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Al Sharpton
Al Sharpton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I'm truly sorry for the horrific tragedy that befell the Martin family when they lost their son at the other end of
Zimmerman's gun.  I believe he shares a large measure of guilt for this because he didn't do as he was advised to and stay in his car.  Had the prosecution not fell prey to political pressure and over-charged Zimmerman, they might have got a conviction for manslaughter.  Instead, they chose to pursue a witch hunt and operate in less than an ethical manner. That said, I suspect that more people agree with that point of view than disagree.  Now along comes Sharpton and others, who seem to love the sound of their own voices, screaming prejudice and demanding justice.  What about justice for all the kids who are killed in Chicago or any other major metropolitan area?  The trial has concluded and the jury has rendered its verdict as required by our justice system.  Obviously, there was enough reasonable doubt to exonerate George Zimmerman from the charges and return to him his freedom.  Was that justice? Only God, Trayvon and George Zimmerman know for sure; but it is our justice system -- which has served us well for a long time.

I understand the anger of those who truly believe this verdict was wrong and that Zimmerman is getting away with something.  My intuition, if nothing else, tells me he is probably guilty of manslaughter.  However, before we start to fault our justice system and its practice of convicting only when there is no reasonable doubt to be had, let's remember that it could be us innocently sitting in the defendant's chair some day, counting on the fact that there is enough reasonable doubt to grant us our freedom.

Now, seeing an opportunity to get back in the news, enter Sharpton again -- demanding marches and legislation for civil rights.  He clearly wants to make this about race and prejudice.  His refusal to accept the verdict by a jury of 6 women in this matter serves to denigrate the effectiveness of our jury system, further generate racial tension and civil unrest -which has already shown to produce violence, with innocent people getting hurt.  These rallies and marches often turn violent.  I find this sort of behavior, especially for somebody with the title of 'Reverend' before his name, to be reprehensible.  I would hope to see him take action in a manner that would bring people together instead of tear them apart.

There certainly was a time when the work that people like Martin Luther King did was absolutely necessary and changed the course of our country in ways which undoubtedly saved it from a path of utter destruction. He and those like him are true Americans who rightfully serve as role models for millions.  That work's necessity is still real and deserves to be fostered.  Being divisive and inciting protests in this case only serves to work toward undoing all that Rev. King and those like him accomplished.

With a little effort and some serious prayer, it is possible to 'reinvent' yourself.  Maybe Rev. Al and folks like him should give it a try.
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