The last twenty-four hours has been interesting, yesterday my wife and I went on a 4.33 mile walk. We wanted to get out of the house but didn’t want to spend the money on doing anything too expensive. We came home and did some cleaning and got ready to attend a wedding. The wedding was beautiful and they had some delicious cupcakes.
Upon arriving home, we found out the verdict in the George Zimmerman case. After which we found out that Cory Monteith had died in a hotel in Canada. Apparently he has struggled with addictive substances with a decent part of his life. He was 31 and starred on the popular show “Glee.”
First I do not know all the facts of the George Zimmerman case so I cannot give any opinion on his guilt or innocence. In fact no one but God, George, and Trayvon know the truth. The absolute truth of the case will never be known. I do find it interesting that many people who do not have the facts either, give an opinion based upon fear and supposition. These people care very little for the truth or facts, they only care for what they perceive as “right.” Some people point to race as the primary motive for the shooting or rather racial profiling. They accuse without knowing, what was in Mr. Zimmerman’s heart. In the heat of the moment there was certainly confusion between the two people. It unfortunately resulted in the death of Mr. Martin, but is this justification for using race as motive, more importantly does using race serve the purpose of justice.
Justice does not care about race, it only cares about justice. If someone is falsely accused of murdering someone else would it be just to convict them just because of the color of their skin. If the situation was reversed would the same people who call for justice for Trayvon, would they be calling for justice for George? If the answer is “No,” then that is not justice, that is revenge. There is a reason that Lady Justice is blind, because our legal system should be a reflection of the values that we hold most dear.
Now, that being said the system is far from perfect. It is run by humans with all our fallacies included. The system makes mistakes but that is no reason to abandon it. We have spent more than 200 years working on the justice system, with many of our laws a direct result of the tyranny that we faced from England. There would be no justice if it changed on with every whim of the legislature. That is one of the many reasons our justice system is largely based on jurisprudence. The justice system changes slowly because it is meant to, the founders knew that if it was easy to change, then those who might want to usurp the government could do so with very little difficulty. That is one reason passing an amendment to the Constitution is so difficult. It needs to be hard, to make sure that the government remains intact and the laws are enforceable.
Many people threatened violence as a means of obtaining justice for Trayvon. How is it justice for Trayvon if the individuals in question loot and destroy the property of others? Nothing they do can bring Trayvon back and what they are discussing doing is revenge on innocent people. If people want to honor Mr. Martin’s memory then do something positive and constructive, not destructive. If you want the memory of Trayvon to be associated with destruction and violence then riot, but I believe that more people remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his peaceful protests than for the violence that Malcolm X urged.
The argument that occurred between Mr. Martin and Mr. Zimmerman was a travesty. The loss of life is sad no matter the circumstance surrounding it, however, that is no reason to deprive the person of their liberty simply because you disagree with the outcome of the trial. The criminal justice system although imperfect is the best we have, if change is to occur, working with the system will achieve results without the loss of more lives.