By Garth Baker
With all the talk of how the country is being divided between African Americans and Whites, it has turned me to research the biggest division this country has ever seen. The time was 1861-1865, during the Civil War. More than 3 million fought during this war, 900,000 for the confederacy and 2.1 million for the union. More than 620,000 died during this war, accounting for 2 percent of the population.
In 2012, there is talk about the division of this country after the Trayvon Martin shooting which has led to the separation of extreme Black rights activist and extreme White activists. This comes nowhere near the division we saw during the Civil War. Most of the population want to see the courts handle this situation rather than having marches, sit downs, pickets etc. The death of Trayvon is simply an isolated incident and should remain that way. It is in no way a civil war or a separation of African Americans or Whites. Instead of putting bounties out for the capture of George Zimmerman or the untimely killing of three and wounding of two other African Americans in Tulsa Oklahoma, how about we all get off our soap boxes and let justice be served.
The real division of this country is happening by persons who love to create division for their own personal agendas and is in no way, shape or form, that of general public consensus. The problem was really magnified by Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton and the President of the United States, Barrack Obama. The President should have advocated peace and resolution through the due process afforded each citizen of this United States, instead of becoming involved in the agendas of Jackson or Sharpton. There is no way the division of 1861-1865 is happening in 2012. The United States is still United and shall remain that way as long as the citizens of this country don’t fall victim to the sensationalism of the political or media outlets and that of radical groups.