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Zimmerman's Dad: Blacks Are the Racists
July 14, When people think of Florida, they think of oranges and pink flamingos, palm trees and beaches, the blue-green ocean. They think of Disney and margaritas. But it has a feral heart, a teeming center that would rage out of control if not for the concrete and rebar that keeps it caged. As I watched the trial of George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, and absorbed the verdict of six White or Hispanic women jurors, my involvements with race in Florida as a kid all rushed front and center in my mind.
The trial was an amazing racial lightning rod saturated with the unpleasant legacy of race in America, especially in the South.
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In the end, while it may have tempered sensationalism in her court, the decision feels like an example of the problem itself and very much a real shortcoming of the trial. The way things work, thanks to the double jeopardy issue, the State cannot appeal the verdict. Had it gone the other way, appeal geniuses like Alan Dershowitz had already begun working the angles for a lengthy appeal process, like he was ready to do for O.
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Simpson and did for Claus Von Bulow. As it stands, the only appeal process George Zimmerman has to face is possible threats to his life. His security concerns are no doubt serious; one might say, while he may have "walked," it might be prudent if he walked fast under an assumed name to a secret location. The most amazing thing about the trial was that the dead victim seemed to be the one on trial. I was often confused which legal team was the "prosecutor" and which one was the "defense. As it turned out, the real prosecutors were acting pretty ineffectually in that role. You had to wonder whether this might be because it's anathema to prosecutors to seriously question the actions or motives of a police officer or -- in this case, a "wanna-be cop.
It was their pressure that led to Zimmerman's arrest in the first place. The abject absurdity of a man getting off scott-free not even a slap on the wrist for "standing his ground" in self-defense against a year-old kid who was, it seems clear, the one who was initially defending him -self from the threat of a mysterious man eleven years his senior stalking him.
It may be racially provocative to point it out, but a cursory examination of the record will, I think, show prosecutions of cops who kill black men do not often get to the indictment or conviction stage. In , when I was eleven, my family moved from a town 20 miles outside New York City to a little scorpion-infested concrete-block house in rural South Dade County just north of the Florida Keys. I adjusted to a life of separate drinking fountains, which my mother carefully explained to me in a grocery store, and two "separate-but-equal" segregated school systems.
It was a world in which I became accustomed to migrant labor camps near my house and underage drinking parties in avocado groves. I picked limes for 25 cents a field crate next to migrant Hispanics and poor blacks during the summers.
I lost my virginity to a black prostitute in a shack in an avocado grove. I learned that a baseball bat was also known as a "nigger knocker. I then left the state and have lived in the Philadelphia area ever since. The state of Florida is a unique ethnic mix of the very rich and the very poor.
The Miami area has become a capital of sorts for the Latin American right, with anti-Castro Cubans in the lead. The warm climate also seems to draw all sorts of high- and low-rent criminal types. And Florida certainly has evolved in many positive ways over the years. Still, the place is a pop-culture magnet for weirdness, scams and violence. I would argue that the nation may have shifted and gravity is now rolling the odd-balls to the Florida peninsula. Florida, the crime fiction capital of America.
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Adam Gopnik points out in a June 10 New Yorker article -- "In The Back Cabana: The Rise and Rise of Florida Crime Fiction" -- Florida is the undisputed favorite locale for a sub-genre of crime fiction he calls Florida Glare or one may prefer the more paradoxical term, sunshine noir that he suggests has replaced the classic L. Noir sub-genre established by Raymond Chandler and others. The Florida noir list includes John D. Many are newspaper writers besides being crime writers, like Hiaasen, who has referred to Florida as "Newark with palm trees. There are no dirty secrets.
Corruption begins to have a Third World quality.
My father had a PhD in Physiology and taught at the University of Miami Medical School, while we lived in the agricultural area of South Dade County so he could work his hobby as an amateur nurseryman filling an acre with tables of exotic potted plants. We had guns that I would shoot in the back yard, which amounted to acres of empty pine and palmetto where we would encounter wild turkeys and sometimes an Eastern diamondback rattling a warning. After my two brothers and I left, some criminal types one dark night cut the phone line and tried to break into the house, we presume to do harm to my aging parents.
The old man fortunately heard them trying to break in and began to blast away with his WWII Navy-issue.
Had he hit one of them, the cops would no doubt have congratulated him. Soon after that, they moved to the safer area of Naples on the Gulf coast. Some no doubt will call me a "self-hating white man. What I disdain is a deep-rooted legacy that only seems to become more sophisticated, more submerged and more coded with the years.
Zimmerman writes at length about his background and his family's multiracial identity, seemingly to counter accusations that his son, a year-old neighborhood-watch volunteer, was racially motivated to shoot the unarmed black year-old last year. Zimmerman is white, and his wife is Hispanic. No one ever even considered the fact that George was Hispanic and the young lady happened to be black.
Zimmerman devotes a chapter to the racial overtones of the case that promise to further inflame the issue.
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In the chapter "Who Are the True Racists? He also criticizes the attorneys representing the Martin family as being race-baiting schemers. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, spoke at a news conference after the proceedings. Hopefully the rest of the jurors will be able to keep telling the truth. And then in the beginning I heard it was a white male that killed him," the juror said.
Another juror, a young white male who works in a restaurant, was questioned about what he's heard from customers, family members and on TV. After the lunch recess, a potential juror said she was a heavy news viewer and "felt sorry" for Zimmerman after seeing his injury photos. She said she also recalled the arrest of Zimmerman's wife, Shellie, for perjury. Also on Friday, Nelson said the remainder of the voice expert hearing will be held late next week.
Nelson, who hasn't yet ruled on if state audio experts Dr. Alan Reich and Tom Owen will be able to testify in the trial, said she will attempt to finish the Frye hearing after court at 4 or 5 p. The June 8 hearing, which will determine whether or not expert testimony is considered 'new and novel' and can be used during the trial, ended without a decision after the third defense witness was slated to testify via video conference but was stuck inside a delayed plane. Local 6 has been told if the experts are allowed to testify in Zimmerman's trial it could add a week to the trial's length.