There are two things I would like to say about the George Zimmerman case.
First, after months and months of national media exposure, the trial is finished.
A handful of protests across the country occurred in the wake of the not guilty verdict and the national media now has a void to fill.
There will be plenty of Saturday morning quarterbacking going on over the ensuing weeks as the case is discussed over and over with no real consequences garnered from the debates.
Although this trial was lauded as a possible landmark case by the media, one that would change laws or make new laws, especially about Florida’s “stand your ground law,” that does not appear to be happening.
There may be some long term, way-out-in-the-future impact if this case gets added to other cases, but we will have to wait and see on that one.
These type cases draw out a lot of emotional responses with them. People become opinionated over what they see, hear and read about.
The Zimmerman case was a good example of how our judicial system works.
I’ve seen the same exact process time and time again and it still amazes me how it works.
After sitting through a case, you can form an opinion like I do some times as to the outcome, and I often miss what I thought the jury’s verdict might be.
That is why we have juries and not tribunals to decide our cases.
Our system may have its faults, but it is still better than most across the world.
My second comment, and I think the most important, is about what is happening to our young African American males.
There are 3,000-plus people who are processed through our local jail every year. If you check it, you’ll find that the majority are under the age of 30.
National averages say that one third of the black males in this country will be incarcerated in their lifetime.
No one can bring back Trayvon Martin, but we are fooling ourselves if we think this case ends with this verdict.
There should be a discussion about how to keep these types of incidences from happening.
Violence is not the answer, nor is rioting. The answer lies in our willingness to come up with ways to solve this ever-growing problem.
It can not be analyzed away or pushed to the side as some fluke. This is about people’s lives and the place in which we live.
I heard someone say a few years ago that we should throw the covers back and expose the truth.
It is way past time and way overdue for that to happen.
It is also way past time to blame.
Blaming is not a solution, but an obstacle in the way of progress. What is needed are solid solutions.
Good people will need to start stepping forward and working together toward a solution.
Honest discussion is what is needed. I’ve heard there are over 300 churches in this county. Maybe that is where it should start, right in our own communities and our churches and with our own people.
If not, then we can sit around, wait for the next crisis, watch the national media spin their slant – milking it for what they can – and pray it happens somewhere else and not here.