Zimmerman verdict: An editorial roundup

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  • Updated: July 15, 2013 - 6:38 PM

Editorials about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

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supervon2Jul. 15, 13 7:15 PM

While, deaths occur in Minneapolis and Chicago and the paper never even bats an eye. It's amazing how the media circus is in full swing when they can pit race against race.

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jbpaperJul. 15, 13 7:31 PM

"Certainly it is about race — ask any black man, up to and including President Obama, and he will tell you at least a few stories that sound eerily like what happened that rainy winter night in Sanford, Fla." -----Ask any white man, up to and including Vice-President Biden, and he will most likely be able to tell you a negative story about blacks, mainly males. Myself, I have had my house broken into once, and only once, by a couple of black males. I've was physically assaulted once, and only once, during a road rage incident by a black male. I was mugged once, and only once, by a group of black males.

I'm not saying white males don't commit these crimes and I'm definitely not saying all black males commit crimes. What I am saying is that if the so called activist put in as much effort into getting their own community to act respectful and be productive members of society as they do trying to make up excuses and blaming other people we would have a lot less racial tension. The saddest part is that those that are trying to be respectful, productive members of society are being brought down, not by the color of their skin, but by the actions of other members of their community including the so called activists.

To bring it back to this case, if there hadn't been young black males breaking into homes (as reported in an earlier article), there wouldn't have been a need for Zimmerman to be out on neighborhood watch. He could have been at home watching the same game the Martin was trying to get home to watch.

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az2010Jul. 15, 13 7:32 PM

I would like to know when the media will be held accountable for its blatant bias. Its selective usage of an eleven year old Trayvon Martin in initial pictures as opposed to more current pictures. The selective editing of 911 tapes to make it appear Zimmerman was a blatant racist (NBC). Using the newly created term "white hispanic" (CNN) to describe Zimmerman (does this make Pres. Obama a white African American?).

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foneboothJul. 15, 13 7:57 PM

Admittedly, having a weapon probably gave Z some courage he may not have had otherwise. But to portray Martin as having no responsibility in this is irksome. Some claim Z had his gun out already (this from the prosecution). Two things: this is opinion ONLY, no evidence of it. But second, let's say it's true, Z had his gun out. It is the height of stupidity to think Martin would then jump him instead of submit. And we know he did because witnesses saw him on top of Z.

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crystalbayJul. 15, 13 8:10 PM

The reality of this case is that an armed, self-appointed vigilante pursued an unarmed kid who was doing nothing wrong. When the kid, feeling threatened by his pursuer, turned on him, he was killed. There is no need for lethal "self-defense" without the reality that Zimmerman was pursuing the teenager to begin with. It was entirely due to Zimmerman's penchant for looking for trouble (in this case there was none) which ended this teenager's life. I hope that this killer is marked for life for causing a situation which ended in a boy's life being cut short. In my eyes, this man is guilty as hell.

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la55122Jul. 15, 13 9:03 PM

jbpaper: right on! What about Martin's juvenile record, his cell phone images of Mixed Martial Arts and fighting, his "oreepy a** cracker" remark. Not the skittles and iced tea image the media has perpetuated. Let all the facts out. Tragic yes, but there are similar tragedies primarily between blacks in Chicago daily. Gun control at its finest.

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dave9398Jul. 15, 13 9:10 PM

From everything I have read so far in this case I don't know that I would have wanted either Zimmerman or Martin as my neighbor.

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elmore1Jul. 15, 13 9:25 PM

I thought that the judicial system had improved after the OJ Simpson trial. Guess not...

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jphaunJul. 15, 13 9:45 PM

Hard to blame the police or county prosecutors who recognized right away that there was no basis for a criminal conviction. The politicians who directed the state to get involved deserve the blame for making this tragedy worse than it already was.

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freedumb86Jul. 15, 1310:09 PM

An Arab man with a gun approaches a White boy and the white boy is quickly shot and killed. The Arab man is found innocent. Nope. Not going to happen.

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