Published: Thursday, July 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Here is the bottom line folks: The Jury made a decision, based upon the law and
the evidence presented, that Zimmerman is Not Guilty. All of us
spectators, who were not on that Jury, do not get to pick and choose what
“evidence” we think is relevant or whether the Florida law is good
or bad law.The Jury has spoken. That is way it works in our justice
system.I agree with the writer – we need to move on.
The killing of an unarmed young man by an armed, self-appointed vigilante was
certainly a tragedy. What I also find tragic was the unrelenting, non-stop
media coverage of the event and the ensuing trial (especially by CNN and MSNBC).
It was as though no other news was important enough to override the broadcast
of the trial. One can debate whether the media coverage was the cause or the
result of the case being thrust into the American consciousness, but whatever
racial overtones may have been inherent in the case were grossly overplayed by
the media, IMHO.
I have to chuckle at this letter. Such grand nobility, calling for unity and an
end to "vitriol", "rhetoric", and the "divided states of
America". And embedded within is this little gem: "What a racist
comment, by the president of the United States no less." Hypocrisy Mr.
Grossman. I don't believe you want unity. I don't believe you want an
end to vitriol. I believe you wanted to get a dig in at a president you
don't like, regardless of the topic. Glad to see the Deseret News obliged.
The uniqueness of this trial was not the murder of a teenager nor the killing of
a black American by a white American but the stand your ground law that allowed
a person to target, follow, and provoke another, then when retaliated against
shoot and kill an un-armed person and have it all perfectly legal. To miss that
point is the very essence of the problem with the American gun culture.
How can anyone accuse the President of making racist comments, THEN ask that
everyone be more united? And,no, I don't agree that anyone was
"forced" to watch the Zimmerman trial, or that HAVING to watch was a
35 years ago Obama was living with his white mother in Hawaii attending the best
schools in a privileged lifestyle. He has nothing in common with Trayvon Martin.
The president made a monumental mistake when he injected himself into this
controversy. When was the last time a president commented on a case before or
after a verdict, thereby fueling a disproportionate interest in a very localized
situation. Why was he so willing to come down on the side of one person's
innocence and another's guilt without knowing the facts or the verdict? The
author of this letter is correct.
I, too, agree we need to move on. But we don't. It seems we also need,
every summer, a celebrity type show trial to keep tongues wagging. We need an
attractive white girl to disappear somewhere, ideally with at least two
occurrences of the letter E in her name. This year we get a bonus to fawn over,
a royal baby. So, next time there's an interracial shooting, or kylee
disappears in mexico, remember it's not that there isn't thousands of
tragedies of a similar nature that occur, it's just that we only care about
a very select few.
I would like to know how many commentors to this petty letter have any
experience being a minority in America.
I'm not a minority (except for my political opinion in this State) nor do I
pretend to understand what it is like to be one.I for one
appreciated the President's remarks. They were tempered, appropriate and
correct. He was not victimizing himself, nor minorities. He did say that there
are a disproportionate amount of blacks arrested, but also that there is a
disproportionate amount of crime committed by blacks. He commented that blacks
are more likely to hurt blacks, just as whites are more likely to hurt whites,
we tend to hurt our peers.He also commented that the Defendant was
given a fair trial, the jury was properly instructed and came back with their
verdict, and in America, that is the final word. he didn't incite protest,
or a pitch fork mob. He didn't try to start a national
conversation on racism, rather the opposite because sadly, it would be counter
Anytime an unarmed young person is killed it is a tragedy. This case
became hypercharged in the beginning (yes, by the media) because immediately
following Trayvon's death, Zimmerman was given his gun back and sent home
after 5 hrs of questioning. I as a parent would never accept that and neither
would most parents.I recall a case in UT involving armed
"Neighborhood Watchmen," that turned out very different. The overriding problem is people, because they are armed, "forget"
they are only suppose to watch from the safety of their cars or homes.
When a case such as this, with Hispanic and Black content, is questioned by
Geraldo Rivera for even going to trial you know it has no merit and should not
have gone to trial. Now the racists among us are trying to make a federal hate
crime out of it.
Just ask yourself if the races of these two people had been reversed. Would a
black man who killed a non-black teenager be out on the street now? If you
believe that, your brain is lost somewhere in Fantasyland.
@ Irony Guy. According to the FBI young black men commit 10 times more homicides
than all other races combined, so apparently there is another fantasyland that
the race hustlers of America are living in.
Some court cases become national news. That's always been the
case--remember Lizzie Borden?--and will continue to be. In this case, an
unarmed child was killed by an armed adult, without suffering legal
consequences. It's not surprising that it became a media event. The
President was raised by a single mom for much of his childhood, and by his
grandparents. Of course he relates to Trayvon. I found his comments very moving
and quite appropriate, especially as he honored the dignity and restraint shown
by Trayvon's family. What I don't understand is the willingness
of some people to turn George Zimmerman into some kind of hero, or to cast
Trayvon in the role of thug and villain. That's the dialogue that's
If you look at the jells across the world it could color the the topic.
Since on the DN monitor ignored my post from more than three hours ago I'll
try a different approach.Mountanman claims the president lived a
life of privilage and has nothing in common with Trayvon Martin. Of course this
is nonsense. The president's family lived a middle class lifestyle at best
and just because he attended prestigious colleges doesn't mean he
didn't have to sacrifice to do so. Studying hard to obtain great grades
that lead to scholarships is hard work and the president and his wife had
significant student loans.The president and Travon Martin had this
in common - they were both black boys in a white community. That is what made
George Zimmerman suspicious and it is the excuse some have used to claim he was
responsible for his own death. The president's speech simply asked us all
to put ourselves in another man's (boy's) shoes before we judge them.
Until you have experienced another person's life, based on their
circumstances, you just can't, and shouldn't judge.
"....I think it was a tragedy for America. But not in the way our president
does. I view it as a tragedy that all of America had to endure a trial that had
nothing to do with the entire country...."______________________________Your dismay is better directed at
the press than at the President. They are the culprits who gave this story
in-your-face saturation coverage on television and the Internet. The not so
innocent press doesn't merely report events as they would have us believe.
They literally invent the news each time they decide which stories get reported
and at what decibel level.As for the President, he is criticized for
speaking out, for not speaking out sooner, for what he said, and for what or
didn't say. It makes me glad I'm not President. I don't need
those kind of headaches.
age 6, Catholic school in Indonesia. age 8, public school in
Indonesiaage 10, moving to Honolulu to live with his Mom's parents.
His grandmother was a Vice President for the Bank of Hawaii and was able to
afford to send him to the prestigious private college preparatory Punahou
Academy, still considered the finest school in Hawaii. He attended there
from 5th grade, and graduated from high school there in 1979. then
attended Occidental College transferred to Columbia UniversityFrom
1988 to 1991 Obama attended Harvard Law SchoolHardly middle
class.Common trait with Trayvon 35 years prior, doing illegal
drugs. It is in his book.
Here is the problem with the case. Had Trayvon a gun in his possession and used
it on Zimmerman, he would have been following the basis of the "Stand your
ground" laws.He was being followed, profiled and chased. He
most likely feared for his life (Based on his supposed attack on Zimmerman.Shouldn't the "Stand your ground" law also affect non gun
carrying people as equally?Chasing someone means you are provoking
the situation and any outcome is your fault.Think about it. If you
are following someone relentlessly, even looking for them if you lose them.
Then you are attacked because someone fears for their life. You shoot the
person attacking you to defend their life and claim self defense and them as the
provoker of the attack?Whenever anyone feels they are backed into a
corner, they will strike out. That is what happened here. Trayvon was backed
into a corner by a pursuer, he struck out at his pursuer, his pursuer is able to
claim self defense?That is what most people have a problem with.
Zimmerman controlled all the cards as he could have stopped at any point.
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