A Time to Kill:<br />
Why George Zimmerman's Bail is an Affront to Justice

A Time to Kill:
Why George Zimmerman's Bail is an Affront to Justice

[OPINION] TrayvonMartin's killer has lied about his finances and seems unrepentant for his actions. So why is he out of jail?

by Edward Wyckoff Williams, July 17, 2012

A Time to Kill:<br />
Why George Zimmerman's Bail is an Affront to Justice

George Zimmerman

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perjury and now awaits a trial of her own. Yet Lester, just weeks later, approved another bond release for George Zimmerman. How is that possible? 

It is imperative to also consider that Zimmerman has a prior record - having been arrested for assaulting a police officer and cited for an act of domestic violence against a former girlfriend.

Would any Black man in America with a violent criminal record, who has just murdered an unarmed White teenager ever be treated with such leniency? Would that man ever see the light of day prior to trial? And could that Black man ever credibly claim he felt threatened by the child? I sought such an example in America's nearly 240 year-old judicial history for such a case - it does not exist.

To further complicate matters, Judge Lester also concluded that George Zimmerman presented a flight risk. Zimmerman had failed to tell the Court he held a second passport, by which he could have easily left the country.

In arguing the case for the second bond release, Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara claimed that despite the hundreds of thousands raised online, the family needed more. And this is where dirty racial politics are elevated to courtroom drama antics. Since when does murdering Black children become a means of profiteering? Why should the public fund the defense of a man who murdered a child, and by all accounts did so because of an acute racial bias?

O'Mara answered that question in a statement published on another fundraising website, GZLegalCase.com, O'Mara wrote:

"For those who have given in the past, for those who have thought about giving, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman was justified in his actions, for those who feel they would do the same if they were in Mr. Zimmerman's shoes, for those that think Mr. Zimmerman has been treated unfairly by the media, for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman has been falsely accused as a racist, for those who feel this case is an affront to their constitutional rights--now is the time to show your support."

The most disturbing  and unapologetically racist statements here are "for those who feel Mr. Zimmerman was justified...for those who feel they would do the same thing if they were in Mr. Zimmerman's shoes." 

In what world do thousands of Americans believe Zimmerman did the right thing and show their support through financial donations? These words serve as a dog-whistle and raid siren for disgruntled white racists who think it is their patriotic duty to disrespect the lives and humanity of Black people. This is the kind of mentality that saw thousands of African-Americans subjected to lynching in the Jim Crow South.

Recently the prosecution released documents regarding a potential "Witness #9", who is a female family member of George Zimmerman, and admitted to police officers that the Zimmerman family hated "black people", and the mother herself, originally of Peruvian origin, is a "racist". She also alleged Zimmerman had molested her as a child. 

Mark O'Mara originally sought to suppress these documents, but the judge concluded that under Florida law they had to be released. Court documents also revealed that Zimmerman is seeking spiritual counsel from Gainesville, Florida pastor Terry Jones. Jones became notorious a couple years ago, when he staged a Qur'an burning, that set-off violent protest in Afghanistan. Jones also planned to organize a pro-Zimmerman rally.

Given the pre-trial evidence, showing Zimmerman's numerous 911 calls targeting Black males as suspicious, his past criminal record, the violent events surrounding the murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, and the knowledge that he and his wife conspired - under oath - to hide money from the Court, it is puzzling that this man is free on bail today.

America's original sin has become a cancer on our socio-political consciousness - and imbues our legal process in such a way that never allows for colorblind justice.

The case against Zimmerman is strong, but it remains Trayvon Martin on trial. 

George Zimmerman walked free after lodging a bullet into the child's chest, and now continues with the support of a cynical media, and the financial empowerment of white racist factions, to frame himself as the victim. They use age-old racist ideologies of Black male criminality and White fear, to justify the murder of an innocent boy in a hoodie, walking home in the rain. And the entire criminal justice system and judicial process is skewed in their favor.

History does not always repeat itself, but echoes quite loudly. This is 21st Century Jim Crow. 

Edward Wyckoff Williams is contributing editor at The Root. He is a columnist and political analyst, appearing regularly on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera and national syndicated radio. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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