Federal civil rights case against George Zimmerman, race and racial politics could influence the 2014 and 2016 elections.
Think about the long term implications of what conservative blogger Hugh Hewitt said about President Barack Obama’s comments on the George Zimmerman acquittal for killing Trayvon Martin.
“Race may be the only issue . . . which puts the country in a pretty difficult place for the next three plus years.” LINK: http://www.hughhewitt.com/president-obamas-nixon-to-the-lincoln-memorial-moment/
The “Justice for Trayvon Martin” rallies, in 100 or more cities across the nation, inspired by MSNBC host Al Sharpton, and the related media coverage, arguably could lead to federal charges George Zimmerman for violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights. What else would cool and temper the passions of protestors and media critics which have been stoked by Zimmerman’s acquittal of criminal charges in a Florida state court?
A federal civil rights case against Zimmerman easily would keep the passions live and extend the media coverage cycle on race and racial politics through the 2014 mid-term elections.
And, it could be enough to get protestors and other folks supporting to turn out and vote, particularly in the 20 or more states which have adopted Stand Your Ground laws modeled after Florida’s law. LINK: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/18/19522874-florida-had-first-stand-your-ground-law-other-states-followed-in-rapid-succession
Could those issues spill over to the 2016 Presidential Election?
That’s what Hugh Hewitt apparently projects “for the next three plus years!”
- Across US, people rally for ‘Justice for Trayvon’ (news.yahoo.com)
- White Conservative Male Pundits To Nation: Racism Is Over, Stop Talking About It – Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)
- Obama Speaks About Trayvon Martin (bet.com)
- Polls: George Zimmerman’s Favorability Rating Higher Than Al Sharpton’s (breitbart.com)
- Trayvon Martin ‘vigils’ to be held Saturday in 100 cities, including Miami (miamiherald.com)