Dichotomy; A separation into two divisions that contradict each other
I’ve tried to stay out of this issue because cooler head must prevail. The facts always have a way of floating to the surface and I have a feeling they will in this case as well. That said, this writing is NOT about the actual incident itself. Why? Because I Wasn’t There! Last I hear, only Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman were. The death of Treyvon is an unfortunate tragedy and must be painful for his family. The legal system will deal with this despite the heated politics that surround the case… and hopefully justice will be served.
What really concerns me, however, are the threats publicly directed against Zimmerman; posted by many of those within media and social media alike. There is zero justification for threatening the lives of people (which is a crime) under any circumstance. Look at the Incitement from public figures and organizations alike and you’ll see the regular standbys like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and groups such as the New Black Panther Party and a few others, but the public figures that have injected themselves into this issue such as Spike Lee and his publishing of theaddress of George Zimmerman. Now lets ask ourselves; even if it was the correct address.. Is that OK?. Is it OK for Mike Tyson (who I’ve always been a fan) to violently rant against Zimmerman? To top it off, I’ve heard some of the most disgusting statements about Zimmerman over the last few days and very few people are acknowledging that they don’t really know what happened. Apparently, some can hear a [grossly edited] 911 call and choose to believe what they are fed by the media without so much of a single question to them. And they are still listening to the same people who ALWAYS get it wrong. Remember the Duke Lacrosse case (in which false accusations were leveled), or the Tawana Brawley case (in which false accusations were leveled). Could this be another case in which false accusations are leveled by those of us… who weren’t there?
Now, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites have had a plethora of disgusting comments posted to them. Apparently when people have the anonymity of the internet, they will say anything. Here is some of the wisdom from Twitter [Of course, I will exclude names] :
— “George Zimmerman Released From Jail 150,000 Bail! WTF! Nigga You Are About To Die, Start Writing Your Will! Justices Has Not Been Served.”
— “They done let Zimmerman free lets kill that MF”
— “Kill george zimmerman”
— “TF!!! Zimmerman was freed on bail? Kill that man”
— “Once u been convicted of a crime & let out on bail u can’t be charged 2x for the same thing so that means sum1 gonna have to kill Zimmerman”
The people who wrote these things should be ashamed of themselves — but of course, we know they are not. We all should be outraged? We (especially as Americans) should remember that we are innocent until PROVEN guilty. It is NEVER okay to merely suggest that someone committed a crime and accept the premise of Mob Rule. This type of Mob Rule occurred in America’s history when (1) Mobs of people would attack a jail, take an individual suspected of a crime from Law Enforcement and kill him without trial. Such mob violence also occurred (2) when racially based organizations lynched people merely because they were of another race. Perhaps we all need to reread the book To Kill A Mockingbird [which broaches this idea of mob justice].
We are seeing people being attacked due to their race including a [reported; and you know what I think of media] group of people attacking an individual and claiming “justice for Treyvon”. Is this really the kind of country we want to live in? The people who say they want justice are accusing an individual of Murder… and want someone to kill the guy whom they blame despite the fact there has been no trial and Zimmerman is AT THIS POINT, innocent. They just KNOW in their hearts that he is guilty of murder and not self-defense. It is always unfortunate when someone gets killed, but race seems to be the trigger in this case. The test is that we are not speaking of the hundreds of people who get killed yearly through violence in any number of neighborhoods throughout the country.
It is always unfortunate when anyone gets killed, but the reaction of mobs are ALWAYS terrifying. Who would’ve thought that people who would previously be victims of racial violence (by a certain three letter organization) would be, generations later, saying the exact statements about others.
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
It pains me to think it, but I’ll venture to say, Martin Luther King Jr. would be turning in his grave at some of our inhumane, discourteous, and disrespectful behavior toward our brethren.