Zimmerman Defense Team Responds To President Obama’s Remarks On Race, Case

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  • The legal defense team for killer George Zimmerman, 29, continues to seek the limelight by releasing a statement in response to President Barack Obama’s remarks on  racial profiling, intrinsically racist ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and the brutal slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

    Taking the same purposely distorted view as Robert Zimmerman Jr, the media-happy attorneys suggested that those lauding the impromptu speech’s racial heft are not taking Obama’s remarks in context. Rather than pointing out the racist nature of the case  — they argue as if they’re still trying to get a cold-blooded killer off the hook — the POTUS instead spoke of the history of racism that caused Black Americans to have such a visceral reaction to Trayvon Martin being found guilty of his own death after a vicious character assassination.

    Read George Zimmerman’s legal team’s statement below:

    We have listened to President Obama’s comments about the verdict in the Zimmerman Case. People are focusing on this quote: “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago.” To focus on this one line misses the nuances of the President’s message, which includes comments about how African Americans view the Zimmerman Case in the context of the history of racial disparity in America.

    For more than a year, we have been listening to the conversation about this case — from voices on every side — and we have become very sensitive to the racial context that surrounds this case. We acknowledge Mr. Obama’s remarks regarding the frustration felt by some when viewed in context of our nation’s history, which includes racial insensitivities spanning generations, and existing even today, including within our criminal justice system.

    While we acknowledge and understand the racial context of this case, we challenge people to look closely and dispassionately at the facts. We believe those who look at the facts of the case without prejudice will see that it is a clear case of self-defense, and we are certain that those who take a closer look at the kind of person George Zimmerman is — something we understand the Department of Justice is currently doing — we are confident they will find a young man with with a diverse ethnic and racial background who is not a racist, a man who is, in fact, sensitive to the complex racial history of our country.

    It takes courage to talk about race. It took courage for our President to address the Zimmerman Case and candidly discuss how and why people are upset by the verdict. We would like to stress that the verdict was reached fairly and justly and that it reflects the letter of the law and represents the law’s proper application to the facts. While we acknowledge the racial context of the case, we hope that the President was not suggesting that this case fits a pattern of racial disparity, because we strongly contend that it does not.

    This case has given the nation an opportunity to have a candid conversation about race. We would like to contribute to this discourse. Our President has clearly indicated he is willing to contribute to the discourse. As we begin this conversation, we want to say this: we cannot talk about race in sound bites. Before you cast an opinion about what the President said, be sure to listen to his comments in full. Before you judge George Zimmerman or disparage the verdict of the citizen jury, understand the facts in full. Agree not to listen to just what meets your predisposition, but to accept what exists.

    Only in this way can we assure that the conversations we want to have, that we need to have, will be attended and listened to by those whose presence is necessary for a full discourse — a discourse that can have positive consequences for our growth as a nation.

    Well, it looks like someone is getting paid overtime.

    What exists, what has always existed beyond the smoke and mirrors of their (un)justice system, is that a child was simply trying to walk home from the store and ended up with a bullet through the heart — while their cherry-picked, lily-White jury allowed their client to walk home without so much as a slap on the wrist.

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    2. I think that the best that we can do is boycott Florida, their orange juice and their beach. The jury really did as the court instructed them. It gave him the benefit of the doubt.

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    4. The thing that escapes me about this whole case and it still escapes me is why was the focus on the so-called fight that ensued? The focus should have been on the fact that this RACIST profiled, pursued, confronted & killed an innocent CHILD. At the very least he is guilty of manslaughter and CHILD ABUSE! The RACIST hunted down and killed this child who was unarmed. The RACIST is a COWARD! And these supporters of the RACIST need to stop telling Black folk to accept the verdict and move on. Why? Well because they want us helpless and pitiful like our ancestors were during slavery. We refuse to be set back again. We will not go away! We will not forget! I have two sons; they are Trayvon Martin…they could have been the one hunted down and left like a dog in the street. All the supporters of the RACIST will feel what it’s like to lose a loved one; and I hope that one day they will see this for what it is. This man will cause more harm again. The message to Black people is clear…a Black man’s life is worth NOTHING in America. I digress, because God is in control. He will make this right…watch and see HIS salvation rain upon evil ones! ALL EVIL ONES!

    5. The 911 call to the police, specifically said donot follow this person and leave him alone. Maybe not the exact quote. But this guy ignored that, and confronted the brother. So my question to anybody out there. If someone approached you in a confronatational manner, what would you do? So how can TM be the perpetrator? The defense was asleep.

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