Skip to comments.Why Manipulate the Tragedy of Trayvon Martin?
Posted on 03/30/2012 11:10:18 PM PDT by neverdem
The fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month by a neighborhood-watch volunteer was a sickening and — unless new facts come to light — unjustified loss of an innocent life. Unless Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, had reason to believe that Martin was armed, shooting him was a grossly disproportionate response to a fistfight, even leaving aside the fact that Zimmerman had initiated the encounter. If such a shooting is justified under Florida’s broad self-defense law, that law has licensed violence that goes far beyond legitimate self-defense. Every American shares the despair of Martin’s family over this heartbreaking tragedy and supports a fuller investigation (though the entrance of the Feds at this point is premature, absent evidence of Florida’s incapacity to conduct a fair inquiry).
But is the Martin shooting emblematic of a larger problem? Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the mainstream media here and abroad certainly are portraying it as such. That larger problem, of course, is lethal white racism and a criminal-justice system allegedly indifferent to the killing of blacks. At a rally Thursday night in Sanford, Sharpton said that “Trayvon represents a reckless disregard for our lives that we’ve seen for too long,” and warned that “they,” presumably whites, would try to trick black protesters into violence by “send[ing] in provocateurs.” “Blacks are under attack,” said Jesse Jackson on Friday from Chicago. “Targeting, arresting, convicting blacks, and ultimately killing us is big business.” MSNBC analyst Karen Finney claimed that “racist rhetoric” used by Rush Limbaugh and several Republican presidential candidates was responsible for Martin’s death.
So determined has the New York Times been to fit the shooting into its favored racial story line that it has been referring to the Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic,” contrary to its usual practice of referring to Hispanics without any additional racial characterization. The fact that Zimmerman’s father is white does not explain this departure from the Times’s racial protocols; the Times’s one-drop rule still applies to Barack Obama, who is, according to the Times and every other media outlet, America’s “first black president.” (The Grey Lady referred to Zimmerman for the first time on Friday simply as “Hispanic.”)
Times columnist Charles Blow dealt with the complicating factor of Zimmerman’s ethnicity with a simple duality: “Trayvon is black. Zimmerman is not,” he wrote last Saturday, presumably conferring on Zimmerman putative white status. The Rainbow Coalition has apparently broken down.
Blow went on to claim that it is the “the burden of black boys in America” to be at high risk of being shot by non-blacks: “This is the fear that seizes me whenever my boys are out in the world: that a man with a gun and an itchy finger will find them ‘suspicious.’”
Blow is right about one thing: Black boys do face a much higher chance than non-blacks that they will be shot when they are “out in the world.” Black males between the ages of 14 and 24 were seven times more likely to die of homicide in 2007 than white and Hispanic males of the same age group combined. But the danger they face comes overwhelmingly from other black males, whose homicide offending rate in the 14 to 24 age category was nearly ten times higher than that of young white and Hispanic males combined. (The federal government’s crime data puts Hispanics and whites in a single category of “white,” thus overstating the non-Hispanic white offending and victimization rates). Most homicides are intraracial, but the chance of a black being killed by a white or Hispanic is much lower than the chance that a white or Hispanic will be killed by a black. Seventeen percent of what the FBI calls “white” homicide victims in 2009 were killed by blacks, compared to 8 percent of black homicide victims who were killed by “whites.” There were two and a half times as many white and Hispanic victims of black killers in 2009 as there were black victims of white and Hispanic killers, even though the black population is one-sixth that of whites and Hispanics combined. If Hispanics were removed from the category of “white” killers of blacks, the percentage of blacks killed by Anglo whites would plummet, since a significant percentage of what the FBI calls “white”-on-black killings represent gang warfare between Hispanic and black gangs. (Needless to say, there is no reason to think that racism plays a more frequent role in white-on-black killings than in black-on-white killings.)
Blow’s fear that his children will be blown away by a white is particularly ludicrous in New York City. Blacks commit 80 percent of all shootings in the city — as reported by the victims of and witnesses to those shootings — though they are but 23 percent of the population; whites commit 1.4 percent of all shootings, though they are 35 percent of the population. Add Hispanic shootings to the black tally, and you account for 98 percent of all of the city’s gun violence. In New York, as in big cities across the country, the face of violence is overwhelmingly black and Hispanic.
No evidence has yet surfaced to support the charge that the failure of the Sanford police to arrest Zimmerman results from racial bias, as opposed to ambiguities in the application of Florida’s self-defense law and the absence of eye-witnesses to the killing. But if such evidence of racial indifference does emerge, it would be not only shameful but also a great exception to the practice of police departments across the country. Far from showing a “reckless disregard for [black] lives,” in Sharpton’s words, it is the police and prosecutors who are the most reliable responders to black victimization, trying relentlessly to put together a case even when the witnesses to crime refuse to cooperate. Most police chiefs will say that they could solve every inner-city killing if the people who saw the crime or know the perpetrators came forward, instead of obeying the “no snitching” code.
And it is the concerted efforts of police departments across the country to bring safety to urban neighborhoods that have played a central role in the 50 percent drop in the black homicide victimization rate from 1991 to 2008. In New York City, over 10,000 minority males are alive today who would have been killed had homicide rates remained at their early 1990s highs; the largest cause of that crime drop is the New York Police Department’s policing revolution, which has created an unprecedented sense of urgency about protecting lives. The NYPD’s weekly meetings at police headquarters, known as Compstat, focus relentlessly on one overriding question: How can we save more people — overwhelmingly minorities — from being victimized by crime? Many an NYPD commander has lost his post because he has not had an adequate answer to that question.
The protesters in Florida and across the country are right to demand an explanation for the decision not to charge Zimmerman. A critical examination of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is absolutely warranted. But the racial storyline that has been imposed on the shooting does not fairly represent contemporary America. That storyline is not just wrong, it is dangerous, because it only feeds black alienation and anger. Family breakdown, not white racism, is the biggest impediment facing blacks today, producing such casualties as the 18-year-old gangbanger who fatally shot a 34-year-old mother picking up her child from school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, last October. Sharpton and the national media didn’t show up for that killing, just as they don’t for the thousands of other black-on-black killings each year. By all means, demand justice for Trayvon Martin. But when that justice comes, as it most surely will, perhaps some small part of the energy devoted to securing it could be redirected towards stigmatizing black criminals and revalorizing the role of fathers in families.
Editor’s Note: This post has been amended since it was originally published.
"President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign will be the first in modern political history to abandon white working-class voters, strategists claim.
For decades, Democrats have been losing more and more blue collar whites. Their alienation helped lead to the massive Republican wave in 2010, when the GOP wooed 30 percent more of them than the Democrats could.
Democratic strategists say President Obama is focusing his attention, instead, on poor black and Hispanic voters and educated white professionals."
Or in other words, Bobo can't win. But that doesn't mean they won't abandon whites anyway...
I couldn't believe that there are people who are unwilling to defend themselves. Criminals are learning that there are far too many people like Heather and our visitor - they have been destroyed inside by the overwhelming political correctness and self loathing by the left.
The very first day this came out I said lets just let the news media try people. Look at the money we would save by abolishing the court system.
I read a report that made sense early on. Zimmerman lost sight of Martin and was walking back to his vehicle. Martin then came up to him and said something like "you got a problem? you do now." Then he knocked Zimmerman down then got on top of him and pulled his shirt over his head thus revealing the pistol. They struggled over it and Zimmerman was able to fire it, however it was an automatic and Martin had his hand on the slide so only one round went off. The automatic mechanism did not operate meaning the spent bullet was still in the chamber.
This makes sense to me but I am NOT saying this is exactly what happened. I want people under oath when they give information. Being under oath won't stop people from lying, but it means that if they are caught in a lie they can face prosecution, unlike lying to the TV camera.
The scenario I just gave may be the reason they haven't charged Mr. Zimmerman. If it was cold bloodied shooting he would have been in jail when it occurred and would still be there without bond.
Now Jessie & Al say they want justice. No they want Zimmerman arrested and convicted and they will not be satisfied with anything less, regardless of the facts.
I still say lets get the facts in court, then we should know exactly what happened.
Unfortunately the well has been so poisoned that we may never get the facts. Remember the Rodney King riots? If Zimmerman is found to be not guilty I am afraid all hell will break loose and Al & Jessie should be held accountable.
Why manipulate the tragedy? Why not, say the untold numbers of vultures circling the body. Jackson and Sharpton are two scoundrels whose lives are built around exploiting tragedy. This is not the first time they’ve done it, and it sure won’t be the last.
And to think the community organizer-in-chief has done his part
The Obama lynch mob.
Zimmerman now fears for his life for ATWQOABMWWH. (asking the wrong question of a black man while white hispanic)
It’s an election year. Time to fire up the base.
This is the DEMOCRAT RE-ELECTION STRATEGY!
This is how the coalition of commies and RINOs are going to destroy self-defense laws that have been built up over the last 20 years.
They will whip up the citiots, most of whom have never been in any kind of physical conflict in their entire lives, into believing that fists are not deadly.
This "grossly disproportionate" meme will grow and grow among the nancy-boys and fraidy-girls of the news media, who would not defend their own lives if they were raped within a millimeter of it.
Obama said he would persue gun control "under the radar". Through manipulation of the news media, he no longer has to. They will do his work for him.
But I will not lay down. I will be armed, and I will shoot any mutant zombie Trayvon who assaults me, with a fist or with a gun, or with anything.
Zimmerman couldn’t shoot more than once. Due to the back of the gun being right on Zimmerman’s body or a struggle for the gun, the second cartridge didn’t cycle into the chamber. The police reported that they recovered a fully loaded magazine from the gun.
This article is still full of bull, despite supposed statistics. It remains an isolated incident that appears to have escalated to shocking results.
In addition to the eyewitness, we have yet to learn if there were indeed a bag of candy, skittles, or an ice tea bottle on the scene. All the touting of the skittles and tea make me want to know if it was actually that, or drugs and pot. Saw a reference to the nearest store to buy these was 2 miles away and he would have had to walk in the rain. I am curious about a lot more than what Trayvon’s family and crew keep spouting off about.
As to the suggestion that the violence inflicted upon Zimmerman didn’t warrant a gun...isn’t that what the FL law is all about? It wasn’t Zimmerman’s responsibility to get himself out of that situation without defending himself. A head injury can be fatal, should he have waited till he was unconscious before he pulled the gun?
Another citified intellectual shows her fundamental revulsion towards the basic human concept of self-defense. How many people are killed each year by someone else's bare hands?
According to both his bother and his father, Martin was in the process of trying to take the gun. Martin spied the gun, and THAT preceded the death threat from Martin, against Zimmerman.
Why exploit Trayvon? Never let a good tragedy go to waste!
Amen. I'm tired of ceding my country to the Trayvons. I'VE HAD IT!
” unless new facts come to light unjustified loss of an innocent life. “
I almost threw up after the first sentence.
Unreal and irresponsible.