web analytics
August 29, 2015 / 14 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


It’s My Opinion: The Rush To Judgment

South-Florida-logo

The tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida has riveted the attention of the entire nation. Martin, a Miami Gardens teenager, was shot dead by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Many believe race played a role in the shooting. Martin was black; Zimmerman’s father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

Media reports portrayed Zimmerman as an overzealous busybody. Trayvon was seen as the victim of racial profiling, a black teen in a hoodie who accidentally wandered into the cross hairs of a frustrated cop wannabe.

Zimmerman had called police to report a young man who he claimed looked drugged and suspicious. Media portrayal of Zimmerman’s subsequent actions pointed to a misguided vigilante who hunted down and killed an innocent youngster.

The occurrence has taken on disturbing overtones. The unfortunate youth has become a symbol of racial unrest. He has been called a “martyr for the cause.” It is, of course, possible that Trayvon’s race was a factor in this tragedy. But not every act of violence perpetrated against blacks is necessarily racially motivated, just as not every act of violence against Jews is necessarily fueled by anti-Semitism.

A lynch mob mentality has emerged. The “new” Black Panther party has offered a reward of $10,000 for a citizen’s arrest of Zimmerman. The Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have done whatever they can to fan the flames. Sharpton sees the event as an indication of “open season on us.” Jackson points to an undercurrent of anger in the black community caused by police, banks, insurance companies and “people in striped suits.” President Obama added an emotional component when he said that if he had a son ”he would look like Trayvon.”

We Jews have long been victims of unfounded accusations. But this phenomenon is not unique to the Jewish world. Recall the charges made by Tawana Brawley, the allegations against Atlanta Olympic Park security guard Richard Jewell, and the attempted framing of the Duke Lacrosse Team.

I certainly am not an advocate for George Zimmerman. I am an advocate of not rushing to judgment.

About the Author: Shelley Benveniste is South Florida editor of The Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “It’s My Opinion: The Rush To Judgment”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Former Arkansas Governor and current presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee in Jerusalem.
Official PA Media Calls Huckabee ‘Inane Creature’ and ‘Wicked Man’
Latest Sections Stories
book-Lord-Get-Me-High

Even when our prayers are ignored and troubles confront us, Rabbi Shoff teaches that it is the same God who sent the difficulties as who answered our prayers before.

Schonfeld-logo1

I’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding bullies, friendship and learning disabilities.

book-Avi's-Choice

His parents make it clear that they feel the right thing is for Avi to visit his grandfather, but they leave it up to him.

There is a rich Jewish history in this part of the world. Now the hidden customs are being revealed, as many seek to reconnect with their roots.

There are times when a psychiatrist will over-medicate, which is why it’s important to find a psychiatrist whom you trust and feel comfortable with.

On November 22, 1963, Abraham Zapruder created one of the most famous, and valuable, pieces of film and became forever linked with one of the greatest American national tragedies when he stood with his camera on an elevated concrete abutment as President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Exhibited here is […]

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie ten Boom I’ve been thinking a lot about worrying. Anxiety is an issue close to my heart – […]

Don’t be afraid to try something different.

Upon meeting the Zionist delegation, General Wu, a recent convert to Christianity, said, “You are my spiritual brothers.

With the assistance of Mr. Tress, Private Moskowitz tried tirelessly to become an army chaplain.

Dr. Yael Respler is taking a well-deserved vacation this week and asked Eilon Even-Esh to share some thoughts with her readers in her stead.

More Articles from Shelley Benveniste
South-Florida-logo

“The OU Southeast regional office’s goals are synonymous with the broader mission of the Orthodox Union,” said Naftali.

Links of Life is a unique volunteer program designed to bring cheer and companionship into the lives of seniors throughout Broward and Dade counties. Designed for seniors living on their own as well as seniors in assisted living facilities, Links of Life pairs caring friends to visit on a weekly basis. They share experiences, spend quality […]

There was not even a flicker of outrage at the vandalizing of a synagogue.

An impressive group of counselors and staff members are providing the boys and girls with a summer of fun and Torah learning and a lifetime of wonderful memories.

Rabbi Sam Intrator recently led a summer program in Williams Island, located in Aventura. The event focused on how to find spiritual joy in Judaism. The rabbi cited biblical and Talmudic teachings, ancient Temple rituals, and the words of prayers to establish the role that love and positive thinking have in Torah values. Rabbi Intrator […]

The Iranian deal was sealed on July 14, four and a half months after Netanyahu’s visit. The details of the agreement were shocking and worse than anyone had imagined.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/south-florida/its-my-opinion-the-rush-to-judgment/2012/04/05/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: