With Liberty and Justice … for All?


In any medium used for Lady Justice, be it painting, drawing, statue, etc., she is depicted with a blindfold, sometimes without eyes, to denote that justice is blind. It does not matter who you are, what you look like, what your name is, your standing in the community, your race, your gender, your physical ability or lack thereof, when you stand in front of Justice she does not see any of it. The only thing that matters is the fact of the case. At least it was so in this country once upon a time, sadly it is no longer true.

Right now the country is hip-deep in the George Zimmerman trial, he has been charged with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin. When the incident occurred, almost from the moment it was made a nationally public event it has been portrayed as a crime of race, even to the point of the use of what I found to be an unusual description for Zimmerman, he is a “white Hispanic,” the obvious emphasis on white. Black celebrities were making all manner of public statements condemning Zimmerman, one NBA team dressed out in hoodies, their manner of support for what they decided was no more than a racist murder. Even President Obama threw his weight behind the notion, claiming “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” As the weeks of investigation of the incident progressed, it was becoming clear that rather than a murder based on race, the death of Martin was due to physical circumstance. After reading the arrest warrant, noted legal expert, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz opined it to be “not only thin but irresponsible.”

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