And what do the New Black Panthers plan to do when someone captures him? Who elected the Black Panthers sheriff?
It's a mystery to me why George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin last month hasn't at least been the subject of a grand jury probe for a possible indictment. The ease with which prosecutors and Sanford, Florida enforcement officials have waved away a thorough investigation of Zimmerman's allegedly self-defense shooting of young Martin has no apparent rational explanation. While we need to preserve Zimmerman's presumed innocence until proven otherwise in a fair trail, we apparently aren't even entitled to an explanation why the case won't even be brought to trial.
The outrage surrounding this case, growing as it is on a national and inter national scale is well deserved. Due justice is demanded.
That's why the New Black Panther's self-appointed posse is disturbing. The outrage is deserved, but going off the deep end is not. Jesse Jackson Sr., never one to miss an opportunity to insert himself into a troubled situation to help make it worse, said the shooting proves that "blacks are under attack." Well, Martin clearly was under attack, by an individual whose alleged racial motives could be revealed for the world to see if the case ever came to trail. But for Jackson to imply that the nation continues to be jam-packed with white racists determined to keep African-Americans subservient or worse is a slander on the many more Americans that seek justice. Yes, racism remains a serious problem in America, but it does no good to portray America as some sort of South Africa in the era of apartheid.
But as inappropriate as were Jackson's accusations of an unbridled, racist nation, the New Black Panthers go over the edge with their bounty-hunting. Most Americans calling for justice understand the need for a rule of law; that's why so many Americans are demanding the rule of law as applied to the Martin case. But the Panthers would have Americans act outside the rule of law. If the New Black Panthers were serious, they would amend their "reward" to anyone who provided for the arrest and conviction of a properly charged Zimmerman.