We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
Though I try to do and say things that are right, like all humans, I err at times. I’ve always tried to be a big enough person to admit it when I’ve been wrong. My face is red today as I address one of those errors.
Strong negative reactions I received from some of my best reader friends have caused me to do a lot of thinking about my blog the other day about the death of Trayvon Martin. The comments of Amber West have been particularly powerful in my mind, since she lives in the Orlando area and probably knows things about the local scene, the local law enforcement figures and the local news that most of us don’t get from the national media.
In addition, it now appears there are new facts in the story. There seems to be a reasonable doubt as to George Zimmerman’s innocence.
Rereading my original post, I realize it looks like I have already judged the man to be not guilty of any crime. That’s a judgment I was—and am—in no position to make. I now conclude that he probably does need to be judged by a jury of his peers, who can decide his guilt or innocence on a more substantial presentation of facts than those upon which I acted.
My reason for my post of last Wednesday was to try to dampen the flames of near hysteria surrounding the case, flames heated by the gasoline thrown on them by Al Sharpton, the Black Panthers and others. I didn’t want to see this man rushed through a kangaroo court and tried and found guilty by popular opinion inflamed by so many across the country who were not in possession of direct knowledge of the actual facts.
If my original post appeared to say Trayvon Martin’s life didn’t matter, I apologize to anyone who read it that way. I particularly apologize to my dear friend Kristen Lamb, who had nothing at all to do with the post, but who has been inundated with negative calls and emails because of our association.
As a Christian, I don’t want to see any innocent life taken—Trayvon Martin’s or George Zimmerman’s or anyone else’s. For this reason, I did not and still do not want to see George Zimmerman crucified in the court of public opinion, his verdict rendered by the media. It now appears, however, thay a grand jury does need to consider whether or not he should go to trial. If that grand jury says yes, then all the pertinent facts need to be heard by a jury of his peers.
David N. Walker is a Christian father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago, and has six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his non-fiction Web Wisdom: Godly Inspiration from the Inbox and starting his new fiction work—a series of novellas set during the period from 1860 to 1880—using methods he and @KristenLambTX developed when they cofounded Warrior Writers Boot Camp.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at @davidnwalkertx