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An Apology Of Sort To George Zimmerman...
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.