The Zimmerman Trial, the Media and Racism

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Monday, July 15, 2013

The Zimmerman Trial, the Media and Racism


The acquittal of George Zimmerman on charges he murdered Trayvon Martin has prompted the predictable responses. Al Sharpton is all over TV, calling for federal civil rights charges to be brought against Zimmerman, though the FBI's investigation found no evidence Zimmerman is a racist.

Why do the media promote this discredited man? In 1991, Sharpton incited riots in Crown Heights, New York, which saw blacks profile and attack Jews.

The media are ignoring a case in Georgia where four black gang members attacked a white man leaving a convenience store, beat him unconscious, and threw him on the highway, where he was killed by an oncoming car. Why isn't this seen as a racist attack? Because the media think racism cuts only one way.

The Zimmerman trial was a tragedy for all concerned. The jury heard evidence, not politics. And let's remember what a majority black jury did for O.J. Simpson, who killed two white people. If you think the media and culture have a double standard when it comes to race, you would be right.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: July 15, 2013

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