED OF HEARING! “oh, i’m NOT RACIST! Some of my friends are people of color/black…or, why, do YOU PEOPLE ALWAYS MAKE EVERYTHING A RACIALLY CHARGED ISSUE! And etc,n so, forth! HELLO! We black Americans are NOT THE INNIATORS OF RACIAL HATRED, RACIAL INJUSTICE, SEGREGATION, RACIAL BIGOTRY’n SO FORTH! The ancestores of white Americans…*the ole sheet wearing KU KLUX KLAN & Willie Lynch ARE! We people of darker skin tone strugglei on a daily basis just to get by without some IGNORANT ASS GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TYPE ADDING TO THE STRUGGLE! Mind you, there’s RACIAL ignorence within EVERY ETHNICITY.

    • Zimmerman may be racist. He pursued his course of based on unknown factors. one of them could be race. Zimmerman is not qualified to be/become a Police officer and his action show that. There was no need for any of this to happen because regardless of how many blunts Trayvon has smoked in the past, he was NOT doing anything that particular night and Zimmerman was advised NOT to persue. Putting myself in his shoes I continue with my patrol having has alerted real authorities and being advised to discontinue.

      The argument ends there for me. For one reason or another, Zimmerman showed discrimination towards Trayvon and actually his actions may also have served to intimidate Trayvon as per the discomfort involved in being pursued by another man at night.

      Secondly, petty crime is a function of economics rather than race. If you look at even white people at certain income levels you will find elevated instances of petty crime. That being said profiling is profiling, you are not legally permitted to be extra vigilant towards some one based on some preconceived idea of what a typical criminal would look like.

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  42. Well said. What’s more, this tendency to think like judge and jury, regarding crimes we have no firsthand info about, happens on both sides of the political spectrum. Reminds me of the recent outrage regarding Casey Anthony’s acquittal. I mean, yeah the case was awful, but if I want people to respect a decision made by a jury panel that I sat on, well I need to give the same respect.

    Also, an overly aggressive police and district attorney are a lot worse than ones that choose not to pursue a questionable case like this.

    cheers!
    Linda

  43. Lourdes says:

    Why do you think that since Mr. Zimmerman is half hispanic he cannot be racist? I am from Puerto Rico and many people there feel superior to African-Americans and are very quick to racially profile. Mr. Zimmerman wanted to be a police officer at one time and lost the chance when he resisted arrest with violence in 2005. He made over 50 calls to 911 since last year. On the other hand, Trayvon has not criminal past – on the contrary, he volunteered with his community to guide other young boys and involve them in sports. It sounds likely that he was trigger happy and waited for an opportunity like this.

    • Lourdes says:

      Oh, and I forgot to mention, the same hispanic people that racially profile maintain perfectly cordial relationships with African-Americans.

    • I do not think that “since Mr. Zimmerman is half hispanic he cannot be racist.” Nor did I say that. It has been my experience (I live in the Republic of Panama) that some Hispanics can be, some are and some are not; if the quoted assertions of Mr. Zimmerman’s father are accurate, Mr. Zimmerman does not appear to fit any definition of “racist” that I use.

      • If you act within a framework that factors in race in evaluating decisions toward other people then you are a racist (It can even be as benign as I only date white women). We have no idea if Zimmerman is a racist because while we(some of us) assume he pursued Tray because he was black we don’t know for sure. However, his action were wrong and he should be punished. He was told not to be a hero and somebody died as a result of his actions.

    • bill says:

      Before everyone keeps in screaming racism, maybe the should look into his African American neighbor who came to his defence or the 2 African American children who he sponsers who also say Zimmerman beieng a racist couldn’t be further from the truth. Also the reason Travon was in the neighborhood in the first place was because he was suspended for 10 days from school on the same day

      • righthook38 says:

        Exactly. The reason he was following him is because he had never seen him around that area before. And it’s my understanding the reason he kept following him when the police dispatcher said he didn’t need to, was because he was trying to find an address for that particular complex, to give to the police. If he just wanted to kill him for being black, why would he call 911 first, and why would he have gone back to his vehicle, which is when Trayvon allegedly attacked Zimmerman? It just doesn’t make sense.

  44. dr of many things says:

    Suddenly the crime doesn’t fit the hysterical narrative of the stereotypical Southern white man as hate mongering racist. I can just hear Reverend Al and Jessie saying “DAMN” when they got the news. Turns out Zimmerman was an Hispanic Spanish speaker from the Northeast who mentored blacks and personally welcomed them into his Sanford neighborhood. Now it may be that the 911 audio screams were from Zimmerman, not Martin, who may have been pummeled by Martin. Maybe Martin was provoked, maybe not. Things are more cloudy than clear, to say the least. Please media, let’s see some recent photos of Martin, not just those angelic shots of the kid at age 12 or 13. This whole thing is a total tragedy and it looks like the kind of event that never gets resolved to the satisfaction of the revengeful masses who called for blood before the facts are fully known. Let justice prevail at its rightful pace.

  45. Theleansubmariner says:

    The Blogosphere seems to be the only truthful place left in America.

  46. Reblogged this on nebraskaenergyobserver and commented:
    Here’s a much better reasoned instance of what is wrong with our media these day, including but not limited to the bias. This is Outstanding.

  47. Here in Florida, there are many who know that this thing was an outrage not even from a racial angle, but from a law enforcement angle. It’s entirely probable that some in the local police department were sympathetic to Zimmerman, since he was a wanna-be cop and had set up his neighborhood’s watch program with them, rather than through the national Neighborhood Watch organization. The familiarity he had with them is probably a lot more important to how the case was handled than almost anything else. I agree that until/unless there is a trial, the public’s verdict on Zimmerman doesn’t matter at all. But their verdict on the Sanford police department is a bit more valid, because it is based on a disbelief that anyone who had been explicitly instructed by the police dispatcher to not follow or engage with the “suspect”, and did so anyway, could not be held accountable to at least some degree for whatever happened next.

  48. Pingback: Opinion Forum » The Media Trial of George Zimmerman Shows That We Don’t Need Courts

  49. Mike says:

    “Let’s just abolish criminal courts and let the media take over.”

    Unfortunately it seems that’s what we’ve done.

    • Can't Believe You says:

      Yeah we have butchered it, but I don’t believe we should let this go because it would have just been let go if the PEOPLE didn’t bring it to the light in the first place. We have a right to an opinion you know, the police department and court can still do its job that’s not an excuse.

      • Yep, our opinions are fine and the attention is what it is. The court has it’s own job to do. The only issue now is the effect this has on jury selection as the are supposed to be fair and not have been exposed to the story or influenced beyond reason.

  50. Nail. Head.

    The problem is, a lot of lefties won’t get that you’re speaking largely tongue-in-cheek.

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