Zimmerman and The Conversation
Advance Race Relations?
The Model B29
If anything made clear George Zimmerman’s innocence
of the crime of murder, it was Juror B29’s anguished denunciation of her own
vote to acquit Mr. Zimmerman of the charges against him. Confused and
unclear about the proper use of the word ‘murder,’ as well as the purpose of
the law and the rules of evidence, she nonetheless explained
in beautifully transparent terms why, despite her own feelings about Mr.
Zimmerman’s guilt, she voted to acquit.
A lot of us [jurors] wanted to find something bad, something
that we could connect to the law…because the evidence shows he’s guilty of
killing Trayvon Martin. But we couldn’t prove that intentionally
[her emphasis] he killed him, and that was the way the law was read to me.
She seemed innocently and utterly oblivious to the
idea that that was the whole point of the exercise; and the system worked as
intended (remarkably so, given her words). The seemingly “non-white”
mother of eight, with a strong preferred expressed sympathy for Mr. Martin’s
parents as a fellow parent, coming into deliberation wanting to convict Mr.
Zimmerman, still said the evidence was not there. She made plain she
went with how she read the law, and not her “heart.” This is what
liberal democracy has always strived for. B29 is the model juror.
Ms. B29 sought the forgiveness of the
Martins. Probably to her surprise, but quite understandably, the
Martins were not pleased with what she had to say.
The news media, which by their own admission vote
80%-85% Democrat (they just say it does not influence their coverage), and by
various measures support policies and views from the Left-side of the
political spectrum, were clearly struggling with the issue on how to cover
her comments. After all, they have good reason not to suggest that
people should go with their emotions in jury deliberations – that could be
devastating to minority defendants. They have not dwelled much on Ms.
B29’s comments since.
How We Knew
The Left’s activists got ahead of themselves in
this case, which is why we predicted on our Twitter feed back on March 27 of
last year that “new facts to surface from Trayvon Martin case will complicate
the picture of what happened - and efforts to 'use' the event.” Of
course, this is exactly what happened, not just in the weakness of the
prosecution’s case in court, which the media treated as a surprise, but also
in the subsequent interviews of Trayvon Martin’s friend, Ms. Rachel
Jeantel. Among other things, Ms. Jeantel told the liberal-progressive,
Martin-friendly Marc Lamont for the Huffington
Post, responding to his question as to who she thought struck first:
“In my mind,…Trayvon. It was Trayvon.” (Watch how Mr. Lamont in
the interview tries to salvage the situation and put it back on Mr.
Zimmerman.) She also explained to the craven Piers Morgan and the
amiably earnest Mr. Lamont that she and Mr. Martin thought the “creepy-ass
cracka” (cracker) might be a gay rapist, and probably brought upon himself a
“whopass” by Mr. Martin.
How did we know what would happen? It is not
because we had access to any information not available to anyone else.
There simply was not enough concrete information to make the harshly
judgmental conclusions that were being advanced from blogs, to CNN and MSNBC,
to the halls of Congress, within hours of news coverage of the deadly
shooting. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, Democrat from Florida, while
wearing a large pink rhinestone-studded cowboy hat and a lapel flower the
size of her head, declared in a shrill cry that “Trayvon was
hunted down like a rabid dog!"
being what we are, once we very
loudly, publicly, and morally indignantly proclaim a view, our pride
makes it almost impossible for us to step back in light of new evidence. In the Zimmerman case, the new evidence
that pointed in another direction never stopped coming - and never made a
difference for those who had spoken out so firmly so early.
The Progressive Conversation
the angry accusations of racial bias against Mr. Zimmerman and anyone casting
doubt on his guilt as racially motivated, hard Left liberal-progressives on
talk shows repeated the need for a national "conversation" on race,
in order to help heal and bridge the racial divide. But in our observation, their starting point of the so-called
conversation, in every instance that we observed, was dishonest or outright
disconnected from what anyone that disagreed with them might actually think
about what they had to say. ("America, you are racist. Now, let's talk." - this brings up
the contradiction of how is it that if liberal-progressive ideas are the
"mainstream" in America as the Left often maintains, America is
National Public Radio's program "Tell Me More" hosted by Michel
Martin, days before a verdict was reached, Georgetown law professor Paul
the correctness of the liberal-progressive view by saying:
If we reversed the races here, a not guilty verdict
is impossible to imagine. So think about a big black man who followed a
skinny white teenager, gets into a fight with him. The skinny white guy isn't
armed, and the big black guy shoots him dead and then claims self-defense. Does anybody think that a jury would buy
plain, except the professor left out some very important descriptions. "Skinny teenager vs. big guy"
does not make clear that, according
to the police report, Mr. Martin was 6' to Zimmerman's 5'9". Police put Mr. Martin at 160 lbs. and Mr.
Zimmerman at unknown, though credible news reports put him at around 175 lbs.
at the time of the shooting. By any
account. Mr. Martin was lean, and Mr. Zimmerman was portly - and not in a
good way. (The ubiquitous picture of Trayvon Martin is undated, and is
clearly taken at a much younger age when viewed against the most recent photo
of Martin available.) The professor's example makes no mention of the very
real possibility that Mr. Zimmerman may very well have been at the losing end
of a fight, with his head clearly slammed against something quite hard, and
feared losing consciousness.
can't be as certain as the professor as to what a jury would have said under
the professor's scenario, but even if the verdict would be "guilty"
as he is sure it would be, does that make that verdict right? The point here is that his example
scenario is dishonest or at the very least grossly inept and a dereliction of
his self-assumed duty to advance The Conversation. Sadly, this typifies what
we have seen everywhere except on Fox News and conservative online outlets
and radio broadcasts.
Continued column 2 >
An Uncommon View
The above were retrieved from from
Snopes.com and are publicly available.
Our goal is to let you our readers have a fair chance at deciding if
the widely-circulated photo and descriptions of Trayon Martin gave an
honest picture of what might have happened that tragic night. The picture in the background shows Mr.
Martin standing next to adult family members (obscured here to protect
their privacy-some are in the front row leaning forward).
< From column 1
the actions by NBC reporters who deliberately doctored the 911 call from George
Zimmerman that made it appear that he singled out Trayvon Martin because he
was black, the reporters knowing this would inflame a sense of racial
injustice. (The reporters were
eventually fired after the editing was discovered, but the damage was done,
and many people who heard the doctored version will never know that what
they heard was a lie).
Have not Fox
News and the conservative media also been unfair in their commentary on the
deadly shooting? Not in our view,
if only because in this case the facts have favored their position. It is easy to be fair when you happen to
Of Fact and Circumstance
What are the
facts? The facts are that none of
us except Mr. Zimmerman know for a fact all of what happened, aside from
what the witnesses have to say about what they saw, and the forensic evidence. And, we know it is very dangerous to go
around putting people in prison for life because we are "just
sure" of what "must" have happened, or what he
"must" have been thinking, as 'creepy-ass cracka's' like Piers
Morgan seem to think we should.
Of Pride and Circumstance
Zimmerman completely innocent?
Should he have made different decisions that terrible late
evening? We don't know, but
probably no and yes. We do know it
is possible he followed Trayvon Martin for the very reason he claimed: he did not want to lose sight of him
before the police came. In our own
neighborhood we have been plagued by persistent burglaries and thefts that
go unpunished. The publisher of
this newsletter was asked recently by another neighbor who did not know him
"can I help you with something?" while looking around at homes in
the area one evening. Was it
annoying to be found suspicious and questioned? Sure. But, it was
understandable. Maybe all either
Mr. Zimmerman or Mr. Martin needed to do that night was ask the question,
and the two would have then just walked away in peace towards the rest of
Loose Talk Loses Heads
conversation on race will not be advanced one bit in America as a result of
anyone's take on this case, and even less so will be the arguments of black
civil rights activism. Too many
white people (and now Hispanics that can be also labeled white) clearly
realize that if a person like George Zimmerman - a man who mentored black
children as a volunteer, who had not a trace of racial bigotry that could
be found by an entire national civil rights activist establishment out for
blood, whose black neighbors said he was helpful and kind to them, who did
live in a neighborhood that had been recently experiencing burglaries - if
he can be successfully accused of racially-motivated murder, then what
chance do other whites (Hispanic or otherwise) like themselves have should
they ever find themselves in a seemingly live-or-die situation facing an
agitated black youth? Would just as
many people loudly proclaim and denounce what "must" have been
their racist intents?
France's first bloody revolution - a legitmate rebellion against an
oppressive monarchy at the end of the 18th century, Maximilien Robespierre
initiated what is now known as the Reign of Terror, sending to the
guillotine the royals and nobles who had reigned supreme over the starving
masses. But, he kept expanding the
list of those who qualified as enemies of the revolution and the people, a
cause with noble aims that was just at the start. Ultimately, as even former friends began to literally lose
their heads, and Messieur Robespierre darkly warned that more were to
follow, his former allies and remaining friends, fearing for their own
lives, turned on him, and his became the last decapitation of his
revolution. Spook people enough
about what you might do to them, and they will turn on you.
The Fall of White Guilt
What we have
witnessed is further racial polarization of the country, not a sincere
engagement of a conversation aimed at reconciliation. Just look at the comments on any article
or blog. And now, following the
unhinged characterizations of Mr. Zimmerman and anyone who doubts his
racist intentions, we have now noticed a critique of American black culture
and politics at a level we had never seen before by white people in the
last forty years. We had seen it
from the likes of Bill Cosby and Shelby Steele, eminent black Americans
somewhat insulated from accusations of racism, but never quite so forcefully
from whites. (For Mr. Steele's
devastating critique of this recent civil rights activism, see his Wall
Street Journal column "The Decline
of the Civil-Rights Establishment.") It's so obvious: If
there is an epidemic of whites murdering blacks with impunity, then why is
it we are spending some much attention on this one case? The Leftist comentariat, including those
on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC, are convincing no one that did not
already want to be convinced of the evidence of America's murderous racism
which they claim has declared open season on young men of color.
comments posted to articles on the Zimmerman case, it was not hard to find
sentiments like this one posted in the Huffington Post:
helps you sleep at night, but the bottom line is you know in your heart
that you celebrate the idea that an unarmed black kid is dead. One less N
word in the world for you, is a good thing. You know that's how you feel.
Continued column 3 >
In response to the perception that the
mainstream media was painting a falsely
positive image of Trayvon Martin, many bloggers and others sought and
posted many allegations of the kind of person Mr. Martin "really"
was. While they found some dirt,
just as some was found on Mr. Zimmerman (and would be found on any human
male with a minimal level of testosterone), in their reactionary zeal they
also posted exagerations and falsehoods about Martin's alleged bad
If the larger half of the country is
as blind to reality as the smaller half claims, The Conversation will not
The Fall of Black Prerogative
This cut will smart a while, but not
in day-to-day life. In our homes
and offices, in our schools, churches and parks, in theaters and in
supermarkets, we know what we see, what we live everyday, and we will
continue on as we have, regardless of color. Rather, the wound will fester
for those black Americans accustomed to political deference due to past
racial injustices. The election of
a black man as President of the United States may have done nothing to
assuage their sense of grievance, but it has assuaged the sense of guilt of
many whites. And, as Hispanic Americans and Asian-Americans grow to far
outnumber African-Americans just as the numerical clout of
liberal-progressive European-Americans correspondingly declines, that
deference will almost totally disappear.
We might add that the unprecented use of the term
"WHITE-Hispanic" will prove to have been a reckless and foolish
move in the long run.
In tandem with these developments, we
think it a very likely probability, if an ironic one, that the election of
Barack Obama as President will actually make any future presidency by
another African-American less likely, and we will not see another in our
The Model Jeantel
In all her public appearances, Rachel Jeantel
seemed like a well-intentioned and plainly honest person to us. Probably one of the reasons she did not
assist the Zimmerman prosecution, or Piers Morgan, or Marc Lamont, in
making their case the way they expected.
Along with Juror B29, Ms. Jeantel was the other small, subtle, and
unexpected, yet very significant light in this whole dim saga.
Ms. Jeantel said this regarding
judgments people were making about of her friend Mr. Martin:
Have you ever spend
[sic] a day with him? Do you know him? Stop judging. Get to know the person before you judge.
Exactly right, Ms. Jeantel. In fact, in listening to you describe
what you thought may have happened that fateful night in these last few
weeks, you seemed far more fair-minded and charitable towards Mr. Zimmerman
than any of your motivated interviewers.
They just did not want to really listen to what you were actually
saying. They blindly damaged the
country and did even worse for their cause. They were, in the fullest sense of the word, prejudiced.
To Stand or Not to
Stand -Part 1
The other item at issue aside from
racial prejudice that, as seen from the Left, led to the shooting of
Trayvon Martin was the so-called 'stand-your-ground' (SYG) law in effect in
Florida. SYG laws generally give
deference to citizens in making decisions regarding self-defense when
confronted with potential harm to body and property, and generally absolve
people from legal liability if they do not retreat.
In the George Zimmerman case, while
the judge included the SYG law as part of the statutes that jurors needed
to consider when judging Mr. Zimmerman's proved guilt or presumed
innocence, Mr. Zimmerman's lawyers did not use that law as a basis for
their defense case. They did not
need to, as their premise was that the shooting took place when Mr.
Zimmerman was flat on his back while being assaulted, and with no option to
retreat (you might be excused from not gathering that from the mainstream
news coverage or commentary).
More on this in our next issue.
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