The black community is being criticized for allowing some of its leaders to exploit the tragic death of a teenager in Florida.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that eyewitnesses have verified what shooting suspect George Zimmerman has claimed -- that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense last month. Law enforcement authorities in Sanford, Florida, told the newspaper that witnesses have corroborated most of Zimmerman's account that Martin punched him, jumped on top of him, and began slamming his head on the sidewalk, leaving him bloody and battered.
Jerome Hudson is a spokesman of Project 21 - The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives. He says liberal black activists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton clearly did not wait for the facts before stirring up anger against Zimmerman.
"The left has grabbed onto this situation -- and it is on purpose," he tells OneNewsNow. "His death is being used for all the wrong reasons. His mother is moving to trademark his name. They're dancing on his grave."
The Sentinel's report says an attorney for Martin's mother confirmed she had filed trademark applications for two slogans -- "Justice for Trayvon" and "I Am Trayvon" -- that could be used for such things as DVDs and CDs.
Hudson adds that he would not be surprised if President Obama sees this tragedy as a way of firing up his black voter base.
"I do have to agree with Newt Gingrich -- Why would the president make such a pointed comment about Trayvon Martin when he said 'If I had a son he'd look like Trayvon'? This is definitely being used for racial, resentment reasons," states the Project 21 spokesman, "and I don't put campaign and political expediency beyond it."
Hudson says the tragic death of this young man has been turned into a racial powder keg.
An 'insulting' display
Clenard Childress, a spokesman for L.E.A.R.N. and founder of Black Genocide.org, tells OneNewsNow that while his heart goes out to the Martin family, he cannot stomach the duplicity of black leaders like Jackson and Sharpton. (Listen to audio report)
"... To hear Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton basically point out the innocence of this individual and the civil rights of this individual -- when both of these men support the slaughter of the innocent in the womb -- is extremely hypocritical," he states.
Childress says that saddens him -- and that he finds it "quite insulting."
"[For them to] ignore the 1,786 African-American, defenseless, innocent babies who are mutilated and killed in the womb, whose civil rights have been denied and the American dream they have been disenfranchised from -- for [Jackson and Sharpton] to do this is extremely hypocritical."
In the eyes of Childress, the two civil right leaders are endorsing the taking of an innocent life in the womb at a time when African-Americans represent 12 percent of the population -- but 36 percent of abortions take the lives of African-American babies.