Racism on Trial

More than anything else, the George Zimmerman trial represents the simmering racial tensions that still exist in America today – for all our struggles to the contrary. It reminds us that, with all the genuine effort from so many dedicated people, we still struggle to bridge the gap that allows us to view issues for just what they are, without prejudice – a true common ground. A situation like the Zimmerman trial strikes at the very heart of all this. It shears away at the goodwill that has been so painstakingly accrued by the people of this nation and opens slowly healing wounds, animating archaic perceptions that huddle in the shadows of our collective consciousness. In the process, the essence that suffers most is truth, and we are all made less for it.

I’d like to think that the truth is what we all want, but we’re seeing that there are numerous shades of this, depending on who’s painting the canvas. Probably one of the best examples is the photographs that have been circulated representing Trayvon Martin. The media, whipped into submission by folks like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, began to immediately show pictures of Martin at the age of 12 and younger. It was all the liberal media ever used after that. Those who had a racial axe to grind soon had Photoshop-doctored pictures all over the web, showing Trayvon Martin as a cross somewhere between Mike Tyson and a gorilla. It’s sad and disgusting on both accounts.

Most of the politically correct media claimed that Trayvon was “timid, well-mannered, and a good student who was slight of build and basically harmless.” The truth is, Martin, at 17, had several large tattoos, a number of gold teeth, was six feet tall, and weighed about 160 pounds. His Twitter account name was “No_Limit_Nigga.” His cell phone contained images of guns and drugs, and messages in which he boasted about getting into fights. Also, at the time of his death, Martin had been suspended from school, for the third time. There were several innocuous reasons for this provided by most of the media and school officials, but the truth is, Martin was suspended a couple of times for failing to attend, and once more, just prior to the shooting. A school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.” The officer said he found Martin the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker. Instead of finding the marker, the officer reported he found 12 pieces of women’s jewelry – silver wedding bands, earrings with diamonds, and a watch – and a large flathead screwdriver (that he described as “a burglary tool”). This is all according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald. Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery of the jewelry (he claimed a friend gave it to him), but was instead suspended for the graffiti, according to the report.

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One of the major issues in the Zimmerman trial has been whose voice was heard screaming for help. Arguments have raged back and forth without a definitive decision. All this just amazes me. There is a simple rule of thumb that unequivocally applies in any violent confrontation, and it has been my experience with every fight I have participated in or witnessed: The guy who is getting beat up is the guy who’s yelling for help. The person who’s doing the beating, is never, never, yelling for help. All the judge or the jury has to do is look at pictures of Zimmerman and Martin after the fight. Other than a bullet hole, Martin apparently didn’t have a mark on him. This has been confirmed by the coroner. Zimmerman had contusions, a broken nose, and a badly bloodied scalp. Add this to the fact that a witness for the defense has testified he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman, pounding away… But you won’t find this logic on the CBS 6 o’clock news report. truth

In a blind attempt to quell our own consciences for affairs that happened before we were born, and to appease the umbrage of those whose lineage suffered through those affairs, we are failing in our honesty to one another, and we are failing in our search for the truth. Any culture that does not carry as its cornerstone, truth, has one foot firmly placed on the road to hell.

I will leave you with a quote by the writer, C.S. Lewis: “If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get neither comfort nor truth, only wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.”


The Truthmaker

Michael Reisig has been writing professionally for 15 years. He is an award-winning newspaper columnist and a best-selling novelist.
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Michael Reisig

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Michael Reisig has been writing professionally for 15 years. He is an award-winning newspaper columnist and a best-selling novelist. Be sure to check out his latest 2-part best-sellers, "Caribbean Gold - The Treasure of Tortuga and The Treasure of Time" -- "If you have enjoyed Michael Reisig’s best-selling “Road To Key West” novels, you will love his new “Caribbean Gold” series, which begins with “The Treasure of Tortuga."

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