Skip to comments.Chris Matthews: Slavery Impacts People's View of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman Case
Posted on 04/20/2012 4:47:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Maybe it's time for MSNBC's Chris Matthews to retire.
On Friday's Hardball, the 66-year-old host actually said that people's view of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case is impacted by "so much history ever since the first slave arrived in the United States" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
(VIDEO AT LINK)
In the middle of a lengthy opening segment about the case gripping the nation, Matthews played a clip of Florida prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda telling a press conference, You havent heard all the evidence. Please be patient and wait for the trial.
After the clip, Matthews said, Well, this is so tricky here, Joy-Ann, and I dont know how were going to cover this. Im going to try to do it with the presumption of innocence as we do in all cases.
Isnt that nice of Matthews to "try" to cover this case with the presumption of innocence? You'd think that after decades in the business, it wouldn't be too difficult to presume the innocence of the accused when reporting on a murder trial.
For her part, Joy-Ann Reid of The Grio responded, The bottom line here is that this case has already been litigated and relitigated on Twitter, online, on blogs. Everyone feels that they too are prosecuting this case and people have taken a side. And I think that raises a lot of troubling questions really about jury selection. Is the entire jury pool in the country tainted and can Zimmerman get a fair trial?
Actually, the taint is on the Left not the Right.
Its the folks on the left that have already convicted Zimmerman and are just awaiting sentencing. Thats how atrocious the reporting has been by much of the liberal media.
By contrast, the Rights position is and has been that Zimmerman is innocent until proven guilty and that none of us has seen all the evidence to render a judgment. That will come out in the trial.
With this in mind, I think Reid was projecting the short-comings and failings of her side in this debate onto those that have acted far more responsibly.
But fasten your seatbelts, for Matthews response was startling.
What scares me if we could all watch the picture, like a movie, a tape of everything that happened that night, from the beginning to the end, I think there would be difference of attitudes about guilt and innocence. Thats what scares me about this case, theres so many different perspectives, so much history ever since the first slave arrived in the United States. The attitude of history here, you cant push it aside I dont think.
What? So whenever a crime is committed against a black person by someone other than a black person, the history ever since the first slave arrived in the United States is a factor?
Shouldn't the only factor be the evidence presented by the prosecution and the defense with total disregard to the color of these folks' skin or something that was outlawed centuries ago in this country?
It's been almost 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, and almost 50 years since the last Civil Rights Act, and slavery is still a part of our criminal justice system?
How sad that in the year 2012, a so-called newscaster on a so-called news network thinks this.
It seems a metaphysical certitude racism will never end in this country as long as people like Matthews bring slavery into every mixed race incident.
FACT: Most African-Americans ancestors came to America AFTER slavery ended.
Yes, because I was a slave so recently it still burns in my mind and is reflected in everything I do.
And slavery has not been legal in this country for over 147 years. Get over it.
They’re gonna milk this forever - or at least until November.
Maybe not fact... maybe I just heard that once.. :p
Not mine, Skippy.
There is not a single survivor of slavery I can think of, nor a survivor of that last slave left alive to punish.
Perhaps psychiatric help might clear that up for you?
The loss to the family notwithstanding, Trayvon’s haughty Obama eyes strike me as being a little boy meme brat scheme that, unfortunately, attracts the victimology of our legal and media system which relies for ratings on their munchausen syndrome by proxy.
So, Chrissy the self hating hater brings up the hate and the self hate about slavery, only because nowadays it is cool to be like Zero, ie. to cover up one’s stpuidity, debauchery and ignorance with hate desguised behind honeyed words full of snake poison.
Sissy is so deranged.
Judging from some leftwing idiots, slavery ended about 38 days ago or something
Yes, its true.
My own ancestors centuries LONG history as downtrodden European peasants, affects EACH and EVERY aspect of my current life here in 2012.
What 15 seconds has gone by? Time to sulk over it again.....
Well duh! Ever look at a statue of Justice...She wears a blindfold. Can't see color of skin, age, prosperity...Is he just figuring it out?
Thomas Jeffersons fault.
“so much history ever since the first slave arrived in the United States” ........................................... 1620? They were white folks, called indenture servants, no? My wife’s family has been here since 1637, my guess is she too is a descendant of slaves. My descendents were probably slaves in Rome. Time to get over it.
DOn’t forget that there were free black people in this country before the Revolutionary War and that the first owner of a slave (according to Beck) was himself black.
Name one person who remembers slavery.
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