Will Al Sharpton be held to account for any violence, injuries and deaths that result from his protest gatherings?
The major difference between civil rights movements of the past and those of today is blaringly obvious. Civil rights movements of the 60s were aimed at freeing many people from oppression and injustice. The faux civil rights leaders of today engage in aiming all their resources at one person. The feeling is not so much about justice as it is about vengeance, venting and in some cases violence.
Al Sharpton announced that he will use his networks to rally protesters in 100 cities this coming weekend to call for the DOJ to drag George Zimmerman back to court to face federal charges on civil rights violations. Without arguing whether this is fair we are prompted by the barest expediency to ask the all-important question – what if it goes wrong?
The nation is charged since the Florida trial of Zimmerman ended with a not guilty verdict. The blacks are not happy with the verdict and are calling for the proverbial pound of flesh. Millions of others think the verdict was fair and the FBI has concluded there was no racial motivation connected to the incident. None of this has undaunted the perennial team of Sharpton and Jackson from doing what they do best – rile up the people.
Since every state in the nation as well as the federal government has laws against ‘inciting a riot’ is there a chance that one of these rallies could be the trigger for just such an eventuation?
Several violent incidences have already erupted over the verdict in the Zimmerman case. Purposely gathering to decry the verdict, so soon after the trail, could be the seed for even more very bad behavior.
Will Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson be held to account for any violence, injuries, deaths and destruction of property that may result from these gatherings? This question may not be foremost in the thinking of people today, but perhaps, it should be.
In Oakland Calif., a conservative filmmaker was beaten mercilessly by an angry mob that was demonstrating against the Zimmerman verdict. In Milwaukee a 34 year old white male was brutalized and battered by a group of black teens angry over the verdict. He was saved by another black male who pulled him out of the beating.
Although the business of Trayvon Martin’s past, his record and his attitude was not allowed as evidence at the trial, now it is pouring forth like a flood. Not everyone sees young Martin as a happy little teenager with a hoodie munching on Skittles.
Black journalist and editor of the Daily Rant, Mychal Massie, himself a minister has declared that Trayvon’s problems are rooted in bad parenting. Massie also believes that Trayvon was shot for only the reasons that came forth in the trial and not because of the color of his skin.
Andrea Shea King writes in an article entitled “It Wasn’t Just Skittles Trayvon Was Carrying” published in WND July 15, 2013, that Trayvon was jacked up on a combination of a Skittles, Arizona Iced Tea and Robitussin, all which make for a psychotic inducing cocktail that produces episodes of aggression.
None of the evidence then or now can bring back the black youngster and no one, black or white, can be happy about that. In the meantime what should we do to keep the peace? Rallying tens of thousands of angry blacks and some whites from city to city hardly seems to be the answer.
We have not heard the ‘ministers’ Jackson and Sharpton quoting from the Bible in public on many occasions where people are called to rally, so it is here we will suggest a better path, taken directly from the scriptures they both claim to identify themselves with. To wit:
“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” (1 Peter 3: 9-11)
If the keyword in this passage is guile, how much of that can we expect to hear at the proposed rallies? More importantly, what will it produce?
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