Syndicated columnist and Center on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) founder Star Parker told The Daily Caller that the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death needs more healing and less political posturing.
“I think it is appalling that we would turn such a tragic, horrible situation into a political ploy,” Parker said during an interview with TheDC’s Ginni Thomas.
Racial tensions have escalated in the last week in south Florida after MSNBC host Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and the New Black Panther Party organized rallies and marches to frame Martin’s Feb. 26 death as a race-based crime.
But Parker, whose own 14-year-old daughter died in 2003, counseled a different reaction.
“Let’s have a time of quiet,” she urged.
“And I know this firsthand. See, I buried a teenager. … I know what it means to be a grieving parent. This is not the time to talk about he-said-she-said, point fingers anywhere.” (RELATED: The Daily Caller obtains Martin’s tweets)
“The first order of business in a situation like this,” she added, “is — number one — this is not national news. It’s a personal human tragedy.”
The rest of Star Parker’s interview will be online next Monday morning, only at The Daily Caller.