I have to confess, I am a news junkie.
Many years ago the Los Angeles police beat up Rodney King before a camera. No matter what channel I switched to I saw the same three second video clip. This continued for years until the trial, where the policemen were acquitted. Racial riots ensued. Rodney King himself lamented: “Can’t we all get along?”
When the U.S. Storm troopers did their successful Good Friday raid on Elian Gonzales to bring him back to Cuba after Bill Clinton had promised Fidel Castro he belonged with his father there was a photo of a boy scared out of his wits at the multitude of special forces attacking him, the media got enraged and showed it over and over again. But after about five hours the government told the press to stop. They obliged.
Which brings us to the Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman tragedy.
Trayvon Martin is black.
George Zimmerman is White, Hispanic and 1/8 Black.
The FBI conducted a thorough investigation and concluded it was not about race.
The prosecution said it was not about race.
The judge said it was not about race.
The jury said it was never about race.
The defense said it was never about race, and not about “Stand your ground” either
The defense waved the “Stand the ground” hearing.
After the trial was over some in the media finally admitted it was not about race.
One week later at an unscheduled appearance at the White House daily briefing President Obama used this opportunity to say it is all about race and “Stand the ground”, thus fanning the flames of racial tension. This is not right!
On CNN John McCain agreed with the President and the “Stand your ground” laws.
We need a discussion on violence in America, especially black on black violence, but also mob violence in general. The Zimmerman trial is the wrong catalyst. Take a good look at any weekend in Chicago instead, Mr. President!
Obama, the race-baiter. Ouch!
He is but a miscreant grouch.
In this “teachable moment”
John McCain aids the foment.
Stand your ground!! Don’t just sit on the couch!