For journalists, it's either the gift that keeps on giving or the quintessential "story with legs." I'm talking about that "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
Far from resolving the issue of Zimmerman's guilt -- or even absolving him of it -- the verdict has prompted protests, comments that can only be classified as bona fide flapdoodle and remarks from the president of the United States.
President Obama was the one who stunned me when he weighed in on the issue. But I'm not talking about being stunned in a negative way. When Obama talked of "walking across the street and hearing the locks click on cars, that resonated with me, immediately.
"What?!" I shouted at a TV that couldn't possibly answer me. "Barack Obama got 'The Click'?"
"The Click" is what I call the common -- and no doubt uniquely American -- phenomenon of white American motorists spotting black American men and then clicking that car door lock. Obama said it happened to him when he walked across the street. Heck, I could only wish it happened to me when I walked across the street.
In the days before I had my own car, I had to take public transportation, usually a transit bus. Every time I've gotten "The Click," I was either standing or sitting at a bus stop, either not moving or barely moving.
Much as I've disagreed with Obama in the past -- and will no doubt continue to disagree with him in the future -- I couldn't argue with him about "The Click."
I do have a bone to pick with those left-wing activists that are trying to use the Zimmerman verdict to demand that Florida's stand-your-ground law be overturned. Once again, lefties show they don't have a clue about how a republican government functions.
Florida's stand-your-ground law will be repealed when voters in that state decide it should be repealed. Obama has nothing to do with it. Attorney General Eric Holder has nothing to do with it.
Al Sharpton ranting at New York City rallies won't repeal Florida's stand-your-ground law. Nor will demonstrators holding up signs drawing idiotic comparisons between Trayvon Martin's shooting and Emmett Till's lynching.
I have a bone to pick with those people, too, and believe me, it's the size of a tyrannosaurus thigh. The Trayvon Martin shooting being compared to the Emmett Till lynching? Really?
Such stupidity annoys me, but it won't drive me bat guano crazy. What will do that is one more comment that I've heard often since the verdict, and it comes from the camp that supports Zimmerman. It's the claim, repeated ad nauseam, that race wasn't a factor in the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Now let's assume, only for the sake of argument, that I buy the claim. Then my question is, "So what?" Are the people making this argument saying that, because the shooting had nothing to do with race, then it was right or justified?
The Palmer Raids of 1919 to 1921 had "nothing to do with race." That didn't make them right; they remain one of the most egregious mass violations of civil liberties in the nation's history.
Because Zimmerman may have had no racial motives in calling police doesn't mean he was right when he used his cellphone to report that there was a "real suspicious guy" in his neighborhood.
That "guy" was Trayvon Martin. His "suspicious" act, according to Zimmerman, was "look[ing] like he was up to no good."
Zimmerman didn't see Martin commit a crime, nor did Zimmerman have knowledge of a crime that had been reported to police in which Martin could reasonably have been considered a suspect.
That was wrong, even if race had nothing to do with Zimmerman's conclusions. But the three words "I was wrong" have yet to creep into Zimmerman's vocabulary.
GREGORY KANE, a Washington Examiner columnist, is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.