To America haters, race hustlers, celebrity ass clowns and their compliant allies in the media, George Zimmerman’s acquittal proves it is open season on young black men. In their world it is forever 1955—Rosa Parks decides to sit in the front of her Montgomery bus; the horror of Emmett Till’s brutal murder painfully fresh.
Perversely, they delight in the image of a nation where white privilege reigns over a subjugated black and brown minority. Forget that it’s not even true. The race-baiters want us to hate one another; fomenting rage in the already discontented African-American community.
Protests, filled with angry people madder than hell at something they can’t even articulate, are popping up in cities across the country. A few have spiraled out of control: stores trashed, streets blocked, cars and American flags set afire, and, not surprisingly, vicious assaults on innocent bystanders. If Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers have their way, this ugliness will only get worse.
If only we could stop the madness! If only there was someone who could offer an exulting message of unity and optimism.
There is one such person. Barack Obama.
Of course, he hasn’t done any such thing. Yes, the President tossed off an uninspired statement after the verdict saying mostly the right things, though he didn’t acknowledge the Zimmerman family and managed to insert a pitch for gun control. It didn’t hurt (unlike his “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” comments last year), but it hasn’t helped, either.
Since Obama isn’t using his bully pulpit to lift us above our differences, I’m going to help him—free of charge. Our President, sitting in the Oval Office, delivering a short, inspirational speech:
My fellow Americans. I am taking this opportunity to talk to you about justice in the face of unspeakable tragedy: the devastating intersection of two young men in Sanford, Florida on a cold, wet night last year when 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. This case has captured our hearts and our minds. It has also, sadly, divided our great nation by opening racial wounds we all hoped had long healed.
By now, we’re all familiar with the circumstances. Martin was unarmed, Zimmerman shot him in a fracas that ensued after following the teen. Some Americans, especially those from the African-American community, looked at this as a clear case of racial profiling; others disagreed and felt Mr. Zimmerman was acting in self-defense.
Only God and the two men involved really know what happened that night. Viewed through a prism of race and culture, however, our perspectives have differed—sometimes dramatically.
My heart goes out to Trayvon’s parents whose searing grief will last long after the headlines have faded; no parent should ever have to experience the untimely death of a child. Mr. Zimmerman’s family has also suffered tremendously throughout this ordeal. Nobody walks away winning.
But whatever our opinions leading up to the trial, Mr. Zimmerman was presumed innocent until proven guilty, and unlike many areas of the world where justice is arbitrary and shrouded in secrecy, we were able to watch in real-time as the case unfolded. The jury rendered its verdict. Justice was served.
That is our system; a great system that doesn’t bend to the political winds of the moment, one that doesn’t succumb to emotional appeals no matter how powerful they may be. We have to remember that, especially when we don’t agree with the outcome and even more so when the decision reminds us of past injustices.
Indeed, the journey to guarantee equality for all Americans has been painful and at great cost: From the conflicts of the Civil War through Civil Rights, hundreds of thousands have fought and died to enable once enslaved people become equal partners in the great American dream. Me sitting here today and talking to all of you as President of the United States is proof that the dream is real.
We are blessed to live in the most exceptional nation the world has ever known. Sometimes, we may wish things would be different. We can work on that. But be assured that in the United States of America, in matters that unite or divide us, the ultimate outcome will be just.
God bless you and God bless America.