How many times will people enthusiastically follow Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson over the edge of a cliff, uselessly destroy lives and set the country back on race relations only to find they are wrong just before hitting the ground...and then dust themselves off and wait for the next cliff to present itself?
What started out as another senseless tragedy has now turned into a circus, led by clowns and magicians with followers more beholden to supporting race-baiting frauds and charlatans than to supporting the quest for truth and decency. The jury may still be out on who did what to whom in the confrontation between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman but the judge and executioner have already decided to do away with due process in the court of public opinion.
One would think that after the Duke Lacrosse scandal (false accusations), Freddy's Fashion Mart (pointless shootings and arson), Crown Heights riots (several days of rioting) and Tawana Brawley (false accusations) people might pause to question the authenticity of Sharpton and the productive outcomes of jumping to conclusions and constantly seeing racists under the bed.
Some of the accounts of the Trayvon Martin shooting are just amazing. One ear-witness, based on screams heard before the shot was fired, concocted her own detailed thesis on what transpired between Martin and Zimmerman. Worse, she was given a national spotlight to promote this as if she were an expert witness or had insight that no one else had.
Even more troubling are the endless accounts and descriptions of minute details of who said and did what to whom by armchair quarterbacks and basement warriors who could not possibly know the details that they seem just short of swearing to. The only conclusion one can draw from this is that these mini-Sharptons have created their own fantasy world where they were witness to the events of the shooting and have convinced themselves that what they speak of is true and factual, even if it is not supported by (or is contradicted by) police and witness statements.
Just in the first days alone, the errors reported and spread should have been enough to get reasonable people to take a step back. We were told that Zimmerman was white (he's mixed - we might as well label Barack Obama as "white"). We were given the impression that Zimmerman was a conservative Republican (he is in fact a registered Democrat). We were, and still are, hammered with media pictures of a surly, heavy perpetrator against a cheerful 13 year old (both men look drastically different today then in the outdated images that the press carefully selected). We were told that Martin was innocently skipping along home, bringing candy to the children at the house he was staying at (downplayed were the initial reports and the 911 call where Zimmerman reported suspicious behavior as Martin was loitering amongst townhouses in the rain in a neighborhood ripe with break-ins). We were initially told that Zimmerman defied orders to stand down (not only was he not ordered to stand down, when he was told pursuit was unnecessary, he did in fact stop pursuing). We were told that Zimmerman shot Martin in cold blood (with no mention that Martin physically attacked Zimmerman and Zimmerman apparently shot him out of fear for his own life).
We are also suppose to automatically accept the notion that Zimmerman is a racist though there is nothing to support that. The closest to evidence of racism anyone can muster is the alleged racial slur that Zimmerman spewed on his 911 call just prior to the shooting. I personally analyzed the call and the idea that he would randomly mumble "f--cking coons" is completely out of place in the audio. Zimmerman made no reference to race until he was questioned by the 911 operator on Martin's description. I ran the audio through some processors, removed much of the background noise, played it at different speeds and otherwise cleaned it up and the one thing that's obvious is that Zimmerman does not say "coons" or "goons" (the later suggested by a friend of Zimmerman's).
The isolated word in the audio has a hard "k" sound at the end and if I were to place a wager on it, I would say that Zimmerman really said "f--cking punks". This goes more along with the theme of his frustration in the call, coming just seconds after stating, "these a--holes always get away with it."
I don't expect this to make a dent with the emotional hysterics who convicted Zimmerman of a hate crime on the very day Sharpton and Jackson decided to make this their latest pet cause. Anything that contradicts the current public narrative is simply dismissed anyway on the revolving notion that the real problem isn't Zimmerman but rather the police, the prosecutor and the stand your ground laws in Florida. But as of yet I haven't seen a lot of the race-baiters condemn the New Black Panther Party for essentially putting a hit out on Zimmerman or criticism of Spike Lee who was fine with inciting vigilante justice by erroneously tweeting Zimmerman's supposed home address. If the problem is truly with the legal system than Zimmerman should not have to be in hiding in fear for his safety and the safety of his family while the legal snafu's are sorted out.
Zimmerman certainly made mistakes and that can't be discounted. But violence occurs day in and day out in this country and the only difference between this tragic incident and the thousands of other senseless confrontations that occur and are occurring is that this was hijacked by a mob mentality. Mobs never seek truth, mobs never rely on facts, mobs have no consideration for fairness. Mobs are only beholden to emotion, symbolism and instant gratification. Mobs are the enemy of a free society, even when deplorable concepts such as alleged racism is at the heart of the matter.
We will eventually get as close to the truth on this as we can. In the meantime each of us should question our own approach, what we hope to accomplish and what will get us there. If you are spreading uninformed assumptions about details of this event that you could not possibly know, then ask yourself if you are part of the problem or the solution. We either want the truth, whether it convicts or exonerates Zimmerman or Martin in the public eye or we have already tried the case and are doing our part to achieve mob justice.