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March 27, 2012

In My Opinion: Trayvon Martin case raises questions

I wonder how an extraterrestrial visitor to the United States, equipped with a functional history and adeptness at communicating its intricacies, would interpret the Trayvon Martin incident.

Would this visitor be appalled at the overwhelming possibility that this innocent young man was murdered? Would this visitor be surprised that it happened, or more surprised that it hadn't happened earlier as a result of her understanding of exactly how immature even our leaders can be in terms of basic things like respect for others, respect for their constituencies as their elected leaders, their country and their own self respect if they are living a lie?

Would this visitor be dismayed that many people don't see that Trayvon represents their sons and daughters, in terms of our children's vulnerability at any given moment in a society that has inadequately addressed diversity and social justice?

Would this alien visitor's sensibilities be dismantled by how poorly educated the American populace is to what should be very simple fixes to what seems like never-ending occurrences of bullying, sexism, homophobia and nonsensical political posturing that ironically leaves the politicians' constituents de-centered?

Would this non-indoctrinated, un-socialized alien possibly see a relationship between some of the dysfunctional happenings in U.S. society? As a result, would she have already forecast — in reporting back to her non-earthly confidants — some of the events that have already come to pass, like an ongoing questioning of the first bi-racial president's birth certificate or grand pronouncement that the primary goal of the rival political party is to ensure that same president serves only one term, before he has barely even started his presidency?

Would the visitor surmise a relationship between the Senate's minority leader, Mitch McConnell, and his possible take on so-called minorities, as suggested by his inexplicable call to arms of what now has many pundits calling the president's rival party not just a competitive faction that enables democracy to adequately function but instead "The Party of No," which also suggests no interest in being party to any semblance of democracy under a certain type of leader/leadership?

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