I have posted this on some other threads, but I thought maybe it deserved it own one.
I will get to Mr. Sharpton in a minute, but I would like to start with another trial in which a teen was killed in self defense.
That is the trial of John White. He was a black man who was convicted of manslaughter for killing a white teen.
Here is a little about the case.
John White was at his house when a bunch of drunken white teenagers showed up and started yelling racial slurs and saying they wanted to fight his
son. He grabbed his handgun and went outside.
He ended up shooting 17 year old Daniel Cicciaro point blank in the face. He, like George Zimmerman, claimed it was self defense.
That is the nuts and bolts of the case. Here is one link that goes into much more detail, and you can google search and find a plethora of other
The result of this trial was that he was convicted of second degree manslaughter, and sentenced to four years in jail.
Now I know no two cases are the same, but there are a striking amount of similarities between this and the Zimmerman case. (I know people who want to
defend Sharpton will try to point out how Mr. White was more justified, and I will be happy to have that discussion when it arrives.)
Particularly critics of both shooters said that they should have called the police in both situations instead of going to confront the victims
Here is where the good Reverend comes in.
Sharpton held rallies to get White released. His reasoning for this was that he had the right to protect his home, and that due past events in his
life, he was afraid of the people outside of his house.
The Reverend Al Sharpton organized a rally of about 400 people outside the Suffolk County courthouse to protest the conviction of a black homeower in
a white teen's death. They chanted, "Step down, DA, step down, DA" as well as "Free John White! Free John White!"
John White was found guiltyof manslaughter for shooting a teenager, Daniel Cicciaro Jr., in the summer of 2006. White claimed he felt threatened when
he saw Cicciaro and other white teenagers surround his house trying to seek revenge on White's son Aaron over a perceived insult. The teens had also
allegedly used racial epithets, leading his defense lawyers to describe the scene as a lynch mob. Prosecutors, however, said White could have stayed
inside, locked the door, and called the police.
So now look at the Zimmerman trial. He was frightened because of past events in his life too of people of that looked like the person he shot. John
White was reminded of Lynch mobs way back in the sixties. Zimmerman was reminded of burglars that had recently broken into homes in his
Why is that that Sharpton and others feel it was alright for Mr. White to defend himself but not Zimmerman? Shouldn't Mr. White have just stayed in
his house and called the police, as it is suggested Mr. Zimmerman should have just stayed in his car?
Yet not only did they not criticized John White for this, they actually protested and demanded his release. (By they I mean Sharpton and his fellow
And the sad part is, this rally worked. The black governor of the state, Paterson, commuted Whites sentence, which means he left him out after on
serving five months of his sentence.
And Sharpton was thrilled.
"We salute Gov. Paterson's decision and hope that all families involved will move towards healing," the Rev. Al Sharpton said. "There are
no winners in this situation."
So to recap, a black man shoots a white teenager, claims self defense, gets convicted in a trial by a jury of his peers, Sharpton has rallies in his
support and gets the black governor to basically pardon the man.
Can you imagine if Zimmerman would have been found guilty, and then a white governor would have let him out of prison?
Sharpton would be drumming up 1000's of times more support, there would be the worst riots in the history of this country. Yet none of that happened
in this case.
I have to be honest, here, I think the whole Zimmerman case is being trumped up by our media to divide us and get us to ignore more pressing problems,
and so I strongly hesitate to comment.
However, after reading so much social media about the trial, hearing my friends talk about it, and seeing the posting here on ATS, I felt the need to
I hope that this helps show how we are ALL being played by the media hype on this trial by people like Sharpton, and that it shows some of the posters
here that the think if the races of Martin and Zimmerman were reversed it would have been an Zimmerman would have had the book thrown at him.