Published DateTo the editor,
The concept of this country moving into a post racial society will be in the news again with the onset of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial. There was great hope that our president would bring about the reality of this hope for a post racial society. Barack Obama got off to a rocky start when he accused Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley of "acting stupidly" in arresting professor Henry "Skip" Gates Jr. Our president uttered this indictment before he knew any of the facts.
President Obama proclaimed to the world that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin. The facts were not known then and will finally come out during the trial. The rationale for making this statement was because it brought up deep emotions for him. Perhaps, but how would such a statement bring this country closer to the hope for racial unity as so eloquently stated by Martin Luther King Jr on June 23, 1963 in Detroit, Michigan during the "Walk to Freedom March". That was when he first spoke of judging someone by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, two months before his "I Have a Dream" speech. How sad that as we celebrate the 50 year anniversary of his inspiring words, it is the army of progressives who are holding this country back from having this dream come to full fruition.
Rather than having that same hope for a post racial society, it would appear the left would prefer keeping that same racist bogeyman around to provide an endless supply of fuel for their progressive agenda. Ridiculous some would say. Then how to explain the bodacious, jumping to conclusions remark by Representative Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.). Soon after Trayvon was killed she shouted, "Trayvon was hunted down like a rabid dog, shot in the street and racially profiled". She knew none of the facts.
How else to explain the mainstream media's unconscionable behavior in misleading the public in the immediate aftermath of this awful tragedy. ABC asserted that Zimmerman didn't appear to show signs of a struggle, which was totally false. NBC edited the audiotape which the Today show breathlessly played again and again on their morning show — "He looks black". Deliberately editing out the fact that the dispatcher had asked Zimmerman — "Is he black, white or Hispanic?"
How else to explain the media misrepresentation's of Martin and Zimmerman. They repeatedly showed pictures of a 12 year old Trayvon rather than the 17 year old, six foot Martin. Zimmerman was portrayed as a cop "wannabe" by reporting that he made 46 911 calls within a year when it was actually over a period of 8 years. In March, CNN told the world that it seemed Zimmerman had uttered the disgusting racial slur "coon". When the reconstruction was completed, CNN had to retract their shameless assertion. Seems that Zimmerman had uttered "(expletive) punks" rather than "(expletive) coon". Oops.
The malicious, stupid, bigoted media even attempted to portray Zimmerman as a "white person". When that didn't fly, they came up with a new ethnic designation, "white Hispanic", since his mother is a Peruvian immigrant. The media did a marvelous job of burying the fact that Zimmerman has African American friends and relatives and has spent time tutoring black kids. When a police officer's son beat up a black, homeless man and was not charged, Zimmerman circulated a petition asking that justice be done. I'm betting few readers know this about Zimmerman.
Between these examples of editorial malpractice, the Dept. of Justices' racial agenda as exposed in J. Christian Adams book, "Injustice" and the actions of this administration, there can be only one outcome in this month long trial that will satisfy the left. George Zimmerman better be found guilty of killing Trayvon Martin because he wanted to and not because his own life was in danger. President Obama's minions and the complicit media have all but assured this nation that if the verdict is "not guilty", riots in the streets will likely occur. Those of us who genuinely desire a post racial society want the truth found out and justice to be served. If Zimmerman is guilty, then put him away for life. If innocent, he deserves to have his life and reputation returned to him without storefront windows being broken and cars set on fire.
I asked these questions over three years ago when I first started writing letters and I'll ask them again. Why do modern day liberals cling so tenaciously to their deck of race cards? What would Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks say to them? When can we truly begin to treat everyone by the content of their character and not the color of their skin? When will the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus be willing to forgo their outdated agendas and help bring about Reverend King's dream? I am 64 years old and would so love to see that happen in my lifetime so I can celebrate this momentous new phase in racial equality with my children and grandchildren.