You remember Mark O’Mara, the attorney whose courtroom theatrics and “dog-whistling” skills convinced a 6 member jury that George Zimmerman was not guilty of murder or manslaughter for killing Trayvon Martin. Yes, the character that gave us the notion that Trayvon Martin was armed because he managed to weaponize the sidewalk. Young black males are like MacGyver that way, they can apparently arm themselves with any commonplace item in their current environment.
Remember his dramatic 4 minutes of silence representing the time Martin had to reach his “home.” Of course, that’s about 2 minutes that Zimmerman had to return to his vehicle, like he told the dispatcher he would and Neighborhood Watch regulations stated he should never have left. What was he doing during that 2 minutes? Looking for a street sign? No, he was looking for Martin, what else would he be doing? Enjoying the rain? Read my post Zimmerman Ultimately Killed Martin Because Unknown Young Black Males Were Burglars To Him Why would Martin just lead a menacing stranger to his door? Remember that Zimmerman wouldn’t give the dispatcher his address because he was afraid Martin would overhear it? Of course, it was Trayvon Martin on trial, not George Zimmerman and Martin could not testify! Zimmerman had seen to that.
Well, Mr. O”Mara thinks “It’s time for an honest discussion about race!” First though, I guess he would like to convince us that Zimmerman’s killing of Martin was so clearly self-defense that he should never have even been charged and that race had nothing to do with the trial or acquittal. With a much wider audience than 6 naive and confused women in a courtroom that’s going to be problematic.
Yes, he stated that if Zimmerman had been black he would never have been charged. Attorney Mark O’Mara: ‘If George Zimmerman Was Black, He Would Never Have Been Charged With A Crime’ Mediate, Evan McMurry, July 13th, 2013. I believe if Zimmerman was black, he never would have shot Martin but that’s a story for another post.
Let’s look at one of Mr. O’Mara’s contributions to the subject of race. O’Mara: Is being young, black in Florida a danger? By updated February 26, 2014
I know it may seem disingenuous for me to try to answer this question, as I successfully defended George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, so let me say this: No one knows the details of the Zimmerman case better than I do, and I’m absolutely convinced the shooting was justifiable self-defense and there were no racial motives at play.
“[I]t may seen disingenuous” is the only undisputed truth in that paragraph. As long as this is his position, how can he be perceived as genuine when talking about race? The injustice of the “Trayvon Martin verdict” is as emblematic of the problem with race in this century as Emmett Till’s saga was in the last. Trayvon Martin’s Saga Is Not Dead! I fail to see how anyone who believes in the complete and utter accuracy of that verdict can make enlightening statements on race.
As the attorney who represented George Zimmerman, he is bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct, and, even if he felt differently, he must insist that George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin was justifiable self-defense. Is that why he prefaces his statement with the condescending phrase “No one knows the details of the Zimmerman case better than I do…?” He knows this how? He can read minds? Is his point, I’m better than you, I know more than you, so defer to my expertise and dismiss any misgivings you have? Is he trying to tell us that George Zimmerman is not the droid we are looking for?
Well I, and many others, are confident that George Zimmerman did not kill Trayvon Martin in self-defense and I will not defer to Mr. O’Mara’s conjured superiority or Jedi mind tricks. There are many published articles, posted blogs, and a book written by persons who feel Zimmerman got away with murder, including many of my posts: George Zimmerman Did Not Kill Trayvon Martin In Self-Defense and Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, by Lisa Bloom. Of course, the law in Florida made it that much easier, which is why it is a dangerous place for young blacks, notwithstanding Mr. O’Mara’s commentary.
If Mr. O’Mara’s desire to make a honest contribution to the discussion of race in America is hampered by his continuing obligations as Zimmerman’s legal advocate, his conviction that “there were no racial motives at play” makes a mockery of that desire! Since he is incapable of admitting the huge role race played in the case, he is certainly not suited to participate in a meaningful discussion of the injustices of the justice system as it relates to African-Americans.
He himself injected race into the trial! Remember what he said during his closing argument? He admitted his client may have cursed Trayvon Martin and found him suspicious because “… he did match the description, unfortunately.” Defense Closing Argument, 42:07 to 42:26. What was the description? A young African-American male! That’s who had been burglarizing the neighborhood that Zimmerman decided he had been anointed to defend. Race, age and sex is not a description! It is a statistic! So, all young, black males look identical? That is the problem! To many non-African-Americans, they do or might as well! Thus, when one engages in criminal behavior, it as if they all did, and they are all tainted accordingly.
Countless young black males have been wrongfully killed, arrested, convicted, brutalized, harassed, demonized, suspected, because they matched the “description”! Can you imagine a young white male matching the “description?” Of course not, for at least two reasons (1) you’d need more than that to suspect them of burglary or any criminal act, even if young white males had been burglarizing or even shooting up the neighborhood (2) the “description” only fits young black males, that is the essence of the “description.”
That is the biggest problems with race in America, the fact that young black males are considered suspicious simply because of their race. That notion has had deadly consequences! That is one of the reasons Trayvon Martin is dead…unfortunately. Read also What the Zimmerman Trial Was About, by Jelani Cobb, July 12, 2012, New Yorker, George Zimmerman trial all about race, Roger Simon|Politico 7/16/13 4:59 AM EDT and IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS, THE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL, THE VERDICT, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Mr. O’Mara called Olivia Bertalan as a witness in George Zimmerman’s defense. Why? Did she know Trayvon Martin? Nope! Had she seen him skulking around the neighborhood? Maybe…she wouldn’t know. She testified that her home was burglarized while she hid upstairs, obviously terrified. Did she offer a description of the perpetrators? Yes, she did! They were young black males … That’s it. Nothing about height, weight, shape of nose, mouth, teeth, eyes, ears, face, or length of hair, or presence of tattoos or scars. That is the “description” every young black male matches, including Trayvon Martin…unfortunately. So George Zimmerman’s motivation for finding him suspicious was perfectly reasonable, even responsible. Likewise, it was perfectly reasonable for Mr. O’Mara to have the audacity to suggest to Martin’s mother that her son had contributed to his own death. After all, he matched the “description”…unfortunately. Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, by Lisa Bloom
Now, Mr. O’Mara wants to have an honest dialogue about race in America? Well he is part of the problem and until he can recognize that, he cannot be part of the solution…unfortunately.