Internet Chatter and Blogs Threaten Violence If Zimmerman is Not Convicted

george_zimmermanThe trial of George Zimmerman, now going on in Sanford, Florida, for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2012 has gripped the media to the extent that even as Egypt was erupting, Snowdon was continuing to elude capture, forest fires were raging around the country, Syria was continuing its downward spiral into chaos, and a dozen other stories were screaming for coverage, the media was giving full-time coverage to the trial, streaming live from the courtroom almost non-stop.

The trial itself is, to be realistic, just another trial of a confrontation gone bad and the unnecessary death of a teen age boy. The significance of this trial is that it has become a poster child for racial bigotry in a situation that is totally uncalled for, but whose flames have been fanned by an irresponsible media obsessed with racial PC.

Now the fear of the consequences of such sensationalizing are beginning to be felt, as the following article describes. Race has become a fallback position in America, even where it is highly inappropriate.

Criticism of the President, for example, no matter how legitimate the issue, all too often elicits the response: “You just don’t like him because he’s black.” Black-on-black crime (such as the huge black-on-black murder rate in Chicago) or black-on-white crime (such as black mob assaults on whites in places like Norfolk, Virginia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and elsewhere) generally go unreported. But white crimes against blacks get the press. There is indeed a race war going on. But it is a black-on-white war, and not the reverse.

In the case of George Zimmerman, the situation is one in which a young Hispanic man shot and killed a black teenager. The unfolding evidence seems to indicate that Zimmerman was attacked by Martin, but in the end, that is for the jury to decide. But the media found him guilty a year ago, assuming from the beginning that Zimmerman was white and sticking with that narrative, even after his ethnicity as a Latino was known.

If the jury exonerates Zimmerman, and riots do break out as predicted below, it will be because of the irresponsible reporting and editorializing of the mainstream media, having put this story on the front page and kept it there, instead of where it really belongs.

 

Rumblings of ‘lynchings’ over Trayvon verdict

‘Threats that some supporters are making are absolutely chilling’

More than a year ago, noted Republican commentator Pat Buchanan warned that the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case, in which neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman is on trial for murder, could provoke rioting.

“The public mind has been so poisoned that an acquittal of George Zimmerman could ignite a reaction similar to that, 20 years ago, when the Simi Valley jury acquitted the LAPD cops in the Rodney King beating case,” he warned.

It seems he may have been right.

WND reported earlier in the week that police in Sanford, Fla., where the trial is being held, already were going door-to-door, apparently trying to prevent any violent reaction to the jury verdict when it is reached.

But a number of bloggers and watchers say there are not-so-subtle rumblings of violence developing.

On the Mr. Conservative blog, Twitter threats were reproduced in abundance.

“If Zimmerman don’t go to jail ill kill him for $20,” said one.

“Gimme me tha pistol ill kill Zimmerman myself,” said another.

“If George Zimmerman win I’m gonna kill a fat white boy dat look lik George Zimmerman I swear,” said a third.

“This is despicable and seriously frightening,” wrote blogger Kristin Tate. “There is no way this would be tolerated if the threats from whites were against a black man.”

Zimmerman is on trial for the shooting death of Martin, a teen he said attacked him and pinned him to the ground, delivering blows to his head. Zimmerman said he pulled his weapon and fired at Martin, killing him, in self-defense.

The blog reported thousands were threatening to riot should Zimmerman not be determined guilty by a jury.

“In addition to hundreds of racist, disturbing tweets, there are several Facebook pages dedicated to promoting the murder of George Zimmerman,” Tate wrote. “One of those pages even urges riots if he is not found guilty for the murder of Trayvon Martin.

One of the postings states: “Let’s flex our muscle!. What, you scared?”

The online sentiment follows a video report that showed Sanford officers were going door-to-door

Police say they fear a backlash from the community when the verdict is delivered. Los Angeles had days of rioting when the Rodney King verdict came down.

So Sanford Police Chief Cecile Smith confirmed officers are going door-to-door talking to people.

“Our worst fear is that we’d have people from outside the community coming in and stirring up … violence,” he said.

At The American Dream, commentator Michael Snyder wrote; “Should we take the thousands of people that are threatening to riot if George Zimmerman is found not guilty seriously? After all, people make idle threats online all the time. Sometimes people say things on Twitter or on Facebook that they don’t actually mean and would never actually do in real life.”

Snyder said the justice system “has got to be able to function without having to be concerned about threats of violence if the ‘wrong result’ is reached.”

“George Zimmerman deserves a fair trial just like everyone else does,” he said. “If he is actually guilty of a crime, then let him be found guilty. If he is not guilty of a crime, then let him be found not guilty.”

Snyder said the notion “that he must be found guilty ‘for the good of society’ is complete and utter nonsense.”

“If we start allowing public opinion and threats of violence to determine the outcome of court cases, our legal system will lose all remaining credibility,” he wrote.

Paul Joseph Watson, author of “Order Out Of Chaos,” wrote at Infowars.com that authorities in Sanford already have enlisted the help of pastors as “observers” who will report to their congregations.

At Crimefilenews.com was the flat-out prediction of rioting.

“The George Zimmerman trial here has thousands of African-Americans getting ready for some serious bloodletting. I don’t want to make idle and dire predictions but this nation has never been so divided and racially sensitive. … Our African-
American president took sides on this case at the very beginning. That ratified a George Zimmerman guilty verdict in the minds of millions.”

Obama, himself, weighed in on the case long before it went to trial, saying that if he had had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin.

Crimefilenews also noted the Twitter campaigns, with statements including:

  • “Hell is gonna break loose!”
  • “Let the riots begin.”
  • “Somebody in this great st of FL gone lynch his a**.”
  • “If George Zimmerman walks he better be in hiding for the rest of his life.”

Buchanan’s warning a year ago said that should violence erupt, those who “fanned the flames, and those who did nothing to douse them” should be held accountable.

Wrote Snyder at The American Dream: “The threats that some of the supporters of Trayvon Martin are making are absolutely chilling.’

Read the original article here.

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