According to the latest US Department of Justice survey of crime victims, more than 6.6 million violent crimes (murder, rape, assault and robbery) are committed in the US each year, of which about 20 percent, or 1.3 million, are inter-racial crimes.Trayvon Martin was killed by a Hispanic named George Zimmerman. What I find intriguing about this case is not the case itself. Obviously, statistically this story is unusual since blacks are 1800% more likely to kill whites than the other way around, and furthermore there are not even any whites in this story. So this news is just not that compelling in and of itself. Americans―of which 82% are white―are aware of the self-evident and obvious fact that the main stream media has been hyping this story to an incredible degree, running it on every channel every hour of the day and night. As each new so-called "fact" is publicized, it is endlessly mulled over, theorized upon and subjected to debate by various public figures, each with their own particular axe to grind.
According to the survey "Highlights from 20 Years of Surveying Crime Victims", published in 1993, of the 1.3 million violent crimes that are interracial, 75% involve white victims and black offenders, 15% involve white victims and other-race offenders, and 10% involve black victims and white offenders.
And according to the latest annual report on murder by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, most inter-racial murders involve black assailants and white victims, with blacks murdering whites at 18 times the rate that whites murder blacks.
I'm not writing this blog post to argue the facts or theories of this case. If you aren't yet aware of them, then it's almost certain you haven't turned on a television or a radio in more than a month. What I want to explore―what I find incredibly compelling―is the rationale behind the media hype. And can there be any doubt that this story has been hyped to unimaginable proportions?
SANFORD — Members of the New Black Panther Party are offering a $10,000 reward for the "capture" of George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who shot Trayvon Martin.The purpose behind the hype is to re-establish the race card. This is of incredible importance to the left as the 2012 Presidential Election draws near. Al Sharpton has made this story his Raison d'être. Jesse Jackson has also decided that of all things of significance in the world today, this shooting is of paramount significance, arguing that Trayvon Martin is a Martyr.
New Black Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad announced the reward during a protest in Sanford Saturday. And when asked whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad replied defiantly: "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
Civil-rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson took the microphone shortly before noon today at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville and pronounced slain teen-ager Trayvon Martin to be a martyr. "Martyrs have power," Jackson said near the end of his hour-long sermon. "He represents all of us."Spike Lee has joined the "man-hunt" by using Twitter to proclaim to his thousands of followers the address where he assumed George Zimmerman resided―luckily for George Zimmerman, Spike Lee's criminal attempt to incite violence was hindered by the fact that George did not in fact live there.
How will Trayvon Martin's death serve to re-establish the race card? How on earth will what Florida police are calling a justifiable homicide committed by a Hispanic man, serve to prove once and for all that white people really are a bunch of racist whip-cracking, lynching, incestuous, cross burning, red-neck Ku-Klux-Klansmen? That doesn't matter. It doesn't have to make sense. Bill Whittle has an interesting observation. He noticed that people who were upset at being labeled as racists were self-evidently not racist. Imagine, if you can, calling a Ku-Klux-Klansman a racist and him becoming upset by that. It's absurd! Only people who don't think of themselves as racists are bothered by that accusation.
Our very own President of these United States, Barack Hussein Obama, declared the following: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." Obama, just like Al Sharpton, just like Jesse Jackson, just like Spike Lee, just like any rabble-rousing demagogue with an axe to grind, each of them cares nothing for the facts of the case. The only thing that matters is that the narrative they are spinning be believed by a sufficient number of people. The actions of the above public figures are incredibly irresponsible. The deliberate inciting of riots and violence across the nation is dangerous and stupid and selfishly self-serving, and the speakers should be punished accordingly. But they won't be punished, because these speakers are all effectively playing the race card. Bill Whittle has an excellent exposition of the race card in action, and how it can be defeated:
Are you angry at George Zimmerman because he killed Trayvon Martin? Or, like me, are you absolutely furious because Barack and Jesse and Al and Spike are all flashing their race cards and they apparently expect us to kiss their collective black asses while we pathetically grovel in our shameful white guilt?