Getting out of the rut

Hustlers aggravate tension while ignoring black America's real problem

Lost in the news of last week’s record jackpot is the fact that we also saw a broken-record crackpot.

While others were calling for calm in the Trayvon Martin case, race hustler Al Sharpton and others like him were needlessly inciting racial tension and fanning the flames of hatred.

How beautifully ironic that, at a rally last weekend calling for the arrest of shooter George Zimmerman, Jesse Jackson called for “an end to vigilantism.”

Where’s a mirror when you need one? What is it, except vigilantism, to call for the arrest of someone without knowing the evidence against him?

Zimmerman may indeed be prosecutable. It may be that he was a loose cannon, playing cop instead of the neighborhood watchman that he was.

But it’s pure folly, and frankly un-American, to demand an arrest without knowledge of the evidence.

Further, Sharpton promises civil disobedience unless his demand is met. He’s whipping followers up to believe this is a good thing – to demand “justice” without the evidence required for it.

Again, the evidence may ultimately be there – but Sharpton is hardly privy to it.

The good news is that the nearly unprecedented pressure being applied on investigators in the case should yield a thorough review of the available evidence (although, truth be known, we may never know what happened between these two men for sure).

But Sharpton and others are attempting to put America on trial based upon realities of half a century ago. Do we still have racial bias? Of course. But is it sanctioned by any institution or individual with any amount of credibility today as it was decades ago? Of course not.

“Black America needs to get out of the rut of replaying racial injustices of the past,” writes liberal commentator Juan Williams, in a recent Wall Street Journal column. “While civil rights leaders have raised their voices to speak out against this one tragedy, few if any will do the same about the larger tragedy of daily carnage that is black-on-black crime in America.”

Indeed, Williams cites a U.S. Department of Justice study indicating that blacks account for nearly half of the murder victims in America, but that 93 percent of the perpetrators in those cases are other blacks.

“The killing of any child is a tragedy,” Williams writes. “But where are the protests regarding the larger problems facing black America?”

Sadly, there’s more attention to be had by jumping on the float at the race parade.

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