Trayvon, Tim & politics
The mothers of Tim McNerney and Trayvon Martin have one thing in common: They continue to grieve over the loss of sons killed in the prime of their lives.
Recent comments by two letter writers, in their insensitivity to this aspect of the tragedies, reveal more about themselves than the issues surrounding the cases.
Kathleen Bollinger (“Obama squirming,” Aug. 11) quite gleefully views Trayvon's death at the hands of George Zimmerman as an opportunity to see President Obama “squirm” over the (unlikely) possibility that the Democrats stand to lose votes from the black and Hispanic communities. In Bollinger's narrow political and intellectual world, it appears all tragic events are seen through this prism.
Writer Pat Condelli (“Justice for McNerney,” Aug. 13) directly and clearly discerns a racial element present and links the two deaths as a broader conflict — Tim being a white “football star” and Trayvon a black “17-year-old punk.” She would have George Zimmerman-like watchdogs guarding all of us in every community, presumably keeping us safe from “them.” As if this type of thinking advances clarity and the amelioration of the problems of crime and violence!
Condelli also attempts to call out President Obama and his failure to be objective enough to publicly decry the violence done to every white person.
Both women receive ready access to the VND Letters forum and seem eager to jump in at a given opportunity to promote their political agendas. But they continue to expose themselves.
They lack the broad-mindedness to see the true complexity of many social issues and the compassion required, sometimes, to just remain silent while other women grieve.
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