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July 23, 2013

Thriving Culture of Racism and Mob Rule

Steve Gottlieb

The trial is over and the verdict is in. George Zimmerman was found ‘not guilty’ of all charges against him in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. What followed – and continues to this day – is that racism is alive and well in the United States of America.


Interestingly, this racism manifested itself in an eclectic mix of people and media. The most vocal leaders of this latest racial assault are African-American leaders, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder helped set the tone for this racism early on. The mainstream media is not blameless in the latest rise in racial tension.


The Reverend Mr. Sharpton said: “What this jury has done is establish a precedent that when you are young and fit a certain profile, you could be committing no crime, just bringing some Skittles and iced tea home to your brother and be killed and someone can claim self-defense, having been exposed with all kinds of lies, all kinds of inconsistencies.”


Mr. Sharpton also stated that he intended to ask the Department of Justice to pursue civil rights prosecution against Mr. Zimmerman even though the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the issue and found no racial motivation for the shooting and no basis for a civil rights case.


For his part the Reverend Mr. Jackson mentioned the possibility of calling for a boycott of Florida as an apartheid state. In the July 15, 2013, edition of The Chicago Sun-Times, he said it was time “to call on the United Nations Human Rights Commission for an in-depth investigation of whether the U.S. is upholding its obligations under international human rights laws and treaties.” He also said: “If Trayvon Martin were not a young black male, he would be alive today. Despite the verdict, it’s clear that George Zimmerman would never have confronted a young white man wearing a hoodie.”


Then there is the NAACP urging Americans to sign its petition pressuring the Justice Department to pursue a civil rights case against Mr. Zimmerman. They insist on stating that he “stalked” Mr. Martin. Curiously, while the NAACP and others are focused on the tragic confrontation between the two, a number of people were killed in Chicago during the trial, mostly black, and the NAACP never mentions them. The majority of these were black-on-black crime. It appears that is not newsworthy.


When the shooting first occurred, we saw the media air pictures of Trayvon Martin when he was very young, around 12 years old, it appears. They certainly weren’t the pictures he recently posted on his social media accounts which were less than complimentary and more indicative of the person he was at the time of his tragic death.


NBC also reportedly edited tapes of the 911 call made by Mr. Zimmerman so he sounded more like a racist. The media also failed to show video of Mr. Zimmerman’s injuries while airing the story. This, of course, added to the perception that Mr. Zimmerman was a racist who was profiling Mr. Martin. Of course, Mr. Zimmerman never even mentioned race until prompted to by the 911 dispatcher.


We also saw the introduction of a new racial description; white Hispanic. That term can be attributed to The New York Times. It is interesting how the one common theme from all these players is that this was a racially motivated white-on-black crime. Make this a racially motivated murder and it is a story for the media and a way for race baiters such as the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton to draw attention to themselves and for the NAACP to make itself seem relevant. After all, without racism, these people become obsolete. They all prosper when races don’t get along. For the media, racism sells copy. A sensational story attracts readers and viewers.


There were others who also spoke out against the ‘not guilty’ verdict even though there was a fair trial which the whole country was able to follow. Members of the Hollywood elite also stoked the flames of racism with their social media comments. People like Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Miley Cyrus and Bill Maher all had comments which would lead people to believe the verdict was based on race instead of facts.


Our lawmakers were not exempt from making comments about the verdict.  The Congressional Black Caucus is considering if it will support a boycott of Florida. A number of our congressmen thought it would be appropriate to wear hoodies in support of Mr. Martin, and our president claimed that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon even before anyone knew the facts in the case.


On another note, but related in the context of the overall racial environment, we can’t forget that Attorney General Holder dropped charges against the Black Panthers, who while armed with clubs tried to intimidate white voters during the 2008 election. He and the president are strangely silent while the Black Panthers made threats on Mr. Zimmerman’s life and put a bounty on him.


So, to summarize, tragic events led to the death of a 17-year-old African-American male at the hands of a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain. A jury found him ‘not guilty’ following a trial in which the defense shot holes in almost every prosecution witness. During this whole episode attempts were made to frame this as white-on-black crime based on a culture of white racism. Again, Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic. The trial was seen by the world and a verdict was reached. Our system worked as required by law.


If Mr. Zimmerman had been found guilty, all would be well. He was found not guilty;’ now the mob says more must be done to prosecute him.


Do we live by a system of laws or do we now live by mob rule when the mob is black activists. If whites did that, it would be called racism. Time to say enough is enough. Good will between races will elude us until all racists are held accountable.


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