2:20 PM EDT, July 23, 2013
The whole George Zimmerman fiasco is a shameful travesty of justice. Mr. Zimmerman should have never been brought to trial ("Martin verdict protests continue," July 16).
The only reason he was arrested is because of the political actions of President Obama and leaders of the black community. They, along with the mainstream, made this a racial issue media when there was none.
If Mr. Zimmerman had been a black man, this would have been in the local news and nobody would have been concerned — not the president, not the media nor any of the black leaders.
A career law enforcement officer was fired because he didn't cater to the racial story line of this incident. Mr. Zimmerman was not arrested immediately because the facts did not justify it.
I was astonished to see so many people protesting in downtown Baltimore after the not guilty verdict was rendered by the jury this past weekend. There have been more Trayvon Martins killed in Baltimore in the last two months than George Zimmerman has killed or ever will kill.
Where is the outrage from the citizens of Baltimore for their own? There is no outrage because the killings of Baltimore's black youth are black-on-black murders — and therefore not racial, and not anything to be outraged about.
If President Obama wants to invoke himself in the murders of the young black men of America, he should look to his home town of Chicago. Apparently, none of those young black men would have looked like President Obama's son if he had one.
It appears that President Obama and the black community leaders are OK with black-on-black murders but cannot stand someone other than a black to kill a black.
The killing of Mr. Martin was a tragedy, as any death of a young man on the streets would be. We need the community leaders to not focus on a murder here or a murder there, but the systemic problems of all the murders that grasp our cities.
The black leaders, starting with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Benjamin Jealous, should intervene and be the role models they must be by denouncing the gang mentality instead of spending their time trying to ensure George Zimmerman goes to jail.
It is amazing that the President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department are still trying to find evidence of racial wrongdoing in order to bring a federal civil rights case against Mr. Zimmerman. I only wish they had shown the same tenacity regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
The racial divide in this country needs to stop, but unfortunately I believe our elected leaders promulgate racial divides. Some people said that President Obama's election would end the racial divide and that he would bring the country together. The only thing I have seen from President Obama is further dividing the country with his words and deeds.
The bottom line is that Mr. Zimmerman was arrested, brought to court, tried by a jury of his peers and found not guilty.
Roy Valiant, Forest Hill
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