George Zimmerman's Acquittal Shows Nothing's Changed Since Emmett Till

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George Zimmerman's acquittal for murdering Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin has everything to do with race. That's why I'm offended by white people criticizing African-Americans for making the boy's death about the racial divide that still exists in America. I was especially appalled when Zimmerman's lawyer, Mark O'Mara, had the audacity to claim that had his client been a black man, the case would never have been prosecuted. That's BS.

The Trayvon tragedy is just the latest proof that black people have not beaten racism in the land of the free. You can't tell us race had nothing to do with this case when 58 years ago, two white men named Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam were acquitted of kidnapping, torturing, and murdering 14-year-old African-American Emmett Louis Till in Mississippi. History just repeated itself.

You can't tell us it's not about race when 193 out of the 310 convicts exonerated by DNA evidence and released from prison after being wrongfully convicted are African-American, according to the Innocence Project. You can't argue race didn't play a role when it takes Alabama legislators 82 years to pardon the Scottsboro Boys, nine African-American teens falsely accused and convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women in 1931.

You can't tell us race isn't a factor when we had to hold marches across the country to get justice for Trayvon just like we had to when New York city cops brutalized and sodomized with a broom handle Haitian American Abner Louima in 1997 and when they riddled three African American men with more than 50 bullets, killing one of them, Sean Bell, in 2006. Their crime: celebrating Bell's bachelor party at a Queens strip club.

You can't tell us that if Trayvon had been white and Zimmerman had been black, the verdict would have been the same. Hell, a black man in Long Island, New York, already tried the self-defense claim in the killing of a white teenager six years ago and failed. In 2007, a jury found John H. White guilty of second-degree manslaughter for the 2006 slaying a 17-year-old white Puerto Rican named Daniel Cicciaro. White shot Cicciaro in the face after the boy showed up at his house threatening to kill his teenaged son, Aaron.

You can't tell us Zimmerman's acquittal is fair when we just saw the U.S. Supreme Court invalidate the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

I knew from the beginning that the prosecution of Zimmerman was going to be a farce. The Sanford Police Department never charged him with a crime. It took pressure from the U.S. Justice Department and marches across the country to force Gov. Rick Scott to appoint special prosecutor Angela Corey to file charges. And when she did, she filed the worst charge, second degree murder, against Trayvon's killer knowing the prosecutors assigned to the case where going to have a tough time proving it beyond a reasonable doubt. Corey put on the worst prosecution in the history of Florida.

So don't tell us race doesn't matter. Equality and justice for all in America is a sham.

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kirkslade1
kirkslade1

Luke is right. Black on black crime is still out of control. Blacks still point out the killing of one of their own at the hands of a white guy, and turn a blind cheek to the thousands that are being killed by their own. Things haven't changed.  

raferjohnson.johnson
raferjohnson.johnson

Wah, wah, wah..........What part of NOT GUILTY didn't you understand?


If the Feds are stupid enough to cave to Al Sharpton (Tawana Brawley, Duke Lacross "rape case") they'll get the same results that moron Sharpton always gets, a not guilty verdict.


But keep saying it's about race!  Wah, wah, wah

usa.aarguello
usa.aarguello

is this article part of the comedy section? BC it is LOL funny.  journalism died when luke starting typing...

bigtrav127
bigtrav127

Im black and I'm not participating in any race war. I think George Zimmerman, should have been found guilty but our justice system is not perfect, and its still the best the world has ever seen. We need to move forward and not let this divide us along racial lines. We all know, (including black people), that O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. But the state of California couldn't prove he did beyond reasonable doubt. This was also the case with Zimmerman.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Wow. You went back and edited your original article to get rid of some of the crazier bits. Nice.

silvershady22
silvershady22

You are ignorant. 1. Zimmerman was hispanic, NOT white. 2. He never denied shooting, him, only stating it was in self defense. To bring up the Till trial is in poor taste and poor research. Did you even watch the trial? No jury, WHITE OR BLACK in their right mind would have convicted the man. Its journalist like YOU who started this whole race war, just to get up ratings and cause a fuss. Stop writing and start doing actual journalism. No gives a flying flip what you think.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

Wow the other day his tweet was about nothing having changed since colonial days, now it's 1955 ?

Marianoell Gomez Arguello
Marianoell Gomez Arguello

Zimmerman is not white! Can anyone get it right? He is not of Caucasian decent at all, he's a hispanic indian who took his stepdads lastname and yes he's brown skin. He wanted to be white, that's why he changed his last name. And thats why he felt superior to Tray so that's why he chased after him and he instigated everything and Tray stood his ground, when shit got real he pulled the trigger. I hope Zimmerman sees Trayvon every night in his dreams. To remind him of what he did.

Heike Tiegen
Heike Tiegen

People are getting ridiculous googling white children that got killed. Next time read about how the killers were caught and will be charged with murder. Not only that... their family members were charged for hiding evidence!

Luis Paulo
Luis Paulo

Pathetic. A huge disrespect to the memory of Emmet Till and his family. I have a great deal of respect for the Miami New Times. The MNT editorial staff should encourage their contributors to become at least passingly familiar with the facts about what they're writing. The mainstream media is coming dangerously close to inciting riots without facts. We don't need our alternative media to reinforce those lies.

lpgalmeida
lpgalmeida

Hey Luke, Are you familiar at all with facts surrounding the case? It sure doesn't seem so if you're comparing this case to Emmett Till. You do Emmet Till and his family a huge disservice. Luis

Heike Tiegen
Heike Tiegen

Greg, that was all over the news for weeks. It was talked about and the kids were caught. Jeez.

JoeyBobby
JoeyBobby

These Opinions get more and more outrageous... It was like no one even watched the trial, only the verdict.. Hypocrites all.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

as for the american foment against BLACKs in society you could thank BUSH the elder for following lee atwater's advice and shocking americans with WILLIE HORTON (who for a time i thought was PAPA BUSHs running mate because the two were so closely seen linked)

it became acceptable in polite company to change the language while conveying sentiments and ideas of the politically powerful against the underclass masses who might indeed vote

one way the ASIANs and HISPANICs have defeated being steamrolled is to VOTE

BLACKs don't vote so NO they don't get the change they want and resorting to ineffective tactics only gets them further BEHIND with all their energy spent being wasted

Uncle Luke your argument is with FLORIDA legislators, not average FLORIDIANs including rednecks and clansmen and racists, because the N R A controls the laws that allowed these results to exist !

EDUCATION + VOTING = CHANGE 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

well D U H !

the law is what legislators enact which is influenced by the N R A = period

you want change ?    go lobby your state representative !

yes FLORIDA is cracker central with places like SANFORD being ground zero = which is why even i as a WHITE person try to avoid those areas myself and certainly would never think of running around them places unannounced at night stirring up unwanted attention to myself

no one wants innocent young kids, BLACK or WHITE, killed,  but even a room full of DEAD white kindergarten children slaughtered in connecticut could hold back the GUN lobby (connecticut was once home to a half-dozen nationally famous and recognized gun manufacturers)

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

Did you actually read about the White / Cicciaro case or did you simply bring it up because it was a black on white incident which did not turn out in the black man's favor?  The circumstances were completely different and in a different state with asinine laws (the unlicensed gun part)

Also, the ruling in Zimmerman's favor wasn't based on his word alone.  In case you missed it, there was a trial.

"The Zimmerman trial proves that Florida's Stand Your Ground law is designed to protect white people from being convicted of killing black people."

LOL.  No comment.  You're an idiot.

miamitrev2
miamitrev2 topcommenter

Im shocked that it took Lucas so long to write this tripe

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

4th of July weekend in Chicago saw a crazy number of shootings:60+ wounded, 12 dead. I bet a large number of victims were black. Where's the outrage? Jesse, Al, dumbass Luke? You guys there?

hernandayoleary
hernandayoleary

@bigtrav127 How would you know our justice system is the best the world has ever seen? Hundreds of innocent people in prison freed on dna, 60% of whom are black, Trevor Dooley goes to Jail, Zimmerman walks, half the murderers are not even ever caught. An all white jury where all the blacks were kicked out by the defense (which mind you is standard operating procedure in murder trials to kick all the blacks off). You really think this is the best in the world? How many other justice systems have you looked at? Have you looked at the justice system in Nepal, or Maldives, or France or Norway or Botswana? BECAUSE if you have not it is not accurate. Its like me saying I have the best car in the world but never having even sat in another car.


If you think OJ was guilty (and I presume robert blake and casey anthony) doesn't that signal to you our legal system sucks because we let the guilty people free and hundreds of innocents go to jail.


There is no moving forward, when a young child is dead. We need a new legal system.

kirkslade1
kirkslade1

Luke, the great leader. A fine role model. Arrested for not paying child support.

hernandayoleary
hernandayoleary

@silvershady22 

-hispanic isn't a race

-obvious lie

-That is why they kicked all the black jurors out

-No it is racist like you who deny obvious racism of non blacks hunting down blacks who start the race war. Journalist just report what is happening in society. Its not his fault Zimmerman decided to hunt down black people is it?

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@silvershady22 Hispanic isn't a race, its an ethnicity.  Also, calling Luke a journalist is insulting to real journalists (of which maybe there's one or two employed by the MNT)

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

that's why i think a ghost-writer is hired to write these columns

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@jgcamp99 Luke sucks so hard at fact checking, he doesn't even remember things he writes.

hernandayoleary
hernandayoleary

@Marianoell Gomez where does this information come from?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Marianoell Gomez

 
George Zimmerman Proves Latinos Can Be Racist

George Zimmerman used his 2005 MySpace page to spread derogatory stereotypes about Mexicans

“I dont miss driving around scared to hit mexicans walkin on the side of the street, soft as wanna be th ugs messin with peoples cars when they aint around (what are you provin, that you can dent a car when no ones watchin) dont make you a man in my book,” the 2005 Myspace page said. “Workin 96 hours to get a decent pay check, gettin knifes pulled on you by every mexican you run into!”
 


 george  zimmerman father is  white aka the retired judge 

 http://legalinsurrection.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/George-Zimmerman-Father-at-Trial.jpg

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@Luis Paulo The MNT probably feels sorry for Uncle Nobody and gives him an outlet to post his trash out of pity.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

I AGREE - this case was more aligned with the TAWANA BRAWLEY

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

I AGREE - this case was more aligned with TAWANA BRAWLEY

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

the problem with OUR judicial system is that ONEs FATE is decided by jurors - these are people who aren't SMART enough to get out of jury duty !

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

"There is no moving forward, when a young child is dead. We need a new legal system." hernandayoleary

the young child is dead because of very liberal GUN laws enacted by legislators who were lobbied heavily by the NRA

zimmerman is NOT someone who should have had the PRIVILEDGE to have a GUN but the NRA basically guarantees that any lunatic (read ADAM LANZA)  should under the 2nd amendment have the right to ARM themselves (and then make up a story about self-defense AFTER the other guy is dead)

as for the LEGAL SYSTEM just go back as i do and read some of the awful and dreadful decisions made by the SUPREME COURT since it was established and you will find that very very often the system didn't initially get it right BUT over time had the ability to overturn many BAD decisions from the past - of course all this is time consuming (read CHA-CHING for attorneys FEES !)  - and law shouldn't be set in stone so we DO GET new legal results ALL the time at some POINT (only sometimes too late for some)

as for the REST OF THE WORLD i can only say many many people from elsewhere came HERE for the laws here in america so gauging by that influx things elsewhere MUST BE worse over there

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

But but but, the white man is keeping him down! If a white guy had done any of thing things on his rap sheet, no one would have cared. Right Luke?

raferjohnson.johnson
raferjohnson.johnson

@frankd4 and the Duke Lacross "rape" case.  Just two of the "it's racism" whining by Al Sharpton.  Is that aids infected skunk ever right?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@HarryTheHandyman @hernandayoleary @frankd4 

well one juror has already made public that she though zimmerman's "heart was in the right place"

HUH ?

since when do FACTS concern emotional feelings ?

zimmerman did not take the stand so HOW exactly does this juror make that claim without having read something into zimmerman's emotional state ? weren't the judge's INSTRUCTION not to read anything into UNexposed theories ? didn't O"MARA himself tell the jury NOT to "connect the dots" in making their decision BUT just use the FACTs as presented

zimmerman DID NOT OFFER his emotional state or where his "heart" was

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@raferjohnson.johnson @hernandayoleary @frankd4 

no - the trial was about second-degree murder or manslaughter vs self-defense and "stand your ground"

the public discussion IS about race when you do the math as to WHO winds up on the unfortunate side of the LAW, laws which were enacted by a legislature that was funded by the NRA

i don't know if you are familiar with HAMURABI but these questions existed three thousand years ago and are yet unsettled

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@hernandayoleary @frankd4 Or you know, they could have based their decision on the facts that were presented during the trial.  You know, the trial where the prosecution did a shitty job.  But na, its racism.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i do have the view because the UBER-RICH who can go anywhere in the world COME HERE for laws protecting their rights to their money

back in the day and the earliest i am particularly familiar with was haile selasie and ferdinand marco both had vast fortunes as well as vast political burdens they wanted protected under the laws of the U S

they could have went elsewhere

including today CHINESE and RUSSIA and ASIAN billionaires

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................and i might as well disclose everything i know about VIKINGs i learned from WAGNERs music

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

you are correct that i don't know about sweden and norway and iceland except their crime seems to be low and their judicially system free from international criticism - and iceland did in fact handle it's own economic meltdown well enough - BUT these places to me aren't TESTed to the degree and scope of the american short 270 year history - maybe the VIKINGs were so lawless and brutal that scandinavia got all of its inner idiots out back two thousand years ago - so we yet have another 1,730 YEARs to catch up to that point

hernandayoleary
hernandayoleary

@frankd4 My problem isn't having a gun or owning a gun. I think you should be able to own ANY small arms fire and maybe even a tank. My problem is the clear proliferation of people just shooting and killing people now and trying to justify it latter as self defense. These laws are retarded, you are right on that. I do agree with castle doctrine or if someone is attack you in your car you can shoot them. But chasing down people in the street and shooting, it is just crazy.

Half the time there is no witness except the killer so they get away. But even in new york people have been using self defense to successfully as meaning you are armed with a gun and someone "attacks you" in the street, when you provoke the confrontation and getting away with it. That is not self defense it is murder. Self defense means you try to avoid a criminal in a reasonable manner and they attack you and try to kill you.

Agreed zimmerman shouldn't have a gun period. He should have lost all his gun rights ever since he awas charged with 2 felonies for assault on a police officer and the charges should have never been dropped through diversion program. He should have been in prison.

I think it is very misleading to assume that people move to America for its "laws" or justice system. There is no other country in the world that lets grown men shoot kids and walk away free without even being arrested. Not switzerland, afghanistan not saudi arabia.


While I agree America has a better legal system overall than a place like afghanistan, or saudi arabia or russia and china as broad sweeping generalization (the latter 2 not by much when you look at things like guantanmo and secret black site prisons in europe). For the most part it has a far inferior system than most other developed nations. I'd rank it in the middle of the pack. Better to go to American jail than Mexican jail. But american justice system doesn't hold a candle to norways. This may explain why most of America's immigrants are from the 3rd world oppresive countries (china, india, mexico, cuba etc). And it may also explain why you have that view. You aren't bias or ignorant or a bad person. You likely just never encountered someone from nroway or sweden or iceland to understand how they have better justice system.


Alot of the allure of America has to do with the opportunity for grandscale success, it is easier to become opulently rich their than most other developed countries.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@raferjohnson.johnson @frankd4 

well rev sharpton is "right" for his constituents and over the years he has accumulated a number of loyal supporters

loyal supporters who if you look at their reasons want to create foment to profit financially from selling t-shirts and rap music and control government subsidies programs such as section 8 housing

i can tell you stories about rev jessis jackson as a crook but being white it's typically ends badly but i will say that APPLE there did NOT fall far from the tree

we did back in the day have great admiration and hope for david dinkins but then he himself personally got entangled in an IRS problem and that was that

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