Where is the real justice?

What a scary spectacle watching the George Zimmerman trial has been. Nothing was more predictable than that every black spokesperson on TV would be unshakably certain that Zimmerman killed Martin because he was black. In the face of epidemic black-on-black crime, and not infrequent black-on-white crime, only suspected white-on-black crime can galvanize the black community’s zeal for “justice.”

But ever since the Simpson case I've suspected that most blacks aren’t after justice from whites, but payback. Their hysterical reaction to all things racial demonstrates their collective inability to discuss race reasonably. Few things are more daunting to me—a white who has never used the n-word pejoratively and has only good wishes for blacks—to see the irrational hatred of the black community for Zimmerman. Predictably our black president rushed to judgment, and our black attorney general absurdly threatens to make a civil rights case against Zimmerman. Race baiters Sharpton and Jackson and MSNBC continue to exacerbate black resentment with their ungodly blather.

But Zimmerman is no racist vigilante and Trayvon Martin was no “innocent child.” Data recovered from Martin’s cell phone showed that he was heavily involved with illegal guns, drugs, and fighting. This data was unlawfully withheld from Zimmerman’s lawyers, and later ruled inadmissible by Judge Nelson.

But the facts are there for any fair-minded person to see. Martin was an angry, belligerent young man, and not the harmless innocent the press painted him to be. After the prosecution, the press, and black leaders tried dishonestly and unsuccessfully to make the tragedy about race, it appears that only Trayvon Martin did any racial profiling—calling Zimmerman a “crappy-ass cracker.” This terrible event was unfortunate in every way: Martin didn’t deserve to die; but neither did Zimmerman deserve to have his head caved in by his stronger, more determined attacker. Richard Kirby


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