Some African Americans have argued with me that comparing the riots to the Arab Spring gives too much credence to the miscreant behavior of some black youths. But that's the problem. Inured to black suffering, we all have a double standard for African Americans.
With all negativity in this world, if we can take different point of view, we will realize that there is actually a lot that we can and need to do if we want to make this world a better place to live in.
Whether they've transgressed with prostitutes, mistresses or tweets, this testosterone-driven trio has realized that we are a forgiving lot. Makes one wonder why so many of history's lowlifes didn't attempt to jump on the apologize-and-give-me-a-second chance bandwagon.
Many Sanford residents are frustrated, angry and deeply saddened over the verdict, and these emotions are connected to long-festering issues in the community. Such feelings cannot be swept aside. There must be room for people to express their views and for others to hear and feel them.
When exposed to the light, the NRA's agenda becomes toxic. And Americans want nothing to do with those who conspire to bring about the gun lobby's dangerous "guns everywhere" vision they saw played out that February night in Sanford, Florida.
For those in the black community it was a story heard far too many times. The Trayvon Martin case re-opened old wounds. What have we learned is very clear, that the need for racial healing is still greatly needed.
George Zimmerman has created a website ostensibly to "thank" his supporters and to raise funds for his living and legal expenses. It's never a good sign when your attorneys quit and you start pleading your case in the court of Sean Hannity and Fox News.
You see, I have a black son. And yet -- I still don't know what it's like to be a person of color in America. It's never easy to talk about the ugly side of our society. Shining an uncomfortable light on things like racism make us see the faults in ourselves.