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article imageOp-Ed: Zimmerman, race and justice — Fiction v fact

By Alexander Baron     Jul 15, 2013 in Crime
The acquittal of George Zimmerman has led to the usual suspects whining about 'racism' in the criminal justice system. But do they know what they are talking about?
Even though that is a rhetorical question, we will allow the question mark to ride. This is nothing new, of course, rather it has long become one of life's boring realities. Self-styled social justice advocates and even highly qualified black academics whine, whine, whine about racism, racial injustice, and bigotry throwing around manipulated statistics and facts out of context with gay abandon. What are the true facts?
As far as the United States is concerned, race has been a non-issue in the overwhelming majority of criminal trials for a century. Indeed, a hundred years ago next month in the Deep South, a jury convicted a college educated white businessman of murder primarily on the word of a semi-literate Negro, Jim Conley, pictured below.
A scan from Tom Watson s magazine: Jim Conley  the man cleared by the law but blamed by history for ...
A scan from Tom Watson's magazine: Jim Conley, the man cleared by the law but blamed by history for the murder of Mary Phagan. Leo Frank's lawyer as good as branded him subhuman, yet after his release from prison for aiding Frank, no woman of any race ever accused him of impropriety until his death in 1962.
The protests that are currently happening on the West Coast at the Zimmerman acquittal - the other side of the country - and elsewhere, are totally misconstrued. Many of these protesters are not the slightest bit interested in the death of an individual named Trayvon Martin, as is evinced from the anti-capitalist placards and slogans they can be seen carrying.
Was Trayvon Martin failed by American justice? Absolutely not, although the same thing cannot be said for the jury. One of the few intelligent criticisms that has been made of this case is that if both Martin and Zimmerman had been black, Hispanic or even white, there would have been no prosecution. That claim is shocking but true, it was the manufactured race angle, and only the race angle, that led to the trial. When however the State got on the case, it did so with vigour. No reasonable person who has watched a substantial tranche of the prosecution case can claim otherwise.
Like Casey Anthony, Zimmerman may have been acquitted in spite of rather than because of the evidence, but who was to blame for that?
In criminal trials of this nature, the system does not decide guilt or innocence, that at times dubious privilege is left to the jury, which in this case was made up of six women. Ah, but there were no blacks on the jury, they cry. So? One of these jurors was Hispanic - and a mother of eight; four of the others were also mothers. In other words, the jury was stacked against Zimmerman, and the prosecution portrayed this as man with a gun against unarmed boy, even though Martin was obviously physically more formidable than his protagonist, if Zimmerman's broken nose is to be believed.
In other words, the system did Zimmerman no favours, but he was still acquitted. Live with it, however unpalatable it may taste.
America has had to live with far worse not guilty verdicts: the Casey Anthony trial, and worst of all, the double murder trial of OJ Simpson. Where were Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton then?
That being said, what do the protesters want? That having been acquitted, Zimmerman should be tried in the court of public opinion instead? And then what, hanged? There is a name for that, lynch law. In view of their own history in America, this is something blacks should think about very carefully before endorsing.
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 DigitalJournal.com
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