After having gleaned a bit about the tragic story in Sanford, Florida, where a seemingly-overzealous Neighborhood Watch volunteer got into a physical confrontation with a decidedly-unpleasant 17-year old kid and ended up shooting said kid while getting beaten up in said confrontation, one way to see the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case is of a really unfortunate situation where neither side is perfect and neither is completely wrong.
Zimmerman seems to suffer from Barney Fife syndrome, and it would be charitable to say he took his self-appointed role as a Neighborhood Watch superhero a bit too seriously. Word is Zimmerman had made some 80 calls to 911 about crime in his area, and that’s excessive even if the neighborhood did have a problem with break-ins. And if Zimmerman wanted to play peace officer, he clearly had more officer than peace about his style – which led to the ultimately fatal confrontation.
That said, details about Trayvon Martin which are emerging, including the appearance that he’d been suspended from school for beating up a bus driver, indicate he didn’t exactly cover himself in glory. Martin looks to have relished precisely the kind of gangland persona which led Zimmerman to think he was up to no good the night of Feb. 26 – and when he demanded to know why Zimmerman was following him, it appeared rather than act in a civilized manner one would hope a 17-year old kid in the presence of an elder, he either started a fight or willingly participated in it, and when he’d pinned Zimmerman down and had the latter screaming “Help!” in the presence of multiple witnesses, the fatal shot was fired. All Martin needed to do was to say “No sir, I’m not up to no good. I’m just walking back from the store to my grandmother’s place, this is her address and I’m sorry for any confusion my appearance might have caused.” He didn’t, and all hell broke loose.
Nobody’s innocent here, and nobody’s the devil. The whole thing is just sad. It would be best if the whole country could say a prayer for Trayvon Martin’s family AND for George Zimmerman, whose life has been ruined whether the police ultimately charge him with something or not, and seek to come to some consensus about what lessons can be learned from this terrible confrontation.
That’s not what’s happening, though. The race pimps have decided they’re going to turn this into Scottsboro or Medgar Evers. They’ll happily settle for making it Tawana Brawley or the Duke Lacrosse case – that’s good for business, too.
What’s entirely likely is they’ll also get the Crown Heights riot for their trouble. Or worse. Think anything good will come out of this?
This latest bit is absolutely Eric Holder’s fault. When you send a signal to the New Black Panthers that they can get away with brandishing nightsticks and howling racial epithets in front of a polling place on Election Day, they’re going to put out bounties on American citizens in the impression they can get away with that as well. This is what’s known as running amok.
You don’t want the worst people on earth running amok, and the New Black Panthers certainly qualify.
Last week our president, who had a chance to say something conciliatory which might have helped defuse this bomb, instead embraced Trayvon Martin by saying if he had a son he’d look like Trayvon. Obama probably didn’t know that Martin’s Twitter handle would make him not just slightly radioactive as the subject of a presidential affiliation, so we can probably mark that down as a mistake along the lines of the Henry Louis Gates debacle.
You can’t have a beer summit with dead bodies, though. This one will be pretty difficult to wiggle out of, particularly when Obama’s allies in the race industry turn it into an all-out brawl.
And that’s what will happen if nobody exercises leadership with this thing. We need somebody to rise above the mob, and soon. Obama needs to repudiate the New Black Panthers and tell them to leave George Zimmerman alone, because if they get to him there will be repercussions.
The Zimmerman-Martin thing isn’t even a black-white thing. Zimmerman’s father is white, but he’s half-Hispanic and he doesn’t exactly look like Mitt Romney. He’s being dropped in the Caucasian bucket by the race pimps because it’s more convenient for him to be there. This has to be Blacks vs. Whites, or it’s bad for business.
But race riots are good for business if you’re Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson or the New Black Panthers. Are they good for Barack Obama?
One wouldn’t think so. The way this is moving, though, we might well be about to find out.
UPDATE: Obama just started selling hoodies on his website, and they’re having a sale. Glad to know the president’s campaign is committed to being the adults, no?