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The George Zimmerman trial begins today.
It is expected to last from four to six weeks.
That means the riots should be at the beginning of August.
George Zimmerman is the guy who killed Trayvon Martin. He shot him to death.
Zimmerman was an over-zealous Neighborhood Watch volunteer and Trayvon was a teen-aged black kid. Trayvon was walking back from the store, Zimmerman was watching a guy with low-slung pants.
One followed the other and then one confronted the other and when the head pounding and the trigger pulling were done, Trayvon was dead.
Zimmerman says Trayvon overpowered him and he pulled his gun because he didn’t want to die. Trayvon doesn’t say anything about the incident, he’s dead.
And George Zimmerman has been charged in the death.
And at the end of the trial – which begins today – George Zimmerman is going to be acquitted. He will be found not guilty.
Legally, he’s not at fault.
Morally, his hands are blood red.
Guilt or innocence will be established based on the moments of angry confrontation and what stemmed from them. It is not possible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that George Zimmerman is guilty of homicide. He says he feared for his life. It is impossible to prove otherwise. There is no contrary witness, there is no alternative narrative.
And his story is plausible.
And he will be acquitted.
And that is something that could have great consequence.
It is likely that, beginning today, there will be exhaustive coverage of this trial. With the lull of summer upon us, and the media’s propensity for fixation, this will be this year’s trial of the century.
It will be on the network newscasts, and the so-called cable-news channels will discuss it all day and all night. Much will be said, little of it will have any significance.
But all of it will be gasoline on a fire.
When Trayvon was killed, anger was kindled and it spread across the nation. And it was mostly clustered along racial lines.
Most knew that Zimmerman was wrong to have pursued and confronted Trayvon Martin, but many blacks saw something larger than just the details of this incident. They saw a commentary on race relations, most particularly the larger society’s perception of young blacks.
Even Trayvon’s hooded sweatshirt became a symbol of a class and race war. The president weighed in, speculating that had he had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon.
The foment-and-division reverends – Jackson and Sharpton – spoke and marched, and the country was left a powder keg.
Which gets us back to the beginning of August.
As the testimony is presented, as this becomes the OJ trial of this day, the lessons of past trials should be remembered.
As with the OJ trial, perceptions of this trial may be largely determined by race. Most whites may see one thing, and most blacks may see something else. In fact, our expectation must be that there will be deep racial polarization over this trial.
That will influence not just perceptions, but understandings of other people’s perceptions. White people will presume that black people’s reactions are based on a persecution complex, while black people will presume that white people’s reactions are based on racism.
And then the verdict will come.
And it will be an acquittal.
And there will be hell to pay.
The glee of the OJ trial will be replaced with the unbridled rage of the Rodney King trial.
And that’s where the riots come in.
That’s where America will need to be prepared.
If past practice holds, there will be substantial damage done. There may even be injuries or fatalities.
Hopefully, the networks will realize that.
Hopefully, they will be restrained.
Hopefully, the race baiters will take a pass.
Hopefully, it will be a quiet summer.
But the odds are against it.
Because we’ve seen this situation before.
George Zimmerman will be in court, but the country will be on trial.
At least a part of it.
And we won’t know how it turns out until after the verdict.
The great question today is not how the George Zimmerman trial begins, it is how it ends.
And what chaos August might bring.