A Rush to Judgment
The nation is rushing headlong toward a lynch law mentality in the Florida shooting case.
Even the president has unwisely injected himself into the controversy. A real leader would caution Americans to let the justice system investigate this tragic situation.
Obviously the president has not learned from his experience in the Harvard professor case when he said the police “acted stupidly.”
Now we have the spectacle of some Americans fanning the flames. Spike Lee has published George Zimmerman’s address, and the New Black Panthers have announced a million dollar bounty on the head of George Zimmerman, dead or alive.
Other rabble-rousers such as Farrakhan, Jackson and Sharpton are also fanning the flames of racism. One eyewitness has said that Zimmerman and Trayvon were fighting with Martin on top of Zimmerman, who was calling for help.
Zimmerman suffered a bloody and broken nose, a bloody gash on the back of his head, and had grass stains on the back of his shirt. Zimmerman is Hispanic-white, and he and his wife have tutored minority students.
No one who was not present can possibly know exactly what happened. I am not defending Zimmerman. If a fair and objective investigation shows he was not defending himself, and is eventually judged guilty after a fair trial, I would favor the death penalty for him.
If, however, the investigation shows he was indeed defending his life, then he should not be charged nor become a victim of black vigilantes. In either event, we need to let the justice system run its course.
Those clergy who are fomenting discord in cities across the nation should cease and desist and encourage a fair investigation.
Have we learned nothing from the Duke lacrosse and William Jewell Atlanta Olympic bombing cases?
Are we rushing to judgment again?
Dr. Walter T. Schoen
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