Despite being touted by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the liberal media, the nationwide “Justice for Trayvon” rallies weren’t the rip-roaring success that was predicted.
The rallies, calling for federal civil rights charges to be filed against George Zimmerman after his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, were held in 100 cities across the country, according to Breitbart News.
The lackluster attendance at the events may suggest that race relations aren’t as strained as some would have us believe, and perhaps that the Zimmerman jury made the right call.
“The flagship rally in New York only drew a crowd of ‘hundreds,’ while a rally in Newport News, Va., struggled to draw two dozen,” reported Breitbart.
In President Obama’s surprise appearance in the White House briefing room Friday, he said, “Trayvon Martin could’ve been me, 35 years ago,” before launching into a statement on racial profiling and “stand your ground” laws. The Zimmerman case, however, was about neither.
A Rasmussen poll found that only 24 percent of Americans believe the Zimmerman shooting was the result of racial profiling, and a Pew Research Center survey showed that less than 40 percent disagreed with the verdict, and only 26 percent expressed any interest in the trial itself.
Zimmerman recently received some support from the black community, most notably from actor/comedian Bill Cosby, who told CNN, “You can’t prove” George Zimmerman is a “racist.” NBA legend Charles Barkley said on CNBC, “I agreed with the verdict.”
Former President Jimmy Carter called the Zimmerman verdict “the right decision” on NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta Tuesday.
Breitbart News noted:
The protests were peaceful, despite occasionally violent rhetoric. The media continued to focus on the case on Sunday, with CNN’s Candy Crowley asking President Obama’s former rival, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), if America still struggled with racism. (“Old prejudices die hard,” despite progress, he said.) Yet Americans seemed to have moved beyond the media and their elected leaders in building a tolerant, diverse nation.
All of which confirms the results of a study done in May by PolicyMIC, concluding that the United States is among the least racist countries in the world.
Someone should tell Sharpton.
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