Have a look in the video below at this poised and principled young woman, Channa Lloyd.
A law student working as an intern in the firm representing George Zimmerman, she had the challenge of being part of the Zimmerman defense team – and also being African American. It appears she had the option not to work the case, but she took it anyway.
Why? I assume because she is trying to learn her profession and is committed to the sacrosanct American principle that everyone accused of a crime deserves a defense.
Before joining the team, she wanted to know one thing: Was Zimmerman a racist? Not because she didn’t think he deserved a defense if he was – she’s met plenty of racists before, and knows they’re an unfortunate part of society too – but because she felt she could not adequately defend him if she knew he hated black people. Satisfied he was not a racist, she joined the defense, knowing full well the repercussions she could face.
From whom? Well, from people like President Obama, who don’t understand that their role in society – and its obligations to other people – is more important than their own self-indulgent thinking.
Obama is president of all of us, not just black people and liberals. What’s more, he runs the supposedly independent federal system of Justice.
But Obama has expressed his clear bias in this case, starting with imagining that Trayvon Martin is his son and continuing through Sunday’s statement in which he suggests Martin is a hero, while not even mentioning Zimmerman. Even though he has no idea what happened and a jury couldn’t rule out that Zimmerman was savagely attacked by Martin and killed him in self-defense.
And so Obama either indulged his own feelings, failed to resist the emotions of others demanding Zimmerman’s head – or both.
Obama could learn something by watching this Ms. Lloyd, who put duty to her profession and the principles that underly our system of justice first, instead of herself. She did the hard thing, not the easy thing, and will no doubt incur lots of nastiness.
Obama did the easy thing. Maybe he can give her words some thought Saturday on the golf course.