Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Reflections on George Zimmerman Travesty and U.S. Racism

We close the year by reviewing one of the biggest miscarriage of justice episodes in recent memory.

The killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012—and the inability of legal authorities to convict Zimmerman for Trayvon’s death—are glaring examples of America’s disregard for the lives of African-Americans.

The initial failure of Sanford Police to arrest this murderous, bigoted bully illustrates that the very forces instituted to “protect and serve” the people’s interests, still, obviously, don’t regard African-Americans as worthy of the full protections afforded to other citizens.

What does the unjustified killing of Trayvon Martin, and the acquittal of his killer, tell us about America’s justice system—and, their attitude towards the rights of African-Americans? In recent times, George Zimmerman has once again been in the news. Several weeks ago, he was arrested for, allegedly, threatening the life of his current girlfriend with a shotgun; earlier he had threatened his wife Shellie and her father with a gun and punched him on the nose.

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