Since the beginning of the Martin/Zimmerman case, there has been a chorus of voices calling for “justice for Trayvon”. This seems like an odd demand; why not simply “justice”?
Why justice “for Trayvon”?
Clearly what the chorus wants is not justice, but rather a Zimmerman conviction (or even a Zimmerman lynching) in spite of justice. This has to lead one to wonder what kind of people would actually make a demand like that from society.
Clearly, the people in question are used to living by a different standard than society writ large. They are people who have become accustomed to claiming aggrieved status and demanding special treatment based on that status. But what is equally important is that these are people whose demands are consistently met by society. They are used to throwing tantrums to get cookies and then getting the cookies by virtue of the tantrums.
It is a segment of society living by different standards in everything from education to hiring to advancement. It is not reasonable to believe that same segment would accept living under the same legal standard as everyone else.
In short, “Justice For Trayvon” is the injection of affirmative action into our justice system. It is the demand by a vocal minority that longstanding societal rules (and in this case actual laws) be set aside for their benefit, and based solely on their status as an aggrieved minority.
The further proof of this is the consistency of demands since the Zimmerman acquittal. To my knowledge nobody has issued a legal challenge to the verdict. Rather, those persons and groups seeking Justice For Trayvon just keep returning to the “but, but, but, he’s black” well.
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and all the predictable others have made their displeasure clear. But none of these leaders (or any others) has issued even a single race-neutral legal argument to support the Justice for Trayvon position. Even President Barack “he could have been my son”, “he could have been me” Obama didn’t address the legality of the appropriately-rendered verdict. Instead he has spoken at length about the plight of blacks in America and the historical abuses of blacks by America.
In keeping with the history and spirit of affirmative action, POTUS’ comments shift the responsibility from where it rightly belongs to where it has no business. It asserts, in contrast to the brilliant and inclusive and inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that what matters to the Justice for Trayvon crowd is not the content of anyone’s character, but only the color of someone’s skin.
Unfortunately, and due in large part to well-meaning but naïve affirmative action policies, the legacy of MLK has been usurped by politically-motivated, self-serving, demagogic race-baiters like Jackson and Sharpton and even President Obama himself
Regardless of skin color, we would all do well to ignore modern-day racial leaders and return to the admonishments of Martin Luther King, Jr himself. What that means is a repeal of destructive affirmative action laws and a commitment of all peoples to judge ourselves and others based on character and not skin color.