Anger over the slaying of Florida teen Trayvon Martin reached clear to Seattle this week as protesters gathered in Westlake Park, while new tidbits of information continue to surface about the youth and the man who shot him, George Zimmerman.
Everyone seems to know the name Trayvon Martin.
How many Seattleites could identify another black Florida teen, Shawn Tyson? He was also on the “wrong end” of a gun, but in his case, it was in his hand when he murdered two British tourists almost one year ago. This week, Tyson was sentenced to life in prison without parole for unremorsefully shooting James Cooper and James Kouzaris.
Tyson is black and his victims were white.
Zimmerman is claiming self-defense. Tyson couldn’t claim any such thing. Zimmerman is licensed to carry. Tyson, as a teen, couldn’t legally carry a gun because he is not old enough. Zimmerman called police before the shot was fired. Tyson reportedly told several people about the shootings afterwards and also asked friends to hide his gun. This column has taken no position on Zimmerman’s innocence or guilt, or his culpability for having followed Martin in the first place. This column doesn’t need to take a position on Tyson’s innocence or guilt because a Florida jury already did that.
The parents of both slain British subjects have sent three letters to President Barack Obama – who easily won the Seattle vote in 2008, and carried King County by a landslide – but they haven’t heard a peep in reply from the White House. Here’s how the Telegraph in London is playing the story, with its apparent racial overtones:
The parents of two British students murdered in Florida have criticized President Barack Obama for his lack of compassion over their sons’ deaths.
His failure to respond to three letters sent to the White House was because there was no “political value” and not worthy of a few minutes of his time.
The rebuke follows Mr. Obama’s personal intervention into the shooting in Florida of a young black teenager by a white-Hispanic neighborhood watch captain.
The death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin has sparked nationwide protests with his supporters claiming he was victim of a racist attack.
Mr Obama entered the controversy last week by saying if he had a son he would have looked like Martin.
The Seattle P-I.com ran a series of images from the Trayvon Martin protest, but nobody seems to have raised even a whimper about Cooper and Kouzaris. They were both killed with a gun, same as Martin.
There has not been much noise in politically-correct Seattle about that crime. Likewise, the local press has not made an issue about the New Black Panthers and their $10,000 – or is it now $1 million? – reward for the “apprehension” of Zimmerman. Likewise, nobody in Seattle is talking about the “wanted posters” circulated by that group, which suggested they wanted Zimmerman brought in “Dead or Alive.”
A writer for PJ Media wondered if there might not be some crime in that, such as promoting the kidnapping of a person who has not been charged with a crime.
How about going all the way and demanding to know why Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department isn’t investigating the New Black Panthers for solicitation of murder? That’s what it would be if somebody fired up by the lynch mob mentality in Florida gunned down Zimmerman.
The Justice Department is, after all, investigating Zimmerman.
As this column noted earlier, when people want “justice,” they must remember it is a double-edged sword. They should also remember that justice is supposed to be color-blind. Sadly, with so much polarization in the wind, it does not appear society has reached that point.
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