What you are about to witness in our community is a manifestation of citizens’ mistrust that public officials, politicians and journalists can perform their duties in an unbiased manner.
Citizens are about to fill these pages, Facebook posts, emails, tweets and conversations with two dangerous phrases. Those phrases are “I think” and “I believe.”
“I think” and “I believe” are dangerous because the speakers/writers and the listeners/readers usually don’t really understand what these statements mean. “I think” and “I believe” mean: I don’t know.
The hideously violent crime committed at The Great Frederick Fair is the sort of thing that rightfully shocks a community. This crime must be investigated in an unbiased, fair and purposeful way, and community members must allow this to happen. Whether this crime was premeditated, had a racial component, or could have been prevented may be revealed in the course of the investigation. At this point, we simply do not know. Only the facts of this crime should dictate the prosecution of the teens charged with the crime. “I think” and “I believe” have no place in the discourse that is to follow.