We’re a few weeks away from the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman trial now. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson’s big day of protest didn’t go as well they’d hoped. Media attention has turned elsewhere, seeking out the next manufactured outrage, all the while missing the real stories:
There are those, though, who are trying to keep things stoked. A group demanding the repeal of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is occupying the state capitol in Tallahassee. For some reason, they are being allowed to do so. The governor, Rick Scott, has even met personally with them to talk and explain why he disagrees with them. He’s actually being very courteous to those who aren’t intent on reciprocating courtesy. One of their number even showed up with a painting the other day:
Anyone notice the rather slanted message? Zimmerman is portrayed as a cold-blooded killer; it hardly even looks like him. It’s more like artistic license to transform him into pure evil. And notice the incorporation of Martin Luther King. Civil rights is the supposed victim. The whole thing is pretty ludicrous, particularly when all those most involved—Trayvon’s defense team and his family—acknowledge that race was not an issue in the incident. For some, it has to be race; in their minds, there’s no other rationale.
Unfortunately, one of those with that mindset is still, for some reason, the head of the Department of Justice. I think Eric Holder has had to face reality and let the matter drop simply because there’s no evidence he can use to bring a federal indictment against Zimmerman. But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t tried:
I guess it’s “If at first, you don’t succeed . . . “
Put this fiasco to rest. Let Zimmerman lead his life; he was acquitted. Gently, but firmly, remove the occupiers in Florida. Not so gently and very firmly, remove Eric Holder from the DOJ. Accomplish all three, and law and order may be restored. It’s time to live in a post-Martin/Zimmerman world.