I think maybe we have milked about the last drop of outrage from the Martin/Zimmerman case, and I am willing to leave it up to the Revs. Jackson and Sharpton to carry on the cause. I have been looking for an issue that both races can see as a common cause for concern, and I think I may have found it in the Detroit bankruptcy case. I may be wrong and this too may wind up as a totally racist issue, but at the moment it seems a little like a common cause for blacks and whites and maybe a few other groups. Many of us think we know how we got into this problem, but we lack sound fair ideas of how we get out of it.
We have all heard that metaphor about gagging on a gnat and swallowing a camel, but we have trouble knowing which side is the gnat and which side is the camel. Maybe the Detroit bankruptcy will find us all winding up with some shared concerns.
This problem that Detroit has is seemingly already a looming problem for other big cities and for states and nations. It is a big problem for retirees, unions and many other groups, and it poses a threat to faith in any level of government. The Detroit problem is even affecting Europe where many of the bonds that have supported Detroit are now owned.
The Obama administration is presently taking a hands-off attitude toward the Detroit problem, but that is sure to change. It will not be a question of the feds holding on to the problem; it will be a question of how they might turn it loose. That the feds can ignore a rash of city bankruptcies boggles the imagination of sane people and invites thoughts of rebellion all over the country.
Outrage addicts are going to have a lot more on their plate than a killing under uncertain circumstance that has been ratcheted up by our interest in something to fight about.
About all we need to do about the Zimmerman affair is to calm down, but the looming city and state bankruptcies are a real issue with no immediate fair solution in view. Rich people, poor people, working people, welfare people will all be affected in a bad way.
Personal suicide is a cause for much concern but city, state, and national suicide are mere footnotes of little concern — so far.
The power and faith of our government depends on government making sensible promises that they can keep. There is not much of that going around these days.
TOBY HIGHTOWER is a retired educator and former Hopkinsville High School teacher. His email address is email@example.com. Write to him at 222 S. 25th St., Apartment 434, Terre Haute, IN. 47803.