On the other hand, despite the absurd statements from the Mobile
police downplaying the racial angle, the P-R showed ample evidence
of just that:
One of Parker’s neighbors, who asked not to be identified for
fear of retaliation, said he was watching a movie with his family
when he heard the confrontation. The neighbor, who is white, said
several of the black residents were shouting racial slurs.
He said one of the assailants shouted, “This is justice for
Trayvon,” an apparent reference to the unarmed black teenager in
Florida whose shooting death at the hands of a Hispanic
neighborhood watch volunteer sparked a racial fury.
This is not how Trayvon Martin should be remembered, as an
instigator of racial violence. One victim does not require that
another, unrelated victim be created for some sort of racial
expiation of sins.
At the rally protesting the Trayvon Martin case in Florida
sponsored by Al Sharpton, with Sharpton looking on approvingly,
radio host Mark Thompson fulminated openly about this country still
being “a system of racism and white supremacy.” That is a sick lie,
and a dangerous one because it sends the message that society
cannot be trusted — which to some minds means that racial
vigilantism is the only solution. We are better than this. There
should be no victims, black or white. We still await Sharpton
demanding justice for Matthew Owens.