Don’t miss this well-written, honest, insightful commentary by a black intellect; then ask: “Just who is it that promotes a divisive, So. Ca. “Rodney King”-type riot in Florida and what do they hope to get out of it?” (In revising it, I’ve now added commentary.)
By Erik Rush (Bio and Archives) Monday, June 17, 2013
What we do know for sure about the night of February 26, 2012, is that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death in Sanford, Florida, claiming self-defense. Despite altogether too many having made up their minds about who was to blame within minutes of hearing of the incident, and the biased, tainted press reports, enough facts have subsequently shaken out that I believe a reliable determination can now be made as to why Martin died that night.
Other than the summary accusations and presumptions of racism on Zimmerman’s part, very little has come to light towards definitively affirming the mixed-race (Latino-Caucasian) neighborhood watch participant as a racist individual. Quite the opposite, in fact: Zimmerman’s actions and activities in the weeks and years prior suggest that he was anything but racially-biased. Even Trayvon’s girlfriend (on the phone with Trayvon at the time) admitted Trayvon used “Racist language”, calling George Zimmerman a “Creepy-ass Cracker.” He also used the “N-Word” towards Zimmerman. It’s clear now that Trayvon was the attacker!
Given the statutes governing those possessing concealed carry permits for firearms (as did Zimmerman), the names of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman would have been long forgotten by now were it not for the ensuing politicization surrounding the racial component here. Typically, these statutes do not demand that one waits to be physically overpowered before discharging their weapon; one only has to fear eminent bodily harm.
Trayvon Martin, on the other hand, appears to have been far less genial, and more a victim of his lifestyle than a victim of George Zimmerman. The press narrative spun the picture of a little black waif skipping home with his Sprite and bag of Skittles, only to be ambushed and blown away by a nightstalking, cackling bigot. Though time will tell how it pans out in court, reality tells a different story, one of a thug-in-training for whom being accosted by an authority figure might have presented a welcome and self-affirming confrontation.
I didn’t grow up poor, but I’m at a loss in determining how a middle-class high school student affords gold teeth and multiple tattoos; neither are cheap these days. Then, the record of Martin’s development (evidenced via social media, in his posts and those with whom he associated) reveals someone increasingly invested in the unregenerate hedonism, conceit, belligerence, and rebellion of the thug culture.
Disciplinary problems – one of which necessitated his being in that unfamiliar part of town – had begun to negatively impact his life; these in particular have been downplayed by the press. Trayvon also came from a broken home, as does the overwhelming majority of black youth, thanks to liberal policies. Also, he’d been sent to live with his father after his mother could not control him. Finally, it is fairly evident that he was a regular pot smoker, and might have been a low level dealer.
This self-destructive lifestyle, which is vociferously defended by liberals, is proffered as a valid and almost sacrosanct reflection of “black culture.” Indeed, those pointing out its myriad damaging aspects are invariably branded as racists. Thug culture is a contrivance however, a fad lifestyle crafted from the basest, fringe characteristics of black Americans and marketed to young blacks. It is similar to creating an entire lifestyle around MTV’s Jersey Shore television program, and aggressively marketing the shallow, dim-witted worldview and lifestyle of its participants to American youth of Italian descent, thereby lowering the common denominator for American youth of Italian descent (Some might argue that Viacom, which owns MTV, is in fact doing this, albeit on a smaller scale).
It wound up being quite the deal for liberal power players: Media conglomerates – most of which lean heavily to the left and have engaged in social engineering for decades – get to socioeconomically ruin blacks and get fabulously wealthy in the process. The few blacks who profit from it, whether entrepreneurs or entertainers, aren’t about to complain, let alone admit that they are poisoning the minds of an entire generation.
This is the world of chaos and mediocrity to which Trayvon Martin aspired, and I maintain that it went just as far toward killing him as George Zimmerman’s pistol.
On March 2, 2008, 17-year-old Jamiel Shaw II was gunned down by Pedro Espinoza, an illegal alien gangbanger who had mistaken him for a member of a rival gang. Shaw was a high school football standout who had drawn the interest of recruiters from Stanford and Rutgers universities. Espinoza had been released from jail the previous day. Many will be familiar with this story, as it gave rise to much publicity, and made an immigration activist out of his Jamiel’s father.
Initially, my reaction was the same as that of many Americans: Why in the hell do we have illegal alien gang members running around in the first place? A good question. Regardless of the sensitivities Americans harbor around race, immigration, and the very real plight of economically-oppressed Latinos in various nations south of our border, one would think that criminals – which gang members are – would be at the very head of the line for deportation.
But criminal illegal aliens remain here in untold numbers. Not only have such occurrences as the murder of Jamiel Shaw done nothing to engender common sense solutions to the problem of illegal immigration and criminal illegal aliens, our lawmakers now seek to compromise domestic tranquility even further through self-serving legislation that will empower criminal illegal aliens and result in the influx of even more.
Advancing self-destructive lifestyles in the black community and flooding our streets with illegal aliens who take far more than they contribute to our society and our economy are but two of the myriad liberal policies which have served to insidiously and incrementally debase American society as a whole.
Trayvon Martin, and Jamiel Shaw: Two very different young black men of the same age, both killed more or less directly as a result of liberalism. Given their demographic history and core values, blacks ought to be at the vanguard of opposing such collectively suicidal policies. Instead, they obey black activists who have sold them out, and liberal leaders who admonish them to go lay by their dish and be grateful for the bountiful largesse of the left – entitlements, affirmative action, and other stealth tools of enslavement. Those blacks who are not sufficiently conditioned to buy into the propaganda of the left are targeted for marginalization, if not outright personal destruction, depending on how prominent they happen to be.
Erik Rush is a New York-born columnist, author and speaker who writes sociopolitical commentary for numerous online and print publications. In February of 2007, Erik was the first to break the story of President (then Senator) Barack Obama’s ties to militant Chicago preacher Rev. Jeremiah Wright on a national level, which ignited a media firestorm that smolders to this day. His latest book, “Negrophilia: From Slave Block to Pedestal ~ America’s Racial Obsession,” examines the racist policies by which the political left keeps black Americans in thralldom, white Americans guilt-ridden and yielding, and maintains the fallacy that America remains an institutionally racist nation. Links to his work are available at Erikrush.com.
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