Speak Out: If the cause is just, people listen
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When a man stands up for the security of his neighborhood and his own personal safety, some say it is wrong. When that man shoots a juvenile in self-defense, some say he should be punished, that the law is wrong, even though many juveniles are tried as adults every year.

The voices of thousands rise up in opposition to this law that allows a man to shoot a person in self-defense rather than run away. Many spend money and time to demonstrate their feelings that this law is wrong. The facts of the case do not seem to be important.

The fact that a man was trying to protect his neighborhood from an attack does not matter. The fact that the juvenile attacked the man, bloodying his face, does not matter. Where are their cries of injustice for the thousands of people killed every year because they were unarmed and unable to protect themselves from those who prey on the weak and helpless? Their cries for justice in earlier years were heard and supported by fair-minded people. Their cries for fairness in life and pursuit of happiness were heard and supported.

However, this display proves one thing to me: The idea of fairness, justice and equality for many in the minority community is in serious question. A man killing another man in self-defense makes their leaders look simple-minded, their cause unjust and their ideas of fair play as far off the mark as the Old South’s ideas of fairness during the 1960s.

When a group demonstrates for a real and just purpose, fair-minded people listen. However, when the reasons for demonstration are transparent and self-serving, they do not.

Donald Cox
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