Black George Zimmermans, white Trayvon Martins and the Civil Rights hypocrites
From Brother Ivo:
As protesters took to the streets of America in their
At his trial in New York, Mr Scott admitted that he shot Christopher Cervini aged 17 last April when he challenged the young man and two friends whom he suspected of breaking into cars. Mr Scott says that young Cervini ran towards him shouting threats, so he drew his pistol and fatally shot the would-be assailant - twice.
Unlike George Zimmerman, who sustained head injury at the hands of Trayvon Martin, Mr Scott received no injury.
This too is a tragedy,
The Cervini family is understandably deeply shocked and defensive of young Christopher's memory.
"How can this happen to a beautiful, sweet child like that?” asked Cervini’s aunt Carol Cervini. “All he wanted to do was go home. And then for them to say, he was saying, 'Please don't kill me. I'm just a kid', and he just kept on shooting him."
The jury heard the evidence: they spent 19 hours deliberating before acquitting Mr Scott of murder because the evidence did not meet the required standard of proof 'beyond reasonable doubt'.
So far, the Rev'ds Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have failed to call for protests against this jury verdict, and the BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme will no doubt avoid offering this as a counter-balancing story to the way they uncritically spun for the 'racist America' team in its last edition. Nor will they suggest that Mr Scott was obliged to sustain injury, also known as an 'ass whoop' within Trayvon Martin's youth culture.
Roderick Scott did not turn and run when Christopher Cervini ran towards him uttering threats: he stood his ground before discharging not one but two shots. Unlike Florida, New York does not have a 'Stand your ground' law, but in any event it was as irrelevant in New York as it was in Florida. Either the two men, Zimmerman and Scott, were in fear of their lives and entitled to discharge their lawfully-carried weapons in self defence, or they were guilty of murder.
In both cases, the jury heard the evidence and applied the law.
Brother Ivo hopes this case receives the publicity it deserves on both sides of the Atlantic.
If these two stories are read one after the other, one cannot fail to be struck by their similarity.
They yielded similar results, which is what one should expect of an impartial system of justice; the embodiment of which is a statue of a young women holding scales and blindfolded to ensure impartiality.
As those with a vested interest in inter-race tension and their media sympathisers home in on the one case while ignoring the other, Brother Ivo's mind goes back to the most famous speech of Dr Martin Luther King when he set the benchmark for race-blind institutions. He looked forward to a time when a man would not be judged by the colour of his skin but by the content of his character.
Sadly many of his so-called followers choose to forget this. They should be a ashamed of themselves.