- - Sunday, September 1, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial, we had black professional athletes condoning violence. New York Giants’ Victor Cruz tweeted, “Zimmerman doesn’t last a year til the hood catches up to him.” Atlanta Falcons’ Roddy White tweeted, “All them jurors should go home tonight and kill themselves for letting a grown man get away with killing a kid.”

There have been more deaths in Chicago over the past 10 years than there have been American troop fatalities in Afghanistan since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. From 2003 to 2011, 4,265 people were slain — and 75 percent of the victims were black. Blacks also committed 75 percent of the killings. The violence continues unabated.

Yet this Chicago murder spree has received far less coverage than the Zimmerman trial. Why? Why has not the black community, including black athletes, condemned such violence and asked for calm?

The same energy and effort put forth by people during the Zimmerman trial should have and should now be utilized to stop the violence and race hatred in Chicago. All, regardless of race, creed or color must unite to stop the increasing violence in America. With the recent 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech calling for peace, the black community should re-embrace this message and advocate peace in Chicago and other cities rife with violence.

CHRISTIAN GATSBY

Birmingham, Ala.