Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, Jul 16 2013 11:01 PM

After verdict, 'selective outrage' on full display

If the George Zimmerman trial is a barometer of the state of racial relations in the U.S., we still have a long way to go. Even before the trial got started, President Obama, who promised to be the great unifier and the first post-racial president, stupidly injected himself into a criminal trial by stating, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." Now that the trial is over, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the liberal talking heads in the media and demonstrators in the streets are protesting the "injustice" of the Zimmerman trial verdict. I wonder why all of these people didn't protest a similar "injustice" in 1995 when O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, both of whom were white. This strikes me as selective outrage, and selective outrage is a way that real racists unwittingly reveal themselves. So how will we know when racism is ending in the United States? I really don't know for sure, but it would help if a leader like Obama would say, "If I had a son, he would also look like O.J. Simpson."

Wilbur W. Wells

Tehachapi

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