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    Movie review by a White Hispanic

    I don't think I've ever read anything in the words of George Zimmerman himself.

    Man, Richard Jewell Hit Home!
    I love just about all Clint Eastwood movies, but Richard Jewell is in a class by itself. This one was personal. This one Clint Eastwood made for me. Only a handful of people in America know what it’s like to be Richard Jewell and unfortunately, I’m one of them. Mr. Eastwood got it right. Two thumbs up!

    I rarely ever go to the movies. Nearly seven years after my acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, I still have to be very cautious about where I go. A few years ago, a man took a shot at me and missed my head by inches. He will be in prison for another dozen years or so, but every time I see my name trend on Twitter, I am reminded there are people out there who would like to pick up where the assassin left off.
    My gut reaction in watching Richard Jewell was sadness. The film reminded me just how much heartache an accusation this heinous puts a parent through.
    I know as only a few others do how gut wrenching it is to be at the center of the storm like this. You can only imagine what people think of you. You worry that everyone thinks you are the monster the media created.

    Emotionally, I struggled. I imposed a kind of house arrest on myself. I did not want to see people or be seen. I questioned everyone’s intentions, even those close to me. Yes, I was acquitted, but after the trial, when the head prosecutor Angela Corey was asked to sum me up in a word, she said “murderer.” I was devastated. In watching the movie, I was reminded of how my mother must have felt to hear this.

    After the trial it took me years to regain my balance. At the time I was thinking if people want to look at me as a villain, I will be that villain, the hell with them all. Without the unconditional love of my parents I never would have pulled out of that spiral.

    This is something else Richard and I had in common -- a fierce, loving mother. Kathy Bates, who played Richard’s mom, gave a heart stopping performance. She is nominated for an Academy Award. She deserves to win.

    One advantage I had over Richard was a father who loved me just as much as my mother did. One advantage we both had was a gladiator of an attorney who always had our back. For me, that was Don West. I am thankful Mark O’Mara took my case, but it was West who won my confidence. When you go through an ordeal as intense as the one Richard and I did, it is essential to have someone who totally believes in you.

    Richard died at 44 of natural causes. I have got to believe the stress of it all shortened his life. He did not get the chance to see himself vindicated on screen. Yes, he was cleared before he died, but that story was buried. So many people who just read the headlines still remembered him as a glory-seeking loser.
    I am grateful for the vindication that Joel Gilbert’s brilliant new film, The Trayvon Hoax, provides me. Joel may not be Clint Eastwood, but he is a truth teller of the first order. I am thankful too to all those people who stood by me when the world told them not to.

    At the end of the day, Richard Jewell and I had something else in common -- we knew who our real friends were.
    I did see Richard Jewell, the subject of some nearby threads here. The Trayvon Hoax movie not so much. Beyond Zimmerman's degenerating brushes with trouble in the years that followed the trial, little has been of note, although a recent thread highlighted a lawsuit by Zimmerman that alleges the prosecution swapped in a fake witness to make their case.

    The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. The trashing of George Zimmerman—from the false editing of his phone call, to branding him a "White Hispanic," to (allegedly) swapping in a fake witness to help convict him, Ms Corey calling him a "murderer" after his acquittal—was a travesty of justice.
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    "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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    I'll have to catch this one out of the theater but I do want to see it. It probably would have been more useful than what I did see today - 1917.

    The George Zimmerman fiasco goes to show that skin color (or some other claim) supersedes living an exemplary life. You are condemned simply for being the wrong kind in the eyes of the media and the race-baiters.

    It's ironic that MLK's famous quote has been willfully reversed by people who claim him as their own while they do the exact opposite of his intent.

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
    "Alexa, slaughter the fatted calf."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    I'll have to catch this one out of the theater but I do want to see it. It probably would have been more useful than what I did see today - 1917.

    The George Zimmerman fiasco goes to show that skin color (or some other claim) supersedes living an exemplary life. You are condemned simply for being the wrong kind in the eyes of the media and the race-baiters.

    It's ironic that MLK's famous quote has been willfully reversed by people who claim him as their own while they do the exact opposite of his intent.

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
    All that went out the window long ago. Maybe when affirmative action and disparate impact became our marching orders.
    "I was not elected to do small things or shy away from big problems.” —Donald Trump.

    "I think you called me a liar on national TV." —Elizabeth Warren. "Well, duh." —Bernie Sanders, shoulda said.

    "The way I see it, there's always, c'mon, there's always money. It's there." —Elizabeth Warren, explaining socialism.

    “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.... We really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” —Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC's Chief of Staff.

    "We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." —CNN's Don Lemon, showing how to stop demonizing people.

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    Lawrence O'Donnell has yet to apologize to Zimmerman despite repeated lying on national TV about the 911 call in which O'Donnell insisted that Zimmerman used the n-word.

    In fact, none of the "justice for Trayvon" folks have apologized... because they didn't really want justice they wanted confirmation of their outrage.
    You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.

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