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Scott St. Clair: Listening to an Adult in the Room Discuss Trayvon and George

Zimmerman BarkleyAbout Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, can we talk? Coming off the not-guilty verdict in the case, everybody claims to want an honest national conversation on race, so might as well throw in my two-cents, which can pretty much be summed up by saying I’m down with what Sir Charles said.

Former NBA star Charles Barkley, in an interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, nailed it:

In two and a half minutes, he cuts through the bull, gets to the heart of the matter and outs skullduggery and hidden agendas – refreshing to have an adult in the room.

In saying he agreed with the verdict, Barkley focused on the evidence, which is what trials are about, while acknowledging the tragedy of a young man’s death and the grief his parents feel.

He correctly called out as villains hucksters, both black and white, and the media:

“I don’t like when race gets out in the media because I don’t think the media has a pure heart, as I call it. There are very few people have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any,  shape, form — a lot of black people are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they say only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. I don’t like when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands.”

Plain-speaking truth. And he’s not alone in that – not by a long shot.

The 24/7/365 social-media info-bomb culture prizes sensation over good sense. Everybody points a finger, but few think orzimmerman trayvon hoodie listen.   I doubt whether an “honest conversation” will take place because there are painful and ugly truths that must be acknowledged. And the conversation will have to include holding certain members of the reverend clergy and others accountable.

Face it: racism exists. Abner Louima and Rodney King were racially targeted and attacked (by police, no less) even as O.J. got off scot-free.

As one observer noted, race hustlers gin up anger in the black community over allegations of racism against George Zimmerman not because there’s evidence of it – on the contrary, there absolutely is none (even Bill Cosby said so)— but because there’s evidence of it throughout history.

African-American Charles Ramsey put it another way after he rescued three girls from a decade-long kidnapping in Cleveland:

“Bro, I knew something is wrong when a little pretty white girl run into a black man’s arms – Something is wrong here”:

Why would he say that? And why did everybody laugh knowingly when he did?

Conservatives can be justifiably upset about being targeted by the IRS for their political beliefs, the exercise of their free-speech rights and feeling like they’ll never get an honest break, so maybe they can understand how blacks feel after 200 years of slavery, 100 years of Jim Crow and their sundry baggage.

Funny Obama Trayvon distractionA lot of folks on the right will hate to admit it, but President Obama was correct in saying the reaction of many black Americans stems from “a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”

Just don’t limit the conversation to black Americans. We all have experiences and history, and it’s a tragedy when any young person irrespective of race is killed. They deserve a shout out too.

He was right when he said the case and the verdict shouldn’t be used to “heighten divisions,” advice the president should instruct his own people to follow as well as follow himself.

It was cynical pandering for Attorney General Eric Holder to jump in with a promise to look for civil rights violations when the ink on the Zimmerman verdict wasn’t even dry. Ditto for the president to complain about stand-your-ground laws when (1) they weren’t at issue in the Zimmerman case, and (2) there’s strong evidence to suggest they benefit blacks more than whites.

An “honest conversation” must include hard talk on black-on-black gun crime, fatherless black families and the drug wars.Zimmerman reaction  But raise these issues and you get attacked by the soft bigotry of low expectations of white liberals who refuse to admit they exist and who have their own stereotypical biases toward black men.

It would have been a great for the president to mention that young men of all races are valuable, not just the Trayvon Martin’s of the world. And he could have acknowledged that sometimes it’s a black man who’s found “not guilty” in the shooting of a white teenager.

Yet it is legitimate to ask why Zimmerman carried a firearm while on a neighborhood watch patrol. But he was on patrol because there was a crime problem ineffectively addressed by the police, and the perps wore hoodies. Were you in his shoes at night potentially facing a criminal, wouldn’t you at least consider being armed? If you answer no, you’re not being honest.

Zimmerman cartoon hoodieI’m freaked out when I see a hoodie – on ANYONE. Who wears something designed to conceal unless they have something to conceal?

Then we have the self-aggrandizing reverends who flock to these cases like flies to carrion while encouraging you to have your VISA or Discover card ready.  Serial race-baiter Al Sharpton has a decades-long history of faking racially-based grievances – he has yet to pay damages and make the apology he was ordered to by a court in the infamous Tawana Brawley case. Almost since the day Martin was shot, he’s been braying at every opportunity and post-verdict he’s stoking racial-animosity fires across the country with a series of demonstrations demanding federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman that were, from early reports, sparsely attended.

At the same time, Jesse Jackson insulted every woman in America, white and black, when he complained that Zimmerman’s jury wasn’t made up of black MEN (maybe like his felon son?). That didn’t sound like he was interested in evidence or justice – only that the person who was shot was black, and the person who shot him wasn’t, ergo the non-black person would go to jail if, and apparently ONLY if, the jury was comprised of black men.

Adding insult to injury were Jackson’s calling Florida an “apartheid state” and demanding that the U.N. Human Rights zimmerman_wanted_posterCouncil, with such stalwart devotees of civil liberties as Venezuela and Pakistan, investigate the Martin killing.

There’s more: A local black politician blames Chicago police for the swath of murders of young black men. Some are giving a pass to blacks using language whites regard as racist while parsing their use of the “N” word. Rioters went on a Hollywood wilding as Martin’s death and the verdict as an excuse to loot .

It’s as if the whole thing was a clichéd made-for-TV movie, which is how much to most of the national media scripted it from the get go.  Never mind the facts, let’s make this about a pure and innocent boy set upon by a white racist with hatred in his heart then ignore whatever inconveniently contradicts that narrative.

While we’re at it if we’re NBC let’s doctor some audio to make the bad white guy, who isn’t white at all but Hispanic, look despicable and racist.

From the beginning, the story of Martin’s death and Zimmerman’s trial had the potential to exacerbate tensions and inflame passions. “That made it all the more incumbent on the media to be scrupulously truthful and responsible in their coverage. At this, they have spectacularly failed, with deplorable consequences,“ said one commentator at RealClearPolitics.com

It’s the same thinking that put alleged Boston Marathon terrorist and murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on a Rolling Stone cover. Screw the truth and the impression we make – let’s just look cool to each other at cocktail parties.

The media is keeping it up by over-hyping the Sharpton demonstrations as something akin the 1963 march on Washington, D.C. that featured Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I have a dream” speech and saw 250,000 in attendance.

It’s doubtful, seriously doubtful, that the total number of people who attended Sharpton’s “National Day of Action” demonstrations in the 100 cities he claimed would have them approached five percent of the total of 1963’s single march.

Honest national conversation? Not with Al or Jesse hawking their personal agendas, an administration playing politics instead of being even handed and a refusal see how the other guy sees things.  In sum, until there’s more listen and think.

Scott St. Clair is a journalist, rhetorical pugilist, agent provocateur, aider and abbetor of Liberty Lovers and a former competitive Highland piper. He says what he thinks, means what he says and doesn’t suffer fools. He’s also a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce. His opinions are entirely his own, and you shouldn’t expect them to mirror yours.

President Obama Divides Instead of Unites on George Zimmerman Case

Obama Trayvon MartinThe President doubles down and has added to his “If I had a son he’d look like Trayvon Martin” and now says he could have been Trayvon Martin all those years ago. Really? Would he have come back and jumped a George Zimmerman in his neighborhood? Really?

The President took to the podium today to further personalize the George Zimmerman case to make an emotional attachment to himself instead of making the case for the rule of law. He inserted himself in the case to make a point about race–which was not an issue at trial and only the view held by race hucksters Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.

For the only-child-in-chief it’s always about him, never the country. Where he could have been uniter he once again has become a divider. Instead of being an attorney in the White House he used his position score political points. 

Where was the upbraiding of thugs and hoodlums for trashing cities across the country over a verdict that the President doesn’t elucidate? Instead, he further personalizes and emotionalizes a case that could have been explained, but he did not do that. Shame. 

Zimmerman Trial: The Hysteria Begins

Zimmerman magazine coverOne more time: The Trayvon Martin‬ story is a tragedy but this cover does a disservice to the truth.

The prosecutors said George Zimmerman just pulled out a gun and shot Trayvon Martin but they they offered no proof and the proof that was introduced into trial showed that theory was false. The jury, correctly, didn’t buy it.

The defense used the the telephone time line to show there were four minutes that lapsed between time they parted and when Trayvon came back and the fight began.

Zimmerman defense attorney Don West said anyone who watched the trial knows they put on the case and “proved our client was innocent because the prosecution [whose job it is to put on a case], didn’t.”

I wish Zimmerman had just watched and observed and waited for the cops but what he did was not illegal. 

Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara said at the post verdict news conference in the last :45 seconds Trayvon Martin had more control over the situation than did George Zimmerman.

Please see all my posts below.

Zimmerman Attorney: This Verdict STILL Has Nothing to do With Civil Rights

zimmerman don west mark omaraGeorge Zimmerman defense attorneys Mark O’Mara and Don West both contend that the shooting of Trayvon Martin had everything to do with self defense and nothing to do with civil rights violations. In fact, O’Mara contends that using the Zimmerman case to try and make a civil rights cause celebre out of it will backfire on Martin supporters. 

In the post verdict news conference O’Mara claimed that Zimmerman was never “guilty of anything except protecting himself in self defense.” West added that he thought the prosecution of Zimmerman was in itself “disgraceful.”

O’Mara predicted problems for civil rights activists if they used this case as a rallying cry (see it at 20:56) during his news conference last night, 

I kept saying a year ago that I really hope that they don’t. I kept suggesting to Mr. Crump on three separate occasions that we not make this the civil rights case of the century because it’s just not. It’s just not. Did it bring to the forefront the conversation that young black males are treated a certain way in the criminal justice system? Absolutely! Is that positive? Absolutely! Do we need to have that conversation? Absolutely! However, if portending that conversation on top of the Zimmerman verdict is going to affect that ability to have that conversation then shame on them because that conversation needs to be had and now it may not be had because we have sort of artificially separated the two camps, if you will, over this verdict. This verdict still has nothing to do with civil rights.


Zimmerman Trial: Left Calls Self Defense Laws “Kill at Will”

Making the rounds today is this graphic of where Stand Your Ground or self defense laws exist and where they refer Zimmerman kill at willto them as Kill at Will states.What’s the old saying? I’d rather be judged by 12 (in this case 6) than carried by six? These people won’t be happy until all victims refuse to fight back.

For those of you who didn’t bother to watch or read about the trial and its aftermath except to receive as gospel the Rev Al’s talking points about it, both the chief prosecutor and lead attorney for the state said definitively that self defense laws did NOT make it harder to try George Zimmerman AND that they haven’t changed much over the years. See my post on that aspect of the case here. 

Occupy Portland Gets in on George Zimmerman Trial Act. Pledge “All Cops are Targets” and “F*** the Cops!”

Zimmerman Laughing at LibsThe call went out within minutes of the George Zimmerman exoneration in Florida last night.

“Zimmerman walked on all counts! Pioneer Square Now.”

and then organizers called for another rally for today pledging,

“Justice for Trayvon! End Racist Killings! End the New Jim Crow! End the Legalized Lynchings! Peninsula Park!”

Laughing at Liberals at www.YouTube.com/LaughingatLiberals  checked out last nigh’ts antics and found a very underwhelming call to action–except when it came to F*** the Cops and that “Every cop is a target,”  and then the crowd became animated.

Also, for those of you who live on Hawthorne, no cop was involved in any way in the Trayvon Martin case except to investigate it.


Zimmerman Trial Prosecutors: Stand Your Ground/Self Defense Did NOT Make it Harder to Prosecute Zimmerman

Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman case were asked by media members last night after the verdict if self Zimmerman DA2defense and Stand Your Ground laws made it more difficult to prosecute him. Both said no and both said in fact that the law in Florida hadn’t changed all that much at all since Stand Your Ground was passed in 2005. So much for that media meme. Still, I know it will come back time and again, so let’s get some quotes out there so even the folks who live on Hawthorne Blvd can understand them.

At 10:06, a reporter from the Miami Herald asks about the Stand Your Ground law.

Reporter: Can you talk about the Florida Stand Your Ground law and whether the changes in 2005 in the law affected the facts in this case and whether this case could have been won, perhaps, pre the changes in the law”

Prosecutor Angela Corey: “Well, justifiable use of deadly force has changed to a certain extent. Stand Your Ground is a procedural mechanism as we call it where we fully expected it because of what we were hearing that the defense would request a Stand Your Ground hearing, we would have put on the same evidence. It would have been front of just a judge instead of a jury. 

Reporter: What about the duty to retreat aspect?

Prosecutor Corey: Well the duty to retreat aspect had sort of disappeared before Stand Your Ground kicked in. 

And at 18:45 we have this question asked of  Prosecutor De La Rionda,

“Could I get your impression of the 2005 expansion of the Florida self defense statutes? Does this make your job harder?”

Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda, “You know self defense has existed for a long time. And we’ve dealt with it in Jackson for a long time. We’ve tried a lot of self defense cases; I’ve personally tried ten-15 self defense cases. They’re tough cases, but we accept it so… The law really  hasn’t changed all that much. Stand Your Ground was a big thing, but really the law hasn’t changed. We have a right to bear arms and a right to self defense.”

Confirmed: Justice Not Color Blind in Obama Administration. Sent DOJ Officials to Florida to Gin Up Rallies Against George Zimmerman.

The Obama Justice Department paid staffers to go to Florida to gin up rallies against defendant George blind_justiceZimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

How do we know this? Because they said so. 

Documents obtained by Freedom of Information requests show Main Justice sent staffers to Florida to organize rallies against Zimmerman. Look at some of the expenditures Judicial Watch obtained:


  • March 25 – 27, 2012, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”

  • March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.

  • *March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent $892.55 in Sanford, FL “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida.”

* Correction to bulleted point number three: “to provide interregional support for protest deployment in Florida.” Correction required due to unintentional copywriting error.

  • March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent an additional $751.60 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”

  • April 3 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $1,307.40 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”

  • April 11 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $552.35 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.”

I didn’t know the Justice Department had event planners ready to deploy.

Imagine if the Justice Department under the auspices of the Obama White House sent someone to destroy you.