Published: July 22, 2013
Life beyond Trayvon Martin
People need to wake up and realize there is life beyond Trayvon Martin. What about the baby in the stroller who was shot and killed by black teens? What about the man who was beaten by four black teens, who drove him into the street where he was run over and killed? It is sickening to see the media frenzy about one falsely presented young man.
Why don't people look for the truth? It's more fun to riot and hurt innocent bystanders and act superior. Black people should look at all the black actors, athletes, writers who have made names for themselves and proved that color doesn't matter. Yes, there are those who are poor, but there are many of other races who are poor. An example is the Vietnamese who came here after a horrific war and made successes of their lives by hard work and no welfare.
Our government has ruined the country and we may not recover. You can't keep giving and giving without encouraging people to work for what they have. We have leaders who do not care for the welfare of the country but only how far they can go in gaining power and wealth. God help us.
Lloyd Wasserott, Colorado Springs
Besmirching the memory of Trayvon
I am probably one of a very small number of people in Colorado Springs (maybe in the state) who has marched with and shook the hand of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I worked with young black teenagers on the south side of Chicago in 1965, I told them flat-out, "If you don't want people to have a negative stereotype image of you, don't fuel that stereotype by your negative behavior."
If, in fact, Trayvon Martin did not receive justice, that does not imply that no white person, Hispanic person, or Asian person, etc. was ever the victim of an unjust jury decision. I am chagrined by much of the reaction by those who did not agree with the verdict. That should not give people the license to hurt other people or destroy other people's property. Beating up innocent white men and sacrilegiously saying, "That's for Trayvon" is just as heinous as the verdict you accuse of being unjust. You actually besmirch the memory of Trayvon, thinking you are honoring it.
I do keep Trayvon and his family and George Zimmerman and his family in my thoughts and prayers. All of them have suffered enough. Let's not add to their suffering by saying and doing stupid things, Dr. King might have said, "Don't do anything that fuels a stereotype that you don't want people to have of you." Don't think you are honoring the memory of Trayvon Martin by hurting other people. You are not. You are just giving a negative stereotype more fuel.
Roger W. Louden, Colorado Springs
The next race-baiting incident
I am so disappointed in Willie Breazell's letter ("It was a good gamble" July 17) but not totally surprised. As the former president of the local NAACP, I was hoping for a more level-headed and well-balanced analysis of the Zimmerman/Martin trial and verdict from him. Instead of discussing the facts of the case, he further escalated the racial divide with his fearmongering and prejudiced accusations - about our culture, women, white people and the legal system. This black/white anger and animosity always seems to be brewing just inches below the surface. Supposed black, religious leaders like the Rev. Al Sharpton call for protests and marches, further fomenting a racial eruption and possible riots. So, why are we all tiptoeing around this issue and always waiting for the next race-baiting incident or tragedy to happen to ignite these fires?
Will there ever be racial harmony and unity? Perhaps we just need to have an all-out racial war in this country and see where the chips fall. Is that the final outcome from this ongoing divide? Black leaders like Breazell need to choose their words more wisely.
Tommy Latham, Colorado Springs
We play the racial blame game
Re: Willie Breazell's letter to The Gazette, "It was a good gamble". Well it seems that we as a society still refuse to look a the real issues that surround the Zimmerman case. Instead we have so chosen to step back 50 years to the blame game. How interesting that facts seem not to matter.
Let's take this a step further. I see no one actually teaching their children (including Willie) just how the laws work and how the adversary system works and why we have it. Instead of using this as a positive teaching tool, we play the racial blame game.
We have Zimmerman who is a Hispanic American and Trayvon who is black American engaging in a fight. Good we got that out of the way. For 50-plus years this game has gone round and round. Many use this as a political tool. Lets just look at where we are. Do we still have murders, yes. Are they black on black, white on white, brown on brown' or mix those colors all up yes. Maybe it is time to change the game we play and actually find a positive solution to hate crimes. Murders where someone dies is a hateful sad crime. Let's look now at education or the lack of it. We have more children undereducated in America then ever before.
We have a criminal system that lets more and more people (including children, and teenagers) get away with crimes. Yes Trayvon was one of them if you look at his school record - Since junior high school a troubled man. There are a lot of unknows that no one will ever know and your assumptions do not matter.
Calling for more killing and riots will not change the laws so why do it? Maybe we need to step out of a box and a way of thinking that has not worked for 50-plus years. Maybe politicians need not to make this game about their political career, Maybe we change the way we teach and respect each other if we want change.
Otherwise we are going to have an Earth with no humans on it at the rate we are going and asking for more killings, then we might change our minds on how and what we teach our children.
Jeanine Fark, Colorado Springs