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Is Racism for Whites Only?

July 19, 2013 -

Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away….And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. – President Barack Obama

I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied. And that all contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different. – President Barrack Obama

Is Racism For Whites Only?I have a concealed handgun license application sitting on my desk. I’ve processed the application, and been fingerprinted. I just haven’t completed the training, and I haven’t done so for one reason; George Zimmerman.

I don’t know George Zimmerman, and never will. I pray he is allowed to lead a fruitful life. Before this whole mess, that appears to be exactly what he was doing.

George Zimmerman is a Latino. He grew up in a multi-racial environment, and, as a matter of interest, took an African-American woman to his high school prom. He has always found time to help others, including working with under-privileged African-Americans in the inner city.

He lived in a neighborhood increasingly beset by crime, and (just as happens all across the country when the local police do not have the necessary resources to be present as and when actually needed) he joined a neighborhood watch group. Groups such as these have their roots in American history dating back to the 17th century. They are bands of concerned citizens committed to defending not only their own lives, liberties, and properties, but those of their loved ones and neighbors. This is an altruistic and uniquely American activity. It is one to be applauded, not scorned.

Trayvon Martin’s death is a tragedy because any avoidable death before one’s time is sad. I cannot imagine the grief his parents must feel.

When this incident gained national attention, the incandescent fires of racial rage were fueled by dignitaries ranging from President Barack Obama to Attorney General Eric Holder, with rabble-rousers such as Al Sharpton and Quanell X injecting themselves in the mix. With absolutely no fact base upon which to render a judgement, and with complete disregard for Mr. Zimmerman’s innocence until proven otherwise, the leading public figures of our time stoked the embers of racist fire.

When it was clear no charges were going to be immediately forthcoming, the pressures exerted on local officials by state and federal officials became overwhelming, and sure enough, Mr. Zimmerman was arrested. While his Latino heritage was inconvenient for the purveyors of hate, his anglo sounding name was good enough for them. They smelled blood in the water, and Trayvon was their ticket to the shark tank.

Anyone who has the smallest understanding of the law knows that the prosecution had virtually no case. They could not prove that Mr. Zimmerman tracked Trayvon down and assaulted him. Indeed, as the defense ably demonstrated, not long after Trayvon told his lady friend on the phone that some “creepy ass cracka” was watching him, it appears more than likely that Trayvon actually pursued the defendant and initiated the violence.

With the knowledge that the bullet entered Trayvon at close range, the defense made a compelling argument that while being pounded and lying on his back, George Zimmmerman was able to access his pistol and shoot his assailant.

The behavior of many public figures before and after the trial begets the question, “is racism for whites only?” Is the race card the ultimate payback for those forgettable and lamentable segregationist days? How is it possible that someone like Al Sharpton is accorded an iota of credibility by anyone? He gained his national following by fabricating a racial hate crime. He made it up! It didn’t happen! Yet he is now a leading spokesperson for African-Americans. Go figure. For President Obama to have opined after the shooting was unpardonable, and for him to have spoken again after the verdict is unfathomable. Actually, it isn’t, but it should be. I believe I understand the President’s angst. He is very concerned about profiling and wants it to end. But he picked the wrong case upon which to build the foundation for the point he is trying to make. It is almost as though he has so much built up emotion over the race issue that he forgets he is President of the United States, and his words have consequences.

The element of our society still fuming over the verdict has chosen to ignore the fact that the jury upheld the law, just as they were asked to do. Those who continue to cry foul cling to the story that Trayvon was an innocent young boy who did nothing wrong. We will never know exactly what happened that night, but Trayvon’s rap sheet was long enough to dispel the notion that he could have been mistaken for Mother Teresa in a hoodie.

If one is to carry a gun, one has to be willing to use it. The lesson learned from this episode is that one better think long and hard before exercising his legal right to protect his life, liberty, and property. The foes of self defense are lined up. These foes are those who favor the nanny and police state. These foes are those who believe government knows best, and the rights of the individual must be suppressed in favor of the mandate of the state. These foes are those who truly believe racism is a white epidemic. They do not see the bitter irony inherent in the rhetoric they espouse.

This was a tragic death with no evidence whatsoever that it involved one iota of racial bias. Yet the hate mongers continue to manipulate and distort the truth to achieve their own ends.

My concealed handgun license application will remain on my desk for the foreseeable future. The Zimmerman trial has done nothing but convince those who seek self-aggrandizement that racism remains a white menace. As for folks like me, well, Dorothy said it best; “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

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