The trial of George Zimmerman, the man on trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin in what he claims was self defense, is in a fight for his life — on multiple fronts. If convicted he faces life in jail. And if acquitted, he faces a life on the run in hiding. Twitter is abuzz with death threats both to Zimmerman and random white people in the event he is not found guilty.
Whether or not Zimmerman is guilty is no longer the issue. We are witnessing a disgusting display of torch and pitchfork justice which is setting a chilling precedent. That a criminal prosecution can be driven by the demands of those willing to subject an innocent community to assault and murder should bring cause for concern, but it doesn’t seem to. Our presumption of innocence when being charges with a crime is perhaps one of the most important rights we have.
The constant pressure from activists and supporters of Trayvon Martin have made this a racial issue with no evidence other than a difference of skin color between the shooter and the deceased. Threats of mass violence and retribution fueled Zimmerman’s arrest and now his conviction makes this is nothing more than a modern day lynching.
Zimmerman has no chance to live a normal life from here on out, and why not? Because he was the wrong color. What a shame.