Perspective

quit rioting and simmah down, now

Good article with supporting facts:

Manufacturing the Martin narrative
A case study in media malpractice.

Some of the supporting facts:

Noting that “white” includes “Hispanic / Latino / etc”
For the years 1980 – 2009:

Offender : Victim
White : White — 91%
White : Black — 7%

Black : Black — 81%
Black : White — 17%

17% of “white” homicide victims in 2009 were killed by blacks,
8% of black homicide victims who were killed by “whites.”
*source* FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports (EZASHR) — interesting with sortable tables

More facts:

In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F”

The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker. …he found women’s jewelry [12 pieces of jewelry... described silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.] … “Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” …Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti…

was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana…

“We think everybody is trying to demonize him,” [Martin family attorney Benjamin] Crump said.

and,

Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”

…“Why isn’t somebody angry about that six-year-old girl who was killed on her steps last weekend in a cross fire when two gang members in Chicago start shooting at each other? Why is there no outrage about that?”

Bryant said he worries that “people like Sharpton and those on the left” will make Martin’s death a campaign issue in the presidential race.

He speculated that they will “turn this evolving tragedy of this young man into fodder to say… if you don’t re-elect Obama then you will have unbridled events or circumstances like this happening in the streets to young men wearing hoodies.”

and

“George Zimmerman suffered a broken nose, and had an injury to the back of his head,

Here’s another interesting point:

Have we forgotten the Jim Crow era, with courts making decisions based on the race of the defendants, rather than the facts of the case? That is part of the past that we need to leave in the past, not resurrect under new racial management.
[Thomas Sowell]
[See also: Race and Rhetoric
Politicians who take credit for black progress should look at the facts.
[Sowell]

Food for resistance to Teh Narrative thought…

Justice Denied?

Sonner said he’s spoken with several of Zimmerman’s friends, including some who are African American. “They only have good things to say about him,” [Zimmerman's lawyer Craig] Sonner said.

They’re reluctant to come forward, though, because they fear that the backlash over the investigation will make them and their families targets, too,

…”Right after the shooting he couldn’t stop crying,” said Joe Oliver, who is African American and a former TV reporter and anchor in Orlando.

This seems…. what’s the term? Politically Motivated and Chickenshiiite. Respectively.

Amid the outcry over the lack of charges against Zimmerman, the Sanford police chief and state’s attorney in the case have both stepped aside.

The U.S. Justice Department has opened a civil rights probe into the shooting, and a grand jury is scheduled to meet April 10 to consider evidence in the case.

PeggyU

12 Comments!

  1. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 8:26 am |

    Screw the stats.
    A criminal is an individual, no matter what set of visually/socially/economically/politically/religiously/sexually/fraternally-identifiable group they can be associated with and no matter what others they may be with.
    A victim is an individual. The tragedy/loss/pain is an individual’s.
    This collectivist crap shields individual responsibility and culpability.
    It is anti-justice.

  2. Posted March 27, 2012 at 8:26 am |

    I would sure like to see a ‘current’ photo of Trayvon Martin.

    The photo in the news looks like it’s a few years old.

  3. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 8:41 am |

    *Food* should be specific; recommend *Skittles*. {…email I sent to; Whitehousechef.gov. “Do you have recipe for Cornpone?”…}

  4. Jess
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:02 am |

    The parents will eventually cause the entire episode to self destruct. They’ve entered the media arena – unarmed and ignorant. Eventually, everything they ever held private, or sacred will be eviscerated, skinned, slice, diced, cooked and served to the public until there’s nothing left but memories and sordid details.

  5. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:31 am |

    Screw the stats.

    Agreed. In full. Each incidence is about individuals. With facts particular. Which is the way I would like this case to be approached.

    I cited those stats only to put into perspective Teh Narrative that there’s “white folks going around recreationally shooting black children all the time” as presented by Sharpie Jackson and the rest.

  6. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:33 am |

    Retired Geezer : [if you haven't already] see this post which links to this original

  7. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:17 am |

    Claire (5)

    white folks going around recreationally shooting black children all the time

    That used to happen, and it happened because of a collectivist mindset.
    “Content of their character” was s’post’a fix it.
    (Now, that, my friends was as clear a call to individualism as I’ve ever heard.)

    Nope, the Dem/Prog/Left just can’t get past “the color of their skin” endemic revenge-politics, bigotry (albeit a less-lynchy one… well, up to now, anyway), and class warfare. They cannot allow individualism to interfere with The Progress™.

    Frankly, I don’t care if the stats were to say that this probably was a racially motivated crime. “Probably” has nothing to do with it, and I had nothing to do with it.
    I refuse to take upon myself the guilt of others.
    I refuse to take for myself the credit due to others.
    The concepts of collective and inherited guilt, victimhood, privilege, and state of sin are stupid, irrational, and un-friggin’-just.

    Until this country gets right with individuality, there will be bigotry.

    Unfortunately, the rise of the Progs has set back actual social progress eighty years.

  8. Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:20 am |

    Claire, thanks for the link.

  9. Freddie Sykes
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |

    Zimmerman is guilty as hell: he is a registered Democrat!

    Registered Dem Killed Trayvon

    Meet registered Democrat and self-identified Hispanic American, George Zimmerman

    And want a more up to date portrait of Trayvon – copyright pending – including his winning smile and droll Tweeter handle?

    The Daily Caller obtains Trayvon Martin’s tweets

    The Daily Caller has obtained a compilation of the late Trayvon Martin’s tweets.

    The social media scan, executed on PeopleBrowsr and supplied to TheDC by the individual who performed the search, contains tweets from the last month of Martin’s life, dating to the beginning of 2012.

    Martin tweeted under the handle “NO_LIMIT_NIGGA,” an account that was closed shortly after his death.

    The image attached to the Twitter account when Martin died matches one that has been widely distributed. That photograph of Martin depicts him smiling, gold-toothed, into a camera in front of an electronic dartboard.

    And, if Zimmerman’s white father and Peruvian mother makes him a “white Hispanic”, does Obama’s white mother and African father make him a “white African American” or a “white black”?

  10. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 11:28 am |

    Claire,
    I hope this grand jury (update) looks into whether Zimmerman’s civil rights have been violated, too. I’d love to see a bunch’a Progs/Lefties/Dems/Journalists/Panthers perp-walked.

  11. Lance
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm |

    Claire beat me to the Sowell linky, now that I’ve sent it to
    almost everbuddy I know!
    Thanks Claire for this thorough & comprehensive post.
    I’ve re-read it & will prolly re-read it again to get more of
    the ‘big picture’ & ‘societal implications’ that you’ve
    elucidated. You’ve given validity to some my
    precarious thoughts & opinions of what’s coming at us!

  12. Claire: barbarian, etc
    Posted March 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm |

    Doug@10

    I’d love to see a bunch’a Progs/Lefties/Dems/Journalists/Panthers perp-walked.

    Optimist: Pie-Eyed, one [1] each.

    That’s what bothers me most of all. The jusridictional chicanery. That town cop shop oughta say “This is our call based on the facts on the ground. You don’t like it? Move.”

    Having them bow out, then the state DA scurry for the deep weeds, and the Fedz take over: seems too much like “Big, political case goes to the King’s Judges.” I fear Mr Zimmerman will not get a fair hearing by a jury of his peers based on the facts.

    Lance — Happy to help!
    ; >

    RG — Knew ya’d enJOY it.