How regrettable that President Obama has fallen victim to his distorted view of the Zimmerman/Martin incident. Mr. Obama stated after the trial that Trayvon “could have been me 35 years ago” and that the “African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences that doesn’t go away.” What the president admits is that he cannot distance himself from the past and is prejudiced in the present. The president neglects to mention that neither the FBI, state prosecutors nor local police found any racial animus in the background of George Zimmerman. In short, the record shows no basis, in fact, that Mr. Zimmerman was racially motivated when confronting Mr. Martin.
Nonetheless, the president is determined to inflame this incident and turn it into something it isn’t.
Frequent Daily Journal letter writer, Michael Traynor, recently opined about Mr. Obama’s remarks and asked, “how do we make this all work?” in his letter “President Obama” in the July 23 edition of the Daily Journal. A first step is this: identity your prejudices and set them aside or you risk living in a perpetual loop of frustration and disappointment. Reliving past biases will place oneself into an inevitable environment of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Second, don’t let yourself fall into the “group think” trap which characterizes the actions of individuals as representative of a much larger group. Be objective and avoid prejudice.
The jury listened to all the evidence from both sides and rendered their judgment. Too bad the president cannot bring himself to really accept their verdict. Perhaps, one day, Mr. Obama can avoid what he laments, “painting with a broad brush.”