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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama’s double standard on race violence

The recent article on the Trayvon Martin case ("Arrest demands grow in Fla. teen's shooting death," Web, March 23) highlights the sad and regretful degeneration of racial honesty in America today, especially within the Obama administration.

Although the shooting of teen Trayvon Martin may indeed be worthy of further investigation, the special attention paid to it by President Obama and the self-identified "hoodies" shows selective outrage when compared to recent violence by black perpetrators against whites.

Recall that Obama's Justice Department refused to prosecute members of the New Black Panther Party who threatened whites with violence at voting centers in Philadelphia in 2008. Last year in Milwaukee, some 200 to 300 black youths randomly stopped whites at the state fair to inflict beatings and robberies. The response from the White House on that one? Nothing.

In Sarasota, Fla., last year, two vacationing British citizens, James Cooper and James Kauzaris, got lost and mistakenly pulled over in a predominantly black neighborhood to ask for directions. Teens dragged them both from the car and shot them because they were white. More than 20 shell casings were found nearby and again, not a peep from the White House.

We have come to expect this selective outrage from the likes of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and their ilk. But shouldn't we expect more from the president of the United States? I say yes.

MARK SERIO

Timonium, Md.

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