Unfortunately, other media outlets and certain individuals seeking personal fame have taken to the airways, print, and streets staking out extreme positions while having no knowledge about the actual event. This has resulted in some very strong feelings on both sides of the issue that should and must be defused.
Unfortunately, President Obama felt the need to make his voice heard too. Instead of calling for reason and urging that people allow the process to work its way out, however, he may have made matters worse by saying “If I had a son he would look like Trayvon.” It was interpreted as taking sides on this tragic event.
Because this issue has been allowed to fester, we are now faced with a deteriorating circumstance. There are now open calls for murdering Mr. Zimmerman and the judge in this case. Matters are beginning to get seriously out of hand.
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So the time has come for President Obama to make his voice heard again… this time constructively. He should clearly state that calls for violence against judges and defendants in legal cases are an outrage. Vigilantism will not be condoned. Calm must prevail and reasonable voices must be heard.
The situation is rapidly getting out of hand. Should a jury find Mr. Zimmerman innocent after reviewing all of the evidence… there is every reason to anticipate violence unless reasoned people take command of the situation.
Americans must remember that our greatest value is our diversity. That is the basis upon which this nation is formed and it must be cherished. The alternative is to grim to even consider.
by Ron Chapman