In Sanford, Florida, the leader of the New Black Panther Party called for a $10,000 bounty for the man who allegedly shot and killed Trayvon Martin. A $10,000 bounty. When I first heard of this story, the first thing I thought of was the Duke lacrosse case. Everything here lined up perfectly, just as the Duke lacrosse case did for a stereotypical situation or cliche to be fulfilled. And before anyone knew the facts, look indeed what happened: That stereotype was filled in, all the blanks were filled in, and everybody got into gear just as they did during the Duke lacrosse case. Now others are coming forward. The New York Times referred to the alleged shooter here, the shooter George Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic.”

That’s what I mean by reminding me of the Duke lacrosse case.

We looked it up, and it was the fifth time in the history of the New York Times they’d referred to an Hispanic as “white.” A white Hispanic. You have to fill in the blank circumstance here, gotta fill in the blanks the right way just as the Duke lacrosse case was. So the bounty, New Black Panther Party offered is $10,000 for George Zimmerman. Why did they decide on $10,000? Why not 20? Why not five? How did they decide on $10,000? How would the death of Trayvon Martin be viewed if the accused party was a female or gay or white or Hispanic Jew? So the situation continues to unfold. By the way, the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the New Black Panther Party as “a virulently racist and anti-Semitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews, and law enforcement officers.”

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