No Justice No Peace? The George Zimmerman Acquittal

congressional_black_caucus2010-logo-med1I feel for any parent that has the tragic experience of burying a child. I cannot begin to understand how Trayvon Martin’s parents’ feel. What is equally unfathomable is the reaction of black leaders all the way up to Obama. Are they all on hallucinogenic drugs? Trayvon Martin was on top of George Zimmerman pounding his head into the concrete and disfiguring the man’s face with punches, but according to the Congressional Black Caucus, Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and 540k petition signers Martin’s civil rights were violated. Why?

Over a year later after a FBI investigation that showed no evidence of racial bias in George Zimmerman’s history , Attorney General Eric Holder has instructed his Department of Justice to troll for any email tips on Zimmerman. Holder is using the acquittal to question “stand your ground” laws (state laws that make it legal to use lethal force when one’s life is endangered). A defense Zimmerman’s attorneys did not use. Why?

Where is the outrageMay, 19, 2013 three black men murdered a 24 year old white mother, Jacqueline Gardner for her tip money in NW Indiana. Where was national uprising in the black community? Where was Obama, Holder, Jackson, Sharpton, Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP demanding justice for this poor young woman? Why?

Is anyone else exhausted from the hypocrisy? Why is an educated black comedian a sole voice?

“We have got to take the neighborhood back. People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now.
We have millionaire football players who cannot read. We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job. Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us. We have to start holding each other to a higher standard. We cannot blame the white people any longer.’

~Dr.. William Henry ‘Bill’ Cosby, Jr., Ed..D.

Al and JessieIt is obvious why Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton keep the hate pot stirred. If these “black leaders” spoke honestly like Dr. Cosby their relevance among the poor uneducated blacks they race bait would instantly vanish. I have given much thought to how so many can be so blatantly wrong? My thoughts took me back to the OJ Simpson trial, the overwhelming physical evidence including his DNA at the crime scene and blacks celebrating in the streets of Los Angeles following the acquittal. I had a home health aide that came to my home for over ten years after that trial. She was black and from Africa. Several times during her tenure the Simpson verdict came up in conversion with my black caregivers and the aide’s face would light up in affirmation of the verdict. Her service at my home was terminated after she repeatedly stole from me. I had a witness to multiple thefts, but when I reported the thefts to her black boss I was called a racist? Get the picture, I was in a shower chair unable to move or speak when the aide was in my house. The amount of goods stolen would have resulted in felony charges. The office manager boldly informed me the only repercussions the aide would experience is if I had the aide arrested and pursued the matter criminally. During this period instead of any consequences or reprimands the aide was recognized with a monetary award.

Acting out from a victimized position only creates more weakness. Many people shed blood and gave their lives in the civil rights movement, but I wonder if Martin Luther King would be proud of where his race is today after gaining equal rights? I cannot fathom growing up black, in poverty, several generations void of fathers and an expectation to fall victim of a violent crime before thirty. Whites were responsible for creating this hopeless society, but the time has passed where blame will bring productive change. We as a united color blind people must eliminate ignorance. It will be very expensive, met with extreme suspicion and take generations to eradicate, but it is the only solution that will give this nation longevity.

Barack Obama, Eric HolderI am not hopeful. We have elected a black president for two terms, that should speak volumes about the progress in race relations, but why is Obama capitalizing on a young man’s death by having his attorney general discuss the repeal of a fundamental right of the majority? Why in the aftermath of horrific school shootings Obama’s answer is to remove rights from the law abiding majority instead of funding mental health? Why in the midst of the Martin  tragedy is Obama not uniting, not identifying cultural short comings and not proposing colorless solutions? A person of average intelligence cannot help but conclude that the division is so cavernous equality is no longer the goal rather a dismantling of democracy as we know it. I am not some right wing radical fanatic. I am an equal opportunity offender. I lost conservative Christian “friends” when expressing my opinion on homosexuality. I lost black and liberal followers when I conveyed my thoughts on the George Zimmerman acquittal. Food for thought. Thanks for reading. Have a great day! dj

5 comments on “No Justice No Peace? The George Zimmerman Acquittal
  1. James Turpin says:

    David, you are on point and I applaud you statement.

  2. Ali says:

    I don’t think that we should be moving toward a color-blind society, as I believe that there are very real distinctions between growing up a person of color in America, compared to growing up white. I think that there still are so many micro-aggressions toward people of color on an everyday basis that when something like the Travyon Martin case gains popularity, people of color latch onto it for the hope that their very real experiences of racism and prejudice will be heard.
    Unfortunately–or, rather, fortunately for me–their experience is not mine. When they cry out that something I did is racist, even though I had the best intentions, I need to listen because there is something in them that is hurt and wounded (and most likely something in me that could be racist). I think that we need to talk about race more, and have an ongoing conversation that does not involve blame. We can not know how it is to live someone else’s life. While everyone is frustrated and some may make very hurtful accusations, we need to look past that so that we can understand how it is to live in each other’s shoes.

    • David Jayne says:

      Ali, my beliefs mirrored yours in my youth then experience influenced decisions.

      Love, Dad

      • Drew Johnson says:

        I think Ali was talking about being empathetic, not idealistic… I hope that’s not something I lose with age! 🙂

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