“Evangelical” Left Weighs in on Zimmerman Verdict
And you know what? The E-lefties sound just as ignorant, just as foolish, and just as determined as secular lefties to turn the acquittal of George Zimmerman into some kind of racial/ideological trope that can be used to convict America. First up is Brian McLaren, with as dishonest a piece of hackery as you’ll ever see in Sojourners:
One America now has more reason to believe that their sons can be presumed guilty until proven innocent without a reasonable doubt when they’re walking down the street armed only with Skittles and an iced tea.
The other America now has more reason to believe that they can get away with murder, or something close to it, as long as the victim is young and black and wearing a hoodie.
One America now has less reason to believe that their sons will have equal protection under the law.
The other America is more secure in its right to “stand its ground” and will be even more determined to carry concealed weapons — and use them.
One America is threatened by the “reasonable doubt” that protects the other.
One America watches as the other America expands their gun rights while reducing protections for its own voting rights.
The other America sincerely believes their own gun rights are more threatened than their counterparts’ voting rights.
It goes on in that vein, and is pure, unadulterated nonsense. There are murders every day in this country–some are white-on-black, some black-on-white, the majority black-on-black. The Zimmerman trial was not a stand-in for America’s racial troubles, especially as more and more details emerge that indicate that the accused was anything but a racist. But none of that matters to a clown such as McLaren. All that matters is “The Narrative” and its exploitation.
Then there’s Jim Wallis:
If my white 14-year-old son Luke had walked out that same night, in that same neighborhood, just to get a snack he would have come back to his dad unharmed — and would still be with me and Joy today. Everyone, being honest with ourselves, knows that is true. But when black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin went out that night, just to get a snack, he ended up dead — and is no longer with his dad and mom. Try to imagine how that feels, as his parents.
It’s a terrible thing, what his parents have had to endure, but you know what–if Wallis’ son had done that, and walked through the wrong neighborhood, there’s an even higher likelihood that he would have been robbed or killed by African-American youths just out looking for a fight. In Wallis’ world, however, only whites (or, apparently, “white Hispanics”) are ever guilty of this sort of thing.
It was a political, legal, and moral mistake to not put race at the center of this trial because it was at the center from the beginning of this terrible case. Many are now saying, “There was a trial; the results must be accepted.” How well the case against George Zimmerman was prosecuted, how fair the tactics of the defense were, the size and selection of the jury, how narrowly their instructions were given — all will be the subject of legal discussions for a very long time.
But while the legal verdicts of this trial must be accepted, the larger social meaning of court cases and verdicts must be dealt with, especially as they impact the moral quality of our society.
What a bunch of crap. Nothing at the trial demonstrated that the incident was about race, Trayvon’s friend Rachel Jeantel has said it wasn’t about race, in fact if Trayvon Martin had been Swedish and George Zimmerman just off the boat from Addis Ababa it never would have been about race, and in fact never would have been heard of beyond Sanford, Florida. The only reason it was made about race by the mainstream media, white liberals, and African-American con men like Al Sharpton is because they saw an opportunity to make hay, to flog white guilt, and to stir up racial animosity, each for their own reasons. Jim Wallis is among those doing just that, though God only knows why.
And the impact of race in and on this case, this trial, and the response to it around the country must now all be centrally addressed.
There is no doubt that this whole tragedy began with the racial profiling of Trayvon Martin. In George Zimmerman’s comments, rationales, and actions, the identity of Trayvon as a young black man was absolutely central. Both sides in the courtroom admitted that.
And this is simply a lie. Maybe Wallis gets all of his news from MSNBC and Worker’s World, so he doesn’t actually know what went on in this trial. But I suspect he knows, and simply chooses to lie about it because, like McLaren, he has to make what happened fit “The Narrative,” no matter what.
Feel free to read the rest. I’m done. Jim Wallis has said some pretty dumb things in his time, but this is as low as I’ve ever seen him go. This is despicable.
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