They just can’t help themselves. Upon learning of the Not Guilty verdict for George Zimmerman the Black Political Class started their engines and spewed out the same toxic fumes that makes their rhetoric so egregious. The Hill Magazine on Jesse Jackson: “Rev. Jesse Jackson said Thursday that his Rainbow PUSH Coalition would consider boycotting Florida as “a kind of apartheid state” in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict last weekend.” Shakespeare is needed here: “The (reverend) doth protest too much, methinks.”
Jackson and his most famous protégé Al Sharpton have both made a comfortable living out of race hustling and as a result have done more harm than good over the years. The Martin – Zimmerman Trial is just one more example of the REVERENDS-R- US milking an already volatile situation.
Furthermore, Jamelle Bouie writes in the über liberal journal The American Prospect, “It’s absolutely true that ‘NYPD stats show that 96 percent of all shooting victims are black or Hispanic, and 97 percent of all shooters were black or Hispanic,’ but it’s also true that the number of black and Latino offenders is a small fraction of all blacks and Latinos. But stop and frisk turns all blacks and all Latinos into potential offenders—it erases individual consideration and imposes collective suspicion, (blacks deserve (t)he right to walk freely as an individual, and not as the member of a suspect class.” I agree but there is a conundrum to this narrow view.
Kevin Jackson of The Black Sphere highlights that “3% of blacks are committing 50% of the crimes.” This fact causes an innate response by blacks and whites to teenage black males.
Well Reverend Jackson how does your rhetoric today square with your published views from 17 years ago? “There is nothing more painful to me … than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”
To make matters worse, the President of the United States has jumped into the pile imagining himself as just another brother from the hood. Trayvon could have been my son now has become, Trayvon is me 35 years ago. Actually Mr. President that is not true given that you are 50% white – indeed, you were raised by your white mother and white grandparents, and attended one of the country’s most prestigious preparatory schools, Punahou, founded in 1841. The tuition is a cool $19,200. Now that the record is set straight Mr. President, the truth is that you took a tragic situation and injected race into it for your own political benefit. Shame on you.
The facts in the case are as follows:
- The defense team did not invoke the Stand Your Ground law during the trial.
- The evidence showed that Zimmerman was viciously attacked by Trayvon Martin that fateful night. There is unimpeachable photographic evidence.
- The jury believed that Zimmerman was reasonably afraid for his life.
- A struggle over the gun pursued and Zimmerman prevailed.
What we have today is an attempt at Mob Rule – consider the placards saying “No Justice – No Peace.” Really? Indeed, there is a long history of recklessness exhibited by the black political class that is both disturbing and dangerous. Loosely translated this attitude assumes that the actions of the government are ALWAYS racist and consequently blacks can say or do whatever they want – they are entitled to a special class of rhetorical freedom and action. How else can you justify Jackson’s call for a boycott of Florida – in essence punishing nearly 20 million people because the reverend did not get his way in a jury trial?
Jackson is not alone. Julianne Malveaux, Jesse with make-up and a PhD, blasted the exonerated Duke Lacrosse players after video evidence conclusively proved they had not raped Crystal Gail Mangum – (According to Dr. Malveaux) they were still: ‘hooligans,’ had lied, and that they ‘did not deserve an apology.’ ” Oratory propriety is for other folks – not black “folk”.
A less flamboyant example of this recklessness was star witness and Martin friend Rachel Jeantel. When Zimmerman defense counsel Don West cross-examined Miss Jeantel he asked her if this case was racial in nature. She said yes. Then West asked why and Jeantel had no answer – finally she said it was racial since her friend had called Zimmerman a Creepy-Ass Cracker. “So, Trayvon made it about race asked West? Jeantel, “No” – she went on to say that Creepy-Ass Cracker was not a racial epithet. Translation, get real mister; blacks cannot be bigots, next question.
It seems clear that Trayvon Martin thought he was being racially profiled and in his mind concluded, “I don’t have to put up with this junk. In his mind Reverends Jackson and Sharpton, and Professors (Law) Obama and Malveaux had given him the green light to teach this cracker a lesson he’ll never forget.” This is why Martin recklessly threw the first sucker-punch and then jumped on Zimmerman – Martin assumed he would have immunity from public criticism. Unfortunately for this teenager, he paid for his recklessness with his life – and now Reverend Jackson is planning civil unrest in the form of a boycott of Florida. Trayvon is dead and Jesse Jackson keeps on making money from these tragedies.
As long as the black political class allows Reverends Jackson and Sharpton along with other demagogues to speak for black Americans, the racial acrimony will continue to the detriment of all especially young black males who remain adrift in the sea of fatherless children. (Words: 927)
Geoffrey G. Fisher is a federally designated Highly Qualified state-certified history teacher living in southwest Florida. He holds a BA in History from the University of Connecticut and a MA in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. In addition to teaching he is a former elected official and speechwriter. Mr. Fisher now writes the political blog: THE THINKING CAP at