I feel as if the media are trying to spark a race war among blacks and whites.
Do not get me wrong. This Trayvon Martin case is a tragedy, and there are obvious flaws in regard to gun laws in our country. But for the media to display only half-truths and false information to intensify the story in order to push a social agenda is not only unethical, but it also puts people in danger by spreading hate instead of love.
When the story originally broke, Martin's killer was described as a Caucasian when in fact he is of Latin descent. This is irrelevant in the big picture, but because the media decided to not check their facts hatred has spread in this country, and it's disturbing.
A 13-year-old white boy was doused with gasoline and lit on fire by a group of black teens, yet there aren't nationwide marches for justices in this instance. Why?
This is an absolute blatant hate crime, and there is little to no coverage in regards to this issue. Instead it's miscellaneous information, like what Zimmerman purchased while he was in jail.
I am not writing about this because I'm white; I'm writing about this because I am a human and we need to stop this bigotry. We need to stop looking at things as black and white, Christian and Muslim, theist and atheist.
Hatred will continue to spread hatred. Let's stop looking at people different from us as a threat and instead look at them as an ally. We have come too far as a country to begin falling back into the old ways of ignorance and zealotry.
In my opinion, the media set the agenda and persuade our society how to think and react to situations. We need to stop the spoon-feeding of biased information and pursue the information for the sake of knowledge and truth.
In what I perceive as a perfect world, there would be no prejudices, no hatred and no violence for the sake of nothing. There wouldn't be a Black Student Government Association at my school.
There wouldn't be fraternities that are all-exclusive to one race or religion. The concepts Martin Luther King preached and died for would be practiced routinely by all ethnicities.
There would be no such thing as derogatory terms because words cannot harm an individual unless the individual allows those words to have meaning.
People who harass others do so to get a rise out of that person. Bullies are cowards who would rather put someone else down instead of pick themselves up.
Let these cowardly individuals wallow in their own insecurities and learn from them. Morons can remind us how to not act in this game of life.
Kyle Malec, of St. John, is a senior at Purdue University Calumet. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.