I have not posted about the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case for one simple reason: I don't know what happened. It could be that Zimmerman set upon and murdered an unarmed teenage boy out of racial hate. It could be that Martin set upon Zimmerman and the latter acted instinctively out of self-defense, as he claims. I don't know and neither does anyone else in the general public. Having at one time been a prosecutor, however, my general experience is that defendants do not get charged with murder for whimsical reasons.
One thing I am sure of is that the case has become worse than the proverbial political football. It has become a racial javelin with a poison tip. First, it has been used subtly to sell the notion that blacks routinely are victims of violent, bigoted whites. That is simply not true. The incidence of black-on-white violence vastly outstrips the incidence of white-on-black violence. But the more important point is that criminal violence is criminal violence no matter who is what race. Every victim of such violence should be taken seriously regardless of race. A system that indulges excuse-making as readily as ours does is not taking victims seriously.
Second and relatedly, the case has been used to stoke and manipulate White Guilt about the historically execrable treatment of blacks in order to abet the reigning, Al Sharptonesque culture of grievance and entitlement. It may very well be the case, for example, that Zimmerman should have been arrested earlier, but the real reason he was arrested was that it became a gross violation of political correctness not to.
Do we really want to go where a justice system driven by racial politics leads us?
Unfortunately but predictably, this kind of racially pumped-up poison has had its effects. Tonight I saw the story
of a fellow, Matthew Owens, who asked (or barked at) a group of black kids playing basketball outside his house at night. The story continues:
...the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.
Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.
Owens' sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. "It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed." Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using "brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on."
Police will only say "multiple people" are involved.
What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said "Now that's justice for Trayvon."
Here's what "justice for Trayvon" looks like: