Sad, but true. George Zimmerman is a registered Democrat. I’d been wondering why we weren’t hearing about how this was all the Tea Party’s fault.
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I’m sure the media, especially the retarded network, MSNBC, knew he was a demmercrat and a minority almost from the start.
Despite their investment, the Left wing haters’ and their leaders will soon be moving on, as they did with Gates and O’s “teachable” moment a few years ago. Dropped when the true story came out, but O never apologized to the American people.
Will he apologize for his fellow demmercrat?
A similar thing happend in the Gabriel Giffords situation where that shooter turned out to be of the left-of-center persusion.
The Media remains silent when the facts disrupt the narrative. The earliest “debate” I heard on the Florida shooting had one participant describing the shooter as “some 60 year old Jewish guy”. Seems he was basing his description on the guy’s name being “George Zimmerman” (ends in “man” so has to be Jewish) and the 9/11 recording where the voice sounds much more like a 60yo than a 27 yo (I would concur there). Yet, when the shooter turns out to be of (half) hispanic heritage, we are all of a sudden see Zimmerman described as a “WHITE hispanic”. When was the last time you heard anyone described as a white hispanic or the theoretical opposite, non-white hispanic (insert whatever color you want there).
The early reports also described Martin as a “little boy” even though he was described as 17. You could almost excuse such a description given the photo the Martin family released shows a young boy of 12 or 13, not 16 or 17. Was the family playing the Media? Did the Media buy that given I never heard any Media person questioning the photo choice? Yet photos have come forth since then showing a much more mature young man which interrupts the Media’s “little boy” narrative.
There is not question this is a tragedy for all involved. We will never know the real story and will only know the known facts once the investigation concludes, either in an indictment or no action.
But the point is that the Media chooses to discuss “facts” that support their narrative. Evidence, actual or anecdotal, that runs against those narratives are ignored until a proponderance of such information collapses the narrative. We only have to look at the Tawana Brawley and Duke lacrosse situation for examples of this. Sadly, the same folks who exploited those situations are not trying to exploit this one. When will the Media learn?
a couple of years ago, a young black, a junior at Pace, was killed by a Pleasantville police officer in a bizarre incident that has yet to be completely unraveled. What strikes me is the completely different approaches by the families. DJ Henry’s parents are soft spoken, calm, looking for answers in the right ways, didn’t provoke race riots, and didn’t rush to judgment or to Al Sharpton, nor did they run to the US Patent office to trademark their son’s name. Then you have the completely idiotic parents of Trayvon whose singular goal is to incite, to make a name for themselves, and primarily to make a buck off the death of their son. FlyAngler used the right word: exploitation.
A completely on point opinion piece in today’s WSJ from Juan Williams.
By JUAN WILLIAMS
The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida has sparked national outrage, with civil rights leaders from San Francisco to Baltimore leading protests calling for a new investigation and the arrest of the shooter.
But what about all the other young black murder victims? Nationally, nearly half of all murder victims are black. And the overwhelming majority of those black people are killed by other black people. Where is the march for them?
Where is the march against the drug dealers who prey on young black people? Where is the march against bad schools, with their 50% dropout rate for black teenaged boys? Those failed schools are certainly guilty of creating the shameful 40% unemployment rate for black teens.
Rev. Jesse Jackson leads a rally for Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on March 26.
How about marching against the cable television shows constantly offering minstrel-show images of black youth as rappers and comedians who don’t value education, dismiss the importance of marriage, and celebrate killing people, drug money and jailhouse fashion—the pants falling down because the jail guard has taken away the belt, the shoes untied because the warden removed the shoe laces, and accessories such as the drug dealer’s pit bull.
Supposedly all of this is just entertainment and intended to co-opt the stereotypes. But it only ends up perpetuating stereotypes in white minds and, worse, having young black people internalize it as an authentic image of a proud black person.
There is no fashion, no thug attitude that should be an invitation to murder. But these are the real murderous forces surrounding the Martin death—and yet they never stir protests.
The race-baiters argue this case deserves special attention because it fits the mold of white-on-black violence that fills the history books. Some have drawn a comparison to the murder of Emmett Till, a black boy who was killed in 1955 by white racists for whistling at a white woman.
The Martin case is very different from the Emmett Till case, in which a white segregationist Mississippi society approved of the murder of a black child. Black America needs to get out of the rut of replaying racial injustices of the past.
All minority parents fear that children who embrace “gangsta” fashion, tattoos and a thug attitude will be prejudged as criminal.
Recall what Jesse Jackson once said: “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved. . . . After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.”
That is the unfair weight of being black in America for both the black person who feels the fear and the black teen who is judged as a criminal.
New York Post editorial writer Robert George on the Trayvon Martin investigation and leaked story from neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.
Despite stereotypes, the responsibility for the Florida shooting lies with the individual who pulled the trigger. The fact that the man pursued the teen after a 911 operator told him to back off, and the fact that he alone had a gun, calls for him to be arrested and held accountable under law. The Department of Justice is investigating the incident and the governor of Florida has appointed a special prosecutor to review the case.
But on a larger scale, all of this should open a serious national conversation about how our culture made it easier for this type of crime to take place.
As President Obama said last week, “I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means we examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.”
While civil rights leaders have raised their voices to speak out against this one tragedy, few if any will do the same about the larger tragedy of daily carnage that is black-on-black crime in America.
The most recent comprehensive study on black-on-black crime from the Justice Department should have been a clarion call for the black community to take action. There is no reason to believe that the trends it reported have decreased since 2005, the year for which the data were reported.
Almost one half of the nation’s murder victims that year were black and a majority of them were between the ages of 17 and 29. Black people accounted for 13% of the total U.S. population in 2005. Yet they were the victims of 49% of all the nation’s murders. And 93% of black murder victims were killed by other black people, according to the same report.
Less than half of black students graduate from high school. The education system’s failure is often a jail sentence or even a death sentence. The Orlando Sentinel has reported that 17-year-old Martin was recently suspended from his high school. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office, in the 2006-07 school year, 22% of all black and Hispanic K-12 students were suspended at least once (as compared to 5% of whites).
This year 22% of blacks live below the poverty line and a shocking 72% of black babies are born to unwed mothers. The national unemployment rate for black people increased last month to over 13%, nearly five points above the average for all Americans.
The killing of any child is a tragedy. But where are the protests regarding the larger problems facing black America?
Mr. Williams is a political analyst for Fox News and a columnist for the Hill.
A version of this article appeared Mar. 28, 2012, on page A13 in some U.S. editions of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: The Trayvon Martin Tragedies.
Best Headline Ever.
CC – Williams says Zimmerman should be arrested. Do you agree? Why? Do you know everything the police knew when they declined arrest? Do you think he is likely to kill again and must be removed from society? Do you think Zimmerman is a flight risk? Do you think the media, politicians, and opinion leaders “should open a serious national conversation about how our culture made it easier for this type of crime to take place?” Or do you understand that this is a rare and regrettable incident with very little cultural significance other than the fact the Sharpton and Jackson will exploit anything? Are you aware that the killing took place on February 26th? And that there was almost no local or national reaction until Sharpton discovered that the police had declined to arrest Zimmerman? Why is arresting a guy who hasn’t been indicted so important?
The great tragedy here, beyond the destruction of the lives of these two men, is that the majority of violence against black males in the USA is perpetrated by other blacks. While there are pastors and others out there int he African American community who are willing to speak out against this, the most visible faces for many of us are the race-baiters and exploitationists who are abetted by a Media that will sensationalize anything for the sake of viewership or eyeballs.
When will I hear Jackson, Sharpton, et all come out and embrace Bill Cosby and try to address the deeper issues facing the black male community in the USA. That is the biggest tragedy here.
@ Inagua, What has gotten into you out on that beautiful coastal home of yours? I think arresting Zimmerman is not an unreasonable course of action, nor do I think failing to arrest him is unusual either. It seems me these kinds of cases often go either way and the decision to arrest is often more or less based on flight risk than anything else. The issue of arrest is irrelevent to me; due process is what matters.
Lets see where the facts come in. So far, it seems the liberal media has tried hard to make this tradegy fit their script and that is disgusting. That said, it is a tradegy and I withhold my final opinion until all the facts are out.
I wish more minority leaders and opinion makers would be addressing the issues raise by Juan Williams. I take it you are not satisfied with Juan pushing the conversation in another direction because you dont agree with him on other points. I guess I am more flexible.
CC – You began by saying Williams was “completely on point.” I questioned two points that Williams made: 1) that the facts called for an arrest, and 2) the need for “a serious national conversation about how our culture made it easier for this type of crime to take place.”
I am glad to see that you have have backed off a bit on the need to arrest, and you did not adress the second point. So let me spell it out: the culture did not make it easier for this type of crime to take place. First, no one knows if a crime took place, and second the culture had very little to do with the altercation between these two guys. It was assuredly a tradegy, but not one with large cultural or sociological implications, other than another exibition of the pathological need of Sharpton and Jackson to inflame emotions and generate publicity.
I’m sorry, but I stand my feeling that Juan is completely on point with his column. I don’t see where he calls for an arrest in this particular column. I’m sure Juan has said many things I don’t agree with, just dont see much here.
As for culture, you are so far wide of the mark on Juan’s point, I’m not going to bother as this blog isn’t the format to bridge this chasm. I enjoy your commentary much of the time, we’re just missing each other here.
“I don’t see where he calls for an arrest in this particular column.”
From the the article you posted:
“The fact that the man pursued the teen after a 911 operator told him to back off, and the fact that he alone had a gun, calls for him to be arrested and held accountable under law.”
“As for culture, you are so far wide of the mark on Juan’s point…”
Again, here is Williams in his own words:
“But on a larger scale, all of this should open a serious national conversation about how our culture made it easier for this type of crime to take place.”
To which I say, “Nonsense.” We do not know that a crime was committed, and “our culture” has virtually nothing to do with a one-off unfortunate fatal confrontation between a black kid abd a young Hispanic adult.
I am sorry, CC, that you failed to read the article carefully enough realise that Williams called for an arrest. I am also sorry that, like Williams, you seem to be sure that a crime was committed. But I am most sorry that you seem to fall for the Shapton/Jackson-type nonsense that we need “a serious national conversation about how our culture” because of this tragic fatality.
williams asertion about ‘our culture’ represents negative, black, ghetto culture and how white people who should know better, market it as a trend.
Inagua, correct – i missed the arrest statement….
as for culture, i believe he was speaking to the culture which celibrates and accepts black underperformance in schools and high crime rate and not about anything more than that.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” – Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928
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