The ver­dict

The Covington News - - OPINION -

We still are a na­tion of laws. Un­for­tu­nately, there are many groups who have for­got­ten that.

Be­fore we go any fur­ther, let us make this point: It is tragic when any­one dies un­nec­es­sar­ily, be it a teenager or adult, black or white or brown.

Ev­ery day you can read sto­ries about un­nec­es­sary and vi­o­lent acts car­ried out against blacks, whites and browns. Many of those crimes are black on black, white on white, or brown on brown.

There is nary a peep about those daily oc­cur­rences from any­one other than the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies.

Be­cause of that, we have found it puz­zling from the be­gin­ning that the Trayvon Martin-Ge­orge Zim­mer­man case has be­come such a ral­ly­ing cry of in­jus­tice for peo­ple like the Revs. Jessie Jack­son and Al Sharp­ton, the NAACP and the Obama Jus­tice Depart­ment.

Af­ter fol­low­ing this case on national TV, we have con­cluded that the jury did its job fairly.

At the start of the trial, the jury had but one task: de­cid­ing if Ge­orge Zim­mer­man was guilty of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der. There should not be one per­son with good, com­mon sense who could have found him guilty of that charge based on the ev­i­dence pre­sented.

At the last minute, the judge al­lowed the jury to have the op­tion of charg­ing Zim­mer­man with man­slaugh­ter, which car­ried a pos­si­ble jail term of 25 years. As far as we were con­cerned, that was not a fair charge that could be proven, ei­ther.

If this whole trial had not been politi­cized and driven to a frenzy by the main­stream me­dia, then per­haps Zim­mer­man could have been charged with a lesser crime that would have meant some jail time. Af­ter that, he could have gone on with his life, and most peo­ple would have felt that jus­tice had been done.

In the af­ter­math of the trial, the ac­tions by some peo­ple across the land who feel they have the right to protest by de­stroy­ing busi­nesses and en­dan­ger­ing in­no­cent peo­ple are un­ac­cept­able. They also set back the progress made in race re­la­tions over the years.

We are for­tu­nate that we live in a com­mu­nity where the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple use com­mon sense and are will­ing to dis­cuss and work out prob­lems cre­ated by an in­ci­dent like this, in­stead of de­stroy­ing other peo­ple’s prop­erty as a form of dis­agree­ment.

We do not live in a per­fect so­ci­ety. But most of our read­ers, es­pe­cially those of baby boomer age, have seen time change at­ti­tudes and tra­di­tions in their life­times. We ac­cept the fact that there is still room for more progress in race re­la­tions. We have no doubt that such progress will come..

We are more than dis­ap­pointed by our brethren in the Main Stream me­dia; their care­less dis­re­gard for the pulse of this na­tion is as out of hand as it was in the Viet­nam era, a sad time in our his­tory.

When you are in your house of wor­ship this week, please pray to our God that he might help us bring some ci­vil­ity back to our great coun­try and that he helps us find a way to stop the sense­less killings and crime that are now ram­pant..

Pray that he gives us the courage to un­der­stand fully that we in­deed live in a land where all peo­ple are cre­ated and treated equally.

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