LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Violence will lead to regression

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Well, the spoiled egotists are at it again — they didn’t get their way on the Zimmerman trial and so are taking justice into their own hands (“Rallies against Zimmerman verdict being held across U.S.,” Web, July 14). They are beating filmmaker Christian Hartsock the way Trayvon Martin pounded George Zimmerman’s head into the concrete. Are these vicious members of the crowd what we want to substitute for neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman? Are they suggesting that we substitute brutal mob behavior for morality and modest discussion?

It reminds me of the twits at Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. As if those college flunkies could create a functioning Wall Street. Criticism does not imply superiority; it often is resentfulness for those who are better.

Don’t the beasts in the crowd realize that they undercut their own accusations of racism when they assault an innocent man on racial grounds? Is vengeance so blind that it picks unjustified targets and embarrasses itself by beating innocence?

I am Jewish. We suffered the worst tragedy during the Holocaust. That doesn’t mean we must side with every “victim,” even when he might have been the aggressor. That doesn’t mean we have to be violent when we recognize that violence was unfairly used against us. That doesn’t mean that we have to defend Trayvon Martin when a court has decided that Zimmerman was not guilty.

Are we supposed to get rid of our present judicial system and government to replace them with violent vigilantes? Protest with underpinnings of violence is regression to Neanderthal times. Shakespeare said, “The lady doth protest too much.” So do the angry demonstrators. Almost none of them even knew Trayvon Martin. They want to make him a brother for their own violent devices.

DAVID LAWRENCE

New York

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