That was the edited down version of an incident that took place during St. Paddy day in Baltimore. The entire video ends with the guy getting his watch, cash, and car keys ripped off, along with his clothes. But this is a family blog, and the nudity seemed gratuitous. So a very drunk, not particularly bright white guy ends up in downtown B'mo. Clearly this guy is out of his element, an out of towner who was so wasted he doesnt even recall the incident. I'm including these details because I wasn't able to get a picture of him at 12 during his first communion. So I work with what I've got. A drunk white guy in an unfortunate Mt. Dew t shirt, which is what he should have been drinking instead of Jameson and green jello shots. That said, he wasn't breaking any laws, just standing there, swaying, trying to figure out why some strange hood rat was doing the booty grind on him.
He gets clocked, then they swarm on him like a pack of wolves.
Keep that video in your mind, let it play on a continuous loop.
Suppose the video had taken a different twist. Lets say the dude gets knocked ass over tea kettle. just as the crowd swarms him he comes to his senses. Draws a gun. Puts a few of them down. Not down wounded. Down as in done.
Would it have been justified?
What if the victim had been black? His attackers white. do you think that this video would have received more play beyond the local Baltimore stations and the internet?
I've got a point, other than the one atop my bulbous misshapen white dome. So stick with me and try to keep up.
There is a vast expanse that divides the two camps in the Trayvon Martin case. On the one side, you have a whole lot of pissed off black folks. Add to this already volatile mix, a generous helping of liberal, white guilt laden apologists. Shake and serve with a sprig of irony. Serve to anyone dumb enough to drink it. The original cry was Justice for Trayvon, and by justice they meant an arrest. Now that Martin has been arrested, there will be a new call for justice. Justice this time will mean a conviction of 2nd degree murder. Anything less, and there will be hell to pay. The media will continue to do it's best to misrepresent, misinform, and polarize.
On the other side of the expanse, you have a group of white folks who are scratching their heads, wondering why THIS case is so important, so egregious that the Attorney General of the United States has not only weighed in, but is actively steering it. Holder recently spoke in front of a group founded by Al Sharpton. He promised the audience the feds would pursue charges if at all possible. I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it. Why the AG would be speaking or associated with anything related to Al is as perplexing and disturbing as any element in the Trayvon/Zimmerman case. The President has added fuel to the fire. He stuck his nose into the Police vs. Gates debacle. Called the cop stupid, sided with Gates. Then along comes this most recent mess. Obama does not disappoint. He says if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon. His imaginary son might also look like the hoods in the video above. The stunner is why the AG or the President feel the need to comment on the case, yet have remained mute about the bounty and dead or alive comments from the new and improved Black Panthers. Neither Holder nor Obama have bothered to comment or take action regarding the racially motivated crimes like Knockout King or Polar Bear hunting. They have not commented, at least not that I recall, on the inordinate number of crimes committed by and against a small minority of this nation.
Nothing in the Trayvon Martin case passes the smell test, which is not to say that Trayvon deserved to die, or that Zimmerman was or was not justified in the shooting. The problem is that the media has spoon fed and misinformed. They edited a tape on MSNBC to make Zimmerman appear to be focusing on Trayvons race. They still continue to post Trayvons photo from several years passed. A smiling young boy from the past, not the 6ft plus young black man who tweeted under the moniker of no limit nigga.
There won't be any clear cut, untainted justice in this case. The die has been cast. any juror who finds Zimmerman Not Guilty will be subjected to public outrage, maybe a bounty, maybe death threats, maybe more than threats. The very same people who claim they only sought an arrest, justice, will be in that courtroom, outside the courtroom, protesting/marching, pissing and moaning. They will force a guilty verdict. Should Zimmerman manage to be found not guilty, Holder, the Potus, and the justice dept. will come after Zimmerman for violating Trayvons civil rights. This case ends badly for Zimmerman, guilty or not. It also ends badly for this country, guilty or not. We are miles apart, the distance growing greater with the selective outrage over a single killing, while ignoring the ongoing killing and violence perpetrated on a daily basis by young black males that would look just like our Presidents son, if he had one.