In the aftermath of the World Trade Center attack that was carried out by 19 Muslims, President George W. Bush took quick pre-emptive steps to prevent backlash from arising against Muslims in America. In the aftermath of the killing of an unarmed Black youth, President Barack H. Obama has done little, some would say nothing to quell the backlash that is rising in the Black community against non-blacks in America. What if the shooter had been plain vanilla white instead of someone from a Hispanic/Black family?
The New Black Panther Society has issued a $10,000 “reward for the capture” of George Zimmerman, the shooter. Zimmerman is not on the loose and hiding. So in this case capture means kidnap: every Panther member knows that. When Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad announced the reward he called for 5,000 Black men to mobilize and bring Zimmerman in. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” Muhammad said, “If the government won’t do the job, we’ll do it,” followed by chants of “freedom or death” and “justice for Trayvon.”
It’s vigilante justice calling for a trial-less lynching. In times like these a black President should take every possible measure to show he is race neutral. When racism rears its ugly head, no one is in a better position to quell it than a black President who is willing, able and anxious to restore harmony. Unfortunately, we don’t have one.