Trayvon, The Lawyers, And The Doom Of Emotionalism

The response from the Left, but more specifically from blacks, over the past 16 months since the shooting of 17-year-old malcontent Trayvon Martin has been one purely of emotion. I like what his shooter’s defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, had to say to the press after the reading of the verdict: “This ‘in your heart’ kind of stuff, that’s not what we’re supposed to do….”

All evidence and testimony, even that from Trayvon’s friend and “star” witness Rachel Jeantel, gave credence to the shooter’s, George Zimmerman’s, side of the story. It is that evidence and testimony that vindicated Zimmerman in the eyes of the jury of six women. Were the jury instructed by the judge before deliberations, “Okay, now disregard everything you’ve heard in this courtroom and just listen to your feelings,” then Zimmerman would have been found guilty and probably sentenced to being Mos Def’d at GITMO. The streets of Oakland, however, might not have been any less of an embarrassing sight; right now the blacks would be whoopin’ and hollerin’ in the streets, jumping up and down on cars, and, shirtless, grabbing their crotches as they shout into news cameras, “Dat’s right, whitey, you gon’ fry!” in blind racial pride and celebration as opposed to doing all of that in their current chosen state of blind rage.

Martin family attorney Ben Crump seemed to get misty-eyed in his response to the verdict. I understand that. He was demonstrating on a personal level the “we are one” feeling among blacks that was being demonstrated at large in the streets. He thought it prudent to invoke the name of—who else?—Martin Luther King, Jr. The Good Doctor’s daughter, Bernice King, tweeted Crump a message that, as usual, highjacked The Greatest Speech in the History of Mankind, “I Have a Dream.”

Emotion blinds and makes analytical thinking very difficult for those who allow it to escape from their hearts and seep into their brains. Natalie Jackson, another attorney for Trayvon’s family, said, “A seventeen-year-old child should be able to walk home from the store and not be shot.” Of course that’s true, but of course that’s not what happened, at least not so plainly. Her analysis is retarded by pure, thoughtless emotion.

Miss Jackson and Mr. Crump, and certainly all of Zimmerman’s detractors, truly do believe that Trayvon was merely a darker-skinned Opie Griffith who was walking home from the store and then simply gunned down out of racial hatred. Their case was doomed from the start, but not out of institutionalized anti-black-ism; it is rather because they decided to keep their arguments emotional rather than logical. Of course, to have been logical would have meant refraining from prosecuting Zimmerman at all since there was no logical basis for it, only an emotional one.