Letters to the Editor

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Tag: trayvon martin

July
23rd

VERDICT: Who should do the soul searching?

President Obama recently compared himself to Trayvon Martin. The only thing they had in common was the frequent use of marijuana at an early age; commonalities diverge from there.

Any “soul searching,” as the president suggests, needs be extended to the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jackson who continuously play the race cards to foment racial tensions. Seldom do court verdicts please all parties and to agonizing ad infinitum achieves little.

July
23rd

VERDICT: Assumptions and indignation

Re: “Mob willfully ignorant of the facts” (letter, 7-22).

In a letter full of double speak, two schemes stand out. First, instead of a homicide, the discussion becomes a case of assault. The writer ignores the fact that the identity of the shooter was never in doubt. The question before the jury was whether or not the homicide was justifiable.

Second, and more importantly, is the writer’s hidden assumption that Trayvon Martin committed a crime. This forms the underpinnings of the writer’s argument. Apparently the crime was that Martin was in the wrong place at the wrong time, which

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July
23rd

VERDICT: President’s speech will result in violence

President Obama’s speech Friday (TNT, 7-20) in regard to the George Zimmerman verdict was inappropriate at an unprecedented scale. The president selfishly tied in his past experiences with prejudice and allowed his own bias to clearly show his opinion of the verdict of the case.

This case should have never been about race. However, the president has made it exactly that by suggesting that if Trayvon Martin had been white, the outcome would have been different “from top to bottom.”

In addition, the president chose to make excuses for the mob mentality gripping many Americans by reminding those of

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July
23rd

VERDICT: Ignore the charlatans and encourage civil nonviolence

Thomas Sowell, a wise black social scientist, once said that he was old enough to remember when most racists were white. Now, respected polls reveal that most blacks believe that most blacks are racist.

The great black leaders who fought against the curse of racism, Dr. Martin Luther  King Jr. and the civil rights leaders of the 1960s, exuded civility, tolerance and nonviolence. Thousands of whites died in our Civil War to end slavery. Yet in this prolonged struggle to end discrimination there were always charlatans, such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who claimed victimhood and sought revenge for

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July
22nd

VERDICT: What would you have done?

Let’s suppose you’re walking alone, at night, in a deserted neighborhood. Suddenly, you realize someone is following you. What do you do? You can run away and possibly be attacked from behind. Or, you can turn around and confront the stalker. If you confront and fisticuffs then follow, who would you say started it?

Suppose George Zimmerman had been black and Trayvon Martin white. Do you think a black Zimmerman would have gotten away with shooting a white Martin? And, an all-white jury! I don’t blame the black community for being furious. I am too. I’m white.

July
22nd

ZIMMERMAN: Racial profiling is larger problem

Re: “Mob willfully ignorant of the facts” (TNT, 7-22).

The crime George Zimmerman committed was worse than any state law. He violated our Constitution and a young American’s civil rights.

Zimmerman chose to participate in his neighborhood security and carry a gun. He chose get out of his car despite the direction of law enforcement to remain in his car. He chose to aggressively stalk a young teen wearing a hoodie knowing he was a minority as he described in his 911 call. He assumed Trayvon Martin was committing a crime based on his clothing and what he thought was

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July
19th

VERDICT: Mob willfully ignorant of the facts

I have a couple of questions for the mob demanding George Zimmerman’s head on a stick.

• Point to me what crime Zimmerman committed prior to Trayvon Martin’s assault. You can’t.

He’s been criticized for getting out of his car against the advice of a dispatcher, that had he not, Martin would not have assaulted him. That’s like saying that if a young woman wears sexy clothes to a party against the advice of her dad, it’s her fault if she’s raped.

• I’ll ask you to go through a simple thought experiment. If I suddenly jumped President Obama, began

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July
17th

VERDICT: Divide is widening in America

The aftermath of the verdict in the George  Zimmerman trial is taking on a life of its own, taking our country down a path of divisiveness and leaving diversity in the dust.

I certainly can’t speak to the same emotions that is driving African Americans to demonstrate (and already some violence) and protest this verdict. Many other Americans saw it as a case that should never have gone to trial or as a kangaroo court, seemingly predisposed to find Zimmerman guilty of murder (as evidenced by revelations that the prosecution was withholding evidence from the defense).

Again, as I certainly

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