Where’s the outcry for others?

Published 3:13 pm Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murder or manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

That’s likely not new information for you.

The case drew attention from media outlets from Fort Myers Beach to Fargo, from Savannah to Sacramento. It even elicited a response from President Barack Obama.

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The trial of the multiracial Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer at a gated community in Sanford, Fla., who shot and killed the African-American Martin, played out on national television.

Martin’s death was without a question a tragedy, but have we stopped to question why there was such a public outcry?

Martin’s death will be one of thousands as the result of murder this year.

According to the figures released by the U.S. government, nearly 13,000 people were murdered last year.

To bring the point a little closer to home, through the first six and a half months this year, 30 people have been murdered in Montgomery, including 23-year-old Alicia Scott, a mother of three small children who was shot and killed last week.

Where is the public outrage for Scott and thousands of other victims and their families?

Where are the President’s comments concerning the senseless death of Scott and her three children that are now left without a mother?

There is no outcry.

Only silence.

Yes, Trayvon Martin’s death is a tragedy, and likely one that could have been prevented had George Zimmerman heeded the advice of the 911 dispatcher that urged him to stand down.

But it’s no more of a tragedy than the countless others who have had their lives taken by others.

Be outraged that Martin’s life was cut short, but be outraged for the right reason.

Don’t allow the media, politicians or activist to use a young man’s death to further an agenda.

Instead, be outraged that a young man’s life was ended when it didn’t have to be. Be outraged that a mother and father had to bury their son.

Be outraged for all the victims across the country that had their lives taken from them. Be outraged for Scott’s three children who will now grow up without their mother.

Cry out for justice for these victims.

The silence for these victims and their families may be the greatest tragedy of all.