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In what alternate universe is the Trayvon Martin case a civil rights landmark?

In what alternate universe is the Trayvon Martin case a civil rights landmark?

I headed off to JFK Airport for my trip to Israel on Friday not long after Obama gave his surprise speech on the Florida jury verdict finding George Zimmerman not guilty of Second Degree Murder and Manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The presidential statement elevated the Martin case to a historic status in the struggle for civil rights, although a discussion of the facts of the case was noticeably absent.

Having had a subsequent 10-hour plane ride with no Wi-Fi, then some more down time, I was thrilled to see that the regular and guest authors here had taken Obama and others to task on the factual and legal absurdity of the presidential statement.  Thanks Mandy, Andrew, Fuzzy and Neo-Neocon.

The evidence in the case — presented in court both at trial and in pre-trial proceedings — revealed that Martin bragged about fighting and how he could sucker punch people in the nose, possessed unlicensed firearms, was suspended from school for misconduct arguably involving possession of stolen property and/or burglary tools, did in fact sucker punch George Zimmerman in the nose after calling him a “creepy assed cracker,”  then beat Zimmerman Mixed Martial Arts style while bashing Zimmerman’s head against the concrete as he screamed for his life,  all of which was consistent with the forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts.

Beyond that, Zimmerman was of mixed race (white, Hispanic, black) with no history of racism against blacks found by the FBI, and many anecdotes showing Zimmerman was not racist.

On top of all that, the State of Florida took extraordinary efforts to prosecute the case, including appointing a Special Prosecutor when regular line prosecutors declined to file charges for lack of evidence sufficient to prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, sparing no expense or effort to prove the case to a jury.

Prior to the verdict being announced, the almost universal view of legal observers was that Zimmerman had a plausible claim of justifiable use of deadly force under traditional principles of self-defense based on the evidence presented at trial.

The jury reached a verdict which was consistent with the law and the facts.

Now there are mass protests, marches and calls for boycotts of Florida, egged on and encouraged by the President, and an extraordinary tip line established by the Attorney General of the United States in a disturbing attempt to find something with which to charge Zimmerman.

In what universe does the President of the United States elevate this case — this case, this case — to civil rights landmark status as reflective of historical injustices visited upon blacks and call a nation to action?

I felt like I had taken off from an imperfect planet Earth, and landed in an alternate universe.

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Comments

Humphreys Executor | July 20, 2013 at 6:35 pm

The Alinsky Universe.

    That would be THIS universe, apparently.

    I’ve long said we live in an insane asylum run by the inmates. Time to take things back to sanity-land.

What civil rights are being violated?

George Zimmerman’s of course!!!!

    Observer in reply to Exiliado. | July 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Apparently, blacks now have a “civil right” to assault and beat any lighter-skinned person who dares to look at them in a way that they find offensive.

      mzk in reply to Observer. | July 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      I hate to upvote this, becuase I don’t like comments that single out any group. But I have no choice, although I suppose a Hispanic can beat up an Asian, and anyone (as usual) can beat up a Jew.

      It is a sad day for decent people everywhere, of all races.

      Unarmed youth. Unarmed youth. So the next time someone’s daughter is being raped, he had better check out whether the rapist has a weapon (maybe toss him one)? And probably his skin color.

The case for self defense was not merely plausible. Having followed the case and trial very closely both here and at TalkLeft (Jeralyn Merritt)I would argue that self defense was proven by clear and convincing evidence.

But that won’t stop the Trayvon Truthers. They live in an alternate universe of counterfactuals and hypothesis.

    legacyrepublican in reply to myiq2xu. | July 21, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Whose become the lynch mob now? Whose become the cross burning hate mongers?

    When did it become the right and obligation of the president to single out and declare war on any American citizen because of his color?

    freeinaz in reply to myiq2xu. | July 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    With over 30 years of law enforcement I have responded to many calls like this. Based off the evidence this is a clear example of self defense on Zimmerman’s part. Zimmerman was on his back being beaten without the ability to flee. Zimmerman mental state surely must have been this guy was going to do great bodily harm or death to him by pinning him down and assaulting him. Zimmerman was well in his rights to use lethal force in order to save his life. The jury got it right. The biggest problem was the case being tried in the media who didn’t present all the facts or evidence and wanted to make this a racial issue.

For the present you ARE in an alternate universe Professor.

It’s called Israel.

A country led by people who fight for justice and freedom as ours once did.

    mzk in reply to Joy. | July 21, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Oh, PC rages over here. And the US is about to force us to release some murderers. We have gun control, and the death penalty is completely out of the culture.

    But it is rather safe. One reason is so many armed soldiers walking around. (And when you see them, it makes you feel safe, not worried; no-one avoids pushing a guy to get onto a bus just because he (or she) is carrying a real assault weapon. They are also quite polite.)

      mzk in reply to mzk. | July 21, 2013 at 1:31 am

      I was referring to the pushee, not the pusher. Israel makes NYC look mannerly. But people here are more likely to actually help you.

For a moment, to hell with our racist-in-charge, happy that you arrived safely..

    GrumpyOne in reply to JP. | July 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    New title for the anointed one, Race Baiter-In-Chief!

    After all, he’s worked real hard to earn it..

Carol Herman | July 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Plus, if you go to Drudge, you’ll see a doctor somehow involved in Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal, has been arrested by the FBI for using the “n” word against Eric Holder. (The doctor may live in Sanford, Florida. I’m just not sure.) The doctor may be facing five years in jail. And, a $250,000 fine for using “bad language” against Eric Holder. Again, not too sure.

But facts don’t count.

“Crickets,” however, may be a good thing? Israel’s being pretty quiet, as Kerry has asked Abbas to “smile.”

Is there any news from Israel you may be picking up on the ground, over there?

    kentuckyliz in reply to Carol Herman. | July 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Hire a sound expert to see if that use of the N word ends in -er or -a. If -a, that’s cool, new school, because it just means a man. According to urban slang expert Rachel Jeantel.

    Israel is about to release a bunch of terrorist murderers, thanks to Kerry. (What do you expect when the SoS is a traitor to his country? You expect him to be decent to its allies?)

    Everything else is irrelevant. There will be an agreemetn the day Abbas wants one. Period. Peace, however, is not possible.

      Phillep Harding in reply to mzk. | July 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Start a rumor that they have had a GPS tracking chip planted in their butts. Someone in law enforcement here in the states told a gangster that and he was really sweating it.

      Blasted judge ordered the cop to apologize.

Happy to hear you arrived safe and sound, Professor! 🙂

Wait till you catch up with @OfficialCBC’s War On Crackers with Florida as it’s epicenter.

The rank and file of the black community have tapered off dramatically on tweeting about the case, and now opportunistic liberals with their own special interests are attempting to co-opt the evaporating emotional high that has already peaked.

Life moves on for most but not the hard left agenda-driven professionals and their tag-along groupie class.

I’ve felt like I live in an alternate universe since 2009.

    I have to believe the most of the change will not be permanent.

    Carol Herman in reply to Sanddog. | July 20, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Only since 2009? Gee, you’re young. I was at Woodstock. I saw the match getting tossed into the pile. The rains came. There was lots of mud. And, the music was out of this world.

    So a little rain falls, isn’t that life? What we saw will receive lots of responses in the years ahead. If obama’s pleased with his 17 minutes, then that’s his take. I saw it as a punch in the nose. So, yup. A thug. Just like Trayvon. Likes to stun people and then do MMA. Making sure he’s on top. So your head’s on the concrete.

    Maybe? Just like Trayvon, it won’t end with obama getting carried around as a victor, on top of other men’s shoulders.

    I’ll settle for a debate of whose the worst? Because I don’t think it could get much worse, given the candidates we get, who look like the scrapings at the bottom of the barrel.

      It really did start at Woodstock. Illegitimacy rate approaching 50%.

      Economic socialism and social libertarianism make a poisonous brew.

All these demonstrations and petitions require a narrative of Trayvon Martin being a fresh faced 13 year old kid with a bright future while Zimmerman was only a “wannabe” cop who profile and stalked the “child”.

All these low information folks who are trotting out with their signs would go home if they knew who Trayvon Martin was and watched the 20 minute video Neo posted a couple of days ago.

I was out and about at a bike fair in Oakland this afternoon.

Saw a black man with a shirt that said “Do I look suspicious too?”
And a black woman with a placard about “America condoning murder”.

I guess I can’t expect better when even our POTUS gets in the act.

Of course, dozens of 17-year-old black kids were murdered in Chicago since the Zimmerman indictment, but no one has made a national case out of it because it wasn’t a “white wanna-be cop murdered an unarmed black kid with Skittles and iced tea”.

I fear for my country, when the rule of law is apparently supposed to be replaced by minority mob rule.

    Radegunda in reply to avwh. | July 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

    The mayor of Oakland tells us that “we need to think about” the fact that most people at some point have felt nervous about being followed by a black man.

    Could she have meant: We need to think about why so many black men are behaving in a way that provokes a nervous response to their demographic group, and how that kind of behavior could be minimized?

    Of course, not, silly! She meant we need to cast aside our wariness and flagellate ourselves for applying risk analysis, or good instincts, to our surroundings. Better that some unlucky souls be mugged, I suppose, than that another Barack Obama look-alike have to suffer the horrors of hearing a car door locking.

Juba Doobai! | July 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Glad you landed safely, Wm.

You’re not in an alternate universe. You in the same one in which America has the same lawless, racist excuse for a POTUS.

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I think the landmark Obama is referring to is the one in which evidence is no longer required to prove racism. Either that or the landmark is that Obama is involved in this case (albeit unnecessarily).

It is just a “SQUIRREL!” for all the other stuff going down the crapper last week, with “Demtroit’s” bankruptcy leading the way.

Anything to deflect from the scandals and failures of the Obama administration.

    Radegunda in reply to profshadow. | July 21, 2013 at 12:24 am

    It would be nice to think so, but I’m afraid his motives (and Holder’s) are much more sinister.

      profshadow in reply to Radegunda. | July 21, 2013 at 7:53 am

      No denying they are in full Cloward-Piven. They just need to stir this particular cup of pudding to distract from their actions.

      Not those that are protesting, but those that are now having to watch their back, so to speak, as Obama et al try once again for “gun control” since a bullet killed Martin.

      Obama’s administration (turns head; spits) is dedicated to destroying America as we know it. That’s not a belief, but a statement of fact. Obama told us that repeatedly on his first campaign.

      If I didn’t have children and grandchildren…

Oh, you’re in Israel, I want to go again. I loved it!

Anyway, all this stuff the government and others are doing to George Zimmerman and his family is persecution and oppression. I truly think that Obama doesn’t really care that much as he’s putting on for Trayvon. I think he’s doing it to take everyone’s mind off Benghazi, the IRS, F&F, etc. And he may be also using this for gun control.

Heat Overcomes Dozens At Dallas Trayvon Martin Rally
http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Heat-Overcomes-Dozens-At-Dallas-Trayvon-Martin-Rally-216298501.html

And now a word from Barry:
“if I had a sun, yada yada…”

    Carol Herman in reply to JP. | July 20, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    It’s hot as all get out, here in the San Gabriel Valley. You know, I’m surprised Coca-Cola doesn’t send out a Vitamin Water truck. 35 people is less than one case.

    kentuckyliz in reply to JP. | July 21, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Hoodies Up! Oh noes…it’s 99 degrees out with 97 percent humidity….*dropping like flies*

The Bill Ayers universe

Thanks to LI for the coverage of all this absurdity. I have no words to express my feelings about Obama’s remarks and the media’s coverage of this (EVEN FOX SURPRISINGLY)! I also appreciated Andrew’s article on the “he was told to not get out of the car” myth. Even today, I hear that constantly. I share your blog posts to as many as I can but sometimes I feel no one really cares. Thanks again for all you do. Have a safe stay in Israel!

In Chicago at a memorial for a man who was shot and killed in 2008 shots rang out hitting a 6 year old girl in the chest last night while she rode her scooter. The girls aunt was also shot in the thigh. The shooting started when a one young man saw two others and started shooting at each other. The girl and her aunt are in serious condition at a local hospital. Haven’t heard any of the so called Reverends at the TM rallies in the country asking those attending to pray for them. Why don’t the Reverend Al, Jackson and numerous other so called men of God speak about the gospel and Jesus and loving one another.
A total of 8 people were shot last night in Chicago last night with 2 dead a 20 and a 27 year old. In the 1st week of July there were 20 murder victims alone in Chicago but these phonies are still protesting a self-defense incident that happened over a year ago.

    DriveBy in reply to styro1. | July 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Good post Styro. Very sad, but the little girl is still alive. The answer to your questions about why this or why not that are simple: There is no money or political capital that would come of it…

      styro1 in reply to DriveBy. | July 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      DriveBy, thankfully the little girl is still alive no thanks to the thugs who shot her and didn’t care that she was in the line of fire. You are absolutely correct when you wrote “there is no money or political capital that would come of it…”. There is no money in preaching forgiveness, turning the other cheek and loving one another. They claim they’re trying to help blacks but by being silent about the black thugs killing other thugs w/ innocents getting shot and killed they are giving them a pass for their criminality. How are the so called Reverends Sharpton, Jackson and others helping blacks by inciting hatred? The problems in the black community are not SYG and self-defense laws. Another 13 blacks were shot in Chicago last night and 4 of them died as a result. The biggest problems in the inner city are black kids killing other black kids b/c they were dissed. Just b/c Jackson, Sharpton etc want to bury their heads in the sand over what the real problems are don’t expect clear thinking Americans to go along with their idiocy.

    Humphreys Executor in reply to styro1. | July 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I’ve got a question for the Rt Rev. Sharpton: What’s his take on, “Judge not lest ye be judged.”

Mob rule is nothing new to humanity. I just hate to see it here.

    Carol Herman in reply to Rand. | July 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    What do you think would happen if there was a counter rally advertising FREE NIKE’s?

      They would be stampeded by raging mobs of old-school English teachers armed with bottles of correction fluid, looking to get rid of the extraneous apostrophe?

      “NO JUSTICE, NO PEA’S” 😉

In Detroit, the usual suspects, militant black “reverends” called out the troops today to rally for “Trayvon”.

The “Reverend” Charles William II led this march today. He is a charter member of the leftist group People for The American Way(what a laffer that title is).

He has been at the forefront of the protests, marches, etc. against the Emergency Manager for Detroit and I’m sure he has a full list of civil rights complaints about the bankruptcy filing.
He has actually stated that no white should ever be elected Mayor of Detroit. A racist hate monger if I’ve ever seen one, wrapped in the cloak of a clergy….

For a sample of the good reverend’s writings on the Huffington Post see the following link.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/reverend-charles-e-williams-iii/

Saw an article somewhere (here?) that the Left is 100% a Potemkin Village, just a massive fraud to gain power and wealth.

Watching the slave masters of the village on MSLSD, makes me think the observation is spot on.

Monday, I’ll return to my heavily integrated work environment where everybody gets on just fine and where not a word is said about the Village. Everybody there is intent on making some money, and race hustlers aren’t allowed in.

But I don’t doubt for a second that after hours, the outrage of the people who during the day are just the guys in the next aisle over is churned to a fever pitch by Reverend Al Obama.

I can’t see any way out of the nightmare that electing this evil race hustler has imposed on this country. He seems to take intense pleasure in it, doesn’t he, and his lemmings, having tasted blood and with their hands elbow deep in other peoples’ pockets, don’t seem inclined to ever stop.

Wonder how long I could I could walk around without getting assaulted or arrested if I wore a T-shirt with the TRUE slogan- “Trayvon got Justice”.

    DriveBy in reply to gospace. | July 21, 2013 at 8:56 am

    That would be disrespectful to the dead, because Trayvon did not go out that night looking for a confrontation with George and vice versa. So most reasonable people in this country call all of this an unfortunate tragedy, while a very small number of others call it “a dead thug is a good thug.”

    Just my opinion.

    kentuckyliz in reply to gospace. | July 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

    When I’m feeling cranky (especially about the MLK in a hoodie meme), I think to myself, “Sounds like TM was judged on the content of his character…and that judgment was delivered by a hollow point bullet.”

    freedomwillring in reply to gospace. | July 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

    so mean spirited..how do you guys sleep at night? oh wait..you don’t have a conscience. yada yada

Carol Herman | July 20, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Depends on your neighborhood.

Carol Herman | July 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Today, I was out and about. And, what’s surprised me the most is that absolutely no one is talking about this case! Does that mean a lot of people are just holding their feelings privately? Where did conversation go?

Not even obama’s 17 minutes of speech without notes seems to be hitting any chords.

When Nixon went down people were not quiet! (Of course, back in those days I was living in Manhattan.) But wherever you walked more people were talking about Nixon, than were talking about the weather.

Heck, I even remember what Pauline Kael said back in 1972. Nixon won his re-election in a landslide. (McGovern, picked up one State.) And, Pauline Kael, writing for the New Yorker Magazine said, “Gee, I don’t know one person who voted for him.”

By the way, I repeated this remark to my mom. Who corrected me by saying “I did.”

I’m more surprised by the silence than anything. Because I think lots and lots of Americans are just sadly disappointed.

In a universe where the President of the United States can make a negative assumption about a man based on his race, IE Zimmerman is partially white therefore he MUST be a racist. Why should I be surprised at Obama’s racism? After all, he’s the man who derisively called his grandmother a “typical white person” and took Henry Louis Gates’ side after admitting he had no idea what happened at Cambridge.

    profshadow in reply to CrustyB. | July 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I’m especially troubled by his failure to call for a recognition of Zimmerman’s right to self defense.

    Call it tragic that Martin led a life that brought it to such a conclusion.

    But pure race bait. In large part to distract from the Bankruptcy of “Demtroit.” And of course, racial division.

David Yotham | July 20, 2013 at 11:52 pm

If everyone thinks this is bad, just think how bad things could get with a federal holiday named after “Barack H. Obama”! Here is a man who has spent his entire time trying to divide this country along racial and class lines, and then to have his name assume an equal status with the Rev.Martin Luther King. The turmoil would never stop!

Pray. PRAY that he has a long and healthy life, dying from some obscure disease in a foreign country – running away from the cops.

As for the garbage falling out of Obama’s face – it’s just another ‘smoke & mirrors’, ‘dog & pony’ show he’s using to stir up everyone. What else is happening? Benghazi, IRS, voter fraud, executive orders, Obamacare, immigration, Muslim Brotherhood, the War with Islam…a really long list.

I don’t trust a thing this person has to say about anything. He’s a liar sent on his mission from the father of lies.

    Crawford in reply to David Yotham. | July 22, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    “If everyone thinks this is bad, just think how bad things could get with a federal holiday named after “Barack H. Obama”! ”

    Isn’t that April 1st?

When I hear the comments of the people who continue to protest the verdict in the Zimmerman case and who now suggest that the law of defense should be modified or abandoned, I feel frustration and perhaps even sadness. I’ve heard a number of comments like “Trayvon Martin had every right to be there.” Who suggests that he didn’t? Who suggests that Zimmerman was found not guilty because Martin didn’t have a right to be there? These same people simply ignore the fact that the evidence indicated that Martin started the fight and continued beating Zimmerman as Zimmerman screamed in terror for approximately 40 seconds before he shot Martin. What’s up? Do these people not realize how ignorant they sound when they ignore these crucial facts. Do these people want to modify the law of self defense so that no white person or person of mixed race can assert it when the person defended against is black, but leave the law intact so that a black person may legally defend himself against an violent attack by a white person? If not, does this mean that they wish to make it illegal for a black person to defend himself against an unprovoked violent attack from a white person? It seems that they are asserting that no white person or person of mixed race can observe the actions of black person, or that doing so makes the white person or person of mixed face fair game for being beaten. Can only white persons or persons of mixed race look suspicious, but not black persons? According to Whoopi Goldberg, apparently so. Mark O’Mara asked her: “If because he’s black, can he never look suspicious?” She replied, “I kinda think no…” To her and to many of the protestors, a black person never can look suspicious. Interesting. The protests regarding the outcome of the Zimmerman case are absurd, and reveal the protestors to have (i) an ignorance of the facts of the case, (ii) an inability to reason, or (iii) a very deep seated animus toward white people and people of mixed race. Whatever the reason, it is frustrating and sad.

    c0cac0la in reply to jonesgeorge. | July 21, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Instead of trying to actually rehabilitate their (the black community) image, what they’re trying to do is to modify their image by changing the system thereby changing how the system defines their image.

    As many other have suggested, they’re trying to move the goal posts, instead of shooting through the current goal posts.

    Because having to actually put in the work of changing the image is much more difficult than changing the perception of their image. It’s like a drug addict that refuses rehabilitation and instead glorifies their addiction as the norm rather than an affliction.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to jonesgeorge. | July 21, 2013 at 5:04 am

    All these protests can be seen as nothing more than Communist agitators trying to break down the rule of law.

    They create disorder and division and they fan grievances and a sense of injustice in order to achieve their agenda.

    Communist trick as old as the movement.

      Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | July 21, 2013 at 5:06 am

      Most of (working) America is not interested in buying into totalitarianism. They remember how badly it worked out for Russians, East Germans, any group in the USSR, for Iraq, Iran, etc.

    Bruce Hayden in reply to jonesgeorge. | July 21, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Keep in mind that those making a big thing about TM legitimately being where he was are talking about the place where the physical altercation occurred, and not where he was first seen by GZ, which was walking around on the grass on someone else’s front yard appearing to be trying to look in the windows. This house,BTW, was a couple of doors away from a house that had been recently burglarized (but not by TM, since at least one (black) suspect was in custody already). It was partially that TM appeared not to legitimately be on that front lawn that was part of why GZ was initially suspicious.

    For whatever it’s worth, I’m black and I see the Zimmerman/Martin case as self defense that didn’t even provide probably cause for an arrest, much less enough evidence for a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s a travesty that the government’s resources were used in this way. I’m one voice, but one is better than none.

But what if Zimmerman had been black and Martin white?

http://www.tampabay.com/stand-your-ground-law/cases/case_26

NC Mountain Girl | July 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

Everything that touches this administration seems to devolve into fantasy.

A BULLSHIT Universe, wherein resides Sharpton, Toure, Dyson (more white kids have to die),Crump and this crew…. http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/17/martin-case-what-shall-i-tell-my-kids/

“Civil rights landmark”????

More like a sordid chapter in the story of the worst president ever.

Scott Rasmussen is up with an article claiming we need to have a “national conversation” about race.

I thought we had that national conversation in November of 2008. Voters did their part to demonstrate that race is NOT the barrier libs would have us believe it is.

If race relations are now in such a precarious state, I would submit to you that the responsibility lies with the race-baiter in the White House, not us.

    Here is Jim Treacher’s version of how this “honest national conversation about race” would go:

    An Honest Conversation About Race a play in one act

    Liberal: You're a racist!

    THE END

    — Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) July 21, 2013

    LOL.

Where is the outrage of the gay activists? RJ testified in trial and said on the Piers Morgan show that she told TM she thought GZ was a gay rapist seeking to assault TM. TM then pursued and gay-bashed GZ.

If TM hadn’t died, he could have been charged with felony aggravated assault AND a hate crime. There were just 4 people in Kentucky convicted for long prison terms (up to 30 years) for gay bashing–and the vic didn’t even die.

    randian in reply to kentuckyliz. | July 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    If TM hadn’t died, he could have been charged with felony aggravated assault AND a hate crime

    Hate crime? Not bloody likely. Blacks just don’t get charged with that.

Regarding the President’s comments about black men being viewed suspiciously; Jesse Jackson himself in 1997, discussing black crime, acknowledged that when he heard footsteps behind him at night and turned around, felt relief at seeing that the person behind him was white. http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×5183427

Alternative universe, yes. I wrote on verdict day, “I am watching Twilight Zone episodes from the sixties looking for some guidance from Rod Serling in this matter.” It’s a universe of mirrors where each fact is turned on its head upside down. “If only he stayed in his car like he was told.” Not true, but even if it was, it’s like saying, “If only Lincoln didn’t go to the theatre that night.” Lincoln’s fault he got killed, right? Everything from the Martin side is a lie. Everything they say about Zimmerman is false, but true about their son, Trayvon. Zimmerman was profiled by Martin who bragged about beating up a snitch. Zimmerman was a snitch, and in his universe, “snitches get stitches.” Viewed as some kind of civil right, I guess. So Trayvon, baited Zimmerman by walking around his car in an attempt to intimidate him. Ran into the alley between the buildings where he hid in the darkness, silently stalking Zimmerman. He waited for Zimmerman to get off the phone with 911, and launched his vicious attack. Zimmerman, who according to the “one drop rule” of race classification, is just as black as Obama. The yellow press morphs him into a white man to fit the the lie. When the witnesses for the state proved it was Zimmerman who was being attacked, the case changed to who was screaming for their life. State produced two witnesses to prove who was screaming, mother and brother. They would not even put his father, Tracy Martin, on the stand. The defense had to do that job, and followed it up with at least two credible witnesses that said basically, Tracy Martin purjured himself. So did the mother and brother, IMHO. I’ll give the mother a free pass on that, but in her heart, she knows the truth. Brother I’ll give a free pass to also, he’s too young to resist the incredible pressure to go along with the big lie. The defense brings many witnesses saying it was Zimmerman screaming, but the state could not produce a single witness, like a teacher, a friend, anybody that knew him well, to say otherwise. Not even his father? Statements from Crump repeatedly said it’s not about race. In hindsight it appears the justice system was acting fairly, correctly, blindly and justly until the Martins, with lots of help from Shapton, Obama, the Justice Department, and an all too willing press, injected race into it. The train of justice, running perfectly fine up to that point, derails and wrecks. Trayvon’s death was a tragedy like any 17 YO male who makes a poor judgement that results in their death. Driving too fast, swimming in dangerous waters, as they say, a thousand ways to die. That’s all it is. The Martins need to heal for sure. It’s natural to blame somebody or something other than themselves or the decisions their son made that awful night. It’s called being human. That’s why we have laws. To protect innocent people from mob passions and misdirected anger. Who’s civil rights have been egregiously violated when you subtract the awful race and hatred?

The important thing here is to confront Obama on his dissembling about his own past and that of Trayvon Martin’s life. The failure of society to confront a false assertion is a liberal’s only true weapon.

Obama’s race speech was strictly about dissembling and distraction from the real issue, the devolution of Black Culture into drug and alcohol abuse. The President’s own background speaks directly to indulging in this failure. The speech Obama should have made to be a “transformative leader” would have been to take responsibility for his failure of character as a teenager in selling and using drugs when he was leader of the Chom gang in Hawaii. It would have been inspirational to Black teenagers like Trayvon to see that they had a future if only they would trade in their drug and gun culture for assimilating the American Culture of Success as he did through education.

Instead, Obama squandered his opportunity to be something more than mouth piece validating liberalism’s racist views of why Blacks need to be nannied by the State. So because we are not about to let this go unanswered Obama will quietly change the subject, but the damage has been done, for the hard core liberal, their view has been validated only because it was publicly voiced regardless if it once again has been rejected. This whole episode has demonstrated quite clearly that liberal’s penchant for group rights are racists by insisting a person be judged based on the color of their skin and not the content of their character. Martin who threw the first punch driven by his own racist homophobia is considered the victim by liberals because of the color of his skin: and Zimmerman is considered the perp because of his light skin.

Have you noticed that liberals seldom have a real victim these days? All they can muster is a faux victim.

    freedomwillring in reply to dscott. | July 23, 2013 at 12:13 am

    /you guys are all so ‘hateful’ do you really practice law? god forbid the person who gets you in the courtroom…so single minded and hateful…remember don’t wear a hoodie around GZ…you could be next…oh…wait, you’re white…you’re the chosen people…lol

Exasperated | July 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

Sheesh, I just assumed this was a “flash gaff” for the chumps. (Flash gaff is UK criminal slang for an over the top diversion, a trick or ruse used in a confidence game. It’s meant to get you to look the other way when you are being robbed.) In this case, the purpose is to get the working folks to look away from Immigration Reform, which will screw the working poor of all ethnicities, especially AAs.

Sharpshooter | July 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Quote: “I felt like I had taken off from an imperfect planet Earth, and landed in an alternate universe.”

Welcome to post-modern America, which IS an alternative universe, in which reality is whatever one wishes it to be.

Just as info, since the race baiters are bringing it up. Here is a case where the races were reversed….looky what happened…
http://rochester.ynn.com/content/top_stories/490926/jury-finds-roderick-scott-not-guilty/

I have all the experiences (black man followed in a store, etc.) cited by President Obama, but my experiences lead me in a different direction. I NEVER want to see special interests manipulate law enforcement and the judicial system to attempt to send someone to jail with no real evidence that the person committed a crime. If there is evidence that GZ shot TM because of race, by all means prosecute him. But if there is no evidence of race bias, let him/her go. No black american, considering the history of race bias against blacks, should ever condone prosecuting and convicting someone (of any race) with little or no evidence. Being found guilty based on flimsy or non-existent evidence while ignoring, discounting or suppressing exculpatory evidence – these are exactly the things that have historically happened to us in the judicial system, and I’m against it happening to anyone. Period.

JohnOfEnfield | July 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I think that the depths that Obama has descended to are tragic. He has demeaned himself, his office & his country.

It is manifestly obvious that Obama has resorted to using this case to inflame the populace in order to provide a smokescreen for all the other abuses of his office. For example, he now has a prima facie case to answer on the IRS scandal.

The comparison between the “Pussy Riot” case of judicial manipulation in Russia and the Zimmerman case is horrible to think about.

My question to Obama is: what on earth have we in the Western world been fighting for since 1939 if it is not freedom from abuse of power by the likes of him & Holder? Neither History nor the American people will EVER forgive him.

[…] of civil rights violations. Because I am not an attorney or professor of law, I will quote one: Obama statement | Trayvon Martin | Protests boycotts Beyond that, Zimmerman was of mixed race (white, Hispanic, black) with no history of racism […]

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