I was asked by a friend, “What is your opinion of the Martin and Zimmerman trial outcome?” Seldom am I asked for an opinion, but ever ready to give one, here it is:
First, should George Zimmerman even have been on trial? Obviously the legal community did not think so, yet a charge was eventually forthcoming. The issue went to trial and a “not guilty” verdict was handed down.
So, as to my opinion: One might ask, based upon what he or she might have read in the press, if roles were reversed would Zimmerman look like Bush’s son? Would the Attorney General Eric Holder call for a federal civil rights investigation? Would Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson come on to the media in defense of a hard-working Latino? Would Michele Obama again claim, for the second time, she is proud to be an American? Would Nancy Pelosi, for the first time, keep her “off the cuff” opinions to herself? And finally, would some of those many voting apologists realize that politics, not laws, are the overriding factor in today’s White House?
I do think the death of a young man was a tragedy, but under the prevailing guidelines the decision was correct. I think most of us, both sides, know the answers to these probing questions. But to answer them honestly could surely brand one politically vulnerable and grossly naive.