The Ottumwa Courier

July 27, 2013

Anger over Trayvon Martin case

Ottumwa Courier

---- — Anger over Trayvon Martin case

There are a lot of people mad about the Trayvon Martin case, and I am one of them. I am mad at an attorney (Benjamin Crump) who suggested publishing photos of Trayvon when he was 65 pounds lighter, 6 inches shorter and five years younger than he really was, who stated that the police and district attorney had refused to even investigate the case when they actually had ruled that there was no evidence to charge Zimmerman with a crime (hence the verdict), who declared that Zimmerman was a racist when Zimmerman, his wife and others at his church actually mentored young men of all colors, sometimes in his own home, because it would create more sympathy.

I am mad at Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and almost every major news agency who ran down to Florida and ran with the story of racial injustice without even an investigation to see if the stories were accurate. NBC went even farther as to alter 911 calls for maximum effectiveness, which is why they are being sued at the moment. I am mad at the governor of Florida whose main concern was being re-elected and not justice and appointed a special prosecutor. These things convinced me there was evidence of a crime until the facts came out.

I am mad at the people who watched the trial and those who didn’t and decided that the facts don’t matter. I am mad at the people who have become enraged about the violence and yet have threatened George Zimmerman and his attorneys and the jurors and their families with violence because they didn’t get the decision they wanted. I am mad at those who claim to be interested in an open dialog about civil rights and yet accuse anyone who does not agree with them as being racist and those of color who do not agree with them as being “black on the outside and white on the inside.”

I am mad at those people who placed MLK in a hoodie and compared those who have lost their lives in the civil rights fight (Emmitt Till for example) to a young man who referred to himself in his own words as a “bad-assed N****, a gangster who liked to fight and make people bleed” and tried to buy a gun when he was 17. That comparison should infuriate anyone truly interested in civil rights and who knew what MLK stood for!

I am mad at the justice attorney who originally said he didn’t believe there was any evidence of a racist crime (the FBI and attorney general had investigated this since February 2012) and yet caved in the presence of political pressure. I am mad at President Obama (who I helped get into office twice), who decided to inflame the situation and, in effect, has probably insured that another person of color won’t get the opportunity he received for a while.

I have no doubt that there are those who will think of me as being racist (although anyone who actually knows me will know differently) but in order to actually solve a problem you have to begin by being completely honest about what the problem is. This entire situation reminds me of the “little boy who cried wolf” and the people who ran to the field have decided to blame the absent wolf instead of the little boy. I am afraid this situation has not and will not further racial equality but rather make it more difficult to achieve.

Daniel Murphy