If white people experienced the hate that black people are up against these comments would be alot different and they would be more focused on the point leading up to the murder and not what they pick and choose to hear.
Well spoken Lena, and so true!
And this expresses quite well the way our friends on the left see this issue. It’s not the killing itself, which was apparently justifiable under the circumstances, but the events leading up to the killing. Trouble is, those eventswere not crimes! At most, one could say, as I have said, that Mr Zimmerman acted unwisely by following Mr Martin, but that isn’t a crime.
Our friends on the left see that a black man was killed by a white man, so they simply assume that racism must’ve been involved. What evidence there is indicates that Mr Zimmerman probably did not know that Mr Martin was black until after he had already spotted him as a potential punk and burglar, but that doesn’t fit Teh Narrative, does it? Mark was well on the trail of the answer:
where dozens of young black men are shot dead by other young black men on a daily basis.
And isn’t it both interesting and sickening that various activists (just about all of them on the left) — who profess to being so concerned about humanity and love to exude compassion at the drop of a hat — either shrug that off or are emotionally docile about that?
That topic is completely verboten, because it, once again, doesn’t fit Teh Narrative. Not only do liberal theories of racism fail to explain why young black men are so busy preying on other young black men, but it sets up a perfect rationale for why some people just might “profile” young black men more warily than other people. If black males commit murder, and other street crimes, with far greater frequency than do any other demographic groups, additional suspicion of young black males stops being raaaaacism and falls into the category of rational behavior. Jesse Jackson 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.
I suspect that the Rev Jackson might wish that he had been a little bit less honest about his feelings, and kept his mouth shut, but what he admitted to with that statement is racial profiling, and since we cannot reasonably say that he was motivated by racism in that, I would say that he was employing rational basis thinking.
But, we can’t say that, either, can we? The topic of race in this country is locked away, tightly controlled, and brought out to use solely as a hammer against political opponents — if you oppose any of President Obama’s policies, you must be a raaaaacist! — but never rationally discussed.
Black leaders don’t want any discussion of the effects of black-on-black crime, because it is seen as somehow reducing White Guilt for the condition of black Americans. White liberals don’t want any discussion of the effects of black-on-black crime, because it opens the question of what the social policies of our friends on the left have done to the black community. Only white conservatives are willing to discuss the issue, and even they don’t much, because they understand that their positions will not be rationally debated with the left, but simply used as a hammer against them.
We have poured billions and billions of dollars into our public schools in the inner cities, and what do we have to show for it? A black male dropout rate that is prodigious, because of the inner city black cultural message that doing well in school is somehow “acting white.” In our sympathy for the poor, we have poured literally trillions of dollars into welfare programs, and the result has been to decouple sex from responsibility and ejaculation from fatherhood, resulting in a whole generation of young blacks, male and female, growing up not with their fathers and mothers together, but with single mothers and, at best, a succession of boyfriends and sleep-overs.
Brevity may be a virtue, but it has never been one of mine. There’s plenty more on which I could rant on this topic, but I’ll close it off here.