Tag: Martin

Our One-Sided Racial Conversation

Two men were killed last week in what have been described as senseless murders. First point to be made: all murders are committed without sense, in that they are violations of the moral code God has inscribed on our hearts. We call some of them senseless because we can’t connect the act to some rationale, however invalid. In both of these cases, the victims were unknown to their assailants and had done nothing to warrant any type of reprisal. Christopher… Read more »

A Post-Martin/Zimmerman World

We’re a few weeks away from the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman trial now. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson’s big day of protest didn’t go as well they’d hoped. Media attention has turned elsewhere, seeking out the next manufactured outrage, all the while missing the real stories: There are those, though, who are trying to keep things stoked. A group demanding the repeal of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is occupying the state capitol in Tallahassee. For some reason, they are being… Read more »

The Remedy for Racial Discord

Someday, we may be able to leave the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case behind us. I know I’m tired of it. Yet it depends on whether others are willing to let it go or whether they are more invested in promoting racial disharmony. We are supposed to be citizens of the United States; we should all be identified as Americans. But what do we see? There is a concerted effort to divide us by ethnicity, gender, age, and whatever new category… Read more »

Racism vs. Truth-Telling

I guess he can’t help himself. He’s driven ideologically. He seeks to continue to make a point that is no point at all. Yes, I’m talking about Barack Obama. Now it’s not just “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin,” but “Trayvon Martin could have been me thirty-five years ago.” Even though there’s no evidence of racial bias in the Zimmerman-Martin incident, the president refuses to let the matter drop. Tenaciously, he clings to the fiction that… Read more »

The Christian Response to Zimmerman-Martin

I’ve made pretty clear in my last two posts that I don’t think race had anything to do with the events on the night Trayvon Martin was killed. Yet we are now mired once again in racial tension over the verdict in that trial. America doesn’t need this. We’re already a severely divided nation; this only increases that divide. Unfortunately, there are some who want to foment unrest over the trial’s outcome. One of the premier agitators is the Rev…. Read more »

Zimmerman, Martin, & the Media

Yesterday I mentioned the three groups most responsible for ramping up the racist angle in the Zimmerman-Martin case. The Florida prosecutors and the perpetually aggrieved, self-identified civil rights activists who are still living in the middle of the twentieth century were two of them. I believe, though, that the third group—the mainstream news media—was the catalyst for all the trumped-up drama we’ve witnessed. Right from the start, the media played this tragedy as a racial thing, as if this one… Read more »

The Zimmerman Verdict

I deliberately held off saying anything more about the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin media event until after the verdict had been reached. Now that Zimmerman has been declared not guilty by the jury—that includes both the second-degree murder and manslaughter charges—here is what I take from the drama that has mesmerized a large number of our citizens for weeks. First, it appears the jury did its duty. This was no snap decision; the six women that comprised the jury took plenty… Read more »