Riotous Days May Be Here Again!!
Gene Lalor | July 13, 2013
Whether the predicted, violent racial upheavals come to fruition as a consequence of George Zimmerman’s expected acquittal in the self defense killing of Trayvon Martin, the damage will already have been done–to the American justice system if not yet to American lives and property.
If the riots do happen, and most law enforcement authorities believe they will, it should put an end to the myth of the so-called American “melting pot,” but it won’t.
America’s “melting pot” is more akin to a seething, racial-ethnic cauldron for more than 200 years as Irish, Italians, Chinese, Native Americans, blacks, and other ethnic groups were attacked for various reasons. However, riots involving African Americans, especially in the last five decades, have been unique in that they have mostly been provoked by blacks.
Another social anomaly is that only blacks seem to react to verdicts or social developments with which they don’t agree by conducting widespread demonstrations and senseless, destructive riots.
Compounding the racial chaos, our first semi-black president has long been consciously stoking the roaring fire beneath the seething cauldron ever since he took office despite his multiple, hollow declarations of racial healing and mouthings about a post-racial America. As he has said, “The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person.” And, “The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans experience high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history.”
Yet, his own racial history includes taking sides in the Trayvon Martin killing and remaining mute when the New Black Panther Party placed a $10,000 “Wanted–Dead or Alive” bounty on George Zimmerman’s head.
Some racial healing!
Furthermore, the persecution/prosecution of Zimmerman is no accident. It is the direct result of racial and White House agitation.
Bill Lee, the former Sanford police chief was peremptorily fired because he refused to arrest Zimmerman for killing Martin since there simply was not enough evidence to make an arrest. In fact, he added, he “had one of the city commissioners come to me on two different occasions and say, ‘All we want is an arrest.’”
He tried to explain, ‘Well, you just can’t do that, you have to have probable cause to arrest somebody.’ And it was related to me that they just wanted an arrest, they didn’t care if it got dismissed later. And you don’t do that.”
Well, obviously, sometimes you do do just that but as, Lee further explained, when “there was some influence–outside influence and inside influence–that forced a change in the course of the normal criminal justice process.”
Discreetly and with a keen eye toward his future, Lee didn’t elaborate on precisely who was exerting those influences but, clearly, something stinks in Sanford: Hand-picked Judge Debra Nelson, a lifelong Democrat, harassed the defendant on Thursday with premature demands he declare under oath whether he planned to testify in his own defense and then allowed jurors to consider a third possible verdict in addition to not guilty and second degree murder, namely manslaughter.
Manslaughter in Florida carries a penalty up to life imprisonment.
She also indicated she would decide later on whether to charge Zimmerman with child abuse since the 170 pound, 6 foot Martin was 17 at the time he met his Maker, an outrageous idea Nelson decided against apparently after someone told her she would outed as a fool if she allowed the absurd charge to stand.
Whether Zimmerman will be subsequently charged with violating Trayvon’s civil rights will be determined by Barack Obama’s-Eric Holder’s Justice Department, a foregone conclusion in view of the undeclared vendetta of the federal government against the poor schlub Zimmerman evident from the outset of this farce. (See previous posts.)
The Watts Riots took place August 11 to 17, 1965 resulting in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage. The 6-day Rodney King Riots in 1992 resulted in relatively few arrests but 50 deaths, more than 2,000 injuries and more than a billion dollars in damage in Los Angeles.
The Trayvon Riots of 2013 may very well set new fatality, injury, arrest, and property damage records–all because some people either do not understand or cannot accept the rule of law. In fact, even before the Sanford jury began deliberating, chanting crowds had already gathered outside the courthouse.
No one knows where the New Black Panther Party was gathering.
America will be lucky if we escape with our sanity if Judge Nelson’s kangaroo court convicts Zimmerman of anything more than cleansing Sanford’s streets without a license. Then America can go back to believing in our non-existent melting pot.
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