Juan Williams is a liberal, so I don’t agree with him much. But he’s a more honest liberal than most, which is saying very, very, very, very [insert infinity symbol here] little:
The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida has sparked national outrage, with civil rights leaders from San Francisco to Baltimore leading protests calling for a new investigation and the arrest of the shooter.
But what about all the other young black murder victims? Nationally, nearly half of all murder victims are black. And the overwhelming majority of those black people are killed by other black people. Where is the march for them?
Where is the march against the drug dealers who prey on young black people? Where is the march against bad schools, with their 50% dropout rate for black teenaged boys? Those failed schools are certainly guilty of creating the shameful 40% unemployment rate for black teens.
How about marching against the cable television shows constantly offering minstrel-show images of black youth as rappers and comedians who don’t value education, dismiss the importance of marriage, and celebrate killing people, drug money and jailhouse fashion—the pants falling down because the jail guard has taken away the belt, the shoes untied because the warden removed the shoe laces, and accessories such as the drug dealer’s pit bull.
I still don’t know exactly what happened, but I believe Trayvon Martin should be alive today. I don’t know what share of the responsibility lies with whom, but a series of bad choices—not least by Trayvon himself—led to his pointless and wholly avoidable death.
Beyond that, the reaction of the black community has been shameful. Williams points are valid and powerful—and have been made before, not least by this man:
That old lech is Jesse Jackson, who once expressed his wish, sotto voce, to castrate Barack Obama (though in cruder terms) for the crime of “talking down to black people”.
But Jackson himself once opined on the subject of young black men:
There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.
Obama himself weighed in on the Trayvon tragedy:
If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.
Wow, that’s helpful—and so relevant! Narcissistic much?
Who else is behaving typically?
Sharpton, a longtime civil rights activist, is taking a leading role in the controversy surrounding Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager shot to death by a community watch captain in Florida last month. Sharpton has led rallies in support of Martin’s family and pressed for the arrest of his killer, although he broke away from those activities Tuesday to attend the funeral of his 87-year-old mother.
But Sharpton also hosts a current-events show, “Politics Daily,” on a cable-news network, where opinions roam freely but passionate off-hours advocacy of the type Sharpton is engaged in is generally frowned upon. After all, MSNBC is the same network that famously suspended former host Keith Olbermann after he was found to have donated to Democratic political candidates.
Conservatives are zinging MSNBC — which has become a depot of liberal opinion — with relish. Commentator L. Brent Bozell III whacked Sharpton as a “race-huckstering activist” and accused the network of “mind-boggling hypocrisy” for keeping Sharpton but dumping conservative host Patrick Buchanan this year after he published a book that foretold “the end of white America.”
But not all the fire is from the right wing. The Associated Press weighed in with a story Tuesday, observing: “Sharpton’s dual role would have been unthinkable on television 20 years ago and still wouldn’t be allowed at many news organizations. While opinionated cable news hosts have become commonplace over the past decade, Sharpton goes beyond talking.”
Oh please. Are you telling me a (alleged) news organization didn’t know whom they were hiring? They can’t search the archives for Al Sharpton and Tawana Brawley? Al Sharpton and Freddie’s Fashion Mart? Al Sharpton and and Yankel Rosenbaum? He’s the same guy, except a few pounds lighter, most of it bling and hair. MSNBC couldn’t be happier that Al Sharpton has found a new tragedy to exploit.
But Sharpton, Jackson, and Obama have even more company:
A New Black Panther Party leader who announced a $10,000 reward for the capture of the neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin was arrested Monday outside Atlanta for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, DeKalb County Sheriff’s office said.
Hashim Nzinga, 49, was in possession of an FN Herstal 5.7×28 handgun that he allegedly sold to the Stone Mountain Pawn Shop on March 5 in DeKalb County, Sgt. Adrion Bell, the public information officer, told FoxNews.com.
Last month, Nzinga was convicted for felony deposit account fraud in nearby Gwinnett County, Bell said. It is illegal for a convicted felon to carry a firearm in the state and police were alerted to Nzinga’s alleged possession after the store’s transaction, Bell said.
Which brings us to our most recent shameless race hustler, Spike Lee:
Filmmaker Spike Lee tweeted the wrong home address for George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Fla., man who many are claiming should be arrested for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin. The tweet could have potentially put the woman who actually lives at that address in danger.
The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket went to the address that Lee tweeted as members of the New Black Panther Party were offering a $10,000 cash reward for Zimmerman’s capture, “dead or alive,” and others were demanding his arrest.
“[T]he Edgewater Circle address Mr. Lee re-tweeted out is not part of the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place and where Mr. Zimmerman lives,” Picket reported. “The area is not even a gated community.”
“In fact, I took a drive to that Edgewater Circle address that so many on Twitter re-tweeted and cursed, and I discovered through a neighbor, named Tim, who lives across the street from the address, that not only does George Zimmerman not live at the lakeside house but a woman by the name of Elaine does,” Picket added.
Picket also said several news agencies have showed up at the address looking for Zimmerman, which – with the crowds the Panthers, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have whipped up into a frenzy – may have put the woman, Elaine, in danger.
It’s unclear specifically which news agencies trekked to the address Lee tweeted and why they failed to report Lee’s inaccuracy.
This report follows new revelations in the Martin case, including Zimmerman’s self-described membership in the Democratic Party, freshly surfaced tweets from Martin’s Twitter account, and Martin’s various suspensions from school.
That voice you hear is Trayvon Martin’s from beyond the grave saying “The next MF-ing African American ‘community leader’ who even mentions my name is getting a bolt of lightning right up the a**. Ya hear me, homies?”