Skip to comments.Shelby Steele: The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin [Outstanding Analysis by Black Thinker!]
Posted on 04/05/2012 7:26:31 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
The absurdity of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton is that they want to make a movement out of an anomaly. Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites.
...The civil rights community and the liberal media live by the poetic truth that America is still a reflexively racist society, and that this remains the great barrier to black equality. But this "truth" has a lot of lie in it. America has greatly evolved since the 1960s. There are no longer any respectable advocates of racial segregation. And blacks today are nine times more likely to be killed by other blacks than by whites.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
” There is now a long litany of racial dust-upsfrom Tawana Brawley to the Duke University lacrosse players to the white Cambridge police officer who arrested Harvard professor Skip Gates a summer agoin which the poetic truth of white racism and black victimization is invoked so that the actual truth becomes dismissible as yet more racism.
When the Cambridge cop or the Duke lacrosse players or the men accused of raping Tawana Brawley tried to defend themselves, they were already so stained by poetic truth as to never be entirely redeemed. No matter the factswhether Trayvon Martin was his victim or his assailantGeorge Zimmerman will also never be entirely redeemed.”
This is a lie. Trayvon Martin was committing assault when he was shot dead. He got what he deserved.
I was thinking about how people dress and act when I was in the Walmart recently. If we’re all racist, why don’t I feel threatened by a middle-aged black man, in jeans and a family-reunion t-shirt, picking out produce? Or a teenage boy in the local charter school’s uniform, shopping with his mother? Or black men at the door, in coat and tie ... the Jehovah’s Witness missionaries?
However, I do make sure the garage door is down and the van is locked when my neighbor’s son - the one with the felony record - has his friends hanging around, in falling-down pants and ski caps in summer. And they’re all white.
I’m tired of all the qualification that goes on even by people who try to be a bit more objective, as if they feel they must apologise in his way for their truthfulness. I’m also tired of the white-on-black violent crime statistics never being mentioned, as they are more relevant to the point that white racism is hardly pervasive in this country. Indeed, crime statistics show quite the opposite, if the mere fact of an interracial crime proves racism.
Ignoring these statistics also seems to say that white people are expendable. The falsity of that statement will become clear as soon as the are no longer enough white taxpayers to pull the wagon. It’s already quite clear in places such as Detroit and Birmingham.
I saw this in the WSJ earlier. It isn’t a “brilliant” analysis. It shows a lack of acquaintance with facts that are now known and appears to be a deliberate effort by Steele to soft-pedal the emerging picture of Martin as a young thug in training who deserved to get capped. Steele almost certainly is worried about getting too far off the plantation - he wants to go far enough to maintain his brand as a semi-conservative, but not so far as to be seen as rejecting conventional racial pieties.
"I'll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years."
-- Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson
"I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of Negroes."
-- Democrat Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
"These Negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days and that's a problem for us since they've got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we've got to do something about this, we've got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don't move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there'll be no way of stopping them, we'll lose the filibuster and there'll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It'll be Reconstruction all over again."
-- Democrat Senator Lyndon B. Johnson
Democrat Governor George Wallace campaign slogan
"You'd find these potentates from down in Africa, you know, rather than eating each other, they'd just come up and get a good square meal in Geneva."
-- Democrat Senator Fritz Hollings
"I am a former kleagle of the Ku Klux Klan in Raleigh County and the adjoining counties of the state .... The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia .... It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state of the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan in the Realm of W. Va .... I hope that you will find it convenient to answer my letter in regards to future possibilities."
-- Democrat US Senator Robert Byrd
"White folks was in caves while we was building empires... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it."
-- Democrat Al Sharpton
That should have been “black-on-white”, obviously.
I still believe this whole Trayvon Martin incident was at least in part orchestrated by the White House. It took nearly a month for the race baiters to even show up...typically they would be there as quick as flies on dog turds. The timing and the location..Florida...a battleground state. The facts on the case will likely cause it not to even go to trial...not like a Rodney King case. This is part of Obama’s campaign.
That’s a very good point.
The great trick of poetic truth is to pass itself off as the deep and essential truth so that hard facts that refute it must be dismissed in the name of truth.The true greatness of this single sentence is more recognizable if you read the entire article.
The article is great.
This sentence is epic.
I think most people react to behavioral cues, including dress and posture, rather than skin color. My neighborhood is perhaps 20% black, including immigrants from Africa, and it doesn’t matter when HOA committees are formed, or when it’s time for the neighborhood cleanup, or when people are out walking in the evenings, what color anyone is.
Nobody’s going to look twice at the Deputy Sheriff on a constitutional with his teenage daughter, or the Eritrean grandparents and some kids, or the JW ladies in their sharp exercise outfits ... but if it’s a group of thug-dressed teens, loud voices and profanity, that posture everyone recognizes as antisocial ... race doesn’t matter, and the whole neighborhood hates it, including their parents.
What kind of BS is this? "On the hunt," "clichés of menace'? "Skittles and ice tea in hand?" Steele seems to be making a lot of assumptions that don't comport with the facts as we know them from police reports and the 911 calls.
Other than that, Steele has done a good job of exposing the race hustlers like Obama, Jackson, and Sharpton who exploit such tragic events for their own purposes and willingly distort the truth and ignore facts.
It does not bother me as much that he believes this, as the fact that he does not promote science and math to TODAY'S black youth.
If you get good grades in school you get ostracized by fellow blacks for "actin' white"
Great set of quotes, thanks.
Martin will win a victory of sorts even though he is dead--Zimmerman is likely to be killed sooner or later by someone seeking to "avenge" Martin's death.
Besides constructing a false narrative of what happened, the media gave lots of publicity to the NBPP offer of a reward for anyone who captured Zimmerman "dead or alive" so if he is killed it will be partly the media's fault.