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An Apology Of Sort To George Zimmerman...

Updated on July 15, 2012

An Apology Of Sort To George Zimmerman…

As an attorney by vocation and, moreover, as a Christian, I should have waited for the case against Mr. Zimmerman to go through the legal process - but like many of the race hustlers… I too jumped to the wrong conclusion and handicapped the case before being privy to all of the evidence, especially about what I wrongly deemed as a white-picket-fence-lynching on account of Trevon Martin being Black, wearing a hoody, and eating skittles. This is the second time I have made this mistake by judging a legal case without knowing the facts; years ago, a politician by the name of Gary Condit was judged by myself and most of the public to have murdered his Intern… with whom he was allegedly having an affair… I do not know if I were cowed by my wife and sisters in believing that Mr. Condit had murdered his Intern, but in the end Mr. Condit was not responsible for his Intern, Miss Levy’s death. In Mr. Zimmerman’s case, the FBI, apparently did an exhaustive investigation and came to the conclusion that the tragic death of Trevon Martin was not based on racism on the part of the accused - the jump-to-conclusion gist of the case, which, for me in my error made this case so heart wrenching.

Like how I detest when some Whites negatively judge all Blacks collectively, I too did this same collective judging in looking at the case against Mr. Zimmerman. Perhaps, it was because of what happened to me down in Florida in 2007: I was doing some banking compliance consulting for American Express and I was waiting across the street from my rented home for the bus, along with an elderly Black couple when some White kids drove by and called us niggers. It was not so much of my being called that name that bothered me, but it was the fact that an elderly Black couple in their seventies had to go through that indignity of being called niggers. Yet, what happened to me and the elderly couple has no bearing nor should it on the Zimmerman case and not that the FBI is akin to the Gospel of Christ, but I fail to see any gain or vested interests for the boys and girls down at Quantico to lie for Mr. Zimmerman. In essence then, I take the FBI’s findings on Zimmerman’s state of mind vis-à-vis race at face value and look for the prosecution to prove its case outside the confines of racial animus.

I hope the jury that will hear the case will adhere to the facts too and not be influenced by the race peddlers/hustlers. I do not know if the many reverends who came out of the wood-works and had various marches have opined on the newly FBI findings, but I for one apologize to Mr. Zimmerman for implying that he was a racist… without the benefit of the facts. I know something went terribly wrong that resulted in the tragic confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin, but no matter how much I want to speculate… I really do not know what happened. Even without the FBI findings, none of us should be making speeches and speaking in absolutes in the Zimmerman case… a young man is dead and his parents are hurting, and Zimmerman’s life hangs in the balance - but I am a mute until the case is adjudicated and I hope that I do not make this mistake again… without knowing all the facts. I hope to stick to opinion prose opining and realizing the danger of conclusions borne out of prejudices, stereotypes, and the specious judging of a race collectively for the acts of a few or the alleged one.


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      Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you very much for the kind words....

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      Brenda Durham 5 years ago

      This is probably the most beautiful hub I've read, because of its author's humble wisdom-seeking heart. Verily Prime, I'm now your fan because you're more than a fan of God.

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      Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York

      ok....

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 5 years ago from Fontana

      Oh yes! I have an article coming up on George Zimmerman and his cousin. Look for it.

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      Nikki Major 5 years ago

      That's ok. Now we as christians know to watch for that spirit of judging. This is a daily walk. We learn as we go.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 5 years ago from Fontana

      I'm a Christian also Verily Prime!

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      Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York

      Yes, but because of my legal training and the fact it happened before and most important being a Christian should have made me more circumspect....

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      Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York

      Yes, but because of my legal training and the fact it happened before and most important and being a Christian should have made me more circumspect....

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      Nikki Major 5 years ago

      We have all made the mistake of judging at some point in our lives...great article:-)

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 5 years ago from Fontana

      The media are so competitive in trying to be the first out with the story. That's a problem. Public Information Act may be the reason info is leaking out..the right to know?

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      NetflixReviews 5 years ago from Somewhere in North America

      It seems that lawyers and the media and many other people tried this in the court of public opinion and now probably blind justice won't happen. The legal profession is necessary to be sure, but I don't care much for it.

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      Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York

      I think if one is to have creditability in writing for any forum... he or she must admit when a mistake was made or if one is being biased at least he or she should have the guts to say so....

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      junko 5 years ago

      I'm glad stand your ground laws and manditory sentences may be reviewed and possiblely rewritten Nationwide. I believe this case will be tried openly and I hope fairly. The case will be open for all to see for sure.

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      KK Trainor 5 years ago from Texas

      I agree and hope that the evidence bears out that he wasn't acting out of racism, but out of a sense of wanting to protect his neighborhood from possible burgulars.

      But I find it shocking that so much of the case is being revealed to the media long before any trial has begun. What ever happened to hearing the evidence in the courtroom so that the jury only hears what the two sides have to say rather than what the media wants them to hear? How scary for any defendant or victim's family!

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 5 years ago from Fontana

      I tried to tow the line on Huffington Post. I never seriously considered it being a racial matter, other than profiling. Trayvon fit the profile of offenders George about whom George was concerned. People are using this tragedy as a weapon to spread hatred based on their own prejudices. This is a tragedy for family and friends of both families.