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Difficult Choices for the GOP: Trayvon Martin or Etch-A-Sketch - Page 2

Author: Lawrence D. Elliott
Published: March 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

But the obvious anger of black people was shared by others, including many who are white. Social media was on fire. People questioned this incident. Yesterday, I read a very insightful article written by Editor-In-Chief of GlobalGrind.com and award-winning screenwriter Michael Skolnik. It was his view of being born white and the things he doesn’t have to worry about. It was really interesting.

I saw Joe Scarborough, the former Republican Representative from Florida and the host of Morning Joe become visibly furious over this incident. Even Florida State Rep. Denis Baxley, a Republican member of the Florida house and one of the authors of the law, believes Zimmerman should probably be arrested for killing the defenseless boy.

"He has no protection under my law," former Florida State Sen. Durell Peaden told the Miami Herald. He was another co-author of the law.

I saw people protesting. I saw people signing petitions—both online and off. In short, I saw people getting involved. And the FBI and the Justice Department have started a Hate Crimes investigation. All because people did get involved. But not everyone made their voices heard.

There were a few prominent voices missing from the chorus. The Republican Presidential candidates? Don’t they care? Why have they been so noticeably silent?

I’m currently in Germany and I may have missed something. I check the Internet and the news websites every day and I can’t find a single comment. This morning, I woke up to read about an argument between the top three contenders. It was about a children’s toy. It was about the Etch-A-Sketch.

I guess it’s a hard decision for a Presidential candidate to make, given their busy schedules.

“Do I talk about the shooting of an innocent 17-year-old black boy or the Etch-A-Sketch.”

Yes, that is a toughie! But other Americans of all colors seemed to make the right choice. Why can’t they?

Rick Santorum has been on this crusade about birth control and abortion. Okay, those are his positions. He believes abortion is murder. But what does he think about the shooting of an innocent unarmed black kid? Does he feel the same way and, if not, what specifically makes them different?

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Lawrence D. Elliott is an American author, currently living in Bensheim, Germany. His work has appeared in many popular books, including four from the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. In addition to his books, e-Singles, and blog, his …

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