Some held their breath for the “shit” to hit the fan. Zimmerman supporters breathed a sigh of relief and quietly celebrated. Moreover, a whole lot of people were simply dumbfounded that the jury gave George Zimmerman a pass for shooting an unarmed teenager. Well you can count me in the latter because; throw out race, murder is still murder. Dress it up, add degrees, attempt to condone the act by pulling up laws and cases, but if you shoot someone and they die, you pretty much killed that person.
That is how I see George Zimmerman. He killed somebody and admitted it too. While I attempt to hold race at bay here, I cannot because of history and too many instances of travesties of justice where the minority glaringly was judged on anything but evidence.
The message the Zimmerman verdict sends is that anyone incarcerated for killing another in what they say was self-defense should be released from prison right now. Sorry what’s good for the goose is surely good for the gander right? Well not so much so. It depends, so it seems on variables that we all know exist. We like to pretend they don’t exist but trials like this one exclaim loud and relentless, liar, liar.
Most Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups wish desperately race would just go the hell away. They wish for no bridge, instead simple unity based on the content of the others character period. The problem with that is race is embedded in the fabric of everyday life by bigotry capitalists because it divides and conquers. As long as there is division, there will be no strength in collective numbers.
Now for those of us that find the Zimmerman verdict unjust and inadequate we need to address that through the correct peaceful, yet highly effective channels. Start in Politics by holding the lawmakers and enforcers of the law accountable. Every voting Citizen in Florida right now should be partitioning to have the stand your ground law rewritten and redefined. Un regulated “neighborhood watch” organizations need to be held to some stringent qualifications and guidelines. It is even more important to accept the fact that the races themselves need to break down economical, educational, cultural barriers and come to the table with open arms and open minds to work toward a resolve that is nothing short of equality for all.
It is easy to hate George Zimmerman in this case. However, Zimmerman is the least of this problem. Oh, he is guilty as sin of taking a life, jury verdict notwithstanding. However, hating or hurting him will not begin to solve this problem. There will be another Zimmerman as long as the African American community invites them through complacency, resignation and relinquishing of those inalienable rights the Constitution clearly affords them. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A man can’t ride your back if it’s not bent”
Straighten up and stand up and rebuke bigotry and injustice through action and movement and there will come change. Get outraged today, and go back to business as usual tomorrow will get you another George Zimmerman.
History has a strange way of popping up like a Smartphone reminder or alarm. We have a dangerous habit of hitting “snooze” under the false pretense we are buying more time; when in reality we are wasting it.