Aside from the obvious implications within the justice system, the case of Trayvon Martin is a study in media influence as well as race opportunism.
On Wednesday, state attorney Angela Corey announced that George Zimmerman would face charges of second degree murder after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in a Sanford (Fla.) gated community. Corey was appointed special prosecutor for the case by Gov. Rick Scott.
Corey’s announcement was followed by a statement from Al Sharpton, media personality who has held rallies and made speeches to expand interest in the case within the black community.
Corey held a press conference to address the media, patiently answering questions afterwards. Asked about the charges, she said a prosecutor has to have “a reasonable certainty of conviction before we file charges.” She also expressed regret over the “overwhelming amount of publicity” the case has received. “A lot of facts got put out…and misconstrued,” she said. She also reminded media there are “numerous” homicides where an arrest isn’t made immediately.
Before Sharpton became involved, Floridians expressed concerns about the circumstances of Martin’s death. As information was published by media, video clips were edited to present a false view of the shooter and hate groups like the New Black Panther Party ignored both the law and the U.S. Constitution by setting a bounty on Zimmerman’s head. Furthermore NBPP issued a ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ flier on Zimmerman.
One spokeswoman for the NBPP made this statement in an interview with media:
"Let me tell you, the things that's about to happen, to these honkeys, these crackers, these pigs, these pink people, these ---- people. It has been long overdue. My prize right now this evening ... is gonna be the bounty, the arrest, dead or alive, for George Zimmerman. You feel me?"
The U.S. Dept. of Justice has turned a blind eye to such statements and to past NBPP infractions such as having armed members at voting precincts. When it comes to black hate groups such as NBPP, Attorney General Eric Holder ignores them even when specific amendments to the constitution are trampled. Holder has set the lowest standard for DOJ many of us have witnessed in our lifetime.
Sharpton has set a low standard as well, when it comes to crimes involving one race against another. He has lobbied for fake victims who have committed one of the worst wrongs you can commit against the female gender—false accusations of rape. Not once but twice—the Tawana Brawley and the Duke LaCrosse players’ cases. Both cases were based on lies. Sharpton, however, was only too glad to take to the streets to fire up the masses. Justice took a back seat until the system actually worked.
One false accusation of rape harms women who are victims of rape.
Ironically when the perpetrator of a crime is a minority, little is said.
Opportunists like Sharpton pit one race against another and perpetuate victim status for those who hold society accountable for their own personal fortunes.
Sharpton was not necessary for justice in the Martin case. Floridians wanted a full accounting of the circumstances and the system worked because we will have it.
The Left is conducting a war on America, focusing on dividing us as a people by skin color and sometimes by faith. As Democrats assail Republicans for upholding the Constitution in the recent battle over forcing churches to subsidize birth control for employees, American voters should keep in mind where the assault on this country is actually coming from and whether we can survive if we routinely ignore the Constitution.
Giving a pass to those who issue threats via an armed militia sets a very dangerous precedent. No US Attorney General should get a pass for giving such a pass to any group, whether it’s the Klan or the NBPP. The Fast and Furious Scandal and Holder's anti-voter ID agenda simply add more substance to the argument for replacing our current AG.
Some of us actually believe justice should be color blind, and that's the reason we wanted a full public account of the facts in the Martin case.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/April 12, 2012)