In the last week to ten days the media has been replete with reports of the death of seventeen year old Trayvon Martin, Sanford, Florida. According to the media, this young black boy was innocently walking through a neighborhood when he was mercilessly hunted down and shot by one George Zimmerman, an alleged self-appointed vigilante. We’ve watched as various black leaders have rushed to Florida to whip the crowd of incensed residents, and non-residents, into fury over the ‘unfair’ death of this boy. Rewards for the ‘turning over’ of the shooter to the New Black Panthers have been posted and, once again, we see black fists raised into the air with cries of racial injustice.
No one knows for sure what really happened on that dark night in Florida. There was a boy, a man, a gun and one witness. But little credence or report has been given to the witness by the media. Instead, cries of injustice ring out throughout the land as the media hype up attention and increase their sales by alleging racial prejudice and implying that this was a ‘hate’ crime.
Perhaps it is a hate crime, but not necessarily the hatred of the alleged shooter against a black boy. Maybe it is a crime of hate being forced upon the American populace by those of all races who would hype this tragedy into something that it isn’t. While there is no doubt that there are grieving parents and friends of the boy, and that the alleged shooter is fearing for his life by those issuing rash statements, there is another victim here. That victim is the American populace who, once again are being.pushed into judgment and forced into racial crisis by those who would, and do, profit or grow their organizations by increasing hatred and bigotry.
Over the past several decades some of America’s prophets have predicted that New York and/or America would burn. While those predications have seemed somewhat bizarre and caustic, I can’t help but wonder if this is the match that will start the fire.