The prevailing denial of
the prevailing fact in the U.S. -- racism -- mainly on the part of a much too
large segment of the controlling so-called "white" population, but
also smaller but still noticeable slices of other ethnic groups, even including
some among the very people who have had to bear the lion's share of all that
long-running, kneejerk hatred -- so-called "black people" -- causes
me to awaken each morning with extreme discomfort. This is because, despite all the nitwit
statements to the contrary, no end to the racism is anywhere in sight, and
though I don't like to predict anything, absolutely nothing exists to suggest
that any end or even a light amelioration of it is even possible. Instead it seems there is a better chance of
being able to journey to Mars on an escalator tomorrow than there is for any
"black" person (other than the completely deluded and also
unscrupulous ones) to see a day when their presence in this land, more than
that of any other group, will not be resented, deeply and completely. And somehow, some way, they will keep hearing
about it forever and anon, now that the continuous resentment of
"white" conservatives to the double elections of B. Obama has made
open expressions of racism so fashionable,
One reason the Trayvon
Martin case is so important, is that it bears out this contention so starkly.
The killing of Trayvon
Martin was clearly a racially motivated capital crime, and yet the judge seemed
to be collaborating with the defense in trying to prevent any mention of racial
motives from being considered. At the
very beginning she decreed that the prosecution could not even use the term
Still the fact remains
that George Zimmerman, the self-appointed and clearly mentally challenged spotter,
stalker, and eventual executioner of Trayvon Martin, would not have been the
least bit interested in the youth if Martin had not been clearly identifiable
as being of the despised hue, and Zimmerman indicated that by using "black"
as one of the identifying characteristics of his quarry during one of the calls
he made to the police. And the state of Florida, one of the
least enlightened of the states, would not have downgraded this essentially
premeditated murder to the status of a non-capital crime if Martin had been the
color of Zimmerman's father.
But Zimmerman did stalk
and eventually kill the unarmed teenager in cold blood, confident that the
consequences would be light to non-existent because his father is not only a
so-called “white” person but also is, or was, some kind of a judge, and in that
arm of the crime industry called "the Law," all -- or nearly all -- of
its participants stick together.
Zimmerman had reason to
feel especially connected with the police because, as came out in trial
testimony, he was encouraged to appoint himself watchman over the community by
a policewoman, even though the local neighborhood association kept itself clear
of that. No matter.
It’s still well-known that the police pretty much have carte blanche to
kill young, "black," males, and that after varying periods of
inconvenience they will eventually be let completely off the hook under the
aegis of that traditional and infamous police alibi:"justifiable
And that state of Florida did downgrade
the charge against Zimmerman to second-degree murder, and so, because that is
not considered to be a capital crime, the case is being tried not even with a
jury consisting of the regular 12 members that one would expect but only half that
number. And furthermore all six are of
the same gender, female, and only one is not "white," being Hispanic
instead, like the defendant's mother.
And none, not even any of the four alternates, is "black." In this day and time this sort of jury cherry-picking
would seem to be improper and even illegal.
Can the lack of an outcry be as good a sign as any that no one really
expects justice to be done in this case?
Not, at least, in Florida.
All in all, going by the standards prevalent
in most of the rest of the U.S.,
this is a miniature jury, filled with women who professed to have no prior
knowledge of the case, and so it has been dubbed by some as "the Incurious
Nevertheless one wonders
how could they not have known about the Trayvon Martin case? At the time of the shooting, it was all over
the national news, and for a while, too.
And as women, as mothers or potential mothers, wouldn't they have been
interested in the central fact of some mother's child having been killed on his
way home after having invested at a convenience store in nothing more than some
tea and a bag of Skittles, even if that mother wasn't the preferred color?
This leads one to wonder
next why hopefully uninformed people like this are considered by attorneys,
whether on the defense or on the attack, to be the most desirable jurors? The
excuse in this case is something notably weak, notably that women have many
other concerns to take care of, and so they have no time to be up on current
events. But, unless I am badly mistaken,
being well informed is still considered to be a sign of real intelligence, and
in all trials of any importance, especially those involving the death of a
human being (and Trayvon Martin WAS a human being), wouldn't it be best to have
people of real intelligence deciding the outcome, instead of a collection of pleasant
and nice-looking know-nothings (if that is how these ladies were thought to be)?
But no. The law, or the Constitution, or the Magna
Carta, or somebody has decreed that juries must consist of one's peers, which I
assume means people in the defendant's general situation in life. And so it must have been decided by both the
defense and the prosecution that these six ladies approximate George
Zimmerman's peers. The news didn't say
so, and it may be malicious, but, looking at the defendant, I can't help
wondering if they asked all the potential jurors how much experience they had
had in riding to school in the short buses?