So far that is what is happening with the media and the “expected riots” with the Zimmerman verdict. We watched CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all trying to gin up some action from the protesters. The peaceful protesters, I might add. And there were not as many of them as the media seemed to be hoping for.
In speaking with the protesters, most of the media seemed to be promoting the idea that justice was not done. When in fact it proved the system worked. In spite of the interference early on of the Dept of Justice in causing the state of Florida to appoint a biased special prosecutor (here and here) the facts just were not there to have a guilty verdict for either charge of 2nd degree murder or for manslaughter.
When this story first broke I believe the ones who pushed it had no idea Zimmerman was a partially black Hispanic. They looked at the name and thought “white guy.” When it came out his grandfather was black and he was actually Hispanic they, the New York Times, invented the term “White Hispanic.” Had his name been a known Hispanic name such as Hernandez or Martinez this story would never have been on the national scene. Race was injected into it at that time.
I have a special place in my heart now for the women who were intelligent enough to see through the haze of emotion thrown out by the prosecuting attorneys and realize it was smoke and mirrors. I wonder what they are thinking now that they are not sequestered and realize what all was said and done while they were sequestered. What do they think of the exculpatory evidence they were not allowed to see. What do they think when they find out the DOJ orchestrated the whole thing? I believe they should be angry to have been used in such a way. I know I would.
I feel this case was used to work up enough racial animosity to get out the vote to re-elect Obama in 2012. It certainly got out that vote. It was part of the overall plan to use many venues such as the IRS, along with Twitter and Facebook, and other internet entities to make sure a huge turnout voted. The Republicans need to learn to use the net much more than they now do.
I am also proud of our nation that the black community has the mature and emotional stature to not riot. Protests are a long honored tradition in our country’s history. They are legal. Riots which have happened in the past have so far been avoided. I think the protest communities, not all are black, should be commended for not bowing to the media pressure and nudging to riot. (See update below.)
Now that the actual trial is behind us it would be a very good thing if the DOJ and all local entities did more to stop the killings of black on black, Hispanic on Hispanic, and white on white. We know this is happening in many of our big cities. It is vicious, it has nothing to do with race, it has everything to do with a degraded culture where life has no value. That is the problem that needs addressed. Let us hope it will be.
UPDATE: Apparently Oakland had some small rioting. Across the bay in Oakland, however, about 125 protesters gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall before marching through downtown, starting small fires and smashing windows at the Wells Fargo Bank at 12th Street and Broadway and at several locations, including the Dogwood Bar, the Oakland Tribune, the Foot Locker shoe store and the Sears store.