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PITTS: Martin killing not about race

Letter by Michael A. Cunningham, Yelm on April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm with 4 Comments »
April 30, 2012 2:25 pm

Re: “When justice was denied and Los Angeles burned” (Leonard Pitts Jr. column, 4-29).

I was there 20 years ago, on duty as a firefighter just blocks from where the riots started. I stood in a sandwich shop and listened to Mayor Tom Bradley on the television.

He said, “The people have to vent their anger.”

I said to my fellow firefighters, “The mayor just started a riot.” I was on duty for 120 hours straight, fighting many fires and treating many injuries during the riots.

The Trayvon Martin incident is not the Rodney King incident, and it isn’t a white vs. black incident (George Zimmerman isn’t even white). Pitts and others in the media want it to be about race because bad news sells and good news is boring.

Pitts is inciting a riot without having all the evidence. He is saying that Zimmerman is guilty until proven innocent. I don’t have all the evidence, but if the trial doesn’t go the way Pitts apparently wants it to go he can bear some of the blame for the actions of his readers.

No one can accuse Pitts of being color blind. If Pitts had seen a riot from my perspective, he would not be so cavalier about it.

(Cunningham is a retired Los Angeles County firefighter.)

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. The LA Riot was not a social statement of disapproval – It was an honest look into the soul and character of a socio-economic sector after being given the ‘green light’ to go bonkers. Fortunately, enough cameras were there to capture the oftentimes gleeful demeanor of the rove of animals as they beat, burned and thieved their way through their neighborhoods. How does stealing nikes and tv’s have anything to do with a disapproval of the criminal justice system? Or, beating truck drivers to death? What was the difference between the animals in the streets and the Asian shop owners who did not take part in rioting but instead bravely guarded their shops with AK-47s? If I ever turn into a crazed monkey when something doesn’t go my way, you have my permission to shoot me down.

  2. averageJoseph says:

    Well said Michael and Norsey.

    I will only add that folks like Pitts have built their careers on maintaining a racial divide.

  3. RLangdon says:

    “Can’t we all just get along?”

  4. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    And the LA riots are perfectly analogous to what we can expect if Zimmerman is acquitted.

    I wonder if Pitts, Sharpton, Jackson, and the rest of the race baiters and poverty pimps will be winging there way to Sanford to put out the race fires they started and fanned if their efforts to convict Zimmerman in the court of public opinion fail.

    Doubt it. They’re nothing more than gutless racial carpetbaggers.

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