On a rainy 2012 February night in Sanford, Fla., a gunshot to the chest of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin ended his life. He was shot by 29-year-old George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator. Because Martin was black and Zimmerman was labeled by some as "white," even though he is half Hispanic, the ugly accusations of race entered this tragedy.
Zimmerman was released by the Sanford police because there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime. Sanford prosecution authorities dropped any charges for the same reason. That all changed when President Obama remarked that Martin could have looked like his son. Florida's State Attorney, Angela Corey, charged Zimmerman with second degree murder. But, the legal circus led by special prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda resulted in the acquittal of Zimmerman by six women..
Never mind that the local police chief said there was no evidence for a murder charge, never mind that the FBI did not find enough hate crime evidence for murder.. Zimmerman was tried and found not guilty by Florida's justice system. But, that may not be enough for the likes of Eric Holder; even sharks smell blood in the water.
Sadly, Martin was a troubled kid. He lost his life on that February night because of violence, both given and received, not because he was black or because Zimmerman is Hispanic. Where is the outrage by blacks or the media when a large percentage of inner city killings are black on black? Where is the outrage when a white person is killed by a black person? If we are to weigh justice we must do so in a balanced setting, with our laws as written and blindfolded to emotion; not peeking out for color, stacking the scales of justice, or tossing away reasoned thought. Would we be so concerned if Martin had been an Eskimo and Zimmerman a Mongol? I think not.
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