When will communities start naming schools after Trayvon Martin? The 17-year-old, who was shot dead a year ago under circumstances that have not yet been fully fleshed out, is now an acclaimed American hero by many people’s standards. Even the federal government has closed ranks with Martin flag-wavers, refusing a request by attorneys for his accused killer, George Zimmerman, for access to the FBI’s files on the case.
Could it be that Martin had a criminal history, that he was a troublemaker in school, that evidence collected by Attorney General Eric Holder’s publicly financed investigators is being withheld because it might incriminate the teen?
Let’s not shy away from reality. This nation’s black community has clout. And that clout constitutes the implied and very real threats of violence evident during the Martin Luther King riots, the Crown Heights upheaval and the Rodney King unrest. The fear of not bending over to the myriad columnists and other politically correct pundits who see racism in every reaction to black crime and indiscretion is encouraging the black community to ignore its responsibilities to improve the aspirations and accomplishments of its people.
Douglas C. Lyons, a columnist for the Sun-Sentinel wrote, “Trayvon Martin deserves better from state lawmakers,” adding that “stand your ground” laws should be changed in honor of the boy’s killing. Without hearing official evidence, this black writer implied that Zimmerman had no right to defend himself. My research into Lyons’ previous columns has revealed not one mention of crimes perpetrated against whites by armed blacks.
President Barack Obama has even thrown his incendiary log onto the rising flames of black hatred against whites with his comment that if he had a son, he would look like Martin. Sounds a bit like an excerpt from one of Jeremiah Wright’s sermons during the 20 years that Obama sat quietly at the feet of his mentor and counselor at the United Trinity Church of Christ in Chicago.
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