Archive for July, 2013

Trayvon’s death was worth it.

A young man is dead. Needlessly. That is the heart of the matter.

Many question, “Why?”

And many are disturbed by the answers.

Without all the facts, we constantly rearrange the ones we know to try to make sense of them. One fact is that the demand for the arrest of George Zimmerman seems very reasonable in the light of the evidence that has surfaced.

It is quite possible that Zimmerman’s motives were not driven by racism when he decided to follow Trayvon that night. Following someone who seems suspicious to us,  is not a racist crime. It seems to me that the  racial crimes in this situation may have occurred after Trayvon’s death;  in the efforts that were made and are still being made to try to make Zimmerman’s culpability in this tragedy disappear.  People acting and talking as though the taking of the life of this young man was not worth the effort of a serious and careful investigation and trial is saddening.

Focusing on claims of racism on the part of George Zimmerman takes away from the truer case there may be for racism in the events surrounding the investigation. Robert Zimmerman, George’s father, a white former judicial Orange County and Virgina magistrate, along with the white District Attorney, the white Police chief who subsequently resigned and the white officers that interviewed Zimmerman after the incident, should all have their actions closely scrutinized. As experts in probable cause, was there an attempted conspiracy by these men in positions of power to sweep a black youth’s death under the rug of white power and privilege? I say shine the light there and see what shows up.

Vigilance that all are treated as equals under the law is the only cornerstone of justice for all.

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