It is a sad fact that three years after the inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, racial animosity and distrust is on the rise in America.
As the special prosecutor in Sanford, Florida continues to investigate the facts of what happened that tragic February night, certain unhinged and frankly disgusting figures in our society are seeking to exploit the situation and start a race war.
Listen to the words of the New Black Panther party's Michelle Williams, chief of staff of the group's Tampa chapter, on this conference call last Friday: "If you are having any doubts, get suited, booted and armed up for this race war that's never ended...the thing that's about to happen to these honkies, crackers...I'm kinda pissed off right now that the state of Florida ain't on fire. This could not have happend in LA bc them brothers up there are not scared to riot....or St Pete where the black man over there ain't scared to kill a cracker." Lovely.
Now Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have urged peaceful protests, and don't condone this race war rhetoric. Jackson speaks, however, of the "ugly truths" the Trayvon Martin case reveals about America.
Meanwhile, the family of the villified George Zimmerman are asking for help themselves. They feel like their lives are in danger after receiving death threats and when "WANTED: Dead or Alive" posters starting popping up--they demand to know why Atty General Eric Holder isn't doing more. Meanwhile, in Gainsville, FL, authorities are investigating a "racially motivated" beating of a white man by several black assailants over the weekend. The victim, who has been hospitalized, claims the men jumped out of their car, and shouted "Trayvon!" before they beat him, and leaving him permanently disfigured.
America is facing huge problems--joblessless and stagnant wages, high gas and food prices, all hitting minority communities especially hard. The last thing we need are race baiters and political charlatans to hijack the debate about to get our country back on track.
This is a time for a thoughtful, serious debate on the best vision and most effective plan for returning America to a path of prosperity for all of us to walk on together. President Obama ran as a leader who could bridge divides, but now his campaign strategy seems to be divide and conquer.
Now that Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign, it is up to Mitt Romney to emerge as the adult in the room, and urge the nation to unite, so we can save the American dream for the next generation.