14 July 2013

An open letter to people of all races about the George Zimmerman case

I have no idea what happened between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. None of us do, except George Zimmerman. We weren't there.

I have no idea if George Zimmerman is a racist. None of us do, except George Zimmerman. We weren't there.

I have no idea if George Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin. None of us do, except George Zimmerman. We weren't there.

I have no idea if George Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin. None of us do, except George Zimmerman. We weren't there.

I have no idea if George Zimmerman started a fight with Trayvon Martin. None of us do, except George Zimmerman. We weren't there.

It is entirely possible that George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin, followed and stalked him, started a fight, got his ass kicked, and then killed Trayvon Martin. 

That is also entirely consistent with a not guilty verdict when the evidence does not prove the prosecution's case beyond a reasonable doubt.

You can believe that this case is a message about race relations. But before you do that, ask yourself who injected race into this case.

Despite what the NAACP and others would have you believe, this case has never been about Stand Your Ground. Zimmerman turned down a SYG hearing. The lawyers on both sides acknowledged this case was not about SYG.

In the end, it comes down to this simple fact: the prosecution failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. Period.

"Justice" may get you your day in court. It does not guarantee you the verdict you think you deserve.

This verdict does not weaken our system of justice, it strengthens it. It affirms that we would rather have ten guilty people go free rather than send an innocent man to prison.
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