How Our “See Something, Say Something” Culture Killed Trayvon
Our “See something, say something” culture has now morphed into do something. The idea of spying on your neighbor or in this case stalking a 17-year-old kid on a candy run has resulted in blood and agony for one Florida community.
Local and self anointed neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, after tailing a “suspicious” person and even told by police over the phone “we don’t need you to do that” later confronted Trayvon Martin on foot when an alleged altercation took place. There was a call for “help” according to a nearby witness who then heard a gunshot and thereafter immediately called authorities.
By the time police arrived Mr. Zimmerman, 28 had shot and killed Trayvon, 10 years his junior, with a 9mm handgun purportedly in self-defense. The death of the young, handsome and black Trayvon Martin has unfortunately split Florida and the mainstream media along tired racial fault lines. Instead of focusing on the facts at hand – or lack thereof – pundits and racial careerists seized on the moment to make headlines.
The typical race profiteers were in full force as Al Sharpton emceed a racially-focused rally in Sanford, Florida the town which suffered the deadly confrontation.
Other race mongers were in attendance notably the radio show host Joe Madison, known as – wait for it – the “Black Eagle.” Madison evidently didn’t fully grasp the particulars of the case and believes the shooting was about brazen racism. Maybe, but it just turns out it’s not the pop-culture kind of racism traditionally understood as only between “blacks” and “whites.” It’s a topic these race heroes can’t demagogue – minority on minority crime – these guys unfortunately are literally still seeing in black and white.
“In America, we are culturally conditioned to believe that white is superior, black is inferior,” Madison said. “The manifestation of that cultural valuing is that black people are undervalued, underestimated and marginalized.” Zimmerman, much to the Black Eagle’s chagrin is Hispanic – someone should probably fill Madison in before the next march.
Zimmerman’s father, 64-year-old Robert Zimmerman, claimed in a letter submitted to the Orlando Sentinel that George grew up in a multiracial family. “He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever…,” the letter says. “The media portrayal of George as a racist could not be further from the truth.” But there is little mention of that small fact from those at MSNBC who care more about supporting our burgeoning welfare state and their careers at the expense of old white men rather than commit to real analysis or reporting.
Their perspective is almost two generations removed from reality and is based on the benighted paradigm of racism still believed to be “festering” in our culture. If anything is causing an irritation its civil rights leaders long since effectual and bureaucracies long since relevant. Is there any question that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a racist organization by definition? At what point does an organization like this and those like Jesse Jackson whom support the favored fiction of white v. black cease to be a benefit and serve only to perpetuate tribalism and division?
At the aforementioned rally Sharpton told a predominantly black crowd he was asked “are you afraid of violence?” to which he responded “Don’t act like we are the ones [who are] violent. We didn’t shoot nobody.” To be clear he admonished the crowd “[No matter] how angry, don’t let them make you act in a way that they will say, ‘see, that’s what to think with Trayvon.’”
Jesse Jackson also added his voice to the cacophony. While some corners of America felt that “we were kind of beyond racism” according to Jackson “[Barack Obama’s] victory triggered a tremendous backlash.” He apparently believes it is merely because of the color of Obama’s skin not the content of his expenditure, the continuation of foreign adventurism or the erosion of civil rights, which has led Obama to suffer such opprobrium.
Jackson even went as far as to claim that the murder of Trayvon and the fact Zimmerman has yet to be arrested is evidence “blacks are under attack” in America. If you want to get down to the nitty gritty – the evidence illustrates a different picture.
First, this “backlash” according to race-baiters like Jackson, began with the rise of the Tea Party, only two problems with that: one, the Tea Party started under Bush not Obama and two, while the mainstream media loved to insinuate the Tea Partiers were racist there wasn’t one video or picture that proved their narrative as much as this litany of videos illuminates us on the racial current which influences the Occupy movement.
But the real evidence lies in the black on white crime – say what!? The numbers don’t lie. In 2010 according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports’ statistics blacks are more than twice as likely to murder a white person and when understanding the conflation of Hispanic and whites – which is the case in Sanford – “the best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percent of the population that is black and Hispanic” writes Ken LaRive, “Blacks are 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against whites* then [sic] vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit a robbery.” The kicker? The only people who kill more whites than black people are whites themselves and at a higher rate – 12 percent – than blacks.
This type of information is anathema to the narrative which race war profiteers would have us buy into. The dozens of cases of alarmingly grotesque gang rapes and forced immolation barely makes it onto alternative media let alone your mainstream media. After all how does one exactly fit that in before the new iPhone or after Tim Tebow?
In the final analysis this was about George Zimmerman, an ostensible do gooder, tired of break ins within his gated community. He assumed the mantel of law enforcement, which had thus far fallen short and spotted the suspicious activity of a “hoodie” himself. When told by authorities to cease and desist he marched on convinced of his own moral superiority – a sort of reverse sociopathy – and inflated sense of self became Kick Ass incarnate. A young man, Trayvon, tired of being spied on and stalked defended his own sense of privacy and right to travel. One thing led to another and here we are, the question is – where will we go?
It is obvious that out leadership from the left to the right will not let a crisis go to waste and will do whatever is necessary to perpetuate ideas people are readily familiar with and will instantly believe without contemplation or reason. Whether it has to do with restricting gun rights, increasing hate laws, restricting speech, promoting Obama as patron saint of the black community, or maligning the right wing for their “insensitive” remarks over the entitlement class growing in America few will see or care about how our “See Something, Say Something” culture pervading Wal Marts and subway satations across the country drove us to a racial civil war and extinguished the life of a young man on his way back home from buying Skittles.
As invitations for Justice Department review has shown a local issue has been nationalized not for the purposes of Justice, but as cause celebre to push for more central oversight – what I argue begot this tragedy. We will soon see Sanford, Florida as microcosm.