Last week, in the case against George Zimmerman, a jury of six women returned a verdict of “Not Guilty.” Since the declaration of said verdict, a handful of talking heads have made appearances, for no reason other than to roil the waters of racism. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and even the Attorney General of the US, have made it clear that this case was not simply about self defense, but something much more vile. Racial profiling, stalking, hate crime, etc., have all been thrown at this case, in the hope that one or more would stick. Did George Zimmerman stalk, and ultimately kill Trayvon Martin simply because of the color of his skin? I, for one, do not know. However, a jury decided the case based on the evidence they were presented.
The verdict immediately became a pealing dinner bell, alerting the aforementioned race-baiting profiteers that it was time to feast. Al Sharpton popped his bobble-head on his MSNBC show, “Politics Nation”, to address his sixteen viewers and demand “Justice for Trayvon.” Rev. Jackson followed suit, going so far as to demand the United Nations Human Rights Council investigate the matter. Tavis Smiley believes there is an “Incontrovertible contempt towards black men”, and suggested that “every black person in the United States should have a gun, just to see how the NRA responds.” Eric Holder weighed in, regaled us with stories of his past interaction with law enforcement, and vowed to investigate the case based on a violation of civil rights. Our President, after injecting a racial overtone by stating that “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”, issued a post-verdict statement, saying, “We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
The mainstream media flexed its perceived, albeit atrophied, muscle with wall to wall coverage of the trial, the verdict, and chaos and rage ensued. Nancy Grace sobbed, Piers Morgan fumed, and Melissa Harris-Perry, even though she thinks our children do not belong to us, said that “..black parents will have to hold their children tighter tonight.”
ALL of this, while scores of black children and teenagers are falling victim to black on black violence in Chicago. I demand to know, “Where is your outrage?” In the eyes of many, this case was NEVER about murder, this case was purely about race. This case was an opportunity to fill the coffers, while batting the hornet’s nest of racism.
Black leaders, and much of the mainstream media in this country, should be truly ashamed. The use of a dead 17 year old boy to gin up fear, ratings, and profits is not only unacceptable, it is a practice that is far too often becoming the standard. As long as racism, or even perceived racism, exists in this country, and the vultures, ambulance chasers and race-baiters are given a pulpit from which to espouse their warped, hate-fueled beliefs, racial equality cannot, and will never, truly exist.