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article imageOp-Ed: Zimmerman and Martin supporters — Both racists maybe?

By Jerry Nelson     Jul 14, 2013 in Crime
Sanford - This just may get me run off of the planet, but I gotta throw my two cents in.
On one side of the whole Martin/Zimmerman situation you have people yelling that Zimmerman was a murderer and got set free because of the color of his skin.
On the other side of the same coin, you have people shouting that Martin had no business being in a gated community after dark and that he was “profiled” because of the color of his skin.
I think both sides are a racist point of view.
And I think your reaction to that statement should tell you alot about who you are as a person and how far you’ve come in our “free and liberated” society that we hear so much about.
Wherever I travel in America I hear people saying, “Can’t we just get past the race issue?” And it’s usually a statement made by liberal whites that want to see themselves as somehow a cut-above others. They want to present themselves as somehow having evolved to a higher consciousness.
The truth is, in America it’s always about race.
In 2007 when America was in a position to possibly elect its first black president, I was fascinated by the conversations swirling around me.
I heard many whites say they wouldn’t vote for Obama because he was black.
I heard many blacks say they would vote for Obama because he was black.
Both statements are racist. To do something, or not do something, based on the color of a persons skin is equally racist.
It’s the same reasoning with which the U.S. Supreme Court is looking at “Affirmative Action”. People with cooler heads are starting to see that to grant entitlements to an ethnic group is just as racist as to deny entitlements to an ethnic group.
Maybe by the end of the day it’s not about skin color at all when defining racism. Maybe it’s just about a person’s way of thinking, or not thinking.
There’s been news all over the internet today about the verdict in Zimmerman’s trial and everyone is picking and choosing “facts” to support their particular point of view. That’s the way it has been since this whole thing started that dark night in Florida last February.
But the only people that truly, truly know what was talked about in the courtroom are the jurors, the judge, the attorneys and, of course, George Zimmerman.
So to point fingers and say someone got killed — or set free — because of the color of their skin is based strictly on conjecture and says alot more about you than it does a dark skin teenager or a light skin man.
By the way, Zimmerman legal status as far as race is Hispanic. Neither white nor black. The bottom line?
Well, the bottom line is about the only thing we do know for certain about this whole sad affair, Zimmerman’s skin is lighter than Martin’s.
And therein lies the problem.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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