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posted: 9/2/2013 5:00 AM

Address root causes of youth crime

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In the Daily Herald's Aug. 27 national news summary, it was reported that the NAACP has raised 1.7 million signatures to pressure the Justice Department to pursue charges against George Zimmerman for violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin. Martin had attacked Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was acquitted in a fair trial with all permissible evidence presented to a jury, and it seems that should be the end of this and Zimmerman should be allowed to go on with his life. But apparently he is not being allowed to do this by black organizations and a race-baiting president, who came out and said this young black man could have been him 35 years ago.

When will black organizations try to do something constructive and address root problems such as high percentage of illegitimate births to young girls not prepared to properly raise children, no family structure with a father present, high dropout rates, and youths forced to a life with drugs, crime and violence because there is no other option without job skills? And when will these black organizations and our president condemn events like the Australian baseball player, Christopher Lane, being killed at random by a black teen in Oklahoma because he was bored? Where is the outrage in the black community over this coldblooded murder?

Mike Haase

Mount Prospect

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