March 29, 2012

Do you like this?

Is there another topic? you wouldn’t think so, until a few days ago, when media outlets and a few local activist organizations started to shut up.

A true flavor of the week, the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., has stoked racial fires and prompted rallies across the nation not seen since the last time “race” became a larger issue than “murder” in this country. Which, of course, is every day. “Murder?” Cool—so long as it’s race-on-race, or at least black-on-white or black-on-black. Is that insensitive? Well, flip on the TV on and see what kinds of “rallies” Al Sharpton is at this week. (Hint: None of the prior scenarios apply.)

The best aspects of this show, in my opinion, have been threefold: One, that this was clearly an act of racism. Two, that the only photo shown of the 6-foot, 2-inch 17-year-old has been of him at age 12. And three, it turns out this wasn’t an act committed by a white man, but rather an Hispanic with a history of helping black youth and defending his neighborhood in recent weeks from a wave of crime. Hence the notable silence after all the hellraising had begun. “Oops.”

I get it. The kid was a kid in a voting sense, he was unarmed, and he was killed. Does that bear scrutiny? Holy bald eagle Jesus, of course it does—just as all murders do, and that’s the ugly word for what happens when one human kills another, right or wrong.

But why is the nation’s focus on Sanford when Keoshia Ford, a young black 13-year-old girl, was senselessly shot right here in Chattanooga during the third weekend of March? She’s still lying in ICU fighting for her life, caught up in a real gang fight by real gangsters. But the Trayvon Martin shooting has Chattanooga marching because of the inherently racist “white supremacist laws” of Tennessee (according to the local Chattanooga Organized for Action’s website). That’s a huge stand to take!

It does, however, explain how the news of said march isn’t being so well promulgated now that they presumably realize that the shooter in this case was not, in fact, white, but rather a Spanish-speaking Hispanic son of a Hispanic. That whole “Kill Whitey” bit absolutely lost its momentum about the time it was revealed “Whitey” had little (if anything) to do with this case.

So, now the dog that has caught a car has learned that the car caught was not so much a Caucasian car as it was a Latino one—“AWK-ward!”

You see, what happened here is the media presented the initial reports out of passion instead of research or fact. This lead to a domino effect of other organizations, such as Chattanooga Organized for Action, to establish marches led by presumably self-hating white people infused with guilt over the inherently white-biased society that allowed the white shooter to go free for no other reason than being white. And now that the presumed white shooter is a Latino shooter, these straw-grabbing groups seem to realize they are now actually protesting against a minority even more minor than the African-American slain in question.

Besides the “white thing” I feel I have safely established, there is also the fact that Sanford prosecutors also declined to prosecute the case because there is not only not enough evidence to win a manslaughter (down from a murder) case, but verified eye-witness reports saying it was Trayvon on top of accused shooter George Zimmerman who was calling for help on those 911 tapes … and that Trayvon’s own father verified that it was Zimmerman calling for help, and not his son.  And have I mentioned that the shooter wasn’t  white, after all?

March 29, 2012

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Alex Teach

If you have the facts present them. I am so sick of damn white people telling me what justice and equality is.

Maxine Cousin more than 1 years ago

To Alex Teach part deux

Fantastic write up and you sir, hit the nail on the head. I appreciate someone actually writing an article once some facts have come in and have been judiciously weighed instead of just spouting off in support of a political agenda. Unlike the poster above me here whose main objective is to cause more racial division and animosity in the name of equality and diversity, I applaud you for the article. It really makes you more credible, Maxine, when you curse your opponent and try to be little them in a public forum (insert sarcasm). The root of the problem with society lies with in all of us. We need to look inward to fix it. We have to be willing to see that maybe we are the problem. This is pertinent whether you be White, Black, Hispanic or Asian. We need to not point fingers at everyone else but ourselves and accept that maybe we are what needs fixing. Spewing hate and division only hinders our plight for true equality as a nation. I served in the Military with people of many different races. To me we were all the same color, we're Americans and we were willing to die for each other. We would do what was necessary for your brother next to you, no matter his color. It's sad and unfortunate but, these days people are looking for retribution and revenge more than anything else.

Caxine Mousin more than 1 years ago

Really hon?

So it WASN'T investigated by the FBI (who is actually this WHOLE other agency)? Re-investigated? Re-opened?
You and I have the same information, same facts from that night. You're the one making all the assumptions and dictating who knows what they're talking about though. Interesting.

Alex Teach more than 1 years ago

To Alex Teach

This case was not handled locally--at least not according to the evidence. The state did not oversee this case. Stop telling your damn lies just to protect the Police department. What the hell is the "other half of the story" since you are so clairvoyent.

You don't know what the hell you are talking about.
Koiesha Ford is a tragic case. Just like the Wadie Suttles case, justi like the Trayvon Martin case. Anyone who dies violently is tragic. But to coverup the death--the way the local authorities did in the Wadie Suttles case--is even more tragic--it is criminal.

Maxine Cousin more than 1 years ago

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