Stand Whose Ground?

The emotional chaos in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial is an offshoot of the social chaos the entire country is mired in. Rationality, logic, and good sense have been overrun by emotional judgments springing from personal beliefs and political agendas that care little for the common good.

Having no evidence to substantiate a personal belief in Zimmerman’s guilt, “Stand Your Ground” laws have become the fall guy for disappointment in the verdict even though Zimmerman’s was a self-defense case not revolving around those laws. From Stevie Wonder’s refusal to perform in Florida to Attorney General Eric Holder’s public denouncement of those laws, the misguided bandwagon has been loaded and is now running amok.

Should this race-based attack against “Stand Your Ground” succeed, it will be ironic, and sad, that the black community could suffer the most from the effort. Had opponents dared look at statistics as did Patrick Howley of the Daily Caller, they would have found that “…one third of Florida “Stand Your Ground” claims in fatal cases have been made by black defendants, and they have used the defense successfully 55 percent of the time” and that “African Americans used “Stand Your Ground” defenses at nearly twice the rate of their presence in the Florida population”.

As with many other issues now fracturing society, facts concerning “Stand Your Ground” have no effect on the emotional certainty dictated by an idealistic agenda. Many of the progressive tactics, rules, and policies from the Obama administration will come back to haunt those who approve when they are in the hands of a future Republican administration. That, however, is much too far-thinking for so-called “progressives” who view progress through a racial and emotionally restricted lens.

“Stand Your Ground” has now, pathetically, become a racial issue. Thank you Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Eric Holder, and so many foolish others for ensuring that the promised Obama post-racial era remains as just another burst liberal bubble. It provides, at least, some consistency.

David J. Hentosh


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One Response to “Stand Whose Ground?”

  1. Bruce Says:

    Young black people, who deserve a chance to succeed, have been betrayed by black leaders and white liberals who use them as a club to forward progressive agendas. These poorly educated citizens cannot provide for themselves and must stand with a larger political group for self-preservation.


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