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Europe Sees History of American Racism in Trayvon Martin Killing
theatlantic.com ^ | April 3 2012 | Heather Horn

Posted on 04/10/2012 7:50:42 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

Sometimes, media coverage of a story becomes a story in its own right. It happened with Occupy Wall Street this past fall. Now it is happening with the Trayvon Martin case, where an unarmed African American 17-year-old was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain who claims he acted in self defense.

Much of the European media coverage portrays the incident as part of a larger trend: what they seem to see as the pervasive and enduring problem of American racism. ....

European coverage seems to call out the racism in the Trayvon Martin case as a clear continuance of U.S. history. A Spanish headline announced that Martin's death has "reopened debate in the U.S." Multiple French summaries refer to Martin's "murder," rather than -- as mainstream American papers print to avoid controversy and to be legally consistent -- his "death," "shooting," or "killing." Most significantly, articles tend to connect Trayvon Martin, American history, and Barack Obama. ....

As Charles Hawley wrote in Der Spiegel immediately after the 2008 election: "America, many Europeans were certain, was far too racist a country to elect a black man to occupy the White House."

Now, this sentiment is popping up again. An article in Germany's Die Welt refers to "America's original sin is slavery, its daily scourge of violence." It also brings up the NRA. An article in Italy's La Repubblica also calls out the NRA, the "powerful gun lobby," and brings up "the fanatical alter boy from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum," as well as the so-called birthers.

As disparate as these different references may seem, there's a common theme. It's not just that Trayvon Martin's death involved racism, seems to be the European perspective, but that this racism is uniquely American.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: ignorance; trayvonmartin

1 posted on 04/10/2012 7:50:47 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

It’s not about racism. It’s about NBC editing that tape a bit and picking a cute baby picture.


2 posted on 04/10/2012 7:57:07 PM PDT by Sundog (When Hollywood defines reality there is none.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The European Press reads the American Press reports about this incident — which are already distorted like a funhouse mirror. They just feed it back to us with their unique anti-American horsesh— spin. The Truth has fallen off the edge of the world.


3 posted on 04/10/2012 7:58:16 PM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Yeah, that's why Europeans have mixed races. That's why Muslims in Europe live interspersed with their neighbors. That's why Europe is so friendly to the Jews.
4 posted on 04/10/2012 7:59:58 PM PDT by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

That’s one of the things I like about being an American. I don’t give a **** about anything the EuroPeons think.


5 posted on 04/10/2012 8:00:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare is like a stool sample. You have to pass it to see what's in it.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

EuroTurds judging Americans on the subject of racism. With their history?

Sanctimonious hypocrites. They have no moral right to judge anyone. Maybe, just maybe a mass murderer.


6 posted on 04/10/2012 8:01:00 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Sorry, Heather Horn. A little investigation (lol! I know, who does that anymore?) will show the Europeans have their own little racism going on.


7 posted on 04/10/2012 8:02:09 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The Democrat Ku Klux Klan is alive and well as the New Black Panthers, CBC and the NAACP)
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To: Tallguy

Isn’t this the same group of folks who have engaged in mass genocide on the basis of race?


8 posted on 04/10/2012 8:02:27 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Tallguy

I assure you that Europeans are among the most xenophobic, racist people on this planet, and have a long and colorful (so to speak) history of this behavior.

This is a case of the pot calling...uhhh...well, never mind.


9 posted on 04/10/2012 8:02:59 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Exactly. They can get back to me on the racism thing after they’ve had their first “person of color” dictator. It’s a shame that one American bled for any of them.


10 posted on 04/10/2012 8:05:51 PM PDT by Student0165 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: Army Air Corps

“Isn’t this the same group of folks who have engaged in mass genocide on the basis of race?”

Oh, and they had slavery too, even of their own people, but were too genteel to call it that.


11 posted on 04/10/2012 8:14:13 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The Europeans think they know all about America. In actuality they know very little.


12 posted on 04/10/2012 8:16:19 PM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

After hundreds of years of religious wars and persecution and genocide whom ever presumes to speak for Europe should kneel down on that blood soaked soil and pray forgiveness.


13 posted on 04/10/2012 8:17:26 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Which continent killed tens of millions with Fascism and Communism, engaging in racial, ethnic, and religious cleansing last century?

They’ve haven’t done too well with assimilation or tolerance in the past half-decade of post-war economic refugees coming to their socialist welfare states.


14 posted on 04/10/2012 8:22:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: The Antiyuppie

How about what King Leopold of Belgium did to the Congo? Those Eurotwits can just STFU as far as I am concerned!


15 posted on 04/10/2012 8:26:30 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Y’all should email her.....go to the website and you can.


16 posted on 04/10/2012 8:30:58 PM PDT by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

LoL! Germans lecturing us on racism! LOL!


17 posted on 04/10/2012 8:42:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Cortez came to the Americas to spread sweetness and light.


18 posted on 04/10/2012 8:45:20 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Europe is about to see increased islamic “tolerance”.


19 posted on 04/10/2012 8:54:45 PM PDT by MtnClimber (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth. —Theodore Roosevelt)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Europeans let their law enforcement leaders get away with looking the other way while Muslims rape the heck out of white natives, too. We are not quite the same. There were be a lot of dead Muslims in the US.


20 posted on 04/10/2012 9:07:47 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Tell me again - exactly why should we pay attention to the foolish delusions of ignorant EuroTrash “journalists”?


21 posted on 04/10/2012 9:14:52 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Tailgunner Joe

If I cared what superficial idiocies the European media belch forth about a country they understand from press clippings I might be hurt by this. As it is, it’s sort of amusing. Yeah, we get the narrative - if we don’t re-elect 0bama, we’re all racists, and even if we do, we’re all racists anyway. If the Europeans were in the least perceptive about the current American political cauldron they might notice how very tired certain of us are of this ridiculous charade, and wonder how many “certain of us” turns out to be. Actually, it’s quite a lot, if I am not mistaken. We’ll find out in November and maybe well before that if this campaign of insane hatred keeps up.


22 posted on 04/10/2012 9:17:44 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The real point is that it doesn’t take much to bring Europe’s patrician distaste for American republican government to the surface.


23 posted on 04/10/2012 9:31:02 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: struggle

Europe is dead. The vultures are ripping the carcass as we speak.


24 posted on 04/10/2012 9:41:58 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Guess the election of a swarthy, chain smokin’ moslem to the highest office in the land doesn't score us any brownie points.
25 posted on 04/10/2012 9:50:52 PM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
As Charles Hawley wrote in Der Spiegel immediately after the 2008 election: "America, many Europeans were certain, was far too racist a country to elect a black man to occupy the White House."

Hey Germany, let me know when you elect your first Chancellor of Turkish decent, or when France has a President of Algerian decent, of the UK a Prime Minister of Jamaican decent. Then I'll care what you guys have to say.

26 posted on 04/10/2012 10:29:07 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Cowboy Bob

These stories make me wanna puke! The news media keeps hammering at “racism” over and over, only to provoke more of it and write some stupid article. The object is for them to sell papers and stories.


27 posted on 04/11/2012 4:25:36 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: The Antiyuppie

“I assure you that Europeans are among the most xenophobic, racist people on this planet...”

Many pretend to be oh so tolerant until you mention gypsies and jews...


28 posted on 04/11/2012 9:53:30 AM PDT by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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