It’s been a week since a jury of six women said it was fine with them that George Zimmerman shot to death an unarmed teenager carrying a can of iced tea and a bag of Skittles. One of the more odious jurors, B37, hit the television circuit, blaming Travyon Martin for walking while black trying to arrange a book deal to make some money off the case. Zimmerman is trying to make money by suing NBC News for its bonehead editing job. Don’t be surprised when he hits Fox News, his propaganda outlet, as a regular guest.
There are huge divisions in the country. I don’t recommend listening to television reports or reading newspapers to get a feel for what the issues are. But I highly recommend going to the Web to the stories about the case and the result and immediately going down to the comments section. TV and newspaper Web sites don’t do much in terms of overseeing the comments section, so you really get to see the ignorant and vile statements by the American masses. And no, both sides don’t do it.
So President Obama goes to the podium on Thursday and talks about Trayvon. Never says the name George Zimmerman. Never says the verdict was correct. And totally pisses off the Fox News glitterati and their zombie followers.
The speech wasn’t an address to America. It was a speech to whites.
Because he never said a word in the speech that black people didn’t know. I was trying to think of equivalent speech content, and the closest thing I could come up with was: The sun rises in the east and sets in the west, even when it’s raining and you can’t see it.
So, we have another “conversation on race.” And while we have these conversations, the right passes new laws to limit minority involvement in election, passes new laws that let you shoot people who make you nervous, passes new laws to restrict brown people from crossing the border. At the same time, the right expresses indignation when black people say they’re upset that George Zimmerman walked.
Now, because of the speech above, Fox News is calling President Obama the “Race-Baiter in Chief.”
Here’s a reality check. Before the Zimmerman verdict, there was a lot of chatter about the possibility of riots if the killer walked. The killer walked and there were no riots. There were peaceful protests and demonstrations. When there was any hint of violence, the dozen or so people responsible were quickly arrested. But there were no riots.
For those of us old enough to remember when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, we also remember this happened:
For those of us who remember when the cops who beat Rodney King on videotape walked in their assault trial in 1992, we also remember this happened:
The Zimmerman trial was just as charged as the King trial. Police were prepared for destruction. When the Zimmerman verdict was read, people were upset, people were angry and people wanted vengeance. But there were no riots.
Some have asked, why not. Some say because community leaders called for calm.
Don’t be dense. There were no riots because Barack Obama is president. If George Bush (the dumber), or Bill Clinton, or George Bush (the smarter), or Ronald Reagan, or Jimmy Carter or Lyndon Johnson were president today, there would have been riots.
African-Americans aren’t going to do anything to make the job more difficult for an African-American president. That’s the only reason there was calm in the face of injustice.
The scumbags at Fox News should acknowledge that.
- The Five Rails Against Obama’s ‘Divisive’ Speech: Won’t Stop Until He ‘Gets George Zimmerman’s Blood’ (mediaite.com)
- Fox Tried Seven Ways To Get Zimmerman’s Brother To Bash Obama (He Didn’t) (businessinsider.com)
- George Zimmerman’s brother thinks Obama ‘tapped’ his phones (rawstory.com)
- If Zimmerman Walks, Media-inspired Riots Anticipated (thenewamerican.com)
- Krauthammer’s Take: Obama “Re-Racialized” Martin-Zimmerman Affair (nationalreview.com)
- Fox’s Chris Wallace: No, Obama Was Not ‘Stoking Racial Tensions’ With Zimmerman Speech (mediaite.com)