Letter: The Trayvon Martin tragedy

Aug. 11, 2013 @ 01:04 AM

To the editor:

The death of Trayvon Martin is a tragedy on many levels: A young man lost his life, and that is a tragedy; that the death could have been prevented if both individuals involved had taken a different course of action is a tragedy; the fact that the media, the president, the U.S. attorney general and all the hate-mongers chose to turn this young man’s death into a platform for race-baiting is a tragedy.

Neither you nor I know exactly what happened that evening, we were not there. Six jurors, who were chosen by both the prosecution and the defense teams, had to rely on evidence presented to them. Based on that evidence a decision was reached. That decision was that Zimmerman acted in self-defense. The prosecution failed to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Zimmerman killed Trayvon in cold blood. Whether you agree with the decision or not you must respect our judicial system (something Eric Holder apparently does not), which guarantees every citizen the assumption of innocence until proven guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” You would expect nothing less if you were a defendant.

Therein lies a deeper tragedy; the willingness of Attorney General Eric Holder to question the decision of the jury, in effect pandering to the Al Sharptons of the world who are calling for Zimmerman’s head on a platter. Holder promised to investigate further to see if Trayvon’s civil rights were violated, something he knows full well will never happen. I am curious why Mr. Holder did not intervene in the Casey Anthony verdict, which itself was a true tragedy; my guess is he didn’t because there was no opportunity to play the “race” card in her case.

Sadder yet is the president implying that every young black male in this country is in danger from a racist society. His “if I had a son he would look like Trayvon” and “Trayvon could have been me 35 years ago” only add fuel to the “us versus them” mentality that continues to divide this country. The attorney general needs to support one of the best judicial systems in the world, not question the integrity of the jurors who serve. The president needs to bring this country together, not placate those who make a living promoting racism.

Two tragedies: the death of a young man, and those who choose to exploit it.

Ron Smith

Lenoir