Dr. Alveda King: “Grieved Over Strife Surrounding Zimmerman Verdict”


For Immediate Release
July 15, 2013

Contact: Leslie Palma
(347) 286-7277

“I believe that the verdict in the Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin Case further exposes a grievous and deep vein of disharmony and racial tension in our nation that can only be healed when people realize that every human being should be treated with dignity and respect,” says Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life.

“A trial like this causes public debate, and people have forgotten what is right anymore. Now Trayvon’s tragic death is obscured and Mr. Zimmerman is a public spectacle. The lines of what is right and what is legal/lawful have also been blurred and this trial exposes that.

“We saw the same scenarios in the O. J. trial and the Casey Anthony case. There was reasonable doubt, no matter how minute the reasonable doubt proves to be. Even more recently, abortionists are butchering women in so called legal yet under-regulated facilities where in many cases no arrests are being made; with Kermit Gosnell’s case being a recent exception.

“In Chicago, where random killings are at an all time high, a Black Woman, Tonya Reaves, was recently slaughtered and bled to death for five hours in a Planned Parenthood abortion mill and no arrests have been made.

“Now in the wake of Trayvon’s senseless death and Mr. Zimmerman’s acquittal many people are angry at the tragic loss of life and what some perceive to be a shun on the Black race. For the record, Acts 17:26 teaches that there is one blood and one human race, not multiple races, so racism is based on a lie!

“Others seem to feel a victory because certain constitutional rights were favorably argued and the question of reasonable doubt prevailed in this case. Yet it is important to also note that Zimmerman’s life is ruined too, and that the court of public opinion is not completely on his side.

“So in a way the blind scales of justice seem to have favored Mr. Zimmerman while Trayvon’s voice is silenced and his dream died with him.

“The Bible says mercy triumphs over justice:

“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13 NKJV)

“And Micah 6:8 says that we should add love and humility to justice.

“Micah 6:8 (NIV)
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

“Love and humility are missing on both sides of this struggle!

“My uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that we must all learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or perish as fools. Too many people are dying today for too many reasons, and the race baiting and strife add fuel to the fire which grieves my soul.

“Again a young American man has perished, another is a public spectacle. Who wins?

“We must now use this controversy as an opportunity to help educate our future generations as to how to act and how to react in similar situations; then maybe young Trayvon’s death will not be in vain.

“A profound injustice has occurred in glossing over the death of this young man and the suffering of his family. The not guilty verdict violates the tender nuances of human suffering and the integrity of the criminal justice system in his community.

“It remains critically-important, however, that all protests against the verdict demonstrate an irrevocable commitment to nonviolence, to honor the dignity of Trayvon Martin’s precious life and not add further tragedy to what his family and the people of Sanford have already experienced.

“Let’s face it. If both people in this tragedy were of common ethnicity, there would be no media feeding frenzy. The gun control debate is a smokescreen in that people do use guns to kill other people as Zimmerman did in this case. But guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Yes, sometimes they use guns, but they sometimes use bombs or knives too. We definitely need love control and heart control and nonviolence control.

“There are murders going on every day that the media overlooks. Remember Tonya Reaves. Millions of Black babies and many of their mothers are being slaughtered in abortion mills. Where is the justice for that?

“Obviously strife and struggle and conflict were at the base of this case. Two men alone on the street in the dark. A punch is thrown. A gun escalates the trauma and drama. We need a Beloved Community. We need nonviolence conflict resolution.

“Let us please give a nonviolent response to Trayvon’s family, to Mr. Zimmerman and to America to help to promote healing and to lay the foundation needed to repeal faulty laws that fail to protect our youth, and to further enact other reforms to prevent such tragedies in the future.”

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14 Responses to “Dr. Alveda King: “Grieved Over Strife Surrounding Zimmerman Verdict””

  1. Corki Brumley says:

    Thank you for your words. You really do honor your Heavenly Father as well as the work your uncle. I really do admire you and although you will probably say, “no”, you remind me of another of my earthly heros, Mother Theresa.

  2. While I respect your perspective and agree that healing is in order, I’m dismayed at your use of a youthful photo of Trayvon. He was, afterall, a young man of 17 with a bit of a spotty record himself. The media has done this throughout and I feel that it was disingenuous of them. Although I mourn the loss of this young man’s life, I can’t help but agree with the outcome of the trial – based on the evidence that was available. George Zimmerman did have a bloodied, broken nose and stitches in the back of his head. No one on earth will ever know the entire truth of the matter, but I feel that imagery (as well as fact) is very important in setting the stage for proper analysis.

  3. Bonnie says:

    how about you show a current picture of Trayvon — this is NOT a current photo. try the one with the hoodie and him flipping the bird when he was a teenager, not the ten year old choirboy?!

  4. tonya says:

    thank you for your comment. May God be with you on your journey for protecting life. Like i tell my children. Pray. Everybody deserves to go to heaven and finally see the face of Our Lord. Pray for those who do not know what they are doing. May God have mercy on every human being on this earth. JMJ

  5. Brian Windsor says:

    Dear Ms. King: Is it possible for you to show an accurate picture of the victim Travon Martin? Shame on you and the Catholic Church for being so deceptive. Apparently a true portayal of Trayvon Marin doesn’t fit your marrative. Or if you cannot honestly portray Trayvon Martin accurately could you show a picture of George Zimmerman when he was 12 years old as well?

  6. Roger Sprunt says:

    Thanks Dr Alveda King, for being a voice of sound mind and reason in this trajic case. Nobody but God knows the truth and yet even after the legal verdict people are still demanding George Zimmermans head, and want a guilty verdict. However there is a 50/50 chance the George is telling the truth, and would anyone fell good about sending an inocent man to prison. A man is only guilty if it can be proven with out doubt that he committed the crime. If there is any doubt we must let them go. In order to convict Gerorge Zimmerman you must change the law to say, if there is any suspician that he is guilty then we must find him guilty and sentance him. However this law would affect all Americans, and how many time has a black person been suspected of crime he did not commit.. If you change the law to convict George Zimmerman, then many more black people will also be convicted under this new law. Becareful what you wish for because it might turn around and bite you.

  7. jon etnyre says:

    Dear Dr. King. Thanks so much for your courage and your calming words. Race relations are raw in this country and as you point out the “race-baiting” by the NAACP and others is not designed to help this tension but to exploit it. It is sad. But I am so encouraged that you had the courage to speak up on this. God Bless you and this country.

  8. Billy says:

    Thank you so much for your level headed assessment and advice to the American Community during this time of strife. I wish everyone would take a big deep breath and think for a change instead of just reacting. I pray that everyone would start living with each other as brothers and sisters. I wish so badly that we could all see that we are all human beings and then try to help each other through this life of ours. Concerning the Martin/Zimmerman tragedy, I wish that we could all accept the rule of law and move on and look to the future as to how we can help each other. I saw photos of protesters burning the American Flag. I really feel that this dishonors all people of any color or race who have fought and died for our country and freedom. We are all Americans. I am not trying to be offensive when I say that I do not like or use the identifier African American, Latino, Hispanic or any other racial identifier. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said the same thing and he was so right then and it is right now. We are Americans.

  9. alv3d@ says:

    Bonnie, I searched for pictures of both being shown in good spirits. Without spending all day on this task, this is what I found. Both lives are/were precious, Trayvon and Zimmerman, and I grieve for both.

  10. alv3d@ says:

    I am humbled by your comment. You are too sweet. God bless you!

  11. Racedog says:

    I only wish that you were getting the attention and airplay that the more prominent “leaders” are getting at this time. We might then finally see what the elder Dr King prayed for and worked for. Keep praying, but please, become more visible to the national audience. I fear that we may may soon see a race war in this country if the charlatans on both sides keep on with the status quo. I know Dr King will never be forgotten, but I fear that his message has already been left behind for the new “cult of personality”. God bless America and humanity.

  12. alv3d@ says:

    We are in agreement on the verdict. There was reasonable doubt. One young man is dead and another man’s life is in turmoil. We need to pray for both.

    There are plenty of images of Trayvon on the internet. How one wishes to remember Trayvon is up to them. He lost his life and there’s no need to only show pictures that shed a dark cloud over him. His death is a high enough price to pay for whatever his actions may have been that night. We should try to remember his life and grieve his death and pray for his soul.

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  13. Tracy says:

    Thank you for consistently pointing to love,prayer, and unity. We do need to pray for both families and remember that Satan wants us to remain divided over this tragedy. ” A house divided against itself cannot stand” but “love covers a multitude of sins.”

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