The trouble with this case was it was not one for the civil rights community to
hang its hat on. If a huge group of black Americans wanted a guilty verdict, it
was because they wanted vengance, not justice. Anyone who looks at the
Zimmerman trial and acknowledges the evidence will see that in no way was there
NOT "reasonable doubt". This was a murder trial and a jury had to see
evidence beyond reasonable doubt to send a man to prison for murder. The jury
did their job. It is very troubling that so large a portion of the black
community didn't want the system to work. Obama should address that issue,
because it will inform juries, justice, and the entire legal system in America
if it is not addressed. I would love to know if Obama (supposedly a law school
grad) thinks Zimmerman should have been convicted. Sad, but I believe he does.
I wonder if Holder does too.
10CC not to belittle your experiences but what do I get to attribute my
son's being pulled over more than 50 times in a three year period. No time
was he issued a ticket, driving family cars. DWW?
Look closely at the research from the National Institute of Justice. 52% of the
people in America's prisons are African American. African Americans make
up just under 13% of the U.S. population. Only 5% of the people in prison are
women, and half of the 13% are women - so 6.5% is making up 50+% of those in
prison. Keep in mind, one third (33%) of the 13% of African Americans are
children under the age of 18. If the U.S. Department of Justice figures are
correct, we have just over 4% of America's population accounting for 50% of
those in prison. Our decisions, driven by fear and retribution, have
led to longer and longer prison sentences. Instead of looking for solutions to
this problem, we continue to place more and more African American males in
prison. It cost more to send a person to prison than it costs to send a person
to BYU. We push for harsher punishments, blame the "liberal courts" and
fail to address the actual causes.
By design, and in step with the goals of the current administration, they are
using any situation possible to push their agenda. The purpose of forcing GZ to
be charged in this incident was to initiate marches and possible riots across
the US to keep racial tension alive. Even though they had to make stuff up to
get to this point, it worked. Instead of having a president taking charge to
stop the rally's and marches, he is actually helping to keep them fueled.
It's been a very disturbing display of inept leadership by Barack Obama.
But it's all part of their playbook.
I believe the real divide is along party lines for some strange reason. The
stats in this piece appear to back that up. It seems to me that the
dissatisfied vs satisfied breakdown roughly parallels the split between liberal
and conservative in each of the racial groups.
My wife is African American, and I have 3 sons who are biracial. They've
all had encounters with the police that can only be described using the common
African American euphemism, "DWB", or "driving while black".
Even their white friends exclaim that they've done the same things, in
front of police, and not been pulled over.In conversing with other
African Americans, this phenomenon is widespread (although thankfully we no
longer have lynchings, so that is progress).White America (including
myself) do not experience what African Americans go through, but I see it
through my family, and there is definitely a difference.
Great and timely article . I will be the first to say it . The black/white
relationship is gone . As much as I dislike quoting Vladimir Lenin sometimes he
is correct . He said " There are decades where nothing changes and then
there are weeks where decades change ". Folks last week was one of those
weeks . This country is deeply divided the numbers prove that out. We
live in a minority area outside of Utah . The grocery store where my wife shops
and has been shopping for years has changed. I now must accompany my wife
because she is afraid . It's the little things , like stares or blocking
the aisle or the checkers refusing to check her out . Anecdotal you say? Hardly
this is going on all across this once great country.