I thought of this when I was reading CNN News posted on Google News. The article said the majority of the country wants to see George Zimmerman indicted.
Let’s back up for a moment and discuss profiling. Many may not believe me, a “white” (well olive skinned), Jewish guy (I threw the Jewish part in for the New Black Panther Party etc, y’all can take your best shot), I’ve been profiled.
How, you may ask? Let me take you back thirty years. I was still living at home in New York City. My mother worked very late one night and I went out to the local subway stop to wait for her. While I was waiting, I noticed the token clerk make a phone call. Within minutes, there was a Transit Cop eyeballing me. This continued until my Mom showed up and we left.
Fast forward some time later at another local subway station. My then brother in law and I were riding out to Newark Airport to meet a friend there. It is just the two of us on the platform and a lone woman, it is 11:30 PM on a Friday night. My ex brother in law is six foot five, and both of us were dressed pretty shabbily. Who shows up, but the same Transit Cop. Until the train came, said cop never took his eyes off us.
I had to go through anger management and one day I will tell the full story as a motivational story.
I call it “Naughty Counseling,” when I’m being silly but all kidding aside, one of the things I learned is my size makes me scary to some people. My childhood friend Lizzie doesn’t see it, but as I explained to her, she grew up with me. Facebook is great for me, because you can “meet me” before you meet me in the flesh.
Is it fair that people are profiled? Even if it isn’t is it still going to happen? Probably. I understand this is the case with me and I work with it accordingly.
Back to whether the will of the majority should be heeded and George Zimmerman should be convicted.
There has been popular justice in history. I live in Arizona. Think Tombstone. One of the tombstones in Boot Hill Cemetery talks about a man they hung by mistake. Tough to undo the error.
Lynch mobs were popular for the masses in the American South at the beginning of the 20th Century.
What I am saying in the the Trayvon Martin case is George Zimmerman may have profiled Trayvon Martin. Say for argument sake you bow to the popular will and indict him for murder.
Let me take you back to October 17, 1992 and the Rodney Peairs case in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Click on the following link for the Wikipedia article about the victim, a Japanese exchange student.
The East Baton Rouge District Attorney brought charges against Mr. Peairs, possibly because of pressure from the U.S. State Department. He lost the case. I suspected at the time he was going to lose the case, but brought the charges for political reasons.
Say the State of Florida brings charges by popular demand. They have to get an indictment from the Grand Jury and hope a jury convicts George Zimmerman of something.
From what I’ve seen so far, what if they don’t even get him indicted? At best, the prosecutor will be seen as incompetent, at worst deliberately throwing in the towel.
Because the majority agrees doesn’t make it right. The issue is more complex. All the facts need to be sifted.
And people will still profile.