Mitt Romney, apologizing for leading his prep school classmates in an assault on a student they thought was gay. Did we say “apologizing”? Maybe that’s not the right word.
From Mother Jones.
George Zimmerman unexpectedly apologized to Trayvon Martin’s family in court today.
Almost certainly, Zimmerman is being honest in what he said to the family of his victim. it would be difficult not to feel sorry for shooting and killing someone, and not solely because of the terrible consequences for Zimmerman himself. But that doesn’t mitigate how badly the apology was done. A good apology would be the first sentence. “I wanted to say I am very sorry for the loss of your son.” Full stop.
Moving forward, attempting to explain why he shot Martin, does no one any good. It doesn’t help the family and it doesn’t help Zimmerman. Nor does it actually explain the shooting. Leaving aside the jurisprudential issues (as Zimmerman’s defense likely hinges, at least in part, on whether or not he had reason to believe that Martin was armed), would Zimmerman feel less sorry if Martin had been older? Would the family’s loss be lessened if Martin had been closer in age to Zimmerman? Certainly not.
It is almost always the case that less is more when it comes to making an apology.