NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:
I can let Doonesbury with it’s reruns and repeats of scenarios from Iraq and slams on Fox News (in the “comic section”!) slide on by.
But; when you run some trash talk from another newspaper in lieu of someone on your staff actually writing a piece it calls for some backlash.
Comparing a vicious , bizarre and premeditated murder of a man’s wife and her companion to an inadvertant shooting death while the shooter’s head was being bashed into the sidewalk and then saying an aquittal will be more significant in the latter instance is a case of the media trying to justify their over the top coverage.
The statistics cited of a “dramatic increase” in the number of black males killed by whites is bogus. “Seventy-three percent of those who killed a black person faced no penalty compared to 59 percent of those who killed a white...” Hmmm, 73 percent vs 59 percent; 15 percent! Notable, yes. Dramatic, hardly.
Especially when you thow a little context into the mix: 80 percent or more of crime is black on black or black on white!
Plus an inconvenient sub fact: Zimmerman (a good solid German name) is a “halfbreed” - to quote Cher.
I won’t bother to quote the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement statistics or Gray’s line that this verdict was uncivilized - the only reason this case will leave a scar for many years to come is because the media blew it out of all proportion.