Larry Elder

Doesn't this, suggested the defense, show that Martin was the one doing the racial profiling, a teenager with a chip on his shoulder, spoiling for a fight? No, said Rachel. Neither "cracker" nor the "n" word is a "racial comment." Both words, she said, are simply descriptive race-neutral words.

Really? So had Zimmerman used the "n" word to describe Martin in his police call, this would have been a non-event?

Rachel damaged the prosecution in another big way. She testified that Trayvon shouted at Zimmerman, "Get off, get off!" But after the killing, Rachel wrote a letter to Trayvon's mother in which she describes what happened. Her letter says nothing about "Get off, get off." Pretty major thing to omit.

The prosecution offered five prior examples where Zimmerman called to report suspicious activity -- all of them involving a black person. Therefore what? Zimmerman -- described at first as white and Jewish, and later as a white Hispanic -- should only call about suspicious non-blacks?

Under Florida law, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that this "wannabe cop" murdered Travyon Martin with a "depraved mind." It hasn't come close to meeting its burden of proof.

As for "racial profiling," it is an unfortunate fact that a disproportionately large amount of crime is committed by less than 5 percent of the population -- the percentage of black males 16 years of age and older in America. For its National Crime Victimization Survey, the FBI collects data from victims, asking the perceived race of their assailant. Twenty-four percent of all violent crime victims say the perp was a black person. And about the same percentage of those arrested for violent crimes are, in fact, blacks.

Are innocent people being routinely arrested and charged?

For years, major police departments have required officers to record the race of every person they stop, including in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Where are the class-action lawsuits alleging a pattern and practice of racial profiling? Surely this data ought to out these racists cops who target innocent, law-abiding blacks.

Tragically, an unarmed teenager, returning from a convenience store with Skittles and iced tea, is dead. Understandably, many people want someone held responsible. This does not, however, make Zimmerman a criminal, let along a racist wannabe cop who profiled and murdered an innocent black 17-year-old.


Larry Elder

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