Now that George Zimmerman has been arrested for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, will there finally be an end to massive eruption of chaos that we’ve been witnessing over the last month? The answer to that may very well depend on the verdict.
For those who have already tried, convicted and sentenced Zimmerman, a guilty verdict will most likely be cheered; however, a not guilty verdict could unleash havoc by that same crowd. Several black, liberal-minded individuals have reported that anything less than a guilty verdict will not suffice as justice. In other words, the jury’s determination could be disregarded if it’s a not guilty verdict… and that’s AFTER they’ve heard all the evidence.
There is already talk of whether or not the Judge Jessica Recksiedler should recuse herself from the case due to a conflict of interest. And given the circus that has surrounded this case, there is a real concern that Zimmerman may not be able to get a fair trial. Is there an impartial jury in Florida? Due to the national attention this case has garnered, can twelve people be found anywhere who is absolutely neutral-- not pro Zimmerman or pro Martin, but pro justice? Perhaps they can, but not easily.
I certainly hope that an impartial jury can be found for the sake of justice. I would hate to see a guilty man walk free just as much as I’d hate to see an innocent man put behind bars.
Zimmerman’s arrest seems to have birthed a brand new barrage of questions: Was the arrest political? Is the special prosecutor trying to appease the black community? Is the special prosecutor trying to make a name for herself? And the most important question of all— Will we really ever know what happened that night…the absolute truth?
As the race baiters are sucking the case dry, the opportunistic politicians and/or activists are jumping on board to make the case for anti gun laws and for taking a second look at Florida’s “stand your ground” law. One thing is for sure; Martin’s murder has been and will continue to be exploited in every way imaginable.
What will it take for our nation to move forward from this latest race laced storm? There is no one answer, but at some point, perhaps we need to reach a generation of children and teach them the truth; true American history so that they will understand that blacks were more than slaves; whites were also slaves in this country; the role political parties played in history relative to blacks and the importance of a strong family unit.
One might think that these things are not connected to this case, but they are. The absence of truth created an opportunity for minds to be molded and conditioned to a certain way of thinking. This is why this case has galvanized our nation and divided us along racial and even political lines.
Truth is powerful and it’s healing. Only truth can lead us to less racial division and less Trayvon Martin type deaths and far less of those senseless types of murders that occur every year but get no public outcry. This case doesn’t affect the outrageous number of murders in black communities; this case has not addressed the true atrocity in black neighborhoods at all; the black on black crime.