The court decision on the trial of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin is insulting and disappointing. The verdict is in. The adage of when you go to court, you don't know how you are coming out has never been more evident.
The court decision is one thing but the court of public opinion is quite another. This case has had media attention from the very beginning. It was because of public national protest that Zimmerman was arrested in the first place. This is the Emmett Till case of the day. A young black teen male was walking alone, in a gated community in a well-to-do Florida community. He was by himself, when racially profiled by wannabe, self-appointed neighborhood patrolman Mr. Zimmerman. He may not have liked the way Martin looked in his hoodie. When Zimmerman called the police to issue a report of the stranger in the neighborhood, he was told to back down. He did not; he took matters in his own hands and ended up killing the young teen.
Martin was minding his business. He was not disturbing the peace. He was not out of order. He was walking alone. Zimmerman picked on Martin. The story is disturbing because of its reoccurrence in American history. Black men, particularly young ones, can still be killed or attacked by whites, who can be set free. The evidence does not seem to matter. There are always the legal technicalities versus the obvious.
No white man was ever taken to trial and found guilty in the Deep South lynchings of the Jim Crow days. Everyone in the town knew who killed the innocent black man but the evidence was ignored, weak or hidden. At best these cases come to light, perhaps when the white killers are old and probably at death's door and they go through a true confession of their sins, too late to be court tried.
The Florida courts have sent a loud message to Black America. A young Black man can still get killed for simply being Black and in the wrong place at the wrong time. The killer can go free. Black male teens need to aware and alert. Hoodies, backpacks and baggie pants can be dangerous.
And most of all the law is not necessarily on the side of the victim. With new state laws, like Stand Your Ground, potential killers can simply say they were afraid for their lives, because they thought you were carrying a weapon. Yet it is the police or community guard whose weapon committed the killing.
The message to young black males is simple: you are not safe anywhere. Young Trayvon Martin was not walking in the ghetto or in a segregated community. He was walking in a gated private community, where his father lived. He was not loud. He was doing anything wrong and on his way home from the store, he was shot down. The killer got away with murder.
A Jury of Your Peers is a Joke
The American court system states you will receive a jury of your peers, but it should read you will receive a jury on the draw. Peers has nothing to do with it, peers needs to be reconsidered and even reconstituted. Peers, as it stands means eligible voters from your jurisdiction. Peers for the Martin case would mean young black men on the jury. Not a one. The peers were all women, one of color.
It would be a different decision, had young black males passed judgment. The courts, once again have sent a powerful message, with its diversity of women in place. Black men just lost a big one. Business as usual in America. You can still kill a black man and get away with it. It is interesting to listen to the TV pundits talk about the case, and explain the racism away. The lady judge said the case was definitely one of racial profiling but not of racism. Okay.
Racism is alive and well in 2013. When does the change come? Just asking.