Sunday, July 14, 2013

President Obama releases statement on George Zimmerman acquittal and misses the point

On July 14, 2013, President Obama made an official statement regarding the acquittal of George Zimmerman and linked the shooting of Trayvon Martin to gun control. The comparison is inappropriate and fails to focus on what the case truly is about: civil rights and racial profiling. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder and the lesser included offense of manslaughter for the Feb. 26, 2012, shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. On July 13, 2013, a jury panel that
consisted solely of women found him not guilty.

Martin appeared suspicious to Zimmerman who was a self-appointend, neighborhood watchperson carrying a concealed weapon. Zimmerman called 911 to report Trayvon on the property and told dispatch operator Sean Noffke that Martin appeared to have something in his hands, his waistband, was staring at him and pointed out that he was black twice. The case was based on racial profiling and stereotypes as Martin's family and civil rights leaders believed Zimmerman had unfairly stereotyped, singled out, pursued and ultimately killed Martin who was unarmed and carrying Skittles and an Iced Tea. By the time the case went to court, Judge Nelson ruled that racial profiling, the state's case against Zimmerman, could not be used.

President Obama somehow managed to turn the death of Trayvon Martin into an attack on gun rights -- WRONG! Zimmerman had a gun legally, though after reading reports that he had a domestic violence restraining order, I wonder how he managed to have a gun to begin with, but that is another issue. Taking Zimmerman's gun away isn't the answer. What is the answer is holding him accountable for murdering Trayvon Martin.

What is the answer is ensuring that George Zimmerman's sham trial that failed to have one black male juror or even one male juror and was banned from mentioning racial profiling is used as an example of how not to handle a case that is embroiled in civil rights violations.

Clearly, Obama found himself in a difficult, political position with Zimmerman's acquittal and jumped on the gun control bandwagon.

It's time to jump off and stop trying to violate citizen's constitutional rights that are established and start protecting those that are being violated, like Trayvon Martin's.

Here is President Obama's racially-purged statement.

"The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy.  Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.  I know this case has elicited strong passions.  And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.  But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.  I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.  

And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. 

"We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.  We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this.  As citizens, that’s a job for all of us.  That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin."


Now how about saying something President Obama that actually addresses the issue?

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