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Last week I received a thoughtful note from Robert Zimmerman, George’s older brother, about my new book, “If I Had A Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman.”
“The book was certainly accurate and extremely well written,” Robert wrote. “I sincerely hope your book is widely successful and that Americans will understand what truly brought about the malicious prosecution of George. The truth should certainly outrage all Americans.”
A realist about the lack of civil fervor in America, Robert added ruefully, “However, I must admit, I’m not greatly optimistic. There is far too much complacency in America today. That saddens me.”
Attorney General Eric Holder understands that complacency and exploits it regularly. As The Hill reported on Monday, “U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday said the Justice Department has not decided whether to file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.”
Holder told reporters at a Justice Department press conference the day before the critical Virginia election, “I’m not sure exactly how much longer [the investigation] will take, but we will get to a point where we are able to make a determination.”
As The Hill also reported on Monday, “Holder, during an April speech to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, pledged to ‘take appropriate action’ if the agency finds evidence of a potential federal civil rights crime in the Zimmerman case.”
What The Hill failed to acknowledge, however, was that Holder gave that speech on April 11, 2012, more than 18 months ago.
At that point Holder was already three weeks into the investigation. The FBI, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida had gotten their marching orders on March 19, 2012.
By Monday, April 2, 2012, FBI agents were already in Florida questioning individuals in an Orwellian “parallel investigation” that focused less on Zimmerman’s actions that fateful night than on his thoughts, past and present.
Did he really say “coon” on his call to the dispatcher? Had he ever told a racial joke? Were the suspicious persons he reported to the police disproportionately black? In contemporary America, words often mattered more than action.
The Hill also failed to comment on the perverse irony of the attorney general attempting to appease America’s most notorious race-baiter.
This was the same Al Sharpton who had threatened to occupy Sanford if Zimmerman were not arrested immediately, the same Sharpton who perpetrated the racist Tawana Brawley hoax, the same Sharpton whose attacks on a “white interloper” in Harlem inspired a follower to kill seven of his employees.
And yes, this was the same Sharpton who in the wake of anti-Semitic riots in Crown Heights boasted, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
George Zimmerman, on the other hand, was an Obama supporter. He had a black prom date, a Peruvian mother, a black great grandfather. He mentored black children. He took an active role in defending a black homeless man in a case against the Sanford police just a year before the fatal shooting.
More perversely, the FBI cleared him of any thought crime in July 2012 after a three-month investigation. For the last 16 months Holder has been dangling an innocent man in front of his angry base for no better purpose than to keep them pacified.
The alleged investigation, of course, makes a hash out of Zimmerman’s Sixth Amendment right “to a speedy and public trial” in which he is “informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.”
The media play along. Post-trial, they have been trying to kill Zimmerman’s reputation with a thousands cuts, presenting his every speeding ticket and divorce squabble as ominous signs of the monster within, all the better to vindicate their corrupt take on the case.
As I expected, the major media want nothing to do with me or my book. They have their story and are sticking to it, no matter how false and defamatory.
They will talk about Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias and Amanda Knox ad absurdum because their guilt or innocence does not threaten their credibility or their worldview. And, oh yeah, they’re whiter and prettier.
The media appreciate what Holder is doing to help out. As long as Holder continues to threaten prosecution, Zimmerman cannot talk about the case.
With Zimmerman silenced, the media’s complicity with the White House in dragging a transparently innocent man into a murder trial goes unspoken.
If there is “complacency,” it is on the right. On the left, it looks more like conspiracy.