Zimmerman/Martin editorial was insensitive
I have never, during the entire 40 years that I have read the paper, read a more insensitive editorial than the Thursday’s, July 18 editorial in the Newnan Times Herald.
It is a fact that there was no good way for the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman encounter to have ended, no matter the verdict. Your editorial only added to and prolonged the media coverage you so soundly denounced and hinted to be biased.
Granted, one 17-year-old is dead and, as you stated, another young man will probably have some difficulties with the reactions to the verdict for a long time.
Only one person’s opinion — a grey-haired, old lady — but I think your Thursday editorial is “Keeping Racism Alive.” Your last paragraph, however, was profound.
To quote you, the Editor, “Peaceful protest is a precious right guaranteed to the American People. Our judicial system is not perfect, but it is better than anywhere else. If people are upset about the ruling, they focus on changing the laws.”
I think this is exactly what Trayvon Martin’s parents now hope for and is their only comfort at the loss of their son. Fortunately for George Zimmerman, he is still alive so he can make his own adjustment to the whole unfortunate chain of events.