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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Profilin' Bigotry

"Mr. [Mark] O’Mara [a lawyer for George Zimmerman] disputed the notion that Mr. Zimmerman engaged in racial profiling. 'His history was not as a racist,' he said.

He added that if Mr. Zimmerman was black, he likely would never have been charged. 'This became a focus for a civil rights event, which is a wonderful event to have,' he said, 'but they decided George Zimmerman was to blame and to use as a civil rights violation.'”
Well, Mr. O'Mara, you may be right: If George Zimmerman had been black, he may never have been charged with second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin in "self-defense."  And in that sense, Zimmerman is "unlucky" to be white.
As unlucky as Zimmerman's whiteness may be, though, it is dwarfed by his good fortune in Trayvon Martin's blackness.  Because let's be honest, Mr. O'Mara, if Trayvon had been white, then Zimmerman would have been arrested immediately, and would right now likely be serving 25-30 years in jail for manslaughter.

Oh, who are we kidding?  If Trayvon had been white, Zimmerman never would have been following him in the first place.

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