It's pretty clear now after a jury deliberated only 15 hours that George Zimmerman was terribly overcharged in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. On a gut level, the whole country could see that. But exactly to what degree Zimmerman was responsible for Martin's death was no easy judgment call.
Initially, it looked like Zimmerman would not be charged at all. When the parents objected (and what parent wouldn't?) the race-baiters like the Rev. Al Sharpton jumped on the case. Eventually, even the president commented on the case, doing more harm to the cause of justice than good.
Prosecutors, egged on by political pressure and a media who saw this as some kind of morality play, then charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder. When the prosecution rested its case last week, it was clear that charge was unsustainable with the facts. Saturday, the jury came back with a not guilty verdict.
But, of course, the race-baiters remain on the warpath. Some push for a Department of Justice review of the case on grounds that Zimmerman is a racist and killed Martin because he was black.
This is another fabrication of the media and the race-baiters that simply cannot be sustained in a court of law.
Look, from the very beginning of this case, there were those in our racially broken society who began the search for a white villain. If they couldn't find one, they invented one in George Zimmerman.
The only problem was that Zimmerman was Hispanic. Eventually, the usually reliable Associated Press began calling Zimmerman "white" because while his mother was Hispanic, his father was white. All the networks and major newspaper followed suit, eventually coming up with a new racial subspecies called "white Hispanic."
And let us not forget the culpability of NBC for inventing this racial storyline. In its rush to create facts to fit some kind of racial morality story, the network reported that Zimmerman told the police dispatcher that "This guy looks like he's up to no good -- he looks black."
The only problem is that was not true.
Here's what was actually said that night according to the dispatcher tape.
Zimmerman: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about."
Dispatcher: “OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?”
Zimmerman: “He looks black."
If there is a lesson in all this it is not that our judicial system is broken. It's our political system that needs repair.