I told this story some time ago, but it bears repeating. As an L.A. Dodger fan, I learned that the Dodgers once had a minor league training camp in Sanford, Florida, the home of Zimmerman. In the 1940's the Dodgers sent the now legendary Jackie Robinson, who would become the first black man to play major league baseball, to this camp:
"As Jean West, a school teacher in Florida, wrote, "Branch Rickey had miscalculated the degree to which Jim Crow was entrenched in Sanford...The mayor of Sanford was confronted by what the author describes as a "large group of white residents" who "demanded that Robinson...be run out of town."Sanford, Florida is one of the most racist, hate-filled places in this country. How can anyone be surprised that a listless prosecution by white males, and a carefully selected jury of white, middle aged women (old enough to still be comfortable with their race hatred) didn't think the stalking and murder of an unarmed black teenager to be worthy of any sort of punishment?
The Mayor caved. On March 5th, the Royals were informed that they would not be permitted to take the field as an integrated group. Rickey was concerned for Robinson’s life and sent him to stay in Daytona Beach...
This was a low moment for Jackie. The man whose number, 42, is retired throughout Major League Baseball almost quit and rejoined the Negro Leagues
The team then took an extraordinary step... Rickey, ''moved the entire Dodger pre-season camp from Sanford, Florida, to Daytona Beach due to the oppressive conditions of Sanford.''
Sad to say, this is reminiscent of the black jury that acquitted the blatantly guilty O.J. Simpson. Well, one way or another, the nation's justice system got its revenge on O.J. and he is now in prison where he belongs. I suspect that Zimmerman's crime will catch up with him sooner or later also. He is destined for a miserable life, and it couldn't happen to a more deserving person.