Friday, March 23, 2012

Justice for Trayvon Martin! Racial Tensions (and Hypocrisies) Flare in Wake of Florida Teen Shooting

Actually, I'm not criticizing the outrage over this shooting. What I am criticizing is the left's politicization of it. See Gateway Pundit, "It Begins… Far Left Media Ties Trayvon Martin Killing to Rush Limbaugh (Video)." Follow the link there to MSNBC analyst and Democratic strategist Karen Finney, who makes an aggressive attempt link the GOP presidential candidates to the death of Trayvon Martin. It's sick and disgusting and really has no place in the discussion. (And don't even get me started on this: "Farrakhan Tweets: 'Where There Is No Justice, There Will Be No Peace…Law of Retaliation May…Be Applied'.")

And while it's elevated, the discussion from last night's PBS NewsHour isn't that much better. I'm interested especially in the commentary from The Altantic's racial-grivance columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is interviewed. Listening to the guy he's clearly less impressive an intellectual when one actually hears his patter on television. He sounds not much more than a homie with a suit. Worse though is this Donna Britt lady, who says "Thank God" Treyvon Martin "looks like a kid ... he looks like someone who is young and vulnerable and who matters. And that's part of the reason why people have responded so much..." That's really cold and offensive --- it wouldn't matter if the victim was a genuine black thug? --- and it's a way for black intellectuals to completely discount --- even hide --- the real pathologies in the black community. For example, I'm no fan of Geraldo Rivero, but I think he's right to point out that the way the boy was dressed could have been a factor in his killing. So notice the discrepancy here: A black intellectual confesses that we should thank God that the boy wasn't an invulnerable hardened criminal, and that's "part of the reason people have responded so much," but when Geraldo Rivera speaks out on gangsta attire that's "victim blaming." Honestly, only on the left do you see these kinds of disgusting double standards.

The whole video is good but scroll forward to Britt's comments at about the 10:00 minute mark:

More later...