So, the FBI apparently conducted an extensive investigation into the civil rights aspect of the Travyon Martin case and concluded George Zimmerman was not a racist. Glad we settled that! Their entire investigation apparently consisted of asking people about Zimmerman’s attitudes and views generally on black people.
I find it a little disturbing that the FBI or any law enforcement agency would spend so much time looking into someone’s opinions. What if he had some racist views? Does that mean he “deprived Trayvon of his civil rights.” Lots of people have some racist views, but wouldn’t commit a crime. And the question of crime depends upon the facts and circumstances of a particular case. Whatever else Zimmerman thought in his entire life, the most important thought he had was the one that night: “My head is getting bashed into concrete.” Unpopular opinions do not deprive you of the right to self defense.
It’s not even clear the FBI bothered to establish whether what happened was self defense before getting into whether Zimmerman had “hate thoughts.” It was just a freestanding investigation of Zimmerman’s expressed opinions on race. This investigations is the most loopy and totalitarian thing I have seen come down the pike in a long time.