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Published: Monday, July 15 2013 11:46 a.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

This story details multiple examples that prove racism is alive and seething in this country.

And, it is not racism of whites hating blacks. It is a racism against anyone who demands equal treatment, respect for the law, and that all people be responsible for their actions.

George Zimmerman is not a racist. Those who are now threatening Zimmerman, either with physical violence or legal actions (essentially forcing him into bankruptcy from ruinous legal bills from frivolous charges or suits).

Dr. Martin Luther King would be appalled at how "racism" has been distorted and exploited.

Good luck to Mr. Zimmerman. He should never be criticized, or prosecuted, for exercising his inherent right to self defense, as further codified by Florida laws.

lib1
Provo, UT

As Mark Steyn pointed out, how did a Hispanic man that voted for a Black president somehow become the poster boy of white racism?

Based on the evidence (or lack of evidence) that the prosecution presented, this was the right verdict. But I imagine Mr. Zimmerman will spend the next few years being hounded by leftist bureaucrats anxious to "make him pay" one way or another. I bet Louis Lerner and her IRS will pull out all of his tax filings from the last ten years and go through them with a microscope. I wish him luck--he will need it.

ThornBirds
St.George, Utah

DN Subscriber:
Zimmerman will need lots of luck, among other things.
Seems you think the man deserves sainthood?
There are no words that can express how strange that last paragraph of your's sounds.

Uncle Rico
Sandy, UT

Thornbirds, DNsubscribers last paragraph makes perfect sense to me.

Let me help you... Zimmerman was found innocent and was within the legal definition of self defense (Stand Your Ground) allowed by Florida law.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@DN Subscriber
"He should never be criticized"

Even innocent doesn't mean he can't be criticized for racially profiling Treyvon Martin and disobeying dispatchers requests to not get involved.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

@Uncle Rico 11:55 p.m. July 14, 2013

Zimmerman was not found "innocent". He was merely found "not guilty" -- the same way OJ Simpson, and others who were most likely factually guilty, were not convicted as charged.

Pete1215
Lafayette, IN

I wonder how often the Justice Department looks into civil rights violations when a black person attacks a (as others say) white-hispanic?

mohokat
Ogden, UT

makes perfect sense to me also. But what is paramount is that a protected segment of the population should remain protected.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

The President should of acted presidential, and not ever commented on this whole story.

TMR
Los Angeles, CA

DN Subscriber and Uncle Rico: In order to be consistent, I assume that you also defend OJ Simpson from "criticism" and civil prosecution. After all, Mr. Simpson was also found innocent by a jury who received instruction of State law. If so, I depart company from your way of thinking. Concerning Mr. Zimmerman, there is still a dead boy and the fact that Mr. Zimmerman make some reckless decisions that led to this tragedy. Accountability does not end with the absurd stand-your-ground Florida law.

DN: It is interesting that the drama projected for Mr. Zimmerman is the same predicament that Mr. Simpson found himself in and yet it is highly unlikely that the DN would have published such an article then.

Y Ask Y
Provo, UT

Given the outrage over this verdict, I think Goerge Zimmerman ought to ask for asylum in Russia, or some latin American country - he could be bunk mates with Snowden!

Guam_Bomb
BARRIGADA, GU

TMR, thank you for stating it so eloquently. Trayvon Martin is dead because Zimmerman decided to take matters in his own hands.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

Zimmerman was NOT found innocent - he was found "Not Guilty" just like O.J. Simpson was found "Not Guilty." I know this - I know I will lay awake at worrying about the fate of this Barney Fife wanna-be.

Janet
Ontario, OR

I tend to be more liberal than most Utahns, but this is an outrage! We should let the White House and Congress know that we will not tolerate this kind of blow to the American judicial system! This isn't about Obama or even George Zimmerman. It's about overriding the process of American jurisprudence.

LetsDebate
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

All these comparisons to O.J. Simpson only exposes the inability of some to make apples-to-apples comparisons. Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife because the jury found reasonable doubt as to whether he actually did kill her. Did that jury find that it was legally permissible for Simpson to kill his wife? No.

There is no question from either side that Zimmerman did in fact kill Trayvon, and the jury found that when a person is being beaten, he has a legal right to self defense. That's the same as Simpson in what way?

Guam Bomb - Trayvon Martin is dead because Trayvon Martin decided to take matters into his own hands instead of confronting with words only as he should have done. I think he felt legitimately afraid in the situation, but when he escalated it to brutal violence, he lost control of the outcome, and that's tragic. You and others can believe Zimmerman would just chase him down and shoot him without provocation, but that's a delusion that's contrary to all evidence, and a ridiculously unbelievable contradiction to everything about Zimmerman's life to that point.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

America has made great strides in civil rights and admittedly still has a ways to go. Using the George Zimmerman trial to help further this cause is the wrong tactical decision. This is not Rodney King all over. Trying to use this trial as a vehicle for positive change is a lot like crying wolf.

All the arguments being made are just wrong. People think and that a person being beat up has a right to defend themself. It came out in the trial due to his lack of fitness and fighting skill that this was George Zimmerman's only option.

The arguments currently being made will not further the cause of civil rights because those arguments are seen as illogical by too many. The fight is worthy and necessary but this is the wrong vehicle.

Manny
Saint George, UT

This has got to be one of the most bizarre court cases in recent history. There are just too many points to list here but I'll name a few. Why are sports figures making comments about this? Why are Hollywood types and other socialites chiming in with tweets? Obama helped start this thing nowhe has kind of told folks to back off a little. Now Harry Reid is fired up and wants a full investigation by the DOJ. What's is really going on here? There are young blacks kids being murdered every day in places like Chicago and there is no press coverage whatsoever. Is prolonging this case just a diversionary tactic by politicians, Al Sharpton, and others to keep the focus away from other government scandals? What bizarre times we are in right now. I'm not sure if I recognize this country anymore. Has Obama finally "Fundamentally Transformed America" like he promised years ago? I think he has succeeded.

toshi1066
OGDEN, UT

And yet at the end of the day, a teen aged boy is still dead because one man thought he had the right to play God and end his life. Pathetic.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

A few points.

#1 'stand your ground' was not invoked. The defense was plain old self defense, the kind permitted in every state.

#2 The only OJ case is completely different in every way except being a cross race incident and acquittal. The differences are so vast that there really is no valid comparison. (didn't do it vs self defense, physical evidence indicates guilt versus innocence, no rich and famous person involved, etc, etc, etc.)

#3 Any attempt to compare the 2 cases is based purely on racism, which we have been trying to end for 50 years.

I guess some are still just as racist as in 1995.

Moabmom
Moab, UT

It is amazing to me that those who tried and continue to try to make the Zimmerman trial about race are still refusing to look at the facts of the case. They still ignore, regardless of what lead up to it, that Martin was slamming Zimmerman's head into the concrete. What is the magic number of times that Zimmerman should have let that happen before fighting back..one? five? ten?. At that point it didn't/doesn't matter what color either one of them were. It is encouraging to know that the justice system still works despite the efforts of so called "civil rights" activists, this administration, and the main stream media to influence the process and turn the case into a political circus.

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