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.
You 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.