“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago…if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario…both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”
With those words, President Obama once again stepped into the role of Racial Divider-in-Chief. After days of pressure from black activists to “express the anger and frustration of their community,” Obama made an unannounced press appearance at the White House late last week to discuss the Trayvon Martin case.
Martin, in case you are Rip Van Winkle awakening from a hundred-year nap, was the unarmed Florida teen-ager shot to death after a confrontation with neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Charged with second-degree murder, Zimmerman was acquitted on self-defense after evidence showed a violent struggle between the two men.
But the Zimmerman ‘trial’ is not over: the Martins will forever mourn the loss of their son and racial agitators have threatened Zimmerman and his family with death.
The jury’s verdict doesn’t minimize Trayvon’s death. But it does reflect a decisive factual judgment: the tragedy arose from mistakes, assumptions, and fear, on both sides, rather than murderous intent or racial bias. (In spite of Obama’s suggestion that, had Trayvon been white, the case would have had a different outcome, no evidence was presented to suggest that racial bias motivated Zimmerman. He consistently defended African-Americans in his own community.)