I am confused about the values of our country.
The George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin situation dominated the headlines for months. The news media repeatedly showed a picture of Trayvon from when he was a boy, not one when he was almost 18. They wanted to show a choir-boy image of Trayvon while portraying Zimmerman as a mad-dog killer of an innocent child.
There were massive demonstrations in many major cities across our nation demanding justice for Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. Many — President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others — won't accept the jury decision.
I now wonder why we don't see the same outcry of injustice when blacks kill whites.
Two young black teens killed Christopher Lane reportedly because they were “bored” and didn't have anything to do. Lane was an Australian citizen getting an education and playing baseball at East Central University in Oklahoma.
Two 16-year-old black youths have been arrested in the robbery and beating death of Delbert “Shorty” Belton, a white, 88-year-old World War II veteran in Spokane, Wash. Mr. Belton survived being wounded in defense of his country, only to be killed for less than $150.
Will these senseless murders get the same media coverage as Zimmerman-Martin? Will Obama, Holder, Sharpton and others show the same outrage for the murders of a foreign national and a war hero?
Am I the only one who is confused by what seems to be a double standard in our country?
I try to stay fair and balanced on race issues. Are all blacks bad? No! Are all whites good? No!
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