Hillary on the Verdict: “George Zimmerman verdict brought ‘deep heartache’”

hillary-clinton-3Hillary Clinton has been regaining her mojo on the speaking tour after a few months rest from retiring as a rock star SOS.  Last night, she spoke out on the miscarriage of justice that saw the release of a man who should’ve–at the very least–be charged with reckless manslaughter.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the “heartache” of the Trayvon Martin case in D.C. Tuesday evening while speaking to an African-American sorority group.

“My prayers are with the Martin family and with every family who loves someone who is lost to violence,” she said in an almost 30-minute speech. “No mother, no father, should ever have to fear for their child walking down a street in the United States of America.”

She said she knew this week has “brought heartache, deep painful heartache” to families in the wake of the not guilty verdict in George Zimmerman’s trial last Saturday.

Exactly.  We all fear hearing that some stalker has followed our child as he or she walks home from school, from their job, from their activities or friends’ house.  We teach stranger danger.   Yet, in this instance, the stranger that ended a teen’s life was acquitted. What message does this send?  And please, who gets to stand their ground or claim self defense when you’ve basically been stalking a kid fully knowing you have a loaded gun on you?  And, of course he was racially profiling.

Clinton also referenced U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement Monday that the Justice Department will review the case.

“Yesterday I know you heard from the Attorney General about the next steps from the Justice Department and the need for a national dialogue,” she said. “As we move forward as we must I hope this sisterhood will continue to be a force for justice and understanding.”

Clinton’s comments came in a speech to the 51st annual convention of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the largest African-American women’s organization in the country. Organizers said that more than 14,000 people were in the room to hear her speak.

There have been some many stabs deep into the laws that protect rights it’s hard to know where to start.  However, Clinton spent time on what it means to have the VRA crippled.  She also spoke to the abhorrent attacks on the rights of wome.

“The Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Voting Rights Act,” Clinton said. “For more than four decades this law has helped overcome constitutional barriers to voting. Again and again it has demonstrated its essential role in protecting our freedoms.”

She urged attendees at the convention to push Congress to take action on restoring and rewriting Section 4 of the law.

“Unless Congress acts, you know and I know more obstacles are on their way,” she said. “They’re going to make it difficult for poor people, elderly people, minority people, and working people to do what we should be able to take for granted.”

She spoke, as she’s done recently at other women-centric events, about the need for more women to take up positions of power — and about Delta members like former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman and Rep. Martha Fudge who have advanced the cause of women in leadership.

“As you know, women still comprise a majority of the world’s unhealthy, unschooled, unfed and unpaid,” she said, adding that there’s been “a lot of progress” on women’s rights but that more needs to be done.

As has been the case in many of her speeches this year, Clinton’s potential 2016 bid wasn’t far from people’s minds. As she exited the stage, audience members cheered, “Run, Hillary, Run!”


51 Comments on “Hillary on the Verdict: “George Zimmerman verdict brought ‘deep heartache’””

  1. this is one of the few times I will have to disagree with Hillary. .on the Zimmerman trial . I also don’t think it was a miscarriage of justice we need to respect the decision of the jury and Florida state law in this case. the evidence was not there to support be from a conviction.

    • dakinikat says:

      We don’t have to respect any such nonsense. This isn’t Iran.

      • we can agree with it or not that everyone’s right . but it is the American justice system. but if we stop respecting the decision of the jury’s and the justice system. people will just take justice to the streets and then we will have real vigilante justice if people . would you rather have that?

        • dakinikat says:

          Yes. If it means saving people’s lives. Juries are wrong all the time. Things get appealed. laws get changed. Even supreme court decisions are reversed. Pointing to a wrong outcome and correcting systemic shortcomings improves the system
          Blind obedience to outcomes is not in the best interest of a democracy.

          • DK I never said it was perfect. Your right and perhaps they will in this case but right laws do get changed. and SCOTUS court decisions are reversed. and that’s the beauty of the system. . but I guess in the case of the Zimmerman trial we will just to agree to disagree

          • bostonboomer says:

            There is absolutely no law or tradition that says that people have to respect the decisions of juries or even courts.

            Unfortunately, if you read the Florida law, a person is actually allowed to pick a fight with someone and then shoot them if he is “afraid for his life or that he might suffer serious bodily harm.” It’s disgusting. Florida has a long history of vicious, ugly racism, and this is the result.

            There is no way in hell I have to respect the racist laws of a racist state. Period.

    • I hope that you can accept a little objective criticism

    • cygnus says:

      “we need to respect the decision of the jury and Florida state law in this case”

      Um. No we don’t. You are entitled to your POV but there is no “we” that “has” to respect anything. Especially not nonsensical laws and all-white juries and technical interpretations that twist the letter of the law into something disgraceful.

  2. My internet is giving me way to many problems tonight, and I am unable to read the post correctly…or even look at other news items tonight. I am glad you posted something about Hillary’s take on all this, can’t wait to read it when I can.

    • NW Luna says:

      Hillary is so classy and knows what to say. Good to hear her exhort her listeners to “continue to be a force for justice and understanding.” That’s inspiring leadership.

  3. I do hope that something can be done to limit the damage that SCOTUS did . voters are going to get jacked over royally in Texas . the texas repubs to no time at all installing the voter suppression voter ID laws

  4. cygnus says:

    The other jurors are in a hurry to distance themselves from B-37:

  5. Fannie says:

    Truth to the matter is that at all points of entry into the criminal justice system, are flaws. Hillary is right, parents shouldn’t fear for their children walking home, but we do. As a grandparent, I don’t dare let those kids out of my sight. When we are out and about, I’ve got to go into the bathroom, and make sure that it is okay for them to be there without my presence. It’s far worst than I ever thought it would be. And the gun violence has quadrupled to say the least. Everything is backed up in the system. I’m sure you’ve heard of us talk about the rape kit backlogs, just to mention one aspect. If you paid attention, we’ve talked about the prison systems bursting with humans, doing 23/7 in a single cell, and having their health and human rights taken away.

    The police have been on overload for so freakin’ long, they have called on the George Zimmerman’s to be the eyes and ears of gated communities. And we have had the black panthers patrolling communities, such as in East Oakland, and elsewhere. These groups of people are suppose to look out for each other, not gun down the young people. We got police in classrooms, in hospitals, every place you look, and I wonder why are they so damn corrupted. People need to have confidence in law enforcement, and we don’t, and the African American community has good reason not to trust them, look at the numbers killed, look at them busting down the wrong door and firing away killing innocent people. And they get away with it. It’s not just the police, but prosecutors, and the department of corrections, and the courts that are changing laws, and trampling on our rights……………..Miranda rights, due process, and even sentencing laws. Then you have the Surpreme court knocking back voting rights for African Americans, and wonder why we don’t “respect” the system. How’s it working for the 1 of 3 black men who end up in prison with longer sentencing, for drugs. People are angry………..

    Why did it take 44 days to arrest GZ, he should have been arrested on the day he called 9/11. Why didn’t the grand jury get called in? The system is eroded, and our rights in courts are being shit on.

    Hillary is right, don’t fuck with our kids, and stop fucking with women’s rights to have abortions and make decisions about our own health care, as well as equal opportunities, including education, and equal pay. Just look at the mess our criminal justice system when it comes to women being raped, it’s deeply flawed, and nobody wants to do anything but change the definition rape, rape……….disrespected, you betcha.

    • I the federal government flies I civil right suite against zimmerman it will look like political payback nothing more .

      • I don’t think they will because if the do they will have to prove beyond a proof beyond a reasonable doubt l doubt the Zimmerman murdered martin because of his race . and the feds don’t like to loose

        • List of X says:

          You’ve mentioned the OJ trial earlier. As you remember, OJ was acquitted in the criminal case, but in the civil case he was still ordered to pay damages to the victims’ families. This could very well happen in GZ case.

        • ANonOMouse says:

          There is a lot of character evidence concerning Zimmerman that didn’t make it into the criminal case that could make it into a civil rights case and will make it into a wrongful death suit.

          That Pillsbury Doughboy/Pee Wee Herman, meek man persona that Zimmerman perpetrated on the Jury is a provable work of fiction. Being soft-spoken doesn’t prove that Zimmerman was harmless. Mike Tyson has a meek persona, but a violent temper at the least provocation. Jeffrey Dahmer and many other monsters have been described by associates as soft-spoken and meek. So a person’s outward demeanor doesn’t necessarily reflect what is inside.

      • RalphB says:

        It will look like a civil rights charge to me. Those are not usually political payback.

      • Fannie says:

        Payback’s a bitch, ask Rev. Edgar Ray Killen…………..review Bryon De La Beckwith, and Sam Bowers……………including Vernon Dahmer…………Justice satisfied.

  6. RalphB says:

    Texas Monthly: The Life and Death (and Life?) of the Party

    Democrats once ruled Texas. Then came five decades of steady decline. Can Wendy Davis, the Castro brothers, and Team Obama’s vaunted field operation return their party to power? And if they can’t, can anyone?

    “Somebody has to step up,” Wendy Davis observed one evening in late May over drinks at the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. “As long as the Democrats continue to buy into the same bullshit that some of the Republicans are saying—‘Oh no, it’s Texas, it’s hopeless’—and continue to act like it won’t happen for six, eight, twelve, sixteen years from now, that perpetuates the problem.”

    “So are you going to run for statewide office?” I asked.

    Her green eyes sparkled. “One day, someday,” she said coyly.

    One day, someday, about a month later, on the morning of June 25, the petite fifty-year-old Democratic state senator from Fort Worth fixed herself a single boiled egg for breakfast. It would be her only meal of the day. She slipped on a pair of pink tennis shoes, headed over to the Capitol, and stepped up.

    Good long article about the current state of TX politics. Fact: You can’t win if candidates don’t run for statewide offices.

    Run Wendy Run 2014 and, of course, Run Hillary Run 2016!

    • living in Texas and knowing it politics I don’t think I liberal democrat can win . but science the wingnut right has moved so far to the right . a moderate democrat now that’s I whole different ball game.

  7. Edward Shaw says:

    Well, I for one believe that Mr. Zimmerman’s karma will be seen manifest sooner rather than later either from some murderer taking violent action against him which I don’t wish on him at all or perhaps the US Justice Department taking some action concerning Civil Rights. The family at the very least could file some sort of suit. Karma has its way. Look where Oj resides today as some bit of proof that it does.