As Robert noted yesterday, Reuters did some — ah, what’s the word? — reporting on George Zimmerman and it turns out the media narrative about him is crap. This graf, while irrelevant to the legal case, is interesting:
The 28-year-old insurance-fraud investigator comes from a deeply Catholic background and was taught in his early years to do right by those less fortunate. He was raised in a racially integrated household and himself has black roots through an Afro-Peruvian great-grandfather – the father of the maternal grandmother who helped raise him.
And this part might be legally relevant:
Though civil rights demonstrators have argued Zimmerman should not have prejudged Martin, one black neighbor of the Zimmermans said recent history should be taken into account.
“Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. I’m black, OK?” the woman said, declining to be identified because she anticipated backlash due to her race. She leaned in to look a reporter directly in the eyes. “There were black boys robbing houses in this neighborhood,” she said. “That’s why George was suspicious of Trayvon Martin.”
I have no idea whether he’s legally culpable in any way — that’s something to be decided through the normal workings of the courts. But the lynch mob failed to murder Zimmerman only because they couldn’t, and still can’t, get to him — a lynch mob worked into a rage by the fiend Al Sharpton and an eager media. And while Sharpton and his accomplices are reprobates beneath the contempt of decent people, the lynch mob also included many God-fearing, church-going black Americans who got caught up in the maelstrom and shamed themselves. In this they are no different from the rest of us — we are all manifold sinners and have all done things we are ashamed of. For their own souls, I ask them to beg our Redeemer for forgiveness, as each of us should do daily. But since this was such a weighty public matter, it would be nice to hear some of the non-reprobates who joined in the lynch mob publicly acknowledge they got carried away and counsel their fellow citizens to learn from their mistake and not rush to judgment when such incendiary incidents arise in the future.
Or, as Stacy McCain put it, calm the hell down, everybody.