The Zimmerman trial: a guide for the UK Twitchfork mob


It was depressing, if not surprising, to see the UK’s twitchforking mob out for the blood of George Zimmerman, rightly acquitted under the law in his trial in Florida. The comments and questions made showed that tweeters had not bothered to follow any developments in the trial, and pretty much did not care if George Zimmerman was guilty or not; they just wanted to see him spend the rest of his life in jail.

No part of the media, or of politics here, has covered itself in glory, treating the trial of this young Hispanic man as entertainment, as a glorified episode of “Law and Order”, or as a political sport, where the right lines up behind the Hispanic and the left lines up behind the innocent African-American victim. I have seen today death threats against Zimmerman, his brother, and the six female jurors who deliberated over this agonising case for sixteen hours and who requested instructions for the legal case for manslaughter from the judge. I’ve seen tweets saying Hispanics are all celebrating by “mowing their lawns”. I’ve seen tweets claiming the mixed-parentage Zimmerman was white Hispanic, when the same people would never described President Obama as white anything, despite his white mother.

It is all very depressing, and we should do better. If George Zimmerman had not had a gun, the worst that would have happened here is a fist-fight. If Florida had not had a Stand Your Ground law, possibly manslaughter charges could have been proven.

But for those morons who, without knowledge of the facts, are out tweeting that a young man should go to jail for a crime he has been cleared of, here is just a sample of the facts that emerged during the trial.

No reasonable person, in my view, could possibly have found beyond a reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman either murdered Trayvon Martin or committed manslaughter against him under Florida law.
The prosecution’s case was embarrassingly weak. In reality, it should never have been brought – they knew the reasonable doubt standard. There were more holes than a Swiss cheese in this case, and it would have been a double tragedy to add to the senseless, needless death of the totally innocent Trayvon Martin – unarmed and defending himself – with a young Hispanic man jailed for perhaps twenty years of his life. That is just vengeance at best and simple race-baiting at worst.

Just a few of the “reasonable doubt” pillars established by the defence:

1. The forensic pathologist who corroborated Zimmerman’s account of self-defence after he was attacked by stating the gunshot was fired from beneath the victim.

2. The fact that Trayvon Martin’s own father did not identify the screams on the audio recording as coming from Trayvon; George Zimmerman’s father was consistent that they were his son’s, Zimmerman’s, screams. On the stand, Mr. Martin’s father said they were indeed his son’s screams but that did not jibe with his initial police account.

3. The fact that a key prosecution witness, Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend, changed her story time and again on the stand. She could give no coherent account of what Trayvon had said to her when he called her while he was being followed. She stated she had written a letter at that time to Trayvon’s mother describing events. In court, when asked by the defense to read out the supposedly contemporaneous letter, she had to say “I can’t read cursive” and then to admit she had not even written the letter at all.

4. George Zimmerman, fat and doughy, fancied himself as a neighbourhood watch guy and had been doin it for quite some time. He is Hispanic, and the judge ruled that the prosecution could not say he “racially profiled” Trayvon Martin when he followed him; only that he “profiled” him. In Zimmerman’s stupid and puffed-up mind, Martin’s demeanour indicated he was up to no good.

5. There was clearly a fight between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman in which Zimmerman claimed he shot Matin in self-defence. There was no evidence to disprove this claim and much to support it (see points 1 and 2). Zimmerman was bleeding from the head. Furthermore Florida has a “stand your ground” law that gives protections from prosecution to those who think they are being attacked.

Now because most people on Twitter (and other political internet forums) can see only in black and white, me vs you, Dem vs Rep, they interpret pointing all this out as either an attack on the character of Trayvon Martin, or his grieving family, or a defence of Zimmerman’s actions in following Martin when a 911 despatcher had told him not to.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Trayvon Martin was the innocent victim of a tragic shooting. George Zimmerman should never have followed him. George Zimmerman should have obeyed the 911 despatcher. George Zimmerman should never have had a gun, and there should be gun control in America. Without that gun, the worst that would have happened was a fist fight. And please don’t point out to me Zimmerman had a legal permit. My argument is that gun distribution should be limited to the military and the police (“as part of a well formed militia”, the words written out of the modern interpretation of the second amendment). Trayvon Martin, once he realised he was being followed, had EVERY RIGHT to attack George Zimmerman in HIS OWN self-defence.

None of that changes the trial and the law. When Trayvon fought Zimmerman, even though he had the right to do so, and I would have done exactly the same in Trayvon’s place, if Zimmerman believed himself to be in danger then he had the right to shoot in self-defence. Do I agree with that, no of course not. But there was ample evidence to support that story; the forensic pathologist; the blood and wounds on Zimmerman; the screaming not initially described as Trayvon’s by his own father; and the history of Zimmerman as a wannabe do-gooder neighbourhood guy who saw himself as a protector.

Reasonable doubt was added to by the prosecution’s key witness imploding on the stand. Changed stories – the girlfriend’s letter and testimony in her witness statement vs the stand, the father’s re: the taped voice – that equals reasonable doubt. The wounds, the pathologist saying the shot was from below – reasonable doubt.

The judge appeared sympathetic to the prosecution. Despite reversing an earlier ruling on drug use based on a doctor saying it might have affected Trayon’s demeanour and allowing it to be examined as evidence, she mostly sided with the prosecution. As it became clear that second degree murder was a giant overreach, she (a former prosecutor) allowed charges of manslaughter to be added in at the last moment. Once, when the defence attorney was actually making an argument before her, without a word she got up and walked out on him and out of the courtroom (it was ten PM). Additionally, she excluded texts found on Martin’s phone referring to fights. She gave the prosecution a fair shake.

Given all of this the six female jurors faithfully discharged their duty. They deliberated for sixteen hours straight. They sent to the judge to ask her to instruct them on the standard of proof for manslaughter. Her answer: “Zimmerman cannot be guilty of manslaughter by committing a merely negligent act or if the killing was either justifiable or excusable homicide.”

Before the verdict, there was this:

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Martin’s family, said the parents are emotional but doing as well as expected as they await a verdict.

“(Jurors) staying out longer and considering the evidence and testimony is a good thing for us arriving at a just verdict,” Crump said.

It therefore seems that to tarnish the good names and character of these six women as racists is utterly wrong. In the question of both manslaughter and murder two they followed the law. The prosecution did not come close to proof beyond a reasonable doubt and they had no real evidence to contradict Zimmerman’s account of events.

A later blog will look at the breathtaking abuse of government and media power against a criminal defendant not yet convicted, and now as we know acquitted, which ought to shock any decent person whether right or left.

A young, unarmed black teenager is dead because of hateful gun proliferation, a “Stand Your Ground” law that encourages vigilanteism, and a “neighbourhood watch” guy who was too prideful to listen to a 911 despatcher who rightly told him to stay away. But wrongly following someone is not the same as murdering them or committing manslaughter. Zimmerman states he thought Trayvon was acting suspiciously, Trayvon attacked him, he feared for his life and he shot him. It was for the prosecution to prove otherwise and they did not. And the racial politics around this tragedy is simply disgusting. Without gun control, there will be more dead teenagers, children, and other innocents in America with each passing month.

photo by Fibonacci Blue


  1. Anonymous · July 15, 2013

    If George Zimmerman had not had a gun, the worst that would have happened here is a fist-fight. If Florida had not had a Stand Your Ground law, possibly manslaughter charges could have been proven.

    Of course the worst thing that ‘could’ have happened was the discovery of a dying young neighbourhood watch volunteer with head injuries. As for the ‘stand your ground’ law, well it is there and both of them knew that.

    • Rolf Harris · July 16, 2013

      I was just about to write that.

      Furthermore, with regards to “George Zimmerman should have obeyed the 911 despatcher”, since when are 911 operators someone you must listen to? The person on the phone wasn’t there, and the only person who could have judged how to proceed was Zimmerman.

      As for the second amendment, don’t give me that rubbish about ‘modern’ interpretation. The modern interpretation IS that every American citizen is personally entitled to carry a firearm unless restricted by law. You’re relying on a couple of old, overruled interpretations.

      • nigelpwsmith · July 16, 2013

        The 911 operator was concerned for Zimmerman’s safety, when they said they did not “need” him to follow Martin, it was not to ordering Zimmerman not to follow, it was advising him. Zimmerman was free to do what he thought was best.

        In a similar instance in the UK, I was asked by the Police 999 operator to follow suspects whilst waiting for the Police to arrive, even though they turned out to be armed with knives and dangerous. In the United States, where most people carry firearms, it can be dangerous to follow any suspect if they are not trained law enforcement.

        Zimmerman expressed frustration that the suspect would get away. Two weeks prior to this incident, Zimmerman reported a young black male acting suspiciously, peaking through windows. That suspect turned out to be a burglar who robbed an apartment in the complex. Thankfully the burglar was arrested later when he was found in possession of the laptop he stole. Zimmerman did not want another potential criminal to get away. Martin was acting suspiciously. If Martin was truly intending to go home, he could have done so in seconds, as he was yards from his apartment. Indeed, the CCTV evidence showed that he was loitering in the area. That would be suspicious to anyone.

        After Zimmerman lost sight of Martin, he began walking back to his truck. Martin found him and demanded to know why Zimmerman was following him whilst talking on the phone. This suggests that Zimmerman was stalked by Martin, not the other way around. Zimmerman was a concerned neighbourhood watch supervisor, so he had a perfect right to observe someone acting suspiciously.

        Martin initiated the confrontation and from Zimmerman’s evidence (Zimmerman’s injuries) and one of the eye witnesses, it appears that Martin struck Zimmerman in the face, knocking him down and proceeded to kneel astride Zimmerman whilst he continued to assault him. Zimmerman could not defend himself without using his concealed firearm and fired once to stop the assault.

        The fact that Zimmerman fired only once also lends support to the case that he was only trying to protect himself. If he had fired more than once, that might have indicated that he acted with some malice and that malice might have been pre-determined.

  2. remileks · July 15, 2013


  3. The Remittance Man · July 15, 2013

    I don’t agree with your anti-gun sentiments, but as for the rest, I concur. Zimmerman was an idiot but I don’t see a solid argument for deliberate intent to kill (murder 2) or harm (manslaughter as per the definition provided by the judge).

    It’s pretty clear given the emotions aroused by this case that Zimmerman will probably have to go into hiding, maybe even move to somewhere like rural Minnesota, take up polka playing, ice fishing and live under the name of Chuck Gustavsen for the rest of his life. He certainly won’t be able to resume whatever passed for his normal life in Florida.

  4. Phyllis (@Phyllisthefree) · July 15, 2013

    A few more points:

    Suppressing exculpatory evidence recovered from the (double-password-protected) cell phone of Trayvon Martin that reveal deleted texts of the 17-year-old bragging about street-fighting with friends and relatives and photos showing him brandishing guns, gangsta-style. This evidence supports Zimmerman’s claim he feared Martin and shot in self-defense.

    • Disallowing Martin’s criminal background, including arrests by Miami-Dade school district police for drugs, theft, graffiti and other delinquent behavior. (Martin, in fact, had been suspended from school the week he jumped Zimmerman inside his gated townhouse complex, after police found stolen jewelry and burglary tools inside his backpack.)

    • Excluding any testimony from audio experts who could definitively ID Zimmerman’s voice screaming for help on 911 calls as Martin bashed his head against a concrete sidewalk.

    • Allowing, conversely, the last-minute request of plainly desperate prosecutors to have jurors consider an alternative lesser charge of manslaughter to try to secure some kind of conviction, any kind of punishment, in the complete absence of a sound murder case.

    • Never sanctioning the prosecution despite Zimmerman’s lawyers justifiably filing no fewer than six formal complaints against the state for withholding exculpatory and other evidence from them in violation of discovery rules.

    • Yet repeatedly overruling — at times even reprimanding — Zimmerman’s lawyers when they objected to the underhanded tactics of the prosecution.

    • And even, in one of the most bizarre interventions by a judge many court watchers have ever observed in a criminal case, directly grilling defendant Zimmerman not once, but three times about his intentions to personally testify — while scolding his lawyers not to counsel him in what seemed to many to be an attempt by the court to bully him into taking the stand.

    • therealguyfaux · July 15, 2013

      In spite of all of which, Zimmo walked. But just as with the CPS, “You can’t say we didn’t TRY to stitch him up.”

  5. therealguyfaux · July 15, 2013

    No one wants to address the issue that this is a case of two young men acting like silverbacks, each of them pounding their chests to try to intimidate the other. Neither one of them was going to let the other one “punk” him. The black kid brought fists to a gunfight– end of.

  6. nigelpwsmith · July 15, 2013

    It’s very sad when someone young dies a violent death before their time. It is even sadder when others seek to exploit that death for their own political ends and not to prevent further unnecessary deaths.

    Many will understand why the Florida Police were reluctant to arrest and charge Zimmerman. It had nothing to do with race, it was entirely to do with the facts of the case. They were goaded into a prosecution by politicians, who were in turn goaded by the black-interest groups and the family of the deceased.

    One has to ask if the President was more concerned about the interests of Justice, or the interests of the re-election of the President and the votes he would alienate if he did not make a positive statement for the Black lobby. As it happens, the outcome of the trial assists the President’s calls for gun control, as well as supporting the Democrat Hispanic vote.

    Zimmerman’s statement of the events was supported by the evidence presented at trial. The statement by Martin’s father shortly after the death (that the screams were not from his son), together with the text messages about fights and the wound on Zimmerman’s head, as well as the angle of the gunshot, convinced the Florida Police that there was no point in mounting a prosecution that was bound to fail.

    The very fact that even though the Judge acted (against the interests of justice) to help the prosecution by denying the admission of the texts and her ‘contempt’ for the officers of the court (the defence attorney) only adds to the suggestion that the entire prosecution was a political stunt, made to garner favour with interest groups and not to seek the honest truth.

    We can but hope that if there is one legacy from the death of Trayvon Martin, it is that they re-examine the Stand You Ground law, as well as whether Neighbourhood Watch members should be armed on the street.

    Gun control is an issue that has been fought over for many years and it is unlikely that they will resolve it over one incident like this. If the Newtown massacre, could not bring about gun control legislation, then nothing would.

    I just hope that those who’ve made death threats to Zimmerman do not do anything, because it was a tragedy that Martin died, but it would only make it worse if Zimmerman or his family suffered a similar fate.

  7. Anonymous · July 15, 2013

    This article so unimpressive and totally misses the point that regardless of stupid gun laws, Zimmerman bears responsibility for this young man’s death and more developed society would punish him.

    • Anonymous · July 16, 2013

      She very clearly made that point in the article. Did you actually read it?

      • Anonymous · July 16, 2013

        I did, Mensch says Zimmerman should get away with killing the kid, because it was within laws she acknowledges to be wrong.

  8. martin Sewell · July 15, 2013

    Both Prosecution and Defence agreed that the “Stand your ground law” was not relevant to the issues of the case.

    Crime had reduced in Florida since the conceal carry law was enacted.

    • Anonymous · July 16, 2013

      Not much comfort for Trayvon Martins family and where is your evidence that this law had anything to do with it? Crime has dropped by 10% in England over the same period and they completely ban hand guns.

      I’m amazed by how stupid people are in the US about this issue.

      • nigelpwsmith · July 16, 2013

        Although Zimmerman’s legal team applied for a Stand You Ground hearing, they waived it in favour of an early trial. In fact, this law would not have helped Zimmerman. Durell Peaden, one of the framers of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ provision indicated that Zimmerman lost any defence under the provision, because he intentionally followed Martin.

        However, it is also arguable that when Zimmerman lost Martin, he regained access to the defence, because he was walking back to his truck (and no longer a threat to Martin) when Martin appeared suddenly from his left & confronted him, striking him to the ground.

        The whole point of the Stand You Ground provision is to relieve people who are in their own home of the duty to retreat before defending themselves from an intruder. It happens that Florida (among other states) allow the provision to apply to vehicles & public areas as well.

        Zimmerman was ‘retreating’ back to his vehicle, but he did not need to avail himself of the provision, because as he was attacked by Martin, a claim of self-defence under the self-defence laws would be sufficient.

  9. Phyllis (@Phyllisthefree) · July 15, 2013

    “between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims.” Of these, Williams estimates that roughly “262,621 were murdered by other blacks.”

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  10. Phyllis (@Phyllisthefree) · July 15, 2013

    Trayvon had “statistic” written all over him. In the past year or so, his social media sites showed a growing interest in drugs, in mixed martial arts-style street fighting, in a profoundly vulgar exploitation of “bitches.”

    Trayvon posed for one photo with raised middle fingers, another with wads of cash held in an out-stretched arm. One YouTube video shows him refereeing a fight club-style street fight. A cousin had recently tweeted him, “Yu ain’t tell me yu swung on a bus driver,” meaning, if true, that Trayvon had punched out a bus driver.

    Zimmerman never saw the cute little boy that the TV audience did. He saw a full-grown man, a druggy, a wannabe street fighter, the tattooed, gold-grilled, self-dubbed “No_Limit_Nigga.”

    Media obfuscation may still work in the court of public opinion — it got Obama elected in 2008 — but it will not work in a court of law. The truth will out. When it does, the major media will lose a good chunk of whatever credibility they have left, and our nation may lose a good chunk of its urban real estate.

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    • Stephanopolus · July 15, 2013

      Name me a white teenager that hasn’t done that. Why are you slandering his character when he was a child that was murdered by a grown man with a gun. You need to question why your mind so needs to see Trayvon as the thug that you deny the reality of the matter which is an unarmed teenager died at the hands of a man with a gun who was stalking him.

      • Phyllis (@Phyllisthefree) · July 15, 2013

        Obama and Sharpton purposely race baited (because that is just how each of them roll) and the media, as it usually does, played along.

        So suddenly a Hispanic whose first language is Spanish became white . . . oh excuse me, a ‘cracker’. A 6’2″ muscled young man became a ‘child’. Audio tapes were edited to make the ‘cracker’ sound racist. Jumping someone and beating them to the point of breaking their nose and slamming their head repeatedly off concrete because you were asked a question becomes ‘innocent.’

        There certainly is a lot of racism in this case, but all of it is from the media, blacks and the president.

      • Phyllis (@Phyllisthefree) · July 15, 2013

        To be exact, the shameful truth is that 93% of African-American murders are committed by other African-Americans. That is breathtakingly awful when you consider how incensed the African-American community is about the Trayvon tragedy, no matter what you believe about Zimmerman’s guilt.

        Let’s do the gruesome math, not out of morbidity, but because it manifests the incredible self-centered insanity of people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

        8,000-9,000 African-Americans are murdered each year.

        93% of them by other African-Americans.

        That’s 7,905 (from average)

        That’s 21.65 murdered each day by other African-Americans.

        And these racebaiting culture-hustling microphone-pimps only get riled up when a “White Hispanic” kills an African-American? It’s absolutely shameful.

      • CocoNYC · July 15, 2013

        Stephanopolus – I know it doesn’t change the experience for blacks in this country but believe me when I saw that many, many, MANY white Americans of all political sides in many cities across the country agree with you and are heartbroken.

        What has struck me over and over and over again is Zimmerman’s total lack of remorse or sorrow and his family’s. I can’t imagine killing a human being in ANY circumstance and not feeling sorrow – even if it was (and I do believe it to be in this case) self-defense. A life that you didn’t intend to end, has ended – is there no emotion that surfaces for you? How could that be?

        I live in one of the most liberal cities in America, and I see and hear racism on a daily basis. Most recently, I stood on a street corner in the West Village while a young man next to me – who looked like an J Crew ad – watched cab after cab go by. I stupidly asked him what the hell was wrong, he just looked at me. He stopped trying to hail one and the next one stopped for me.

      • Phyllis (@Phyllisthefree) · July 15, 2013

        Show me anything that has been written that I have posted or linked to that is factually incorrect.

        As for parental influence, Trayvon Martins father, Tracy Martin, had a tattoo on the side of his neck which said “CaT”

        Sometime between 3/22 and 3/26 the tattoo was redone, “CaT” was covered up and it was made to look like a pair of hands praying.

        CaT means – Crippin’ All (the) Time

        “So what is a person to think about why Tracy Martin, father to Trayvon Martin, chose to hide his affiliation with gang lifestyles? Was the risk of discovery dangerous to a narrative being carefully and methodically scripted by Benjamin Crump, Daryl Parks and the Martin Family team of handlers? Obviously someone told him it would be better for the “objective” if his tattoo was hidden changed.’

        Please do click the link look at the photos.

      • CocoNYC · July 16, 2013

        Stephanopolus –

        I’m replying again only to CORRECT my typo. I do NOT believe self-defense is either an appropriate or rational legal defense for the case.

    • CocoNYC · July 15, 2013

      Louise – I saw a lot of horrible comments on both sides but I am a bit surprised that your mention of tweets didn’t provide one – not one – of the thousands of racial slurs against Trayvon and those who supported him.

      Unfortunately, we didn’t have to go far to find one – See Phyllisthefree .

      Yes, you’re a real American thinker, Phyllis, I see you started out with your legal points but you just couldn’t resist getting all ghetto with us so we could REALLY understand what Trayvon was all about – you even got to throw in the “n” word. Then, you made time to to compare the President of the United States with a 17-year old. You even gave us a link to an article that does the same. Yes, all those black men are EXACTLY ALIKE – criminals all of them.

      BTW, you did get the spelling right on that version of the n word but you have no clue what it means despite your thoughtful (sic) translation of the other black English terms you offered. LMFAO – for clarification – that means laughing my fucking ass off.

      For the record, what got Obama elected for two terms are the votes. Get over it.

      • Phyllis (@Phyllisthefree) · July 15, 2013

        Nice attempt to play the race card to try to stop the debate. It won’t work.

        You even accuse me of using the “n word” – this is a lie. Show me where I did this – using a quotation.

        What exactly does “getting all ghetto” mean? Please do explain.

        As for the rest of your comment it is just nonsensical with irrelevant, erroneous points and vulgarity.

        For the record, what got George Zimmerman was acquitted was the votes. Get over it.

      • CocoNYC · July 15, 2013

        Ms. Free – I missed the part where Trayvon’s father was also on trial but your link with the reference to Masonic connections made me LMFAO.

        You clearly have trouble understanding the difference between opinion and fact.

        Actually, it’s not quite over because the Department of Justice is going to review and Obama is STILL President. 🙂

        I’ve never been accused of “using the race card” before – quite a feat for a white girl from Kansas.

        Louise – I have no intention of continuing to comment in this thread. I read your column because your views are different from mine and I enjoy hearing how people think – even when I disagree. Thanks for the space to comment.

  11. Gary Bovey · July 15, 2013

    You described the racial politics in this case as simply disgusting which completely misses the point ,were Zimmerman black and Martin white Zimmerman would be on death row right now.Its hardly surprising young black men in America have such an attitude.

  12. L. Duncan · July 15, 2013

    In Sanford, on July 13th two black youths pulled a 50 year old white man out of his car and into the woods, where they beat him with a hammer and left him for dead. He is dying in a hospital, but the US media did not report it. The young men were arrested but will probably let go since the state protects black teens . I am afraid to defend myself against black teens who rob and rape whites.
    I will be called racist and have to be prosecuted and have Al King and Jesse Jackson stand up for the teen boys who attempt to kill me.
    I protested for civil rights but have been discriminated against and called dirty names by blacks, like white trash and white girl.
    I am a college educated professional and do not fit that description. I lived in a racially integrated neighborhood in St. Petersburg
    and everything was find. The city closed the public housing to build a ball park and they placed the residence in our area.
    We were then threatened and told to move out because they didn’t want any “white trash” and the neighborhood belonged to them.

    They would spit at us and use obscenities. One night my husband was returning from work and as he drove over the bridge to our hom in coquinia key a black teen pointed gun at him and told him to leave or die. We hunted for a new home the next day, lost over $50l000

    • Stephanopolus · July 15, 2013

      This old fashioned view point is why Zimmerman followed Trayvon and why he is dead now. Do you really think all black teens are out to get you? Don’t you think most of that viewpoint has been built up by society’s demands and pressures. There will be some criminals but it doesn’t take a genius to realise that, shock horror, not all black people are criminals.

      You have not been discriminated against. There is no situation where a white person receives the same level of racism as black people because there is not a structural, institutional level of racism to strengthen those random moments you think were discrimination. All that happened to you was probably a minor inconvenience.

      I feel sorry for you, your husband, any children you have or have had and, mostly, the black people you come across in daily life. Do you have a high position in society? A teacher, lawmaker, police officer? I’m honestly sickened by some of the comments on here.

      • nigelpwsmith · July 16, 2013

        I find it very sad that you are making this out to be a race issue, or worse, an institutionalised race issue, when it is clearly not.

        Zimmerman has black relatives, so under a One Drop Rule he would also be considered black Zimmerman had previously protested and supported a black man who was treated unfairly by the Sanford Police.

        Zimmerman did not bring up the racial profile of Martin during the call until he was asked for this by the dispatcher. His primary concern was that Martin was acting suspiciously. He was not walking along the sidewalk, but moving between the buildings and loitering when a sensible person would have been trying to get out of the rain.

        NBC deliberately edited the phone call recording to make it appear that ‘Race’ was the issue. As soon as this was discovered, the people connected with the edit & all the journalists involved were fired. Zimmerman is now suing NBC because they deliberately tried to create a myth that Zimmerman was a racist.

        CNN also suggested that this was a race issue by claiming that Zimmerman said the words “f~cking coons”. However, 2 weeks later they admitted that Zimmerman had actually said “f~cking cold”

        Martin’s family even tried to make out that this was a race issue. They’ve stirred up a lot of politicians interested in race issues, but none of them can defeat the facts and at trial, those facts found Zimmerman not guilty.

        Even the Police were concerned that not enough attention was being paid to the facts which supported Zimmerman.

        An eminent Harvard law professor criticised the State Attorney for withholding evidence. It has been suggested that the State Attorney submitted a perjurous affidavit, that she deliberately (knowingly) mistated the facts in the documents when applying for a Murder 2 charge. If the evidence had been included, it is highly doubtful that the Judge would have agreed to proceed with the case.

        I have to wonder if you are also making this out to be a race issue, rather than examining the cold hard facts?

  13. Stephanopolus · July 15, 2013

    Why are you talking about the law when the law is so clearly skewered against black peoples favour. How can we win in a corrupt system. I genuinely thought Zimmerman was going to go down, not cuz I was out for me but to me, and the real law and most sane people, a grown man who RACIALLY profiled ( you can try and convince yourselves it was just a coincidence Trayvon was black,it wasn’t) a black teenager, then followed him, got into a fight with him and then shot him. That sounds pretty cut nad dry to me.

    If you think this law is so fair and just then tell me why a black woman who fired a warning shot into the air to scare off her abusive husband used the same ‘Stand your ground’ law as Zimmerman and went down for 20 years. The law only works one way and it is not for black people:

    If beg of you, for your sake, please stick to the things you know and stop casually dipping in to the race conversation. I’ll tell you know you know nothing about it and considering you will probably never take into account your upper class and white female status in society and how life is different for others, i don’t think you ever will.

    Black people are angry. Very angry. Don’t talk down to us like we don’t know the facts. We know the facts. We live it every day.

    • louisemensch · July 15, 2013

      the fact that the abused African-American woman has been convicted is a revolting racial injustice, Steph. I believe in free speech but not with the comment above yours; that’s what racism is, ascribing traits to a racial group based on one or two people’s behaviour. The fact a domestic abuse victim has been jailed is just as much about sexism as racism. People should be enraged about it. Women should be most enraged about it.

  14. AliG · July 15, 2013

    Indeed they are, but not as angry as the white people who witnessed two black people behead a soldier in Woolwich, strange how the Gosnell trial got very little press, and would you say Zimmerman’s shooting of a punk kid (not the little boy the media portray using a photo of him aged 12 / 13) was more barbaric than the killing of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom (or the murder of five patrons of a bar in Denver by five “misunderstood” black males for a measly $170), one day the patience of the majority is going to run out listening to the snivels and savagery of the poor oppressed African-Americans and their enablers like Jackson, Sharpton and the media, and then there will many more Zimmermans (assuming they haven’t wiped themselves out like they seem to be doing at an alarming rate e.g. Chicago.

  15. AliG · July 15, 2013

    As the media tend to overlook the crimes of a certain ethnic group, which backfires because everyone can then guess who, I will help you out with the details, never noticed a media circus around this double homicide;

    According to the testimony of the Knox County Acting Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan at the subsequent trial of Eric Boyd, Newsom was repeatedly sodomized with an object and then blindfolded, gagged, arms and feet bound and his head covered. Barefoot, he was dragged outside the house to a set of nearby railroad tracks. He was sexually mutilated, shot in the back of his head, neck and back and his body was then set on fire.

    According to the testimony of the medical examiner, Channon’s death came after hours of torture, having suffered injuries to her vagina, anus and mouth. She was raped with an unidentified object and beaten in the head. It was also reported that her body was scrubbed with bleach which was also poured down her throat, in an attempt by her attackers to remove DNA evidence, while Channon was still alive. She was then bound with curtains and strips of bedding, her face covered with a bin liner and her body stashed within five large bin bags, before being placed inside a residential waste disposal unit and covered with sheets. The medical examiner said there was evidence that Channon slowly suffocated to death.[

  16. tachyon5 · July 15, 2013

    I have to confess that Zimmerman following Trayvon is not sufficient cause for Trayvon to attack him as you said. If Trayvon did attack him for that purpose then Zimmerman had every right to shoot him. Following someone is not grounds to attack them. I realize this is more complicated because we don’t know who attacked who. But to say Trayvon had a right to attack Zimmerman is false and if youi don’t believe me ask any law enforcement officer.

  17. doris · July 16, 2013

    A shame that you managed to headline an otherwise well-reasoned and sensible post with a cheap effort at political point-scoring.

    There is, indeed, widespread anger at a system that can facilitate this kind of shameful story – gun laws, concealed carry, stand your ground, and so on. But not everyone understands the case – or can articulate themselves – as well as you clearly do. They just see a killing that did not need to happen, a perpetrator walking free, and are angry and lashing out against the obvious target. A shame, perhaps, but let’s not turn this into left vs right yah boo sucks reductionism. It deserves more.

  18. minimonk · July 16, 2013

    So glad to see an informative account of this trial (I have to assume it is accurate). So sad to see that so many people blind themselves to facts

  19. headmovement · July 16, 2013

    An African-American woman has just been jailed for firing a gun in the air to protect herself from her abusive husband. No one was killed. She was convicted within 12 minutes despite citing the ‘Stand your Ground’ law.

    So this law, which is completely flawed, is not even consistently applied.

    Additionally, are you trying to imply that Hispanics cannot be racist because they aren’t white?
    You major on this throughout your blog.

    Also, why should Obama be referred to as black? He is mixed race and should be referred to as such. Just because everyone focuses on the fact that he is black, doesn’t mean they are correct

  20. tachyon5 · July 16, 2013

    @headmovement, can you cite the case of the women you mention? I’d like to know more.

  21. doris · July 17, 2013

    “Saying he had no discretion under state law, a judge sentenced a Jacksonville, Florida, woman to 20 years in prison Friday for firing a warning shot in an effort to scare off her abusive husband.

    Marissa Alexander unsuccessfully tried to use Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law to derail the prosecution, but a jury in March convicted her of aggravated assault after just 12 minutes of deliberation.”

  22. Phyllis (@Phyllisthefree) · July 19, 2013

    Fernando Mateo, head of the New York taxicab union, urges his drivers to profile blacks and Hispanics for their own safety: “The God’s honest truth is that 99 percent of the people that are robbing, stealing, killing these drivers are blacks and Hispanics.”

    Mateo is what The New York Times would describe as “a black Hispanic” Yet he may be closer to the ‘hood than Holder, who says he was stopped by police when running to a movie — in Georgetown.

    Which raises a relevant question. Georgetown is an elitist enclave of a national capital that has been ruled by black mayors for half a century. It’s never had a white mayor.

    Is Holder saying we’ve got racist cops in the district where Obama carried 86 percent of the white vote and 97 percent of the black vote? And his son should fear the white cops in Washington, D.C.?

    What about interracial crime, white-on-black attacks and the reverse?

    After researching the FBI numbers for “Suicide of a Superpower,” this writer concluded: “An analysis of ‘single offender victimization figures’ from the FBI for 2007 finds blacks committed 433,934 crimes against whites, eight times the 55,685 whites committed against blacks. Interracial rape is almost exclusively black on white — with 14,000 assaults on white women by African Americans in 2007. Not one case of a white sexual assault on a black female was found in the FBI study.”

    Though blacks are outnumbered 5-to-1 in the population by whites, they commit eight times as many crimes against whites as the reverse. By those 2007 numbers, a black male was 40 times as likely to assault a white person as the reverse.

    If interracial crime is the ugliest manifestation of racism, what does this tell us about where racism really resides — in America?

    And if the FBI stats for 2007 represent an average year since the Tawana Brawley rape-hoax of 1987, over one-third of a million white women have been sexually assaulted by black males since 1987 — with no visible protest from the civil rights leadership.

    Today, 73 percent of all black kids are born out of wedlock. Growing up, these kids drop out, use drugs, are unemployed, commit crimes and are incarcerated at many times the rate of Asians and whites — or Hispanics, who are taking the jobs that used to go to young black Americans.

    Are white vigilantes or white cops really Black America’s problem?

    Obama seems not to think so. The Rev. Sharpton notwithstanding, he is touting Ray Kelly as a possible chief of homeland security.

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