Not the answer

Vigilante justice is not the answer.

The Boston-Herald reports that, “Members of the New Black Panther Party are offering a $10,000 reward for the ‘capture’ of George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin … The bounty announcement came moments after members of the group called for the mobilization of 10,000 black men to capture Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon in a gated Sanford community on Feb. 26.”

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Vigilante justice is not the answer.

This way of vengeance fails to honor Trayvon Martin. It further tears at a wounded community. It fuels the cycle of violence.

A fair, full, transparent investigation of the events that led to Trayvon’s death is needed. Such an investigation can determine what steps should be taken to seek justice for all. Justice is the answer.

On the Southern Poverty Law Center‘s website the New Black Panther Party is identified as a black-separatist group founded in 1989, that is “virulently racist and anti-Semitic” and whose leaders have “encouraged violence against whites, Jews and law officers.”

Vigilante justice is not the answer.

 

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