Posted by Neil P. on 05/25 at 10:04 PM | #
Where's the outrage over the fact that during Easter week, a 20-year-old black man brutally beat a 90-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife in Tulsa, OK, then raped the poor old woman, who died at his hands. This harmless old couple had been married for 65 years, only to have their peace shattered so viciously near the end of their lives. But where are the people speaking out against this black on white crime?
Posted by Susan on 04/21 at 02:10 PM | #
"We live in a post-fact society now." Not a post-racial one.
The facts were irrelevant in determining if Zimmerman should be charged. Hopefully they won't be irrelevant to the judge and jury.
Posted by obatomy on 04/20 at 09:33 PM | #
An excellent article, sir. I have tweeted it. I will also add Kafka to my reading list.
Posted by Larry G. on 04/20 at 02:50 PM | #
Racial profiling is a crime? Really?
Wonder: has anyone checked into the nature of/perpetrators of the criminal activity taking place in/around Zimmerman's neighborhood prior to the February incident?
I thought not.
Wonder: if there was a heightened awareness of strange passers-by in this neighborhood, including the establishment of a neighborhood watch, why wouldn't anyone take a closer look? Could the issue more-so have been that Zimmerman observed a stranger in his neighborhood? One that had been victimized in the recent past by criminals? I recall GZ only commented in the race of the stranger (TM) when ASKED by the authority taking his call via 911 service.
Truth is, anyone would probably notice someone out of place in their neighborhood. Whether the stranger was a white man "out-of-place" in a black neighborhood or vice-versa.
If you, or friends and neighbors, have been victimized by criminals, your sensitivity is going to be raised. It may or may not have anything to do with race. But when you observe a stranger near you, you are very likely to be suspicious of them.
If you're not, personally, I believe you're an idiot, liar or both.
If you're kicked by a mule, is there any lesson to be learned in the second kick? Or, are you more likely to be much more cautious to prevent the second kick?
It's madness to beat this "racial profiling" drum to the extent that has, thus far taken place. There's usually much more to any story than reported in the media. The U.S press bears much responsibility for promoting the weary angles as they have in order to foment animosity between Americans. It is no surprise.
But if racial profiling criminal, then so is the media malpractice that had been rampant in this case. Pathetic, lazy, inaccurate and self-serving. Such is the condition of much of what scantly passes as journalism in America.
Posted by Edmund on 04/19 at 08:34 PM | #
I had wondered, did ANYONE truly understand the actual significance/sickness of the Zimmerman case, and reject what the media and racists and politicians would have us believe?
Thankfully you did, which some of my emailers now will share. So you have greatly reduced my frustrations. One frustration, as you point out, that “guilt or innocence have little to do with it.”
Sincere thanks for your deeply thoughtful, “unafraid,” (typical of CFP writers) presentation.
Posted by Terence W. on 04/19 at 07:48 PM | #
Zimmerman is nut job plain and simple and article is just as nutty!.,Everthing people is not a conspiracy!..My God!..Trayvon's life has Value!.
Posted by Vincent J on 04/19 at 04:54 PM | #
I don't always agree but this is your best pen to paper (if we can still call it that) to date.
Thank you and will pass on.
Posted by F. Lowe on 04/17 at 10:36 PM | #
We Are All George Zimmerman
Posted by Daniel Greenfield on Apr 16, 2012 at 08:15 AM
George Zimmerman has been chosen to serve as a gladiator in the circus that distracts a bankrupt nation from the criminal folly of its leaders
Andy Warhol predicted that in the future everyone would be world-famous for 15 minutes. What he neglected to mention was that they were just as likely to be infamous.
Zimmerman had decorated his flyers and website with the famous quotation attributed to Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing.” His activities reveal a man who took those words to heart, who put his time, money and safety on the line to become one of those good men who do something. But the problem was that Zimmerman had been reading Burke, when he should have been reading Kafka.More...
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