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Would Zimmerman have picked a fight if he hadn't been armed

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To The Daily Sun,

"What you will not do is get physically involved with any activity you report or apprehension of any suspicious person. This is the job of law enforcement agency." Page 3 of the Sanford Florida Neighborhood Watch Program. Zimmerman broke this rule and there is no mention of a gun. The Zimmerman jury was all-white. Florida is one of the worst offenders when it comes to routinely convicting black defendants and acquitting white defendants.
Duke researchers found what has long been known that the race of a defendant and victim play a large role in how a jury is likely to decide a case. Black defendants, by a double digit margin, are more likely to be convicted than a white defendant. A major number of juror pools and thus juries continue to be all-white. When a black person is on the jury the odds of conviction seem to even out.
A defendant has the right under the Sixth Amendment to a trial by a fair and impartial jury. An all-white jury that believed that Zimmerman was the victim hardly meets that constitutional standard. Once again a few contributors to this paper have missed the point — as they do in most of their irrational frenetic diatribes. Yes it was all done "legally" — and so are all the other kangaroo courts and miscarriages of justice done "legally". Their failure to not understand the cultural dynamics of the situation is to be expected since most of them probably have a steady diet of "hate radio" and Fox news. The bad news is that this minority exists, the good news is that it will always be a minority fringe group.
If Zimmerman had seen a white kid walking down the street eating candy and drinking a soda pop, would he have thought that "suspicious" and gotten out of the car to pick a fight? Would he have picked a fight if he hadn't had a weapon? Probably not. If Zimmerman had taken the stand who knows what we might have found out about him. Perhaps a rejected "wanna be" cop?
If we have any doubts that racism is alive and well in this country, listen to juror b37 (she's writing a book you know) as she bluntly said that she believed that Zimmerman's "heart was in the right place when he shot Martin". And just to drive home a point let's end with a quote from Ann Coulter who is often held up as a role model by some contributors: "Perhaps someday blacks will win the right to be treated like volitional human beings but not yet".

George Maloof