Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman...The circus comes to town.
A few facts remain constant in the Trayvon Martin case. Martin is dead. Zimmerman, the shooter, might as well be. The vast expanse that divides working class whites and urban blacks has never been more apparent. The longer this case drags on, and there seems to be no end in sight, the better chance it ends ala Rodney King L.A. riot style. Despite the hand wringing, media stoked outrage, and calls for justice, this case ends badly, justice has fled the scene. The media and assorted shit heels like slick Al Sharpton and various celebutards like Spike Lee and Ray Lewis,( seriously, Ray Lewis?) are all piling on the Trayvon Martin bandwagon. Before you get me twisted, this isn't an indictment against Martin or support for Zimmerman. The facts are trickling out, conflicting accounts from eye/ear witnesses. Zimmerman was out to kill a black kid vs. a black kid was out to whoop a white dude. Passions are running high, regardless of where you fall in the court of public opinion and perception. As for me, I'm not sure what happened, only a few really know and at least one of them is dead.
Now Martins parents are headed to Washington to meet with the congressional black caucus. When is the last time the congressional black caucus met a pair of black parents who lost their child at the hands of another black male? I mean it's the leading cause of death of young black guys.
Martins mother filed for trademarks on the "I am Trayvon" slogan.
Spike Lee tweeted Zimmermans address.
The New Black Panther Party has issued a wanted poster and 10k bounty for Zimmerman.
Somewhere in the heat of all the frustration and media stoked rage, the President weighed in. He informed us if he had a son he would look like Trayvon. He passed on the opportunity to call for cooler heads, or to denounce the hype and hyperbole of race baiters like King Louie Farrakhan who tweeted a not so veiled threat about retribution and some good old fashioned eye for an eye payback.
So the Trayvon Martin case has fewer similarities with Emmit Till or James Byrd Jr, and is becoming more and more about cashing in and pandering for votes.
There was a big vigil on the Plaza last night, one of many throughout the country. The Mayor was there. I couldn't help but wonder what many surely must be thinking but dare not utter, "Why all the outrage and emotion over a single killing, when there are so many here at home?" If you are looking for something to be outraged over, and not for nothing that's exactly what is motivating a good share of these protests, then how about a little outrage over the baby who was recently shot, his mother and another person killed. Or how about the kids who sat in the back seat of the car as their parents were gunned down in the front seat, in broad daylight? The local media gave scant coverage to these recent KC atrocities. Meanwhile, the national media, Congressional black caucus leader and detector of Satan sandwiches Emmanuel Cleaver, and all of the other assorted politicians, activists and shit heels of every stripe, have pretty much remained mute and absent.
The answer is easy. People only care when it can benefit them or their cause. Once that train starts rolling it doesn't stop until it arrives at Sanctimonious Bullshit Central. There also weren't any mass national vigils for the 70 something Asian man killed by black youth during a game of knockout king in St. Louis, or any number of cold blooded crimes, at any time of day or night, all over the country.
They say Trayvon Martin has become a symbol. If by symbol they mean, the racist killing of a black kid by a semi white guy, they are wrong. If by symbol they mean, a glaring display of Media, political, and mass public hypocrisy, then bingo, hit that nail on the head. When you latch on to a single, rare, isolated incident, while ignoring the mass extermination of a particular racial/age group, you are as full of shit as a Christmas goose, and as counterfeit as the ring masters of what has become a circus. Justice, like Elvis, has left the building, whatever the outcome in this case, justice won't play a role in it. So for those demanding an arrest or payback, absent all of the facts, stop calling for justice. Justice isn't what you want, you want blood, you want to affix blame, you want to assuage your white guilt or black anger. If you wanted justice, you would let it run it's course, not rush to it. So give it a name, payback, blood, eye for an eye, just don't confuse it with actual justice. That train left the station before the facts had a chance, and it ain't coming back.