A lot of white bloggers are explaining why other white bloggers, like me, are defending George Zimmerman. One of them argues that we’re all racists, and that we just don’t want to admit it. Her theory, which just naturally assumes George Zimmerman is a racist, is that when us white people defend him and his actions that night, we are really just “defending ourselves.”
Not even close.
You see, people like me defend George Zimmerman for one simple reason: he’s innocent! It’s clearly a case of self-defense and anyone who denies that is letting emotion overshadow the facts.
And people like me deny that George Zimmerman is a racist for another fairly straightforward reason: there’s no evidence he’s a racist! The evidence, in fact, says just the opposite.
You see, people like me, whether they’re black, brown, white or yellow, don’t get our opinions from partisan pundits, or preachers, or tendentious talking-heads on TV; and we don’t conflate four centuries of racial oppression with a case that should never have even gone to trial, then whine about it and cry racism from the rooftops when we don’t get the result we wanted.
People like me, you see, when it comes to making an important decision — like, say, someone’s guilt or innocence in a murder case with huge national and racial consequences — we try to remain objective. We try to not let emotion overpower reason. We ignore public opinion. In other words, we try to think like a juror is supposed to think.
And, yes, in order to remain objective we suppress our natural compassion for the victims of our forefathers, and we rise above the shame of a long history of oppression and cruelty, and we overcome the fear of retribution. That’s what the law requires, and that is what morality requires.
We would all like to wipe the stain of slavery from the pages of our history books, but we cannot allow racial indignation and pandering to overshadow the truth. We must set our past, and even our present, aside and judge each case weighing only the facts, considering only the evidence. And, above all, we must not violate the most important precept of the American legal system: the presumption of innocence.