Wednesday, April 11, 2012
GEORGE ZIMMERMAN CHARGED, FINALLY AT LAST?
Icheoku is not salivating nor celebrating the belated filing of charges against the murderer George Zimmerman by the state of Florida, which like pulling a tooth, they reluctantly did due to overwhelming pressure. It is the right thing to do under the circumstances of an unwarranted taking of the life of another by an overzealous and armed thug, who despite being told to back off proceeded to kill an unarmed black boy anyway. Now the nation and the world await to see the reasonableness or lack of it of the Florida jury which shall sit over this case.
Icheoku says but for the protests, marching and crying out loud, may be Trayvon Martin would have remained just another statistic of murdered inconsequential black American young man; afterall his body was already tagged as 'John Doe' despite being clearly identifiable. Unfortunately it took all the uproar to provoke the conscience or lack of it of those fellas in Florida to understand that this slaughter is one too many and like Al Sharpton said, "we used to accept as fate-given certain things, but we choose not to accept them any more." Thankfully the current filing of charges against George Zimmerman proves that marching and shouting until justice is done is very effective; but that is not to say that there are no other several thousands of Trayvon Martins of America whose death were swept under the carpet as if they were none issue; afterall they were just ordinarily black young men of America?
Icheoku says with the charges now filed, here comes the heavy lifting of trying to find a jury of his peers that will dispassionately render justice to both the murderer George Zimmerman and the victim Trayvon Martin. But whatever the jurors of Florida decide, they should remember that injustice to one is injustice to all and that the lid gingerly atop the keg of gunpowder in Florida could be easily blown off depending on how they applied their justice in this case. The evidence is so overwhelming that short of the murderer being exculpated by the Florida infamous "Stand your ground Law", this case does not need much forensic work to establish his guilt and responsibility for the crime of murder. Icheoku hopes that the jury would return a verdict of guilty as charged against the murderer George Zimmerman and in that way find justice for both parties and ensure peace reigns in Florida.
Now comes the many what ifs of this case which are rather so numerous that they may never be completely answered in full. What if there was no media blitz on this case or the ever partial and biased White-controlled American media decided to black out the story as usual? What if there were no galvanizing of wounded souls who lead and participated in all the outpouring of grieve, marching and protesting this unjustifiable homicide with calls to render justice to Trayvon Martin? What if Trayvon Martins case did not touch the raw emotions of righteous Americans who trooped out to demand justice? What if there is no black American president and a black American Attorney General to push the case? What if there were no high profile Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to lend their face and voice to this injustice; an injustice so touchy that even Uncle Tom Bill Cosby saw for the first time that things are not right between White majority and black minority of America? What if the investigating prosecutor came up short of filing charges in this case and so many other what ifs? But finally, what if the soon to be convened jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty and decides he walks a free man? Icheoku does not want to contemplate how America will react to such possible verdict but will volunteers that Rodney King's Los Angeles 1982 melee might be a child's play.
There is simply something that rubs humanity wrongly when apparent injustice is done to whoever irrespective of the color of the skin or the depth of the pocket as in this Trayvon Martin's case whose circumstance is so touchy and so captivating that humans were moved. Tryavon Martin's brutal execution or rather lynching by gun by the barbarian murderer George Zimmerman, especially after being told by the police to back off and the cry for help of the unarmed helpless boy who was shot in the back, would make even a jury composed of KKK people return a verdict of guilty except they also do not have a beating heart inside of them. Anyway, the nation as well as the world is glued to this story and shall not rest until it is concluded one way or the other; but whatever happens, at least the formerly pampered murderer George Zimmerman has been arrested and would be charged for the murder of Trayvon Martin? However this development was based on what we were told as no sighting of George Zimmerman's mugshot has been made anywhere yet or may be he is still enjoying that personal cozy relationship with the police down there in Florida which made them let him walk in the first place. Also boycotting Florida over this obscene "Stand your Ground" law should be considered as an option no one wants to be killed just for straying into a wrong neighborhood of Whites Only?