There are actually two signals. Signal 1 is Obama distancing himself from the outcome. Obama distances himself from everything, but it still suggests that the trajectory is headed in that direction.
Signal 2 came in Holder’s remarks about the case to a black sorority.
We are also mindful of the pain felt by our nation surrounding the tragic, unnecessary shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida last year – and the state trial that reached its conclusion over the weekend. As parents, as engaged citizens, and as leaders who stand vigilant against violence in communities across the country, the Deltas are deeply, and rightly, concerned about this case. The Justice Department shares your concern – I share your concern – and, as we first acknowledged last spring, we have opened an investigation into the matter.
That is somewhat boilerplate. But then comes this…
We are committed to standing with the people of Sanford, with the individuals and families affected by this incident, and with our state and local partners in order to alleviate tensions, address community concerns, and promote healing. We are determined to meet division and confusion with understanding and compassion – and also with truth. We are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people, to prevent future tragedies and to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these too common incidents. And we will never stop working to ensure that – in every case, in every circumstance, and in every community – justice must be done.
The key sentence is “to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these too common incidents”.
Attorney General Holder is inappropriately prejudging the outcome of his “investigation”, but that’s hardly worth commenting on in an administration that has zero regard for the law. But he is stating that he believes that stereotypes and mistaken beliefs were responsible for the shooting. He’s strongly implying that Zimmerman profiled Trayvon Martin over his race.
Targeting Zimmerman with hate crimes will be legally difficult, but that’s not exactly an obstacle to Holder. It’s win-win. Either he nails Zimmerman or he doesn’t, but either way the race-baiting drags on into another election.
Holder will speak in more detail about the case to the NAACP… which is currently gathering a massive petition to hit Zimmerman with Federal charges.
The question is whether the law or Holder will prevail.