Skip to comments.Former Obama advisor Van Jones: Racism won
Posted on 07/13/2013 10:03:40 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Former Obama adviser Van Jones declared that racism won in the trial of George Zimmerman.
The verdict: racism won. #TrayvonMartin Jones tweeted in the aftermath of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.
Jones was appointed to Obamas cabinet in March 2009 as special advisor for green jobs, a newly created position. He is known as the co-founder of the nonprofit progressive advocacy groups Color of Change, which focuses on civil rights, and Green for All, which focuses on the environment.
Colorofchange.org executive director Rashad Robinson released a statement calling the Zimmerman verdict another tragedy for black families everywhere.
A court in Florida today found George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder for shooting and killing unarmed 17 year old Trayvon Martin in February 2012. This is another tragedy for Black families everywhere, and another instance of how law enforcement and our criminal justice system routinely fail Black people and communities. Were it not for Trayvons family and countless supporters taking action, Zimmerman would have never faced a single question about his actions at all. Tonight, as George Zimmerman walks away without penalty, the verdict sends a clear message about the minimal value placed on the lives of young Black men and boys everywhere, Robinson wrote.
By amplifying unfounded claims about Trayvon, news media magnified the very same racial stereotypes and false perceptions that put Trayvons life in danger in the first place, while ignoring his familys rightful pleas for justice. Numerous outlets have been passing along unfounded, baseless conjecture as evidence, and reviving deep-seated stereotypes to validate Zimmermans defense. This type of newscasting portrays Black teenagers as inherently threatening and violence-prone, but its actually the unfair and dehumanizing portrayals in the mass news media that are proven to be life threatening to Black men and boys. We already know that inaccurate media portrayals lead to warped biases against Black people, which lead to negative attitudes and aggressive, harmful treatment by judges, juries, police and others vigilantes wielding dangerous preconceptions like George Zimmerman, Robinson added.
LOL Van Jones still thinks he’s relevant..how cute..maybe we can find a hobo on the street and ask his opinion, I’d actually value it more
Van Jones must be a sexist then.
Van is a looser.
Lighten up Jonesy. America already has enough drama queens.
It sure did Van. Black racists everywhere got another ass backwards ‘justification’ to act like black racists. And justice, which thank God happened in this case, be damned.
Sorry Mr. Jones, racism won in 2008 and 2012. Tonight is a night for justice!
Biggest threat to black men and boys is other black men and boys. As for ‘racism won’—about time a ‘brown brother’ received justice.
Actually the racism of blacks got smacked down today, Van.
From USA Today
SANFORD, Fla.--George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter on Saturday.
The verdict is the culmination of a case that captured the nation's attention and will undoubtedly be imprinted in America's history. For Zimmerman, it means trying to recapture his life after he was at the center of a national maelstrom over racial profiling, state gun laws and what constitutes self-defense.
The not guilty verdict means the jury of six women found that Zimmerman justifiably used deadly force and reasonably believed that such force was "necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm" to himself Florida's definition of self-defense.
Zimmerman showed no emotion as the verdict was read. After the verdict was read, he smiled slightly and shook hands with one of his lawyers.
The unidentified jurors decided Zimmerman didn't "intentionally commit an act or acts that caused death" or demonstrate a "depraved mind without regard for human life" --Florida's definitions of manslaughter and second degree murder, respectively.
In a press conference after the verdict, Zimmerman attorney Mark O'Mara said his client will now need to get on with his life.
"I think he's going to be great. I think he is still worried. Hopefully everyone will respect the jury's verdict," O'Mara said.
He offered his sympathies to Trayvon's parents for the loss of their son. But he said despite the national protests that erupted after the shooting, the case had nothing to do with civil rights.
Zimmerman's brother, Robert, told CNN's Piers Morgan that his brother was processing the reality that he is free.
"He has some decompressing to do," he said. "Our family was emotional. We are exonerated as a family and George is exonerated as a defendant. It's going to take us some time to heal."
For all the euphoria on Zimmerman's team, prosecutors and Trayvon's family faced a huge letdown. Trayvon's parents were not in the courtroom when the verdict was read.
Trayvon's father Tracy posted on Twitter, "Even though I am broken-hearted, my faith is unshattered. I will always love my baby Tray ... even in his death I know my baby proud of the FIGHT we along with all of you put up for him."
The family's attorney Benjamin Crump thanked all the protesters nationwide who "put their hoodies up and to everybody who said, 'I am Trayvon.' " He urged supporters to remain peaceful, despite the verdict.
Lead prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda said, "I am disappointed in the verdict but I respect it. We accept the jury's verdict."
My own feeling is this. I have followed the trial closely...each day. The Jury clearly looked at the evidence, which was overwhelming for the defense and Zimmerman.
Zimmerman's nose was broken and his face was bruised and bloodied after the confrontation. He had cuts and bruises on the back of his head. He had grass stains on the back of his shirt and pants. Treyvon had no injuries from the fight, except the gunshot wound. There were scrapes on his knuckles. And he had grass stains on his knees. All of this was supported by the forensic evidence and was not challenged.
It is clear who was delivering a beating, and who was receiving it. An eye witness indicated Treyvon was on top of Zimmerman and hitting him. Clearly, the one who was screaming histerically, and terrified for help, was the one being beaten, not the one on top doing the beating.
In almost all cases, the prosecution witnesses, under cross examination, gave testimony that ended up supporting Zimmerman's story.
It is tragic that things happened like they did. But neither person had broken any laws, or committed any crime, and could have walked away from this up until the time one of them decided to sucker punch the other in the face, break his nose and knock him down. Even then Treyvon could have walked away and had very little long term personal consequence. But when he began beating Zimmerman on the ground as he did, he took a path that led to his death. Zimmerman finally shot, and the forensic evidence showed that Treyvon was shot at close range, with the bullet traveling upward through his body (and his heart) while Zimmerman was on the ground.
There simply was not evidence of any hate crimes. There was simply no evidence of murder or negligence. The jury decided that Zimmerman was defending himself.
We know now that Zimmerman, an Hispanic male, mentored young black kids in his spare time. No racist there at all.
No, it is tragic that a 17 year old young man was killed. He was not a "little" kid. He was 6' 2" tall, 170 lbs, and was quite muscular and fit as a high school football player. Zimmerman was 5'9", also weighed around 170 lbs, but was not in good shape and over weight. And Treyvon was not angelic...far from it. His facebook page and tweets make that clear enough, as does his own record...all of which the jury could not hear...and in the end, did not need to.
Would Zimmerman have died that night? We will never know. But he clearly thought he was in great danger, and he was definitely being beat up. So he finally pulled his gun and shot in self defense.
I pray the country can move on from this. This case was trumped up by politicians, the Media, and those seeking a racial cause. The local police had already pretty much determined what this jury found and that is why Zimmerman was released after being taken to the police station that night. These types of things happen fairly often in this nation of 350 million.
For example, shortly before this event, a black man, who was being stalked by 4-5 white thugs, was at home one night when these thugs came to his house and began calling him names, and throwing rocks at his home from his drive way. He was safe in his home. It was secure and he was armed. He did not have to go out. But they were on his property and he decided to go out and confront them. There was an argument. One of the young men, about 19 years old, charged the man yelling that he was going to hurt him. The man shot...and the 19 year old died.
That man was not tried. He was not arrested for murder or manslaughter. Everyone knew these kids were on his property and up to no good. He could have stayed inside, but he decided to confront the evil on his property and when attacked, he defended himself. I have no problem with it...and believe more Americans should send such messages to criminals when they are threatened. 911 takes on average 9 minutes for anyone to get there. Usually by that time, it is over.
That above case happened in Florida by the way...and there was no outcry, no demands to punish that man for killing the much younger man. It was clearly self defense...as was this case with Zimmerman.
I’ll be brief.
Van Jones is a Communist sonofabitch. He’s almost as vile as they get.
No, the racists lost. Finally.
Actually racism lost. If a black man had killed another black man under the same circumstances, the result would have been “Not guilty”. If a Hispanic guy had similarly done in another Hispanic, the result would have been the same. If a white man had killed another white man, same results.
The only difference would have been that no charges would have been brought in those other scenarios.
I remember a case in Texas, Dallas area IIRC, where a black man shot at a bunch of black kids trying to steal his rims. He used an SKS, and some of the kids he shot were merely in the car they had come in, rather than near his car.
Grand Jury returned a “No Bill”. Meaning, no charges warranted. A clear case of theft during the night time, which under Texas law, is justification for use of deadly force in order to stop it.
To declare that it was beyond all reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman was guilty has long impressed me as a bit of a stretch--to say the least.
And to impute to this horrible incident a racial dimension--when there was no convincing evidence that George Zimmerman was animated by bigotry--seems downright ludicrous...
FBI report: No evidence George Zimmerman is racist
An FBI investigation into the shooting of black teenager Travyon Martin concluded that there’s no evidence the suspect, George Zimmerman, was motived by racial bias or hatred.
Very True! Racism has won again! It matters not whether black or white wins in any of these trials - it matters only about the perception of race by blacks! Justice has no meaning to these folks - they perceive justice as a white man’s system, so it can never be achieved!
This really ought to end the fight for racial injustice as it is unachievable if you use the requirements of the left (mainly the blacks). They will continue to use this excuse for any trial that has black against white (or in this case a “white” hispanic). There will never be any change!
So, as expected - actual justice was carried out (no proof of the charges) but racial justice will continue for years. We have a major problem today but it is not racial injustice by whites, it is racial injustice by the blacks and not likely to change in the next century! They are the racists and as long as the Media does not recognize (by leftist default) and nor explain that, we will never get resolution.
If we were all the same color this carnival barker wouldn’t know what to do with himself.
"There is nothing more painful to me than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then to look around and see someone white and feel relieved." ~ Jesse Jackson, 1993
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