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Trayvon Martin – Is Racism Alive In America?

The Trayvon Martin case is a difficult case to write about. In spite of the claims being made by the various parties, no one really knows what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed. Unfortunately, he is dead and the only other person involved in the incident is in hiding, fearing for his life. So, until we know more specifics about the case, I’ll not speculate about what really happened that night, or if George Zimmerman killed him in self defense. I’ll leave those things to be sorted out by the authorities. What I do want to talk about is the theme of racism that is stirring the pot of the Trayvon Martin case.

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Trayvon MartinYou read that right, I called it racism. From the moment the shooting of Trayvon Martin became public knowledge, there has been an attempt to attach a theme of racism to the tragedy. It’s bad enough that a young man (red, yellow, black, or white) was killed, but to attempt to make this about racism or a hate crime is to take away from the real tragedy of the case. It’s a sad situation when you have people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton appearing on the scene and demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, just because he happens to be black. It gets even worse when they start calling Trayvon Martin a victim of racism, when there is no public evidence to support that claim. From the claim of racism, it is only a short leap to calling it a hate crime. Newsflash to the two good Reverends, and anyone else who agrees with them, we aren’t sure if a crime has been committed. The details are not in, but the people like Jackson and Sharpton are not content with waiting on the police to finish their investigation. They just can’t help themselves.

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Without knowing the details of what really happened that night, let me say this. If George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in self defense, then there is no crime. If he followed the young man and killed him in cold blood, as so many are claiming, then yes, there has been a crime committed and Zimmerman should be brought to justice. That would not mean this is a hate crime, but it would mean it is a murder. Regardless of if you call it a hate crime or just first degree murder, Trayvon Martin is just as dead either way.

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Going back to the question of racism, I believe it is alive and well in America. If you don’t believe me, just ask the people who are accusing George Zimmerman of racism and hate crimes, regardless of the lack of evidence to that fact. They are the ones who are guilty of racism. They show it in the way they are unwilling to accept the responsibility for the way the black community has raised so many young black men to embrace the culture of being a thug. Instead, they would rather blame anyone else but the black community. More specifically, they would much rather blame whites for their troubles.

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During my every day reading, I came across a blog post that should be required reading. Why It’s Dangerous To Be Black In America provides a sobering look at the reality of why the title is so true. I want to include three paragraphs of Steven Birn’s assessment and I would urge you to read the rest at his website. It is well worth the time it will take you to read it.

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The narrative of white racism is a lie. The liberal narrative that it’s dangerous to be a black man in America is only partially true. It’s true because according to the Justice Department blacks commit around 52% of the murders in this country. Around 92% of black murderers kill other black people according to the same report. Blacks are 7 times more likely to commit murder than white people and are 6 times more likely to be the victim of a murder. Want to talk about interracial murder statistics? Black on white murder is twice the rate of white on black murder. It should be noted though that interracial murders are a small percentage of murders. Only 16% of white people murdered are killed by those of another race, only 7% of blacks are killed by those of another race. Keep in mind blacks are about 13% of the population.

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Those are the statistics, they don’t lie. It paints a dramatically different picture than the one being painted by the media over the last two weeks. It is dangerous to be black in America but not because white lynch mobs or over zealous neighborhood watchmen are targeting blacks. It’s dangerous because other black people are 7 times more likely than white people to commit the crime of murder.

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It is a tragedy that so many black people are being murdered. When the race hustlers and liberals focus on a situation like Trayvon Martin, which isn’t even an open and shut case, they take the focus away from where it needs to be. The problem in this country isn’t that white people are targeting blacks for violent crime. It’s that the black community isn’t dealing with crime and/or they have come to accept crime in their communities. The left will blame poverty but that’s simply a cop out. There’s “poverty” (American poverty is generally comical) in the white community to but it doesn’t result in crime and murder.

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So, to answer the question I asked in the title of the post, I would have to say yes. Racism is alive and well in America. The most recent proof of that would be the uproar and publicity following the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin. Between the black community, celebrities like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and then the media itself, the theme of racism is being pushed forward to be on full display. Even some politicians are pushing the theme of racism. As Rahm Emanuel so famously stated, never let a crisis go to waste. The liberals are doing their best to make sure the shooting of Trayvon Martin is exploited for everything it’s worth.

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  • Had George Zimmerman been black and Trayvon Martin been white, nobody would have ever heard about this incident. I believe many in the black community and the media are secretly thrilled this happened so they have a tool with which to advance their racist agenda.

    • I have a feeling you are right. This story would have been drastically under reported, if the details were reversed.

  • LD you hit on a good point with your Emanuel quote. What the media is trying to do is make race a factor in the upcoming election, they’re trying to shame white moderates into voting again for Obama for no other reason than he’s black. If that doesn’t work, they’re also telling blacks that whites hate them and God only knows where that will lead if Obama loses.

    I’ve gotten into a number of debates with black liberals this week. Their obsession with race borders on race idolatry. Every single issue, every single daily human event is dictated by race according to these people. Because they’re so focused on it, they assume the rest of us are as well. They assume that white people sit around thinking about their race and the race of everyone else around them. Yet the opposite is true, most white people aren’t interested in their own race much less the race of those around them. We’ve moved on from the sin of Jim Crow, the black left is still stuck in the 60’s.

    • Very true, Steven. From where I am sitting, it appears the black community can not comprehend the fact that not everything is about race. If they could move past that, they might see a change in their community.

  • I find it very odd that within a moment of the incident, the black leaders were at the ready to organize and demonstrate. It was almost as if they were waiting for something to happen. That is what disturbs me as much as the rest of it.

    • Trayvon Martin was killed in late February. It wasn’t until last week that this story became big. If one believes that everything the left does is orchestrated then it seems to me they waited for their war against Rush Limbaugh and their attempt to paint the GOP as anti-woman to die down before they turned this into the next big story. I wonder what will be next.

    • It didn’t take them long to get the protests rolling. Makes you wonder if Jackson and Sharpton had their planes sitting on the tarmac, ready to fly to Florida.

  • Jesse Jackass and Al Simpleton are exploiters of tragedy, race hustlers. If they really cared about black youth, they would set up a permanent protest encampment in Chicago, where so many are killed.

    Of course there is racism. We are hardwired with an affinity for our own tribe. Most of us take people as they come, but there are some stubborn haters out there. Always will be.

    Based on what I’ve seen so far, Zimmerman was wrong if he indeed went after that kid. That is not “standing your ground,” it is chasing someone down. If his chasing Martin led to the altercation, Zimmerman is no longer blameless and it’s not a case of simple self-defense.

    • The only way Jackson and Sharpton care about black youth is if it furthers their personal agenda. Very few people do I really dislike, but those two are close to the top of the list. They should be required to wear a gag at all times.

  • LBJ and white liberals made sure that racism will never die.

  • Darth Bacon

    Why is the photo we see all the time of Trayvon Martin an OLD photo of an innocent looking boy, when the real Trayvon Martin doesn’t look anything like this photo any longer? The Media, especially the Liberal Media often misrepresents an issue or beats us in the head with images to prejudice the public against or for an issue or person. As clearly shown here in this much newer photo.

    • I have heard that there was an issue with some of the photos and I am not sure who was to blame in this incident. (What evidence we have seen seems to point to Zimmerman.) However, that isn’t the real issue here. What we have is a group of people taking advantage of a bad situation, in order to push the idea that everything is based on race. Other than the fact that a young man lost his life, justifiable or not, that is the real issue.

  • Shucky

    Look, nobody really knows what really happened, at least not yet. Maybe there is more to this than meets the eye, maybe everything wasn’t released yet and that’s why the police haven’t arrested Zimmerman yet? The investigation certainly hasn’t been completed-why the rush to judgement? Who knows, certainly not me and certainly not you or Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson, or the rest of the race-baiters. .
    Never before has this country been more divided than it is now, thank you Mr. President!
    As for Obama,I have no doubt that he will milk this tragedy to the last day before the election.

    And why is Obama jumping to conclusions? Remember the beer summit in the Rose Garden? Obama was wrong then, who knows, he might be wrong again.. To bad the President couldn’t comment on how sad and bad this is WITHOUT getting into the race factor and telling everybody to search their souls. I have nothing in my soul to search.

    • President Obama is a master at jumping to conclusions. At the same time, he is quick to remind us that we shouldn’t be doing the same. Maybe he needs to check his teleprompter.

  • Since when is the mere act of following or approaching or speaking to someone grounds for an attack? In my day he who threw the first punch was counted as the one who started the fight. This entire mess is a travesty. Race baiting has become a political sport. Those who make this about race and politics should be ashamed of themselves. It’s a local issue. Period.

    • I couldn’t agree more, Sherman. It is a travesty, made worse by the way the media and the liberals have went off half-cocked and made accusations that has nothing to do with what really happened.

  • Very well done Larry! After the Fort Hood massacre the president warned us not to jump to conclusions, but here we have Sharpton and Jackson doing just that and not a word from the president. The more we learn, the more it seems as if race wasn’t a factor in this killing, yet the media and the Democrats continue to move forward with this false premise. I am afraid that this is going to lead to more violence before it is over.

    • Not only Fort Hood, but remember how the left jumped to conclusions and blamed Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the shooting in Arizona?

  • Ms Homie

    I’m African-American, and I do not like Al Sharpton, Black Panthers, or any of these other idiots crying race. At the same time, I love how another race can pull out an African-American’s crime statistics without looking at their own. so here I go with information from the FBI crime statistics….
    ■Of the offenders for whom race was known, 53.1 percent were black, 44.6 percent were white, and 2.3 percent were of other races. The race was unknown for 4,224 offenders. I can accept that for this day in age, and it is sad. However, most crimes are same-race crimes, and interracial crimes are only a small percent of that statistical population. Plus the trends are very close, so why aren’t you addressing the high percent of white crimes as well?
    ■In 2010, 69.4 percent of all persons arrested were white, 28.0 percent were black, and the remaining 2.6 percent were of other races.
    This table following the link is of all the arrests made for crimes:
    –> Let us not forget how different crime statistics looked 30-40 years ago also. Unfortunately, racism is everywhere. Certain coutries in Europe, South Africa, and etc. have this stigma about African-Americans being so violent when in fact a couple of decades ago, it was a the other way around. Yet the same racial rhetoric continues from even the Civil War, Jim Crow, and Civil Rights Eras.
    It takes a long time to heal centuries of racial violence and tension. What I see going on is a decline in education, poverty, and a long history of broken homes in the African-American community. The sense of self-pride and worth is lost, and it unfortunately leads to higher crime. I am against any hate rhethoric against any race, and I think it is wrong how Al Sharpton and others get so much media time when there are so many other African-Americans who are over the “woe-is-me white man is holding me down” attitude that certain people have developed. I am angry at the media for promoting such negative images and sterotypes of African-Americans and exploitation of hate. At the same time, the racial divide and inequality is still there a little bit, no denying that, but it is nowhwere near as bad as it was, and we have all got to get over the apprehensions of the other race. Whites are afraid of Blacks, and trust me when I say most blacks are still afraid of whites. When is it going to stop?
    Now to those who say PRESIDENT Obama is jumping to conclusions: did any of you accusing the president accuse the other senators and representatives who stated that Zimmerman was not covered under “Stand You Ground”? No. President Obama never said Zimmerman was guilty, but he did say that was that Americans will take this case with the seriousness it deserves and get to the bottom of the case. He said if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon, and that he empathizes with the family and that everyone should soul search and pray. The point is that this is not supposed to be about race, but even some of these comments hear display how racism and prejudice are still alive and well in America between BOTH races.

    • Let me explain why so many of us are taking issue with President Obama over how he has joined the Trayvon Martin case. Simply put, he making this shooting into something it is not. He, along with Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the liberal media, are making this to be a “special” case because the young man who was killed was black. It has nothing to do with race, but you can’t tell it from listening to them. Obama has not helped the situation by joining into the rhetoric.

    • J.C.

      You should not compare apples to oranges.

      The point appeared to address “danger” and as such statistics were used that pointed towards “violent” crime, not crime in general. Murder is one of the most dangerous and violent crimes we have, is that not true?

      On the other hand, you come up with statistics that indicate general arrest and general offender breakdowns. Including crimes such as, for example, minor thefts, failure to pay child support, perjury, DWI, embezzlement and other generally non-violent crime skewers the results. I’m not sure if you did that out of deceit or non-understanding, but the fact remains that more people in the black community are effected by murder than those in other communities. Black communities are more dangerous. Period.

  • Ms Homie

    Another thing for the person who says it’s okay to follow someone, you know full and darn well that if someone you don’t know was following you, you would be scared or very concerned and on the defense. A grown man should have stayed in his car until police came, and then we would not have to talk about the case at all. “In your day” was it okay to carry a gun to a fight and shoot someone dead as well? The point is while no ones where the fight began, we know how the fight would not have happened and how it ended. Do I think this is pre-empted murder? Of course not, but I do believe there needs to be accountability somewhere, and they need to do something with the Stand Your Ground law because this is not the first case where there have been questions about this law and its abuse. No one is talking about it, but what about the Iraq War veteran who was gunned down in front of his daughter? He had no weapon, but because he “lunged” unarmed at a man who brought a gun to a park, he was killed while the other is free. That is what should be at the heart of this case, the validity of Stand You Ground and the dangers of it. Not the stupid back and forth race bickering.

    • As I tried to point out in my post, I am not defending what George Zimmerman did. We still do not know all the facts, but everything points to him being at fault here. If that is he case, he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I also do not believe he should be able to invoke the stand your ground rule, as it should not apply in this case.

    • “…if someone you don’t know was following you, you would be scared or very concerned and on the defense.”

      Very true, but isn’t the best defense simply to walk away and avoid confrontation? Most of these confrontations could be avoided if individuals didn’t feel the need to “bow up” and defend their pride.

      “‘In your day’ was it okay to carry a gun to a fight and shoot someone dead as well?”

      In my day if you took the first poke at someone, you suffered the consequences, whatever those might be. I don’t understand what you mean when you say “carry a gun to a fight.” What fight? Does approaching someone constitute a “fight?” Does asking a question or even following someone constitute a “fight?” Does carrying a gun imply that a “fight” has started?

      I don’t know who threw the first punch. I don’t know how violent the fight was before the gun was drawn. All I’m saying is that your right to swing your fist stops at the tip of my nose. Once that principle is violated, civility ends, consequences happen and the law must sort out the mess.

      “A grown man should have stayed in his car until police came, and then we would not have to talk about the case at all.”

      Agreed. However, both parties are/were “grown men.” Both should have swallowed their pride and turned the other cheek. If both “grown men” had done so in the example you reference, we wouldn’t be talking about that case either.

  • bill

    silverfiddle’s simple observation speaks volumes:

    “Of course there is racism. We are hardwired with an affinity for our own tribe.”

    while historically accurate i’d suggest that in the present american culture there exists an affinity ‘twixt folks with similar socio-economic achievement that
    transcends our ‘hard-wired’ xenophobia. most of us feel safe among our peers.

    for instance you could lock japanese, african, and caucasian market analysts in a bar overnight and in the morning all you’d have would be hung-over traders.

    the integration forced on americans for more than half a century hasn’t worked out so well ’cause the mandate, in it’s rush to create racial equality, pitted the
    ‘have’s’ against the ‘have nots’; and aided by the sharptons and jacksons produced a mind-set among the un-washed, that sees racism behind every un-civil act.
    (how’s that for a run-on 🙂

    as far as the martin case goes we knew all we needed to know three weeks ago when the 911 tapes were released. my opinion is mr. zimmerman would never have left the safety of his vehicle had he not been armed. at the end of the day this will be another assault on the second. the ‘stand your ground’ law will come under careful review within the florida legislature and rightfully so. i believe the gun lobbyists pushed a little too far in ’93.

    while i assert my right to defend myself against harm; i would reject the ‘right’ to persue a fellow citizen, precipitate an altercation and kill he or she in cold blood…b

    • I completely agree, Bill. Stand your ground should not come into play in a situation such as this. If the evidence bears out what we have been hearing, Zimmerman is clearly at fault. In that case, he should be prosecuted.

      I believe you are right that this will come around to be another assault on the Second Amendment. I’m surprised we haven’t seen a greater push before now.

  • Asking whether there's "racism" in America is like asking whether someone is wearing red sweat pants. I'm sure they are but does it matter?

    The Left simply uses whatever tools are at hand to bludgeon their point using false evidence, assumptions, faux moral superiority, etc.

    When Bush was going to nominate Estrada for the Supreme Court Liberals went WILD because how could they allow a Republican to send the first Hispanic to the highest court?

    But when Sotomaor was nominated by Obama? Well…

    Bunch of damn hypocrites.

    • You have made a simple, yet profound point. The double standard and the hypocrisy is on full display and should be obvious to anyone who pays attention.

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  • laura

    LD, I agree with what you said in your article. However, It is difficult for me, a young white girl, to figure out this situation. My opinion is most certainly not as fully backed up as those of others who know more about this country and racism’s affects and reflections of it. does that make sense? any way, here is my opinion: what happened to Trayvon is horrible. its sad. and people who are caught up claiming that racism was the drive for the tragedy need to calm down and take a second to think. the main point is being missed. and that point (again in my opinion) is that a teenage boy was shot. a teenage boy, coming back from the store, was shot. this says more about our country then the fact that he COULD have been shot because he was black. but he WAS shot and he was a teenage boy. a promising future for a boy was cut s because for some reason ,neighborhood watchman are allowed to run around with guns and shoot tennage boys who “look suspicous”. whether he looked suspicious becuase he was black, well that opinion lies within the category that this whole situation is a result of racism. all these celebrities and politicians who are bringing up trayvon and racism, they need an excuse for a story. its easy to claim “that there is racism in our country and it is proved by the recent shooting of Trayvon Martin.” yes there is racism in America. there is. its just part of society. people associate blacks, with,as LD mentioned, thugs. and there is a possibility that racism was laced into this whole trayvon martin mess, and that sucks. but trayvon shouldnt have been shot no matter what race he was if Zimerman wasnt using self defense. heres what i think, summed up: there is racism in america, and Zimmerman’s shooting of a boy who looked suspicious because he was black is totally probable. but the real tragedy is Trayvon’s death. if he was hispanic, white, asian, doesnt matter, this story would still be tragic. but the media has found a way to make it about racism, when really we should be concerned that trayvon was shot.

  • J.C.

    Laura, you really do need to improve not only your reading skills, but also your critical thinking skills.

    Here, let me help you: A teenage boy, coming back from the store, who decided to attack and pummel another individual for no real apparent reason was shot.

    See how easy it is to write non-retarded statements.

    • laura

      thats extremely rude of you. i have interest in this case and just anted to express what thought. you have no reason to call my opinion retarded. that is so rude.

      • J.C.

        I’m sorry, but sometimes the truth hurts. Most adults realize that.

        • laura

          well i made it clear i am just a kid trying to get my opinion across. LD Jacson said to stop with the personal attacks. then you attacked me again. so mature and adutlike of you.

    • Let’s not continue with the personal attacks, shall we? Please read the comment policy for Political Realities.

  • Niketa Charles

    Firstly, I am not a fan of Al Sharpton and I am black, but I must say that the comments here are racist comments. You defend Zimmerman and voice your opioin that racial profiling was not involved, but how do you know that, were you there? Just the same way you voice your opioins, so does Al and anybody else. Futhermore, you quote statistics of crime which go in favors of white people, what you also need to do is quote statistics of unemployment of whites, blacks, and other ethnic groups and then try convincing me that racism does not exist in America.

    • Thanks for commenting on Political Realities.

      You have asked me how I know racial profiling was not involved. Obviously, I have no inside knowledge about this case, one way or the other. However, from what I have been able to glean from the facts that have been released, it does not appear to have played a role. Let me ask you a question. What makes you think it did play a role?

      I fail to see where anything in the comments were racist.

      Yes, unemployment of blacks is higher than it is for whites, but how is that evidence of racism? I firmly believe it has more to do with the way the liberals have manipulated the black community and by doing so, made them dependent on the state. If anyone is guilty of racism, it is the liberals.

    • J.C.

      Niketa, you raise some important points. Yes, we were not there. Neither was Al Sharpton. Based on media reports so far, all we can do is state an opinion on a public forum.

      Did Trayvvon deserve to die? Nobody “deserves” to die. Is Zimmerman guilty? That is not for you, Sharpton or I to decide; it’s the jury’s call.

      It would be quite simplistic to quote unemployment statistics and use them as “proof” of systematic racism. If you are implying that young blacks face higher unemployment than, say, white or Hispanic people, why are they unemployed? Is it because a felony conviction keeps them from qualifying for most jobs? Is it because they do not attend school? Is it because they could not complete their homework because they stayed up late for a gang meeting? Is it because of poor parenting or even no parenting? Is LD Jackson’s theory correct? All of the above? None of the above? It could be anything BUT racism.

      I’m kind of curious why almost every new immigrant group that comes to America ends up being measured as more successful than blacks in general. There most definitely is racism when it comes to how Hispanics and Asians are treated, but they tend not to have the same problems blacks do. Why?

      Racism in one form or another has existed since the beginning of time and, unfortunately, will exist until the end of time. I doubt the woes of the black community are as related to racism to the extent Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would have you — for their own benefit — believe.