It's time for unity

The Tulsa model: Don't let race hustlers exploit tragedies

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Leaders in Tulsa, Okla. – black and white – appear to have done a terrific job getting on top of a series of horrific random shootings of five blacks on the streets there late last week.

Decisive action, which included a black-led task force, led to quick arrests of two men, both white.

Thank the heavens for that. For one thing, how frightening must it have been for black citizens in north Tulsa knowing that a random killer was on the loose? And one that was clearly targeting black pedestrians at random? Few of us will ever know such terror, thank God. Our hearts go out to the good people of Tulsa.

But the swift action was a blessing for more than Tulsa. An unsolved series of murders of black residents by an unknown white or whites could only have added sparks to the racial tinderbox assembled by the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida. As of this writing, protesters there were still awaiting word on an arrest or charge in the case.

In Tulsa, not only have they made two arrests, but officials – perhaps inspired by the Martin case’s sluggishness in Florida – have made it clear the case there is their top priority. Florida seems to have caught on to the stakes, but only belatedly.

And while three of the five Tulsa victims died – and there was, most certainly, a racial motive – some modicum of comfort can be found in the prime suspect’s twisted rationale: Reports indicate it was allegedly revenge for his father’s killing in a largely black housing project, near the two-year anniversary of it. That the alleged shootist was acting out of more than blind, racist animus is a perverse comfort, but a comfort.

Yet it is only a small one. The tinderbox is no better off than before.

Whipped up by race hustlers and opportunists, the New Black Panthers and neo-Nazis appear to be mobilizing – the latter saying “We need to make sure our white citizens aren’t left defenseless,” and the former calling on blacks to “suit up and boot up” for a “race war” and to prepare to cross a Red Sea of blood.

First off, no one needs neo-Nazis for protection – and Amateur-Hour patrolling of the streets is what got us into this mess.

Secondly, the New Black Panthers’ racist hate speech – and their call for an extra-judicial bounty on the head of Trayvon Martin’s shooter – seems to cross the line of legality by inciting people to violence.

Why isn’t the U.S. Department of Justice taking a firmer hand, particularly with regard to the calls for violence and vigilantism? And why isn’t the country’s mixed-race president leading us to a more peaceful path?

The situation in Tulsa was even more aggravated than the one in Florida, and yet folks there got on top of it right away – with people of all races coming together for calm and justice. Much of the problem in Florida has been the lethargic pace of the investigation. But perhaps it’s not too late to learn from Tulsa.

Neither the murderers in Tulsa nor the shooter in Sanford speak or act for anyone else. But neither do the racist fringe elements now on stage, even though they claim to.

We’ve seen the show of force. Now it’s time for a show of unity.

We condemn the exhortations to violence and racial division, and we call on all those in government and media to do the same.

Now.

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faithson
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faithson 04/10/12 - 11:14 pm
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Nice letter Mike, we all

Nice letter Mike, we all would do well to allow the authorities leeway.

specsta
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specsta 04/11/12 - 01:33 am
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Nobody listens to the New

Nobody listens to the New Black Panthers or the Neo-Nazis. Nobody cares about them. They have been mostly ignored, except on Fox News. Why even bring it up?

Retired Army
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Retired Army 04/11/12 - 08:12 am
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Would that the ACES been this

Would that the ACES been this vociferous and decisive 30 days ago.

Ah well, for the sake of unity, better late than never.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/11/12 - 08:22 am
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Did I hear than Zimmerman has

Did I hear than Zimmerman has gone into hiding, and even his lawyers cannot find him? That bounty on his head probably has him in a state of total desperation and irrational fear.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/11/12 - 08:32 am
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Spectsa, why the violence in

Spectsa, why the violence in Sanford if no one listens to the Panthers? The Martin family have comported themselves pretty well in the face of the circumstances, and have asked other to do the same; it's the ones listening to the rabble rousers doing the mischief.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/11/12 - 09:22 am
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"...and Amateur-Hour

"...and Amateur-Hour patrolling of the streets is what got us into this mess."

I hope this doesn't mean you are not in favor of neighborhood watch programs? I think back to the LA riots when asian shopowners on top of their buildings with shotguns defended their businesses from looters. Nothing racist there...just property owners and looters.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/11/12 - 09:26 am
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The vendetta against

The vendetta against Zimmerman reminds me of the Muslims putting a bounty on the head of Salmon Rushdie, who now lives in Georgia, by the way.

burninater
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burninater 04/11/12 - 09:53 am
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Reports indicate it was

Reports indicate it was allegedly revenge for his father’s killing in a largely black housing project, near the two-year anniversary of it. That the alleged shootist was acting out of more than blind, racist animus is a perverse comfort, but a comfort.
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Targeting people for murder solely on the basis that their skin color matches that of someone you hate is blind, racist animus.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/11/12 - 10:30 am
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Well, yeah, but keep in mind

Well, yeah, but keep in mind public comments of turning the sea red with the blood of whites is up there with the worse racism in the history of the world.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/11/12 - 10:32 am
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Horrible story. Reminds me of

Horrible story. Reminds me of the D.C. Beltway snippers.

double_standard
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double_standard 04/11/12 - 10:55 am
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Yea Bizkit those guys were

Yea Bizkit those guys were sick.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/11/12 - 11:19 am
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I would be nice to have

I would be nice to have unity. But we have a President who insists on dividing America by race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Class warfare, stimulating racial divide, polarizing women, no attempt to unify our country. Obviously this is a political strategy to get re-elected.

socks99
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socks99 04/11/12 - 11:41 am
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The goal, this time, of the

The goal, this time, of the race-baiters is neither to enforce civil rights for blacks nor to keep Jim Crow in power. This time, the goal, apparently, is to polarize the electorate and help you-know-who-win re-election.

Is this new gambit promoted by blacks? By white liberals in the media? By the White House desperate to maintain its own power?

What difference does it make, really? The US has seen much more severe racial polarization in the past and is unlikely to return to that, despite the best efforts by Mr. Obama, the Rev.s Jackson, Sharpton; the the liberal media. It's the price we pay for living in a democracy, perhaps. But the voters get the last word on this tactic in November.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/11/12 - 12:08 pm
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Good posit socks. I agree it

Good posit socks. I agree it the price but we do get to vote. I appreciate all the rhetoric of politicians but at the end of the day we use to all come together. Now the divide has to be maintained so they can get re-elected. If I personally were to maintain such a status I would have to disown half of my family including my spawn. Maybe a civil war is the goal-from the ashes like a Phoenix we will have a new government like Obama envisions.

Haki
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Haki 04/11/12 - 03:48 pm
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Yes, the voter will have the

Yes, the voter will have the last say. And sooner or later you will need to defend and advocate for the GOP nominee multiple positions. Now that's going to be interesting!

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/11/12 - 04:19 pm
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Even in a letter trying to

Even in a letter trying to promote peace and communtication, there are a few of people still trying to keep the battle lines up by bring up Nazis, Panthers, Obama, the GOP. Just face it, this is a nice try but nothing will ever unite people until they are fully educated and willing to come with arms open, not with one hand open and a knife ready to backstab with the other hand.

debbiep38
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debbiep38 04/11/12 - 09:07 pm
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Love is the answer.
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Love is the answer.

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