The weekend protest is over and the silence is deafening. The tragedy of a young man dying will go on forever in the minds and hearts of his mother and his dad. The other tragedy, a man older but still young, in the condemnation of George Zimmerman who will live every day with the horrible act of killing. He will have limited job opportunities, fear for his life and generally have a miserable existence. The media crafted an unforgivable injustice to Zimmerman as, in their minds, he was the sole cause of the terrible shooting of a black teenager. None of us will know what exactly happened that night, but the media doesn’t care about the truth, only punishment for a white man killing a black man.
Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, was depicted in photographs as a scowling white man next to an innocent 12-year-old black boy. If a white man had shot Zimmerman, the media would shout “a white man shot a Hispanic man.”
Most of us remember the 1996 Olympic bombing and a part-time security cop Richard Jewel. He saved countless lives when he located the backpack/bomb and started moving people away from the bomb just before it exploded. Only one person was killed, a black woman from Macon. He quickly went from hero to goat as he became the suspected bomber, and the media jumped on the 33-year-old man from rural Georgia. He was hounded until the FBI et al decided they had made a mistake.
For the next nine years, until Eric Rudolph was captured and confessed to the bombing. Jewel was still looked upon as the possible bomber. He went from job to job and died two years after Rudolph confessed.
Trayvon was no saint, as his recent conduct had gotten him expelled from school and stolen jewelry was found in his school locker. Zimmerman, who had made over fifty 911 calls reporting suspicious behavior over the years, had never once had a fight or threatened to fight. Even after he was proven innocent in a court of law, he is still guilty in the eyes of the media and certain black men and women, and, of course, the Rev. Al Sharpton.
The black and white divide continues thanks to the media, the Sharptons of the world, and President Obama. As Yogi said, “it ain’t over till it’s over.” We’re just waiting for the next media event.