I’m sure you remember the media storm that erupted in the wake of Trayvon Martin being killed by George Zimmerman. Moreover, I’m sure you remember how President Obama reacted to the situation. He spoke with his overly dramatic and completely misplaced rhetoric about race relations and the problems facing young black men in America. All of this even though there were no indications of race having anything to do with what transpired that awful night! (Though the media tried their best to invent a racial angle throughout the investigation and trial.)
You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here…
There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.
Given the President’s penchant for overly-dramatic prose in the face of any situation that has anything to do with race, you’d think the recent shooting in Virginia of a white reporter and her white cameraman by a gay, black former co-worker would have brought out the racial justice pundit in him.
But you’d be wrong.
Instead, the President chose to ignore the overwhelming evidence of the racist roots of the attack and instead to focus on the fact that the legal system had allowed this murderer to purchase a gun.
“It breaks my heart every time you read about or hear about these kinds of incidents,” Obama said. “What we know, is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.”
So in a case with no racial animus (other than one man being black and another non-black), the President decided to wax eloquent on the racial inequality inherent in our culture. But then in a case with clear racial underpinnings (but black on white violence instead of the President’s preferred white on black violence), President Obama chooses to skip over any race discussion and go right for our guns. It’s despicable but it’s also par for the course with the modern Democrat Party.
Democrats today have no desire for “real” conversation on “real” issues. They simply want to spout their talking points, demagogue their opponents and win elections… all in an effort to rake in more of those crony dollars.
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