The President and Trayvon

The President highlights subtle justifications for the reaction to and the violence that has occurred in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin trial. Actual behavior; violence, looting, death threats, goes unmentioned and by that lack of mention, essentially excuses those behaviors; likely leading to more looting, death threats and violence. Trayvon’s background, that the jury did not hear about is absent from the President’s analysis as well.

Our ‘post racial’ President reminds us “I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.” To deny the facts and history of racism is intellectually disingenuous, it is equally disingenuous to paint vast sections of American society with the same broad brush. If racism in America is endemic and something we’ll never get over how is it that the President was elected in the first place? The President is apparently telling us to ‘get used to it’, because as he points out “it doesn’t go away.” There is no leadership here: this is not the President of all the people speaking. Equally disturbing is that racism of any sort, of all sorts, is not condemned, it should be!

The President is correct in stating that there have been legal disparities based on racism. The President, however, ignores the fact that his Justice Department, while willing to chastise us all and accuse us of a lack of courage, has done nothing significant to address those disparities in any broad sense. Where are the civil rights cases based on those disparities; rhetoric we have aplenty, constructive action is hard to find.

The President offers bromides, they are not bromides for America writ large they are justifications, and broad generalities deficient in both context and specifics. Stand Your Ground laws are on the President’s list but one must view those laws in context. Arrests and prosecutions of people protecting themselves and their families in their own homes and on their own property from people intent on doing harm were being prosecuted for that act of self protection. Those manner of situations became the motivation for Stand Your Ground. At the time, the overwhelming weight of public opinion was that those prosecutions were grossly unfair, leading to Stand Your Ground laws.

The President addresses ‘poverty and dysfunction’ as being traced to a “very difficult history”. There is validity to the comment; there is also validity in the fact that African Americans have fared worse under President Obama than any recent administration. Poverty is up, public assistance now covers over half of the population, wages are down, job growth nearly absent, Black unemployment is tragically out of proportion to unemployment in general and especially so for Black youth. The Black middle class is abandoning cities such as Detroit where Black politicians have been in charge for quite some time. Is ‘Black Flight’ racism as well?

This has been the most significant statement on race of the President’s administration so far. One has to wonder how important of an issue it really is to him? One has to wonder if it is simply political in the context of a rampantly flawed media and the resurrection of race bating?

The President also justifies the recent reactions to the trial by saying of the Jury; ‘they were properly instructed’. This manner of left handed compliment is a message that will be heard loud and clear, it will be taken as justification for those intent on violence. Presidential indeed!

  • Bob

    I find it remarkable that a President of the United States believes he needs to show empathy and there by taking sides in a situation where the nation is on a razors edge of rioting and looting.As anyone who has been reading this website knows I have written about this extensively in the previous thread and have little more I care to add here.

    I do have a few thoughts from todays speech however. Again the President has asked for a national dialogue like he did with so many other issues and which he never gets the results he hoped for. I got a chuckle out of him suggesting we hold these “RACE DIALOGUES” at work.Yeah right! Again he shows absolutely no knowledge of how the outside world works. I can just guess which one of us will get fired for causing a disturbance and being a racist. The point he made that really struck me however was by him showing empathy with Trayvon by saying “It could have been me”.By him stating this in this way he is openly giving the green light for any public disturbance….either rioting or looting. This is unconscionable! And when he adds his pandering political rhetoric about “Stand Your Ground” he is insinuates that protecting yourself violates the thugs rights to earning a living.

    The one item I found in Landreaux’s article that needs to be clarified is when he states “………the justice department has done nothing significant to address those disparities”. NOTHING INDEED! I hesitate to remind you they sent DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS REPRESENTATIVES TO ORGANIZE PROTEST AGAINST GEORGE ZIMMERMAN WHEN HE WAS FIRST ARRESTED. They have also SET UP A WEB SITE FOR CONCERNED ANONYMOUS RACIST TO SEND IN INFORMATION ON MR.ZIMMERMAN FOR A CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT.NOTHING..HUMPH !

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    The president appointed AL SHARPTON as Director in a NEW POSITION IN THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT this evening.

  • Sharpton at Justice, he of Tawana Brawley and Crown Heights?

    Hard to decide which set of warnings we should heed and draw comparisions to, Orwell or Rand.

  • Bob

    YAHOO…..and others in the MSM have been running articles portraying Trayvon Martin as an INNOCENT CHILD AND GEORGE ZIMMERMAN AS A MONSTER in order to add to the sympathy/empathy appeal. In fact Yahoo ran an article yesterday that had Trayvon’s 8th grade picture along side a mug shot of Mr. Zimmerman. I kid you not! No mention of Trayvon being thrown out of school twice for fighting or his drug use.

    The “Peoplescube” picked up on this hypocrisy:

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    Sen. John McCain (Rino-Ariz)appeared on CNN “State Of The Union” Sunday and stated he was impressed with President Obama’s comments on the Trayvon Martin case. ” I think old prejudices die hard” he said. He also stated that “Stand your Ground laws need to be reconsidered in light of the Martin case.” Obviously he is drawing a line in the sand with the Tea party faction of the party.

    You can read the story in the article “McCain: Obama Trayvon Comments Very Impressive” below:

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    Instead of the good Rev. Jackson chasing around the country after supposed injustices to black children he should stay home and look after his own children…..and their wives!

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    “I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and history that doesn’t go away.”………..President Barack Obama

    Why should we be surprised with President Obama’s stance of looking for social justice and empathy and not rule of law during the Zimmerman trial. Didn’t he advocate that he was looking for the same qualities during his search for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor? Who by the way also believes in the United States following “international laws” By asking that black America’s pain be acknowledged over the court opinion he isn’t holding a conversation on race as much as poking his thumb in white Americas eye.

    Next month is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Kings speech. If president Obama gave it they would have to be called “I Have A Scheme” speech.