The nightmare case from Florida involving the shooting of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was difficult enough to cope with on its own.
Then opportunists stepped in, sullying an important moment for a frustrated nation and an angry family. It's this week's uncut commentary.
Last Monday, some in the New Black Panther Party announced a $10,000 "bounty" to be paid to anyone who turned Zimmerman over to authorities.
Very quickly, the parents of the dead teen - never consulted, still in mourning - declared they wanted no part of such a scheme. They said any talk of an eye-for-an-eye was not the justice they wanted. Instead, they want a thorough and fair investigation, which as a result of widespread public pressure is now under way.
Interestingly, the man who announced the bounty ended up in jail himself over a probation violation.
Geraldo Rivera went on to indict the victim's clothing as being just as much to blame for the shooting as anything else.
There will always be someone who will take advantage of a tragedy to inject in it their own venom; or seeing a camera, say anything to turn it in their direction.
No matter what you think happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed, let us contemplate what we have learned:
People of every race and in more than one country think an outrage took place in the initial handling of this. Enough people standing up against a perceived injustice will bring it new attention. And, we should always be wary of those who claim too quickly to speak for the rest of us.
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