Obama’s dou­ble stan­dard on race vi­o­lence

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

The re­cent ar­ti­cle on the Trayvon Martin case (“Ar­rest de­mands grow in Fla. teen’s shoot­ing death,” Web, March 23) high­lights the sad and re­gret­ful de­gen­er­a­tion of racial hon­esty in Amer­ica to­day, es­pe­cially within the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Although the shoot­ing of teen Trayvon Martin may in­deed be wor­thy of fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the spe­cial at­ten­tion paid to it by Pres­i­dent Obama and the self-iden­ti­fied “hood­ies” shows se­lec­tive outrage when com­pared to re­cent vi­o­lence by black per­pe­tra­tors against whites.

Re­call that Obama’s Jus­tice Depart­ment re­fused to pros­e­cute mem­bers of the New Black Pan­ther Party who threat­ened whites with vi­o­lence at vot­ing cen­ters in Philadel­phia in 2008. Last year in Mil­wau­kee, some 200 to 300 black youths ran­domly stopped whites at the state fair to in­flict beat­ings and rob­beries. The re­sponse from the White House on that one? Noth­ing.

In Sara­sota, Fla., last year, two va­ca­tion­ing Bri­tish cit­i­zens, James Cooper and James Kauzaris, got lost and mis­tak­enly pulled over in a pre­dom­i­nantly black neigh­bor­hood to ask for di­rec­tions. Teens dragged them both from the car and shot them be­cause they were white. More than 20 shell cas­ings were found nearby and again, not a peep from the White House.

We have come to ex­pect this se­lec­tive outrage from the likes of the Rev. Jesse Jack­son, the Rev. Al Sharp­ton and their ilk. But shouldn’t we ex­pect more from the pres­i­dent of the United States? I say yes. MARK SE­RIO Ti­mo­nium, Md.

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