The Ottumwa Courier

Letters to the Editor

July 27, 2013

Anger over Trayvon Martin case

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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

Bloomfield

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