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Race factors in the verdict

I hope that discourse on the results of the trial of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin broadens beyond the AP story in Tuesday’s Enterprise, which detailed the policing of public protests that followed the verdict but refrained from enlightening the public about the basis for the protests.

With a black man as president, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent majority opinion neutralizing a key part of the 1965 Civil Rights Act, we are led to believe by conservative pundits that we are in a post-racial era and that the voting rights of racial minorities no longer require protection.

Never mind suppression of the black vote in several states during the recent U.S. elections. Race, we are told, shouldn’t enter into the discussions, whether in college admissions, access to polling booths or in the courtroom — we are better off being colorblind.

Back to the Zimmerman verdict: Professor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, who followed the trial proceedings, believes that the judge and the prosecution both committed errors that resulted in a flawed verdict. A principal error was sanitizing the trial of any discussion of race. The judge made a determination apriori that race would be a forbidden topic within the trial. So while profiling of criminals could be discussed, “racial profiling” could not. This ruling was made even though Zimmerman’s cousin, when interviewed after the shooting, stated: “George (Zimmerman) does not like black people.”

If someone missed the MWB incident in West Davis (Mowing While Black) not long ago and no longer believes that white privilege and racial prejudice still exist, s/he might want to view a film clip reminiscent of “Candid Camera.” Three actors in turn pretend to steal a bicycle — first a young white man, followed by a young black man and then by a young white woman. The response of the bystanders should leave no doubt: http://friendsofjustice.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/white-guy-black-guy-pretty-girl.

Mikos Fabersunne

Davis

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  • Hamza El-NakhalJuly 18, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Excellent point, Thanks Mikos.

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  • ml1999July 19, 2013 - 9:51 am

    So the media failed in their media-generated witch hunt. A few facts you leave out. Google "black business partner 'george zimmerman ' ", and you'll get 196 Million results. Do it for yourself. The FBI investigated a "hate crime", and found nothing. In fact, they found that Zimmerman had a black business partner, stood up for homeless African Americans, and tutored black youth! He also voted for Obama, and lobbied his family for Obama. What you also leave out in your Letter to the Editor is that it was Martin who called Zimmerman a racial slur.

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  • ConservativetrappedinDavisJuly 20, 2013 - 6:30 am

    ml1999, You are right but unfortunately the people who like to stoke the fire of racism don't care about the facts.

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  • Noreen MazelisJuly 20, 2013 - 4:21 pm

    for ml199 and conservativetrappedindavis: Save your breath; talking to Mikos Fabersunne about facts is a waste of time. Ditto for his friend, Hamza al-Nakal.

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  • ConservativetrappedinDavisJuly 20, 2013 - 5:16 pm

    You know Noreen, I've found that talking to most Davis liberals about facts is a total waste of time.

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