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The Politics of the Zimmerman Trial

It's unfortunate that the trial of George Zimmerman has become so politicized. At the end of the day, it is a true tragedy that a 17 year old boy lost his life. But it is also sad that there seems to be such a compulsion to paint George Zimmerman as a racist monster in order to support a political cause. Based on everything I've come to know about George Zimmerman, he cannot be described as such … and yet here we are.

While rhetoric from those in leadership positions has toned down a bit, that doesn't excuse their initial reaction to stir things up.

Last March, Al Sharpton was appearing at rallies for Trayvon, stirring up this issue based on his race. To his credit, he is now calling for peace.

Barack Obama, who stepped into the issue by stating that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon, now does not have any further comments on the case.

That doesn't, however, explain how it is OK that the Department of Justice organized Trayvon Martin rallies in Florida. This means that our government engaged in community activism to support a specific cause. I find that to be outrageous, though not shocking for this Department of Justice.

While Al Sharpton may be calling for peace, that hasn't stopped many in the media, including his colleagues at MSNBC, from going as far as to say that discussions of possible riots as a result of the jury's decision amounts to nothing more than profiling or even racism. Here are just three examples from recent days:

MSNBC's Hayes: FNC and Conservatives Treating Black Americans Like Zimmerman Treated Trayvon Martin

MSNBC Guest: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws ‘Humiliating’ Blacks, Latinos, Put Them ‘In Physical Danger’

Time Columnist Blasts Preparations for Zimmerman Verdict Riots as ‘Racial Fear-Mongering’

And then we have the issue of media outlets referring to Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic” or a “self-proclaimed Hispanic.” Give me a break. The desperate need of the media to make this case an issue of race is an unfortunate statement of where we are as a society.