Is America once again offering up a sacrificial lamb to appease the race gods? Just an observation my friends, but it appears that once again there is national outrage over a situation where the truth is not known. The nation has been directed to hate a Hispanic man for murdering an innocent Black teen in a fit of rage and racial hate.
Is this what really happened? I have no clue to the actual truth of the matter, and neither do the people who are ready to publicly lynch Mr. Zimmerman for his crime. He has been tried and found guilty in the court of public opinion; not the way things are supposed to work in our post-racial society.
To make matters worse, everyone from politicians to clergy have already accepted the ‘facts’ presented by the media and leaders of the Black community, and have condemned Zimmerman for his hate and his crime. The country stands ready to offer him up as a sacrifice to appease Reverends Sharpton and Jackson, and members of the New Black Panthers.
I am not sure about the rest of the country, but I refuse to condemn a man based upon incomplete information that has been purposely skewed to fit one particular scenario. Too many contrary reports are now emerging that cast some doubt as to the actual circumstances of this event.
We just went through this a few years ago for those in the country with short attention spans; does Duke Lacrosse ring a bell? The circus atmosphere that was exhibited in that case is being repeated as we speak. The lives of many were ruined by accusations that ended up as both false and fabricated. Are we repeating that mistake now?
Here is all that we really know at this point: a young man was shot and has died, an older man did the shooting, and the families of both men have been tragically altered forever. The vigilante killing of Mr. Zimmerman to earn a $10,000 bounty will not correct this situation. The only correct path is to let authorities investigate the shooting and then charge and convict him if he is guilty of a crime.
It is shameful for the country to accept the actions that are now occurring and are being spurred on by the media, activist groups, and politicians that do not have a clue as to the facts of the event. I do not carry any guilt for the past actions of others, and therefore am not ready to pass judgement just to assuage that guilt; but it appears that many in the country are ready to do just that.
I offer my prayers for all that have been affected by this tragic event, but I include a prayer also for a country that can so easily be swayed by reporting based on emotions and agendas before the truth is known.
by Jack Woodward 3/27/12