Closer look at remarks finds different message

info@islandpacket.comAugust 1, 2013 

Three letters published July 27 were in response to President Barack Obama's statements about the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Each letter, in its own way, accused the president of delivering a message of racial divisiveness, blaming whites for racial profiling, ignoring black-on-black crime and interjecting himself into the decision of the jury in George Zimmerman's trial.

Considering the level of hostility, the letters were disturbing to read. The personal vindictiveness directed toward the president could be read between the lines.

I heard a different message from the president. He addressed the issues. His message was thoughtful and reflective. His remarks were simple and profoundly touching.

I would suggest and hope that those who wrote the letters read the full transcript of his remarks. It would go a long way in exposing the inaccuracies of their comments.

After all, I am sure even they are aware that "a mind is a terrible thing to waste."

Dru Clements


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