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MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01, 2012 : Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a rally in honor of Trayvon Martin.
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01, 2012 : Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a rally in honor of Trayvon Martin.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Finally, the danger of crying race has blossomed into unbelief.

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01, 2012: The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin (L) and Sybrina Fulton (2nd R) stand with the Rev. Al Sharpton (C) and Rev. Jesse Jackson (far R) as they all attend a rally in his honor.
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01, 2012: The parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin (L) and Sybrina Fulton (2nd R) stand with the Rev. Al Sharpton (C) and Rev. Jesse Jackson (far R) as they all attend a rally in his honor.Joe Raedle/Getty Images

On Hannity, the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich said this:

The Liberals can't defend their policies. They can't defend their institutions and schools that fail poor children They can't explain neighborhoods that are un-policed. They can't explain entire areas that have no jobs. So, obviously - rather than defend their failures, they attack us. They say: Oh! You wouldn't be saying that, if you weren't a racist.

It is always unfortunate when one sounds like Jeremiah Wright (See also, at about 2:32). Nonetheless, it's true: Chickens come home to roost - as do the efforts of all those who cry wolf, eventually. The outrage becomes a transparent vehicle for impure and illegitimate agendas. Race traders do their part to get out the vote, manipulating emotions in a quest to amass redistributed power and money. Some narratives sell. Others do not.
Maybe that's why Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson don't want to march when the controversy isn't black and white...Hispanic - that is, because their idea of a civil rights movement is failing to protect brown-skinned people from violence perpetrated by other brown-skinned people. It's true; The Zimmerman-Martin tragedy shouldn't be part of a national conversation.
And, but for the interference - by Spike Lee, Farrakahn, practitioners of street law, the Black Panthers, and Cook County's own hometown hero, President Barack Obama - it wouldn't be. Sound like the premise for negligence? The disruption created by these parties' extra-judicial involvement circles back to the original point: When policies can't be defended, they're deflected. Al Sharpton's promises of escalation are not helping the black community. Mr. Obama is not helping the black community. What they can do, is help to turn a personal loss into something it never should have been. President Obama may not be able to run on his record, but he is not shy about courting the black vote, by any means necessary. His failure to address the issues of this ostensible group might be set aside for rhetorical group unity.
For contrast, think about the ways in which Attorney General Holder failed to control or know about the pitfalls of the Fast and Furious/Gunrunner debacle. When he is questioned in a proper fact-finding about what he knew or was responsible for knowing; it's called a witch hunt. But the actual manhunt for Zimmerman, with the Black Panthers putting up a bounty on his head, Spike Lee tweeting out his address, and Farrakhan calling for vigilante justice is treated as a legitimate catalyst for a 'national conversation'.
The starting point for a national conversation is more appropriately outlined by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece, Alveda King:

Nonviolence was a very important part of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.... So, we want to encourage people to be nonviolent in their responses, to be thorough in their research and that justice must be done…We want justice to come, but we want nonviolent responses to this really tragic and terrible incident.

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