Skip to comments.To Avoid Looking Like a Criminal, Don't Commit a Crime
Posted on 07/17/2013 3:35:15 PM PDT by Kaslin
Black liberals keep bemoaning the danger to their own teenage sons after the "not guilty" verdict in George Zimmerman's murder trial. To avoid what happened to Trayvon Martin, their boys need only follow this advice: Don't walk up to a stranger and punch him, ground-and-pound him, MMA-style, and repeatedly smash his head against the pavement.
The Justice-for-Trayvon crowd keeps pretending there hasn't been a trial where the evidence overwhelmingly showed that Trayvon committed the first (and only) crime that night by assaulting Zimmerman. Instead, the race agitators are sticking with the original story peddled by the media, back when we had zero facts. To wit, that Zimmerman had stalked a young black child and shot him dead just for being black and wearing a hoodie.
Dozens of these hair-on-fire racism stories are retold in my book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama. In the golden age of racial demagoguery, they came at a pace of about one a year. Al Sharpton was usually involved.
A normal person would hear some of the more outlandish allegations and think, "I can't believe it!" not meaning, "Wow! What a blockbuster story!" but rather, "I would like to hear the facts because I literally don't believe it." (That was much of America's reaction to the media's claim last year that a neighborhood-watch captain in Florida had hunted down a black teenager and shot him dead just for wearing a hoodie.)
Whenever a much-celebrated claim of racism turned out to be false -- which was almost always -- you'd just stop hearing about it. There would never be a clippable story admitting that the media's harrumphing had been in error: Attention, readers! That story we've been howling about for several months turned out to be a complete fraud.
A little time would pass, and then we'd get an all-new, excited "America is still racist" media campaign. Journalists are incapable of learning that they should get all the facts before launching moral crusades.
As a result, the official record shows: A few hate crimes and some unverified hate crimes with no clear resolution one way or another. As long as the fraudulent hate crimes didn't get counted as strikeouts, liberals always looked like Ted Williams.
Since they didn't keep an accurate batting average, I did it for them in Mugged.
The case most like George Zimmerman's is the Edmund Perry case. In 1985, Perry, a black teenager from Harlem who had just graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, mugged a guy who turned out to be an undercover cop. He got shot and a few hours later was dead.
Instead of waiting for the facts, the media rushed out with a story about Officer Lee Van Houten being a trigger-happy, racist cop. When that turned out to be false, The New York Times looked at its shoes. It was the kind of story the elites wanted to be true. It should be true. We had such high hopes for that one. Damn!
The initial news accounts stressed not only that Perry was a graduate of Exeter on his way to Stanford, but that he was unarmed. (In all white-on-black shootings, the media expect the white to have RoboCop-like superpowers to detect any weapons on the perp as well as his resume.)
A few weeks after the shooting, The New York Times called Perry "a prized symbol of hope." In a telling bit of obtuseness, The Times said that "all New Yorkers have extraordinary reasons to wish for the innocence of the young man who was killed." I doubt very much that the cop being accused of being a murderous racist hoped for that.
An article in The Village Voice explained: "[L]ike so many other victims in this city," Perry was "just too black for his own good."
Luckily for the policeman, Perry had mugged him in a well-lit hospital parking lot. Twenty-three witnesses backed the officer's story in testimony to the grand jury. (Unlike Zimmerman, Van Houten's case was at least presented to a grand jury.)
As I wrote in "Mugged": "God help Officer Van Houten if he had been mugged someplace other than a hospital parking lot with plenty of witnesses." Such as, for example, a dark pathway in The Retreat at Twin Lakes. There weren't 23 witnesses backing Zimmerman's story, only about a half-dozen. But, as with Van Houten, the evidence overwhelmingly corroborated Zimmerman's story.
In Van Houten's case, even after it was blindingly clear that Perry had mugged him, the truth was only revealed amid great sorrow. When the facts were unknown, the cop was a racist. When it turned out Perry had mugged the cop, it was no one's fault, but a problem of "violence," "confusion" and "two worlds" colliding.
Perhaps, someday, blacks will win the right to be treated like volitional human beings. But not yet.
As with Zimmerman's case this week, some journalists pretended to have missed the court proceedings that supported the self-defense story. Even after the grand jury's refusal to indict Van Houten, Dorothy J. Gaiter of the Miami Herald wrote about Perry in an article titled "To Be Black and Male Is Dangerous in U.S." She asked: "How do you teach a boy to be a man in a society where others may view him as a threat just because he is black?"
Van Houten said he was jumped, knocked to the ground, punched and kicked by Edmund Perry. Grand jury witnesses backed his story. Isn't it possible that Van Houten saw Perry as a threat for reasons other than "just because he is black"?
(And please stop talking about Martin's "hoodie"! Zimmerman wasn't worried about the hoodie; he was worried about being beaten to death.)
Instead of turning every story about a black person killed by a white person into an occasion to announce, "The simple fact is, America is a racist society," liberals might, one time, ask the question: Why do you suppose there would be a generalized fear of young black males? What might that be based on?
Throw us a bone. It's because a disproportionate number of criminals are young black males. It just happens that when Lee Van Houten and George Zimmerman were mugged by two of them, they survived the encounter.
What she be talkin’ ‘bot?
About 20 years, the Perry story was made into a movie called “Murder without Motive.” Despite the title, it did end showing Perry viciously attacking the guy just because he didn’t like the way he looked at him. “Nobody looks at me like that in my neighborhood” is how I remember Perry’s line just before he attacked the officer.
Since I quit drinking I couldn’t get pulled over to save my life.
So these BLACK idiots dress like thugs, act like thugs, express an openly aggressive threatening attitude, and when humans cross the street to avoid them, THAT is racist. Right!
Thats like driving your car intentionally looking like your drunk, then screaming foul when you get pulled over and found to be totally sober.
The Victim mentality is where this garbage lives, they absolutely love / worship Racism, real or imagined, thats essentially their media and cultural “get away with anything” card.
THis is what you get when you are taught from an early age that the difference between Right and Wrong is whether or not you get away with it...
And that ALL white are racist, they just cant help it.
When Chris Rock does his routines, he sounds down to earth and conservative quite often. When he opens his mouth offstage, its another story, and often disappointing.
When you play “The Knockout Game”, be sure that the victim can’t take your first punch, and make sure your victim doesn’t have a Kel-Tec on him.
Black Liberals fear that or suspect that or know that their own sons are gang bangers and thieves.That is why they demand laws criminalizing self defense against black thugs.
Wow, the Perry case is fascinating. I never heard of it; apparently it was back in 1985. According to wiki, Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video was inspired by it. Apparently, MJ’s take was that Perry was “peer-pressured” into being a thug.
No one seems to want to talk about the human psychology associated with “hoodies”.
For millenia, this has been the preferred garb of assassins and robbers in cultures world wide. Robbing Hood, anyone?
Human beings instinctively want to see the faces of other human beings for identification purposes, and because the eyes are great indicators of intent. When those are hidden, as much of the male black youth do this day, that sits uneasily with citizens. Remember the short lived craze of full faced hoodies? Combine the physical characteristics of the hoodie, make it dark with other dark clothing, and you have all the external makings of an assassin. (Ninjas wore black for a reason...)
Further, because of the design of hoodies, your side to side vision is restricted, thus necessitating the need for the constant side to side head movement. This is easily identifiable as predatory behavior, scanning for victims and other threats. Predatory animals do it and predatory street animals do it. Please remember this because it may save your life...
It’s all about the culture. No government program will EVER have an impact on the afram community until they decide to change the culture of thuggery.
I remember well when those full-faced hoodies came out a few years ago— as a high school teacher, we fight those damned hoodies every minute of every day. It can be 100 degrees out and the kids want to walk around like Trayvon with the hood pulled down over their faces. This obviously is to obscure their identities — hats are banned at school but, so far, not hoodies. I have a feeling it’s going to be VERY bad when school starts up again.
Luckily, the full-faced hoodies were immediately banned from school grounds — wish the same for Trayvon-style hoodies.