What are the similarities between George Zimmerman and O.J. Simpson?

The second-degree murder charges against George Zimmerman mark a major turning point in a case that triggered a nationwide debate about racial profiling in America and about Florida's "stand your ground" law — which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury. The case also highlights glaring and saddening contradictions on how American blacks and the media reacted to O.J. Simpson's alleged killing of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman two decades ago.

Many American blacks feel the long history of racial injustice in this nation entitles them to the benefit of the doubt in any racially charged case. This is unfortunately the same mentality that causes them to excuse all of President Obama's failings, simply because he is black. It is not difficult to understand this mentality and it probably will be manifested in any group regardless of their ethnic background, if in fact their ancestors had been the victims, and in some cases, continue to be victims of societal injustice.

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This makes it fairly easy for the average person to understand why there was a rush to judgment among many American blacks in favor of O.J. Simpson and against George Zimmerman. Remember, Simpson was accused of killing Nicole and Ron. Despite all the evidence that supported the fact that Simpson committed the crimes, many blacks dismissed the evidence and desperately wanted him to be found not guilty. Their overwhelming emotional reaction from the onset was pro-O.J., and just forget the evidence that was reported daily. They showed little, if any, sympathy for the tragic circumstances that took the lives of Ron and Nicole.

Let us fast-forward a couple of decades to our present time where we have another racially charged case in which a white man is accused of murdering a black teenager. Again, regardless of the evidence that is presented that might lead to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, many blacks are unwilling to even entertain the thought of him being found not guilty, as in the case of O.J.

Can you not see firsthand the incredible double standard and hypocrisy? What will happen (as in the case of O.J.) if George Zimmerman is ultimately found not guilty? Will we return to the days of rioting and burning down cities across America? Or will American blacks celebrate a not guilty verdict in the case of Zimmerman in the same manner they celebrated O.J. Simpson's two decades ago?