None of them have elicited the kind of protests that have attended the death of Trayvon Martin.
Why not? Because black-on-black killings don’t fit the “template” that animates the likes of the racial arsonists and their media enablers, both of whom are so desperate to fit a racialist square peg into a round hole that the term “white Hispanic” was used by the New York Times to describe alleged shooter George Zimmerman. How often has the paper used the term? A Nexis search of the Times for “white Hispanic” over the past five years turns up 112 results, many of which were references to “black, white and Hispanic.” Yet NY Times standards editor Phil Corbett condones the paper’s rationale in this case: “Our guidelines say we mention race or ethnicity if and only if it’s pertinent to the story. Given that this is being investigated as a possible civil-rights case and has stirred protests in part because of concerns about racial elements, it seems clear that race and ethnicity are pertinent, for both people involved.”
Corbett is disingenuous at best. This case is being investigated as a civil-rights issue precisely because the media has presented it that way, long before all of the facts have been made known. Fox News analyst Bernard Goldberg illuminates the Times’s agenda. “The national media doesn’t do stories about black-on-black crime. It doesn’t interest them,” said Goldberg. “They don’t do stories about black-on-white crime, which happens in far, far greater numbers than white-on-black crimes. They don’t do those stories either. But this is like a movie script handed to them from Hollywood. ‘Oh my goodness! A white guy–or, in this case, a white Hispanic guy–shoots an unarmed black kid. Perfect story.” He goes further. “[Zimmerman is] only a white Hispanic, because they need the word ‘white’ to further the storyline, which is ‘white, probably racist vigilante, shoots unarmed black kid,’” he adds.
NBC News made its own duplicitous effort to “further the byline.” They selectively edited the conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher on the night of the killing to make it seem that Zimmerman was racist. The unabridged version of the conversation:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy–is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
What NBC actually presented on the “Today Show?” “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
And then there’s ABC. In an “exclusive” video purporting to show that Zimmerman was uninjured in the exchange with Martin, they planted a graphic over his head blocking the view, even as ABC News reporter Matt Gutman wrote that the “police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman.” Yet here is a picture of Zimmerman’s head that indicates a mark that might have been made during the alleged altercation. In the video, a police officer clearly inspects something on the back of Zimmerman’s head.
NBC is promising an investigation of their incident. ABC is backtracking as well. Matt Gutman is now saying the “re-digitized” video shows “what appear to be a pair of gashes or welts on George Zimmerman’s head.”
The death of any 17-year-old boy is a tragedy. Yet the sad truth is Trayvon Martin is one victim in an ocean of black victims who remain virtually anonymous–and largely ignored–by the demagogues and their media enablers whose agenda isn’t served by such a sobering reality. How sobering? In 2005 alone 8000 black Americans were homicide victims. If one assumes that measurement has remained relatively constant on an annual basis, it means that 56,000 blacks have been killed over the last seven years. For perspective’s sake, 5,000 American troops were killed during combat in Iraq over the same period of time.
One would think it’s fairly difficult to ignore that which amounts to de facto warfare in many black American communities around the nation. Warfare in which the victims and the perpetrators are overwhelmingly black. Nonetheless, the media and racial demagogues are ably convincing black Americans to believe that their real problem is racist America; that the white-controlled “System” is what really threatens their lives, when this is the furthest thing from the truth. This is the lesson from the Trayvon Martin tragedy. A woeful state of affairs in and of itself.
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