Bradenton tested by outrage over Martin-Zimmerman

July 25, 2013 

It's shocking to realize the biggest news story today concerns a lethal confrontation between two men, one black and one Hispanic, in Sanford, Fla., a gated community just 150 miles northeast of Bradenton.

Comparing this event to gang activities leaving scores of daily deaths in their paths nationwide, why is this story so big? It dominates national news programs. Even the Oval Office occupant used the news spotlight to suggest he could have been this shooter's victim.

Pride and prejudice are attitudes that characterize all human behavior, with roots stretching back to mankind's origins. They are part of our sinful nature and we're called to deal with them in our daily lives.

Two hundred years ago, near the end of her life, Jane Austen chose those very words as the title for her novel, and readers continue to energize sales, totaling more than 20 million copies to this day.

These behaviors drove the Martin-Zimmerman conflict, demonstrating that Bradenton can't escape human nature, or the consequences of the economic disaster of 2007-'08 that continue to plague us. Joblessness, unstoppable illegal immigrants from Mexico, dominance of Asian products and investment in U.S. business, and rampant socialist leadership in Washington fuel racial and economic conflicts highlighted by this incident.

I'm concerned about the growing elements of racial diversity contributing to civil unrest in Bradenton. This is the upshot of the Martin-Zimmerman tragedy.

The dynamic energy of this story will subside in time, and the caprice and whimsy of human interest will soon desert the passion of the news industry. But history documents people's desire to live where peace and safety exist, and Bradenton itself is unavoidably being tested by a continuing national outrage.

Richard Evanson


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