The New Meaning of Justice

justice-dictionary-definitionSince the day Trayvon Martin was shot, all I’ve heard are screams for “justice.”  What exactly does that mean?

According to my dictionary, justice means, “n. 1.a. The principle of moral rightness; equity.  b. Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness.  2. The upholding of what is just, esp. fair treatment and due reward in accordance to honor, standards, or law; fairness.  3. Something that is just or due.  4. The quality ofr being just, fair, or impartial.  5. Conformity to truth, fact or sound reason.  The administration and procedure of law.

After the George Zimmerman verdict came down on Saturday, there were plenty of people tweeting about the verdict, among them lots of celebrities.  There were demonstrations all over the country and, according to news reports today, vigils are scheduled all over the country to demand “justice for Trayvon.”

So, based on the cries for justice after the verdict, I think a few new definitions should be added to our dictionaries.

Justice:

1.  Whatever any one person wants or thinks justice should be.

2.  A jury verdict which should be ignored by anyone who doesn’t like it even though said jury sat through an entire trial, observed witnesses testify, saw the evidence, listened to arguments from both sides, was instructed by a judge as to the relevant law, reviewed all the evidence and applied the law to reach said verdict.

3.  A person’s personal determination of what the truth is even though not a witness to the occurrence or part of a jury or even present during the entire courtroom proceeding including jury deliberations.

4.  Ignoring the rule of law and making stupid statements like those made by professional poverty pimp, Al Sharpton (who also wasn’t witness to the occurrence, part of the jury or even present during the entire courtroom proceeding including jury deliberations and who, if you remember, helped perpetuate the false allegations made by Tawana Brawley in 1987), “The acquittal of George Zimmerman is a slap in the face to the American people but it is only the first round in the pursuit of justice. We intend to ask the Department of Justice to move forward as they did in the Rodney King case and we will closely monitor the civil case against Mr. Zimmerman. I will convene an emergency call with preachers tonight to discuss next steps and I intend to head to Florida in the next few days.”

5.  Making such demands on the Department of Justice even though

previously filed FBI documents show agents had not turned up any accounts that Zimmerman, before the February 2012 shooting, exhibited racial bias.

6.  Rejecting our legal system by the likes of actress Sophia Bush who tweeted, “The wind is more than knocked out of me… My heart aches for this boy’s family. Justice System? I don’t think so. #justicefortrayvon.”

7.  Playing the race card whenever it’s convenient as in the case of actor and comedian Steve Harvey who tweeted, “A Child is Dead & The Man that Killed Him is Free & Again The Child is Black…My Country Tis of Thee?”

8.  Being outraged following the George Zimmerman verdict yet remaining silent about the black-on-black murder rate in Chicago and elsewhere throughout the United States.  According to what I read today, in the 513 days between the Martin-Zimmerman incident and the verdict, an astounding 11,106 blacks have been murdered by other blacks.

9.  Making race the focus of the Zimmerman trial, as the media did, while ignoring and failing to report on the trial of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell and his killing of innocent black babies.

I know my memory isn’t the greatest, but I really can’t recall any nationwide protests or vigils after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of killing Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.  How come we didn’t hear demands on the Department of Justice to file civil rights’ violations against O.J. Simpson?  Why wasn’t the race card played after the verdict by white people demanding “justice for Nicole and Ron”?  No one is ever going to convince me that O.J. didn’t kill Nicole and Ron, but I wasn’t out there demanding “justice” and ignoring the jury verdict.  Everyone accepted the verdicts and moved on.

Bottom line on the definition of“justice”:  Even if you don’t know what happened, if you think or believe someone is innocent and they’re acquitted, justice was served;  if you think or believe someone is guilty and they’re acquitted, justice wasn’t served.  Unfortunately, justice, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • DanB_Tiffin

    George Zimmerman is guilty of not being black.

  • Bruce A.

    The truth is in the facts of this case. That is how the jury arrived at its decision.

  • John Young

    Now, Obama feels that we need to have a discussion of race and racism, a discussion in which the politicians should not participate. This, after the DOJ paid (with our taxes) for a demonstration against George Zimmerman.

    Is there any limit to his hypocrisy?

  • Ron F

    One additional comment, although usually I would think a civil rights investigation would be a separate investigation and might be appropriate, in this case I do not believe the administration has the moral authority to do the investigation or bring charges because it interjected itself in the case at the very beginning. It would not have the slightest appearance of being impartial and frankly would appear to be catering to a mob.

  • Ron F

    There was certainly justice based on the administration and procedure of law, as there was in the O. J. Simpson and Casey Anthony trials and there were uproars after both of those trials. I received vitriolic responses to my comments on this site because I said I accepted the verdicts in both cases and that I had not listened or seen all of the evidence. I believe a grand jury thought there was sufficient evidence to bring charges in this case. Some people might be agenda driven, but to suggest that the left does not want justice is just wrong as to suggest conservatives are racist. The media has reported on black on black crime in Chicago and the Chicago murder rate. I do no watch Fox News but I have heard about it from a variety of sources including the Los Angeles Times. People have the right to protest peacefully. Protests are part of the history of this country. We tend to like protests when we agree with them and dislike them when we disagree with them. When demonstrations, interfere with other people, such as freeways in Los Angeles, or are violent, like in Oakland and Los Angeles, the people should be arrested. As for the comments by the various people, I am not upset about them. They are free to say what they want and are easily ignored, especially the tweets. This and other sites that I look at express views constantly so I am not going to be outraged because other people express views that I do not agree with. On the other hand I can understand some of the outrage. As for Trayvon Martin, he cannot tell his side of the story. He went to the store and was shot. Until he confronted Zimmerman, I do not believe he did anything wrong, yet he was being followed for suspicious behavior. No one has ever explained to me what the suspicious behavior was. I have been followed before and it is not comfortable and I thought about how I would get rid of the person following me.

    • Roger Ward

      Ron: here are a few miscellaneous facts:

      1) There was no grand jury on this case. The prosecutor knew they would never indict so they bypassed the grand jury.

      2) I did not make a blanket statement that the left doesn’t want justice. I made a specific statement in one sentence that “the left doesn’t want justice, they want a response that fits their agenda,” so don’t take my statements out of context.

      3) Zimmerman’s following of Martin was entirely legal …. and appropriate to his position with the Neighborhood Watch …. and considering the rash of burglaries that had occurred, it was particularly so.

      4) Martin’s behavior can be viewed as suspicious: he wore dark clothing, including a hoodie which obscured his face, and he was ambling along slowly in the rain and looking into the windows of houses he passed.

      5) Martin took the first punch at Zimmerman; if Martin had continued on home instead of confronting Zimmerman, there would have been no fight and Martin would be alive today.

      • Wil

        Pillsbury dough mama’s boy who messed with the wrong kid. He was getting an old fashioned a$$ whupping when he pulled a gun. A real sissy punk move. The weak minded animal that Zimmerman was/is took the thug way out. He pulled a gun. Determined to kill some, especially any black kid. Zimmerman was getting his a$$ kicked in a fight he started.

        He should be on death row. He’s a cowardly murderer!

        • DanB_Tiffin

          More lies from Wil the racist liberal.
          Also libel, I see.

          George Zimmerman said that while on the bottom, his firearm became exposed. At that point, he said he felt Martin’s hand slide down in his chest, and Martin told him, “You’re gonna die tonight, motherfu*ker.”

          “In fear for my life as he has assured me he was going to kill me,” Zimmerman wrote he fired one shot into Martin’s torso.

          Wil was previously banned from this site for such things, but he managed to get back on.

          • Wil

            Hey, You’re the one happy the black kid was murdered, not me. Seems like you’re the racist!

          • DanB_Tiffin

            No one was murdered.
            The truth came out and the jury saw it.
            Seems like you’re the racist since you avoid the truth so passionately in order to hate an innocent man.
            George Zimmerman is guilty of not being black.

        • Roger Ward

          It’s true that Zimmerman was getting his butt kicked …. and getting his head bashed into the concrete …. and had a broken nose and contusions …. in a fight started by Martin. The jury and I agree that Zimmerman was in fear of losing his life and did what he had to, to save it.
          You show your ignorance when you state “Determined to kill some, especially any black kid” when their was no evidence that he set out to kill anyone. It was Eric Holder’s own FBI that conducted exhaustive interviews and determined their was no racist component in Zimmerman or in his actions.
          I’ll say it again for the ignorant: Martin took the first punch at Zimmerman; if Martin had continued on home instead of confronting Zimmerman, there would have been no fight and Martin would be alive today.
          Now put your dunce cap back on and return to your corner!

          • Wil

            Zimmerman got off because the jurors couldn’t empathize with the Black victim
            more than they empathized with Zimmerman, the person who stalked, shot and
            killed an innocent victim. Juror B37 said as much.

            You know that the
            system is racist, yet you insist on defending the result of that racism.

      • Ron F

        Roger, (1) I forgot that the Attorney General directly charged Zimmerman instead of going to the grand jury. (2) I quoted you correctly, “the left doesn’t want justice”. I left out the qualifier about the left wanting a response that fits its agenda but the statement was still a blanket statement about the left. No one ever said it was not legal but it was not appropriate when the dispatcher said that they did not need him to follow Trayvon Martin. (3) Everyone has a legal right to follow whomever they want. Heaven help us if everyone starts to exercise the right. (4) You consider it suspicious, I do not and the fact is he was doing nothing wrong. (5) The evidence in the case was Martin took the first punch. Martin couldn’t testify to tell his side of the story. I agree that the verdict was correct on the evidence presented in the case which is all the jury had. I still think Zimmerman had some culpability – how much I do not know. Maybe a civil trial would determine that. I do not believe there should be a Civil Rights lawsuit.

      • Ron F

        Roger, one additional point. Every year after Christmas I go to Balboa Island, amble along and look into windows of houses. Sometimes I wear dark clothing. When I walk around in Carmel and other cities on the Monterey peninsula. Is that suspicious behavior? Again, I agree that the jury verdict was correct based on the evidence. On the other hand, George Zimmerman did not testify so he was not subject to cross-examination and Trayvon Martin could not testify.

        • Roger Ward

          Ron, If I’m in the Neighborhood Watch on Balboa Island, your behavior would certainly qualify as suspicious. Whether or not you should be shot for it depends on whether or not you throw the first punch and start a life threatening fist fight.
          It was not necessary for either Martin or Zimmerman to testify, the forensics tell the story: Zimmerman’s back was wet from the grass, Martin’s was not. Zimmerman had injuries consistent with the defense’s outline, Martin had no injuries. Martin had no DNA under his fingernails, consistent with his having made fists, so that tends to confirm the girl’s testimony that Martin threw the first punch. To an extent, all the testimony was extraneous, except for issues surrounding the fight. If Martin had not confronted Zimmerman and thrown the first punch, he would be alive now.
          Initially, I was troubled by the fact that Zimmerman followed Martin and Martin ended up dead. When I understood the chronology of the events leading up to the fight and who was the aggressor in that fight, my doubts were assuaged.

          • Ron F

            Roger, you and I just disagree on what is suspicious behavior. In addition, I do not know of any law that states Neighborhood Watch people have greater rights than any other person. As for the forensics, I did not follow the trial but I do not think the forensics would show who threw the first punch or was the initial aggressor. You obviously know more about the trial than I do. I generally did not follow the coverage during the trial. Again, the jury can only decide the case on the evidence presented and since I was not on the jury, I do not question the verdict. Since I think Zimmerman has some culpability, If Florida has a comparative negligence law where a person can be partially responsible for damages a civil lawsuit might be appropriate.

  • Roger Ward

    The left doesn’t want justice, they want a response that fits their agenda. Even the hard-left professor of law, Alan Dershowitz, agrees that Zimmerman should never have been charged. He also thinks, correctly, that the prosecutor should be charged …. and disbarred. Now that would be justice!

  • Brian Fr Langley

    The reason you don’t get it, is that you still think common sense prevails. It does not. The mainstream media are waging a full scale war on traditional America. While most are simply duped, behind the curtain are hard core collectivists bent on a “progressive agenda” that is as statist and collectivist as they come. They whip a mob into a frenzy with a false social justice narrative, that enabled by the mass media’s ability to disseminate, spreads like a wild fire. Facts and truth are irrelevant. What’s relevant are labels for opponents. Labels like racist’s, white supremacist’s, Hard right wing, or the new one “deniers”. (used on opponents of global warming, but meant to link them with holocaust deniers) All to link their opposition with execrable Nazi’s and Facist’s (because every body agrees they were bad people). Race baiting suits their agenda incredibly well. Convince minorities that the status quo (traditional values) is failing them and in fact injuring them. Feeling victimized by the status-quo (traditional values) they then support “progressive” (collectivist) causes in large numbers. Does not any of this sound familiar????

    • Bob Olden

      The mainstream media don’t seem to exist for the purpose of reporting the news as much as for creating or sustaining a “narrative” about the news that they define as worthy of being reported. They ignore news that doesn’t fit their priorities, and create smoke screens that divert attention from other issues of importance. That is why all thinking people should boycott the mainstream media in all its forms.

  • Darren Perkins

    Funny how when Mr Zimmerman didnt turn out to look like a white man but rather a hispanic one he suddenly became a white hispanic. If the facts dont fit the narrative then simply change the facts. Same thing with justice. They simply changed the definition. Now they are trying to change the definition of racism so that they can say GZ was racially biased… code for racist with no outward evidence.