Rally was necessary
I am responding to Mr. Lawrence M. Seil in the letter he wrote stating that the rally didn’t warrant coverage on the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Mr. Seil, I’m not defending the LaGrange Daily News, Mr. Willie Cameron of the NAACP, Mr. Nathan Gaskin or Mayoral Candidate Mike Smith. They can respond for themselves. Something in the letter got me to thinking.
First of all, the rally was worth covering because of the things that are going on in Sanford, Fla., are also going on right here in LaGrange, Ga. So that is front page material. Sounds like to me that you agree with the verdict, but not with the O.J. Simpson verdict, like you were there stating that he killed two people. Mr. Seil you wanted to know where or why white people weren’t looting stores of local business owners or burning police cars. Me. Seil, let’s go further back, it’s not like our judicial system has been the best for black people in this country in the 50s and 60s, and some people say even now, where evil doers would kill black people and get an all white jury to set them free.
If that’s too far back for you, let’s come up to the 90s, where a motorist by the name of Rodney King was beaten badly and it was caught on camera and was seen all over the world. Trial came and the police were found not guilty. How about the guy in New York that was shot 42 times and didn’t have a weapon and the police were still found not guilty. Mr. Seil, my biggest hero is Martin Luther King Jr. He was a non-violent person. As you see the things that are going on right now people do all these things out of anger. Another thing you raise the question about the war on drugs. I don’t know who put it in the black communities. There are more blacks in jail for drugs when we know more whites do drugs, you go figure.We can see all over this country what the Republican party are doing about voting instead of trying to make it easy to vote, they make it harder. Mr. Seil, it was good that the president of the NAACP talked about the hiring practice that’s going on in the police and fire departments. I have heard there is 78 white and only 11 black s and that not good especially when the city is an accredited police department and the reason it’s like that is because you have to look at our chief, city manager and the elected officials. What Mr. Gaskin said about clinging your purses when he would step onto an elevator and to add locking your car door when a black person was walking by that saying is true and I heard that in the 80s. President Obama did say if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon meaning just like his beautiful two daughters his son would be doing the right thing that night like Trayvon in an area he’s supposed to be in, not breaking into anyone’s house, but just going to the store to get a pack of Skittles and an iced tea.Not stealing it, but paying for it with his money. In my closing remark, you said this was a one newspaper town, at least for the time being sounds like a threat to the newspaper, but don’t forget the Troup County News. In my closing Mr. Seil, if you want to sit down and talk about fair being in this town, I would love to do so. Maybe that will be worth covering.
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