The TV news these past few weeks has been obsessed with the "racial aspects" of the Zimmerman case in Florida. To such an extent that it must have our foreign observers scratching their heads and wondering: "Are the Americans really as clueless as they look?"
It didn't matter if we were far more concerned about – or even interested in – the world-changing struggles and other critical events going in Syria, Egypt, Iran or Africa. Or, that our entire "political process " in Washington has ground to a halt, incapable of even the simplest thing that wasn't loaded with pork, self–aggrandizement and/or blame.
Instead, we got the Zimmerman Trial, 24/7 whether we liked it or not – because this was the story that the media lords determined "had legs" and that we therefore had to watch. And we also had to listen to endless inane "commentary" about the case on the talk and panel shows – on and on it goes – jabber, jabber, and more jabber. [See a collection of editorial cartoons on the Trayvon Martin tragedy.]
Do you think – just maybe – that we were force-fed another hyped "OJ" style trial primarily because of its racial aspects? Like OJ, the acquittal was perfect for the news managers because they could cluck about "racial tensions" for another few weeks.
This, as the dynamic duo of self–appointed racial "spokesmen" – Jesse and Al – go from city to city, whipping up demonstrations, racial division and hatred. They – and their complicitous media – will make a career out of "racializing" the Zimmerman case whether anyone listens or not.
So, before we flagellate ourselves over the Zimmerman case, let's take an objective look at how we compare – racially – to the rest of the world.
Big surprise here – there is no comparison! And, to my doubting liberal friends and others, I ask you to – as I have done – go live (not just travel) outside our country for a while, in the East or the West. See how other nations around the world have dealt with racial issues.
In short, most of them 1) haven't and 2) don't. Some examples:
Why do oppressed people of all races from all over the world still dream to live here? Economic opportunity for sure, lack of pervasive and official corruption certainly – but mostly because they can truly assimilate into our society and become "Americans", unlike most any other place in the world. And, they can own a gun if they want to, accumulate wealth, worship, say, write and read what they want – and send their daughters to school!
So, enough of the alleged "racial aspects" of the Zimmerman trial – and there is no legitimate reason to apologize to anyone for the verdict – this gaff coming from the same vapid cable blabber guy who got a "thrill up [his] leg" from an Obama campaign speech.
Finally, the president's recent statement that "Trayvon Martin could have been me" was an especially sad commentary. Instead, many wish he had emphasized how our country sets the racial example for the rest of the world – and how he is living proof of it.
Daniel Gallington is the senior policy and program adviser at the George C. Marshall Institute in Arlington, Va. He served in senior national security policy positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of Justice, and as bipartisan general counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.