Cooper Stirling — Occidental Observer July 18, 2013
One transparent outcome of the “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is the racial disconnect between the average American and the nation’s powerful elites (the mass media, politicians, and “civil rights” leaders). The ever-widening gulf between racial reality and racial fantasy—the daily repetition of Black violence in contrast with the media-driven narrative of nonstop injustices of an oppressed minority—seems more pronounced in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict.
We live in an era of extreme racial denial. The nation’s media and political elites—what Joseph Sobran termed the “hive”—live in a fantasy realm that dismisses latent racial differences, an existence defined by unrealistic egalitarianism and hyper-liberalism; racial disparities are merely symptomatic of the lingering impact of slavery, racism, and discrimination. The emphasis is always on some inanimate object—“mean” streets, “gun” violence, “epidemic of violence,” “crack” cocaine, “heat waves,” “underfunding” of Head Start, the lack of upward “middle class mobility”; or the fault of law enforcement—“police brutality,” “deficient” law enforcement strategies, “racial profiling,” or “Stand Your Ground” laws.
The crux of the Zimmerman case is fundamentally about holding Blacks accountable for their own actions. The jury of six females—five Whites and one Hispanic—reached a reasonable conclusion that the defendant acted in self-defense in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The evidence presented at trial countered the prosecution’s claims that Zimmerman was the aggressor, stalked Martin, initiated the altercation, and as a “wannabe” cop shot Martin—an innocent “unarmed” 17-year-old bystander. Most of the media coverage in the wake of the verdict reinforces the unfounded assumption that Trayvon Martin was innocently preyed upon—nothing more than a victim of “profiling,” who was just an “unarmed” teenager, a kid, trying to get home. This is the fantasy that our elites are hyping and one the jury simply rejected outright.
The Zimmerman jury, after a careful assessment of the evidence, concluded that Martin was the aggressor. After an initial encounter, Martin forced Zimmerman to the ground after sucker-punching him, pounded Zimmerman’s head against the concrete sidewalk, and after 45-seconds of screaming and fearing for his life, Zimmerman shot Martin to save his own life.
The verdict has produced a predictable tsunami of racial demagoguery from beltway pundits. Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Tavis Smiley, and Jesse Jackson have exploited the jury decision to project their own warped views about the endless suffering of Blacks from White oppression.
In the world of mass media punditry, Black violence doesn’t exist. Violence exists in a vacuum. Undefined “youths” riot or ransack shops or randomly shoot other “youths” (as in this LATimes article on a rampage Hollywood in the wake of the verdict “‘Flash mob of thieves causes chaotic night in Hollywood”). While the newspaper article only notes that the perpetrators were from South LA (a Black area), the images of violent suspects that appear nightly on the local news (see this video on the same Hollywood rampage on the local ABC-TV outlet) leave little to the imagination as to the race of these perpetrators. In Chicago, the same weekend of the Zimmerman verdict, Black-on-Black shooting sprees killed five and injured 21 others in what is often described as “gun violence.”
Even liberal columnist Richard Cohen of the Washington Post admits, “Where is the politician who will own up to the painful complexity of the problem and acknowledge the widespread fear of crime committed by young Black males? This does not mean that raw racism has disappeared, and some judgments are not the product of invidious stereotyping. It does mean, though, that the public knows young Black males commit a disproportionate amount of crime.” Cohen elaborates,
After all, if young Black males are your shooters, then it ought to be young Black males whom the police stop and frisk. Still, common sense and common decency, not to mention the law, insist on other variables such as suspicious behavior. Even still, race is a factor, without a doubt. It would be senseless for the police to be stopping Danish tourists in Times Square just to make the statistics look good.
I wish I had a solution to this problem. If I were a young Black male and were stopped just on account of my appearance, I would feel violated. If the police are abusing their authority and using race as the only reason, that has got to stop. But if they ignore race, then they are fools and ought to go into another line of work.
Of course Cohen, being the liberal that he is, protects himself by subscribing the reigning zeitgeist for Black crime:
The problems of the black underclass are hardly new. They are surely the product of slavery, the subsequent Jim Crow era and the tenacious persistence of racism. They will be solved someday, but not probably with any existing programs. For want of a better word, the problem is cultural, and it will be solved when the culture, somehow, is changed.
The aftermath of the jury’s verdict last Sunday has produced the same predictable pattern of protest and violence that has followed other intensely publicized, racially charged events.
In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, rioters and looters took to the streets in Oakland, California, setting fires, assaulting police officers, and smashing business windows. (See here.)
In addition to the Hollywood rampage mentioned above, protestors erupted in violence in South Los Angeles, damaging a Wal-Mart and clashing with police (See previous link).
In Baltimore, police are investigating an incident involving several Black youths who attacked a Hispanic bystander, according to one eyewitness, and yelled, “This is for Trayvon, [expletive].” The witness heard the crowd repeat this chant multiple times—a reaction that underscores the volatility that defines majority Black inner-urban areas. (See here.)
Black students have occupied the office of Florida Governor Rick Scott, calling for a repeal of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. (See here.)