I would very much like to see a lot of people’s cynical assumptions about the likely fallout to that to be, well, cynical assumptions that turned out to be false. Fortunately, most of the trash-talk along those lines have been in social media, which is notorious for having people who talk big, and act small.
PS: My thoughts on this trial will remain my own, but: there is enough in the way of bad decision-making and poorly thought-out actions to go around. I’m not really celebrating this decision; after all, somebody died.
…largely because I expected that the issues with the prosecution would appear all on their own; and lo! They have. But I’ll note this: judging from the horrified retweets that I am seeing on Twitter, there are a lot of people out there who seem to be unaware that:
- There is actually a very good case to be made for self-defense;
- The case against George Zimmerman isn’t going to get much better than this (and so far, it’s not going well for the prosecution);
- And it is entirely possible that Zimmerman is not going to be convicted of second-degree murder.
If that happens, it’s not actually because of racism, conspiracy theories, or indeed anything except the fact that the case is very, very weak. So, if Zimmerman is exonerated, there is no actual reason to, I don’t know, riot or anything. And if there is a riot, it’s all because of the idiots who told the world things that were politically convenient, but not actually true.
Starting with Barack Obama, who really should have kept out of it.
PS: If you’re a Democratic operative who pushed this story for partisan gain then you ought to be ashamed of yourself. And possibly you should go find a confessional.
On the Zimmerman shooting:
…A Hispanic Democrat shoots a black guy and somehow it’s the fault of white Republicans. Because, I guess, everything is.
Although I’d like to note for the record that if you happen to be a Latino Democrat then you should probably be taking seriously any feelings of disquiet or low-grade worry that might have erupted over the way that events have unfolded. Just a suggestion; feel free to ignore it.