So let’s delve into this George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case in a realistic manner, without emotions getting in the way as it tends to do often in controversies. How many of you would be truly angry if Zimmerman’s surname was Cruz, Rodriguez, Nieves, Lopes, Burgos, Martinez, Hernandez, Ochoa or Alonso? There is a case up in Boston where an NFL player is charged with murdering his black friend who was a semi-professional football player. Aaron Hernandez allegedly killing Odin Lloyd. Not a self-defense case either. Just clear cut simple murder, according to the state prosecutor. Where is the national uproar and demands by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson demanding an end to the deaths of black men?
Face it, the U.S. media is guilty of attempting to foment racial rioting in this country because it makes for big ratings, and big ratings means viewership which in turn means a whole lot of money into the pockets of big media. The folks driven to defend Trayvon Martin and calling for justice have been driven by the liberal mainstream media. They are guided by such because it’s good exposure, and is also guided by big contributions to the various “leaders” of the community like Sharpton and Jackson and their respective organizations.
According to the facts in the Zimmerman case, you have an Hispanic who was pursuing a person he thought was suspicious. There had been numerous robberies in the gated community. Zimmerman thought Martin was up to no good. He dials 9-1-1 to alert the authorities, and then he was told to back down, which he did as he was engaged in foot pursuit. On his way back to his car, he gets pummeled from behind and fearing for his life shoots the unarmed 17-year old. Mind you, Zimmerman did not throw the first punch, according to him, and since there is no one else to substantiate his claim, neither witnesses nor Martin who is now dead, the claim stands.
So, what would you do if you were under assault? Any human being would rightfully defend oneself from further physical harm. That is what Zimmerman did. He did nothing legally wrong in pursuing Martin, and this whole matter about racial profiling is a non-starter since it is not illegal for civilians to do such. Racial profiling laws prevents law enforcement officers and non-uniform civilian government bureaucrats in departments from engaging in such activities. Zimmerman was neither a uniformed officer, nor was he acting in the capacity of a civilian government employee. Which is why he wasn’t charged with racial profiling. And get this, the FBI concluded in its investigation of Zimmerman that he was not, and did not act, out of racial hatred. Not only that, but his defense didn’t even bring up the Stand Your Ground law as reason for his pulling the trigger in self-defense.
Therefore, what is one to conclude after all this?
Zimmerman has been pilloried and his good moral character as a citizen denied by those who want to make a political statement about the state of race relations in America. A statement that says blacks are under assault from white America (Zimmerman is half white, but looks more like actor Esai Morales), even though the opposite is true, that more blacks are under penalty of death by other blacks in black communities.
In conclusion, beware of the power of the U.S. media and its telling of stories. Beware of activists promoting hysteria with the aide of the media. Beware of the smoke and get the facts before jumping to hysterical and emotional outbursts.
Lee Anthony Nieves is a conservative libertarian political commentator and frequent Being Latino contributor. He resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.