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July 17, 2013

ROOT: Just the facts

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I could do a long column on the whole George Zimmerman thing, but I would rather spend some time trying to undo all of the bad that the media is currently doing in this country. Let’s just look at facts and avoid speculation, because that seems to be something that CNN and the other news networks are most definitely not doing.

From everything I have read, George Zimmerman never brought race into this episode. He was concerned with the “punks” that he claims have been terrorizing his neighborhood, but he never said anything about race. Trayvon Martin was killed on a rainy night in Florida while wearing a hoodie that covered his head. Unless George Zimmerman has x-ray vision, it would have been extremely difficult for him to see what race Trayvon Martin was.

George Zimmerman is half white and half Peruvian. He is just as white as President Obama is black. Yet the general consensus is that President Obama is our first African-American president. If that is the case, then George Zimmerman is a Peruvian man accused of killing an African-American teenager. I am just following logic to get to these conclusions. I am not adding anything to this.

If you follow the line of logic that Zimmerman is Peruvian, then that takes the Caucasian element completely out of the picture. Race, from all of the evidence that has been presented, was not a motivating factor in what happened to Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman was an overzealous neighborhood watch volunteer who felt it was his civic duty to patrol his neighborhood carrying a loaded weapon. He followed Trayvon Martin, even after the police asked Zimmerman to not follow Martin. Trayvon Martin was on his way home from the store and found a rather large person following his every move. If I were Trayvon Martin, I would want to know why I was being followed as well.

As for what happened next, you don’t know and I don’t know. Did Trayvon Martin attack George Zimmerman? Did George Zimmerman sneak up on Trayvon Martin and start antagonizing him? You don’t know and I don’t know, so let’s not fill in this moment with misleading information that we could both fabricate.

When it was over, a young man was dead and a vigilante was badly beaten. There was no issue on that evening until George Zimmerman decided to get out of his car and create one. If Zimmerman wanted to trail Trayvon Martin, then he could have done so from his car. Zimmerman chose to get out of his car, with a loaded weapon, and now a young man is dead.

Those facts could have taken place between any two people of any race or color. There is almost no way that George Zimmerman could have known who Trayvon Martin was or Martin’s skin color. Zimmerman was hunting for punks, and punks come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Was Trayvon Martin a punk? I don’t know and you don’t know. It did not appear that Trayvon Martin was out looking for trouble that night and he certainly did not plan on getting into a fight with a man with a gun. Did George Zimmerman legally stand his ground and defend himself? According to a jury, he did. But when you look at the facts, Zimmerman should never have been in that position in the first place.

The fact that a young man is dead and no one has to answer for it is what should be upsetting people right now. But what is upsetting people is the fact that a young black man is dead and the killer went free. Is the killer Caucasian? No, he isn’t. But the media insists on stoking the flames and dividing our country even further.

This verdict should not be a powder keg that explodes into more racial tension in this country. The fact that racism exists in this country is extremely embarrassing and disgusting. Anyone who is feeding off the media’s racial agenda in this story is only fooling themselves into believing that they are doing the right thing.

A young man is dead and the man who killed him is going to go free. It should have never happened, and that is the biggest tragedy of them all. The fact that the media sees this as a reason to add another layer to the racial divide that seems to engross this country makes me sick.

Maybe race had something to do with this tragedy. But when you look at the facts, all you are left with is a murder that should have never happened and a guilty man walking away free. Another shining example of how blind justice really is.

George N Root III is a Lockport resident and sick of racism. His column appears every Wednesday and it is written in black and white. He can be reached at georgeroot@verizon.net.