Still judging by color

O.J. Simpson was found not guilty in the deaths of two people, one being his wife. George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin. In the first instance, we had black-on-two-whites (violence) and no destruction followed that I can recall. In the second, a white Hispanic on a black, we have witnessed destruction in areas of California and elsewhere.

This was not a racial issue until Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and other race hustlers got involved. If Zimmerman was black and Trayvon Martin was a white Hispanic, we would not hear about the case. We don’t hear, nor do the so-called black leaders get involved in the daily black-on-black slaughters in Chicago and elsewhere.

Enter the media after the verdict with their analysis which went like this:

“Zimmerman is a racist!”

“Zimmerman’s acquittal will be seen as a green-light for racial vigilantes!”

“Watch your children black moms!”

“Obama and Holder will fix this guy!”

“Trayvon Martin was just a baby, scrawny, 140-pound adolescent!”

The NAACP and other blacks didn’t like the verdict so they have called upon the DOJ and its paragon of virtue, Eric Holder, to review the case for possible civil action. This is the same Eric Holder who could not bring himself to prosecute the Black Panthers who stood outside a voting station with clubs in their hands, but could tap the phones and emails of 20 Associated Press and one Fox News reporter for simply doing their jobs. It will be interesting to see what Obama orders him to do. Perhaps we will have another beer summit at the White House.

Martin Luther King’s dream of a nation where nobody will be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character seems a far distance away.

John Fanning


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