When Racism is Acceptable
Vol: 126 Issue: 26 Monday, March 26, 2012
The U.S. Attorney in Central Florida and officials from the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division have launched an investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, after police refused to charge the shooter, George Zimmerman.
George Zimmerman, whom mainstream news organizations like Reuters describe as a “white Hispanic” allegedly shot and killed Trayvon Martin, 17 who is described as “a black teenager carrying nothing but a cell phone and a bag of Skittles.”
Those descriptions are very important to the overall story, so let’s dwell there for a moment. Personally, I have always been baffled when Hispanic persons are designated as anything else other than white.
So what is the deal with “white Hispanic”? The designation illuminates nothing.
Is there such a racial designation as a “black Hispanic” — or would that just be a member of the black race who speaks Spanish? One is either Hispanic or non-Hispanic. We know he isn’t Asian. And if Zimmerman had been black, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.
Reuters and others simply tacked “white” onto Hispanic to further inflame emotions. The same with the universal description of Trayvon Martin as a “black teenager carrying nothing but a cell phone and a bag of Skittles.”
Is that true? That’s ALL he was carrying? No ID? No money? Not a picture of his Mom? NOTHING but a “cell phone and a bag of Skittles?” Why is that important? The Reuters reporter was making the point that Martin was allegedly unarmed — but that isn’t the portrait painted.
The portrait painted by the description of the shooter and victim are of a racist zealot that shot down an innocent kid buying candy. So that is the image you get first. Once that image has been firmly planted in your mind, then come the rest of the details.
Here are the details as the mainstream media has reported them. Zimmerman noticed a black teenager wearing a hoodie walking through his neighborhood. Simply on the strength of the fact the kid was black, Zimmerman began to follow him. Martin began to run and Zimmerman started to chase him.
Zimmerman called 9/11, who told him not to pursue Martin. Zimmerman ignored the instructions, chased Martin down and shot him dead. Then he claimed self-defense under Florida’s “controversial Stand Your Ground Law” — a law that the liberals absolutely hate.
The Stand Your Ground Law exists in some form in 28 other states, but Florida’s is the one the media has invested itself in, since it was passed when Jeb Bush was governor.
And so the second that the media heard the general news of the shooting, they recrafted it to fit the existing narrative that the Stand Your Ground law would be used by whites to shoot minorities. No point in waiting for details.
George Zimmerman, the white Hispanic, shot Trayvon Martin, an innocent black teenager, because Trayvon made the mistake of being black and in Zimmerman’s neighborhood. That’s how they reported it, and that’s the story that the public is reacting to.
Professional rabble-rouser Jesse Jackson called the Martin shooting part of a “war on blacks”.
“We’re surprised that everyone else is surprised,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. African Americans have tried for decades to get the rest of America to understand their plight, he said, particularly their beliefs that justice is still elusive in many parts of America, especially the Deep South.
Then along comes the Trayvon Martin case, and facts that are not in contention: Volunteer neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman pursued and then gunned down the unarmed 17-year-old last month, and never faced arrest because police said there was no evidence to contradict his claim that he fired in self-defense.
“I hope that this will be a transformative moment,” Jackson said.
So, too does former professional rabble rouser and now President Barack Hussein Obama, who sought to use the tragedy to help transform his campaign for re-election.
“When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon . . .And I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this.”
“I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened.”
Now, let’s look at a couple more facts “not in contention.” George Zimmerman has not been arrested for the shooting. The cops refused to arrest him and the chief of police even stepped down over the case. Are they all racists, too?
That seems to be the popular assumption.
It isn’t only the far Left that are calling for the head of George Zimmerman, racist, for the murder of an unarmed teenager carrying nothing but a cell phone and a bag of Skittles.
Astonishingly, Tea Party favorite and Iraq War hero Alan West also jumped on the “racist” bandwagon.
Congressman Allen West called the Martin case, “an outrage” in a posting on his personal Facebook page.
“The U.S. Navy SEALS identified Osama Bin Laden within hours, while this young man laid on a morgue slab for three days,” West continued. “The shooter, Mr. Zimmerman, should have been held in custody and certainly should not be walking free, still having a concealed weapons carry permit.”
With all due respect, how does Congressman West or President Obama know that Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin for reasons related to race?
If Zimmerman shot Martin without justification, then it is murder. Why would the police let Zimmerman get away with murder?
Why would the police chief resign rather than arrest Zimmerman? The mainstream media is filled with reports of the shooting, all of which focus on the unarmed kid carrying a bag of Skittles.
As it turns out, the Sanford Police Department based their investigation on what they found at the scene and the account of an eyewitness, and on the strength of that information, decided not to charge Zimmerman.
What Sanford Police investigators have in the folder, they put together on the killing of Trayvon Martin few know about.
The file now sits in the hands of the state attorney. Now that file is just weeks away from being opened to a grand jury.
It shows more now about why police believed that night that George Zimmerman shouldn’t have gone to jail.
Zimmerman called 911 and told dispatchers he was following a teen. The dispatcher told Zimmerman not to.
And from that moment to the shooting, details are few.
But one man’s testimony could be key for the police.
“The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: ‘help, help…and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,” he said.
Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie; Zimmerman was in red.
The witness only wanted to be identified as “John,” and didn’t not want to be shown on camera.
His statements to police were instrumental, because police backed up Zimmerman’s claims, saying those screams on the 911 call are those of Zimmerman.
“When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point,” John said.
Zimmerman says the shooting was self defense. According to information released on the Sanford city website, Zimmerman said he was going back to his SUV when he was attacked by the teen.
Sanford police say Zimmerman was bloody in his face and head, and the back of his shirt was wet and had grass stains, indicating a struggle took place before the shooting.
Whoa! How’s that again? Zimmerman stopped following Martin when the dispatcher told him to? He was headed back to his SUV? Zimmerman was attacked by Martin? It was Zimmerman screaming for help and not Martin?
And this particular narrative, based on what the police found at the scene and during their follow-up investigation, was the one police were following when they decided not to arrest Zimmerman?
That simply cannot be! I read in the newspaper that Zimmerman killed the kid because Zimmerman was a racist. Then we find out that Zimmerman is a mentor to two black kids. That nobody ever heard the guy use a racist term.
That his best friend is a former local news anchor, Joe Oliver, is black, who defended Zimmerman in public, denying any suggestion that Zimmerman is a racist.
Those would have been a few handy pieces of information to have before speaking out from the Oval Office, wouldn’t it? Or before issuing a statement demanding Zimmerman’s arrest?
Didn’t anybody think maybe the police might have had a reason for not arresting Zimmerman?
I read that a new internet petition has gathered more than 800,000 signatures demanding Zimmerman’s arrest — a new record, they say.
I am not defending George Zimmerman or accusing Trayvon Martin. I don’t know the whole truth. But that is the point. Neither does anybody else speaking out on the case. But that doesn’t stop them from declaring this a racially-motivated murder.
What if it turns out that Martin was the aggressor?
Here is what I want you to see this morning. Truth isn’t what is true — it is what people want to believe.
There are those that want to believe that all whites are racists and all blacks are victims. No amount of evidence to the contrary will convince them otherwise.
Forget about waiting for all the facts to come in. Zimmerman’s white (or at least a “white Hispanic”) so he MUST be a racist. Martin is black, so he MUST be a victim of racism.
And Zimmerman must be guilty of murdering someone who could have been the President’s son. Racism is at the heart of this case, all right.
But there is considerable doubt that it played any role in the shooting.