To the Editor:
The loss of a 17-year-old, in any circumstance, is a tragedy of missed potential and promise. In the case of Trayvon Martin, his death could have been easily avoided if George Zimmerman simply heeded the warnings of the 911 operator to cease tailing the young man.
Zimmerman acted stupidly and young Trayvon reacted violently. They both acted foolishly and a young man lost his life.
Now that a jury of his peers has acquitted Zimmerman and resolved that there was no malicious intent in his actions, we should consider that matter closed. However, African American activists such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are opportunistically heralding rallying cries of unfairness and prejudice to further their own notoriety and to empower their own social activist organizations the National Action Network and the Rainbow Push Coalition.
To remain viable, these muckrakers raise the ire of minorities in order to justify the current relevance of their social activism. Thus, they ignore the almost 50 years of positive social evolution since the Great Society programs were initiated in the ’60s. The apparition of bigotry will always remain in the vestiges of our country’s less than stellar history. Yet, to deny the strides toward creating a truly egalitarian society is to deny our successes as a nation. On the contrary, to cultivate animus to further a self-serving agenda is the diametric opposite of what the fathers of the civil rights movement intended.
Christopher M. Curran