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| Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

To all who advocate that the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin incident was a hate crime, now that Mr. Zimmerman has been acquitted: Please feel free to do the same for Antonio West, a 13-month-old white, who was shot point-blank in the face, allegedly by De'Marquise Elkins, a 17-year-old black, in Georgia.

Please sensationalize the racial elements of this crime with the same vigor as witnessed with 17-year-old Trayvon. Please ignore all of the facts, circumstances and evidence surrounding the case involving De'Marquise and Antonio with the same indifference applied to the Zimmerman-Martin trial. Concentrate only on the perceived racial profiling that substantiates the sensationalizing of hate.

Also, explain why Attorney General Eric Holder doesn't abhor the Georgia law that precludes De'Marquise Elkins from capital punishment as he does the self-defense law that resulted in Zimmerman's acquittal. Explain to me why President Obama doesn't advocate gun control when a white 13-month-old is shot in the face.

Lastly, explain why Al Sharpton doesn't express fear over innocent white children being shot in their strollers by blacks under the age of 18.

Alan Martin


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