And Really Mean It

Regarding Simone Ellin’s article about the Zimmerman case (“Word Of The Day,” July 26): Why is President Barack Obama speaking out on such a personal, emotional level in reference to the Martin and Zimmerman jury decision? Instead of focusing on the decision of the acquittal and self-defense verdict, the president has been dwelling on a racial narrative that Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have encouraged into a media frenzy.

Not that I don’t feel the pain that [Trayvon] Martin’s parents are going through due to the loss of their beloved son. But this was not a racial issue. Zimmerman took a young black woman to his prom and was known for his friendship with and kindness toward the homeless and black people.

I question the seemly favoritism, scapegoating and/or just a lack of objectivity of the president because he did not take this same racial position when our ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three other white American citizens were singled out for torture and cold-blooded murder in Benghazi, Libya. Who were their slayers? None other than a gang of thugs, African Muslim terrorists, who were not exactly white. Therefore, if one is going to use the race card, wouldn’t one have to say that the attack on our American servicemen was not just an anti-American act but anti-white, too?

If our diplomats in Benghazi had all been black, would the president had been so silent about their murderous demise?  Our American men had no jury, no advocate at all on their behalf under the Obama administration; not even their Army or Air Force came to their rescue. No emotional involvement, no Al Sharpton, no Rev. Jackson, not even the president. The only people who were trying to get to the bottom of this seemly treasonous, as well as prejudiced, debacle is a handful of white and a few black congressional leaders, mostly Republican senators and congressmen and women with whom the president is not very cooperative.

President Obama speaks about how his daughters influence a lot of his decisions. I hope Malia and Sasha understand that division and scapegoating is not what we need in this country. That is, if we don’t want to end up like Syria, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, the Gaza territory, etc., whose leaders blame America for all their problems instead of addressing their own people’s lack of more civilized ways of resolving their own domestic [women’s rights] and other economic and social-justice issues.

The president’s empathy for Trayvon Martin is understandable when he said, “Trayvon could have been me 35 years ago.” Yes, they both took drugs in their late teens. And wise Americans, be they black or white, do lock their car doors when they see black people because of the unfortunate reason that too many mostly black men and drugged black teenagers tend to rob and steal and even kill for drugs. In this case, sadly, one just got caught and acted violently due to the drugs … and it cost him his life.

The president was lucky because he did not get caught in a life-or-death confrontation when he was using drugs. So I agree with the president here, he could have been Trayvon Martin. I respect the president for his honesty about that sad possible scenario. …

When we all can get over that big indifferent bump in our society and begin to see with God’s eyes the beauty, goodness and preciousness of all of God’s … people, no matter what our color, creed or political affiliation, then we will finally be able to say as true Americans: “One nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” And we also will be able to say, “Never again” and really mean it.

Barbara Bloom
Owings Mills

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