As the nation boils over from the expected summer heat and from theÂ expected furious demonstrations over the expected verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, unexpectedly, almost no one seems to be addressing the logic behind Zimmerman’s racially profiling Trayvon Martin.
Though not a racist–the FBI found no evidence that racial bias was a motivating factor in the shooting and the lead detective, Sanford Detective Chris Serino, told agents that heÂ believed Zimmerman profiled Trayvon because of his attire and the circumstances, not his race–of course Zimmerman racially profiled Martin.
Why would he not?
Â Here he was,Â coordinator of hisÂ Neighborhood Watch CommitteeÂ assigned the duty of keepingÂ aÂ careful eye on his gated communityÂ at the Retreat at Twin Lakes where heÂ noticed aÂ stranger meandering through the neighborhood, a mixed-race neighborhood that had recently been beset by a series of burglaries.Â He had often reported such strangers to his command post; out of 44 reports over 8 years, he identified 4 strangers as African-American and 3 as white.
Having studied criminal law at Seminole State College, no doubt Zimmerman was acquainted with crime statistics, that blacks, who constitute 13.4% of the American population represented 39.4% of those incarceratedÂ (2009), that blackÂ gang membershipÂ has skyrocketed to as high as 35% andÂ that 28% of blacks, (average age 17), have committed crimes ranging from possessing a gun to attacking someone, according to Colorlines.com, and that black crime was off the charts up north.
On May 11, 2012,Â CNN legal analyst Mark Lejame displayed a black-and-white picture of a family of three people,Â including a dark-skinned man he claims was Zimmerman’s great-grandfather holdingÂ Zimmerman’s mother as a baby, a photo never publicly seen again as far as I know.
Zimmerman’sÂ family had black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather and his maternal grandmother had babysat two African-American kids who for years took their meals with theÂ family and attended school with young George.Â He had taken a black girl to his high school prom and later partnered with a black friendÂ inÂ opening an Allstate Insurance satellite office,â€ none of which was publicized, none of whichÂ suggest George was ever a racist–and none of which precluded him from racially profiling Trayvon Martin on the rainy night of February 26th, 2012.
Of course, profiling, whetherÂ as a means of identifying potential terrorists or potential criminals, has gotten a bad name of late despite its proven effectiveness–largely due to complaints from potential terrorists and civil rights agitators committed to protecting their constituencies at the cost of endangering the public.Â Jesse Jackson once said that even he felt uneasy when he encountered a group of young blacks andÂ was tempted to cross the street to avoid them.Â Does that make him a racist?Â He may very well be a racist when it comes to whites but inÂ such instances heÂ was just exercising reasonable caution and racial profiling.
Â Let’s face reality: GeorgeÂ Zimmerman surely profiled Trayvon Martin on the basis of his raceÂ combined with the circumstances of where Martin was at the time, the fact heÂ appeared to beÂ a strangerÂ in Twin Lakes, and the prevalence of burglaries and break-ins in the community.Â Â Surely, too, Zimmerman could and should have acted differently in many respects but Juror B37 later insisted that race played no role whatsoever in the verdict.
A final surely: Surely America’s liberal-leftist mainstream media should finally step up and concede they have for years misrepresented the racial problems in America –from mis-reporting to non-reporting to distorting the true extent of black crime and then capitalizing on and sensationalizing cases such as the justified killing of Trayvon Martin at the same time equally and far more horrific black crimes go un-reported.
That last is highly unlikely given the MSM’s absolute reliance on the necessity of distortion and sensationalization in order to sell themselves and to satisfy the all-but insatiable appetites of their audiences for distortion, sensationalization–and lies.
Please see Part Two to follow.