I didn’t think this day would ever come, but I have to say that for once, I agree with Charles Barkley. Ouch. It hurts to even say that, but Charles is right about the Zimmerman verdict.
“I agree with the verdict”, Barkley said in an interview with CNBC. “I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night — clearly something went wrong — and I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it — but something happened that changed the dynamic of that night.”
Yes, it’s a sad day anytime someone loses their life, especially when they were doing nothing wrong. And it’s horrible that people lost their son. By all moral standards and all reasonable accounts, this was a horrible situation.
However, by Florida law, this acquittal was the right thing to do. The jury didn’t make a mistake, the Florida legislature did, when they voted the “stand your ground” statute into law.
Barkley also pointed out his dismay over the media giving racists, both black and white, “a platform to vent their ignorance.”
This couldn’t be more accurate.
I’ve seen both sides, from the white racist stating their excitement that “justice was served” to the black racists using this situation as an opportunity to push their agenda through the media.
The bottom line is that even though there was obviously racial profiling by Zimmerman, the problem with this verdict was not race, it was the terrible Florida laws that allow someone to hunt a person down, start a fight, and then claim self-defense.
Yes, George Zimmerman is a racist. But this verdict was not about race. It was simply about the law and the law sucks. The law gave the jurors no way to find Zimmerman guilty of a crime.
#repealstandyourground #justicefortrayvon #charlesbarkley