The Zimmerman trial is lurching to a close. The crescendo will be a whimper or a screech and it is a fore-gone conclusion that because of the judge in the case it will either be appealed by the DOJ or by the defense. The defense, even if Zimmerman is acquitted will most probably sue the federal government for something. It seems that sending down to Florida federal employees to stir up racial tension might be running afoul of the law. The fact that the Justice department is behind the shenanigans should not surprise anyone who hasn’t had their head in some kind of hole be it sand or otherwise. The judge’s inappropriate comments and combative behavior toward the defense as well as her unprofessional behaviors should send this case back to court in short order. A judicial review should be in the works as these words are typed but it’s Florida, things take longer to do down there. All that sun, fun, skin cancer and translation issues.
Here’s an interesting question. If Martin has been white and Zimmerman had been half black, half hispanic what would the charge be? If one of the star witnesses told the court some ” creepy -ass n(word) had been watching her boyfriend what would the next days newspapers say? If this was an Asian kid would the gang reference be hushed up or played up? If the person on the ground was the minority, getting his head bashed in would Al Sharpton be calling for riots if the defendant went free?
The real tragedy of this story goes far beyond the actual crime. Was Zimmerman afraid for his life? Probably. Given that 50% of the murders in this country are committed by young black males the same age as Martin speaks to that fear. The fact that he was out at night, with a hoodie covering his head, high on pot, someplace where he wasn’t known by the residents is also an issue yet to be discussed. If he was such a “good boy” why was he doing drugs, acting like a thug and gansta’ wannabe?
The issues within the black community are staggering. Massive amounts of broken or supremely non functional homes with disengaged or absent parents are the norm. If there are two parents in the home that is the exception and not the rule. Homes where taking “assistance” has been the way of life for generations, where school is somewhere you go to get fed and foodstamps are what parents use for entertainment are also the norm. Children and adults are shunned for “acting white”, for trying to break the cycle of abuse and criminality.
We can’t talk about it however. Anytime anyone makes any kind of noise about the underlying problems within the black community the racist card comes out in all it’s glory. Say that for 12% of the population blacks are a much larger percentage of the prison population, food stamp users, Welfare participants and Medicade and Medicare users. Make the case that single parenthood, especially with a mother only in the home is the norm (approaching 75%) instead of the exception and again, that’s just hate speech. Make the case that education is not a goal in many black homes and again, one is a bigot or creepy cracker. A problem can not be fixed if the people involved will not accept and agree that there IS a problem and it is not caused by something that happened 300 years ago.
Back at the turn of the 19th century there were Irish gangs roaming New York (there still are one or two- but we’re talking a large group of Irish youths). People talked about the problem, they brainstormed, they accepted that there was an issue and tried to deal with it. It took time, it took work, it took letting go of pride and admitting the problem was too big to work on alone. The difference is that no one assumed people were being racist (although some were), the people involved really wanted things to be better and having come from a place were they didn’t have the freedom to make it on their own, they reveled in that liberty to make a life for themselves that others believed they could not do. Instead of staying victims they became doers. The difference, attitude. If you think people are against you, that is your reality. If you think you can do things, you can, self fulfilling prophecy.
At the moment the only prophecy is that between murdering each other, committing the genocide of abortion and ignorance the black minority may find themselves even smaller in numbers and with even less influence. Whether that is good or bad depends on what positives they can bring to the societal table. At the moment chaos, abuse, anti-social behavior, criminality and disrespect for any people including themselves is what they’ve brought. Gone are the moral values of the 40’s and 50’s. Gone are the lofty goals of the civil rights movement. Gone are the reliance on God, family and community that were the hall marks of black neighborhoods at that time. It’s sad to say but family has been replaced by gang loyalty and the Welfare system.
Of course there are always exceptions to every rule. There are black families swimming against the tide but they face harrowing experiences. Shunned and abused for “acting too white” they are neither fish or fowl. They don’t belong in the black community because they want better for themselves and their posterity. They don’t feel they belong in the “white community” (which apparently consists of everyone who isn’t of African decent) because black political leaders, entertainers and even some religious leaders abuse and belittle their attempts to capture a part of the American dream.
Until we can have an honest dialogue that doesn’t consist of “you people enslaved my ancestors” there is not going to be any end to the cycle of violence and victimization. No American can legally own another. A war was fought and people died and that particular practice was cast away. My people came here at a time when “Irish need not apply” and “Irish and sailors keep off the grass”. My grandfathers were street sweepers, garbage men, truck drivers. I graduated college and 5 out of my six children attended college, three have graduated, one is working on a masters. We didn’t have a lot of money but morals, manners and integrity don’t cost money. They do however take work to achieve and even more work to teach. That my friends is the real tragedy here. The unwillingness to try has become an epidemic for all people but for some it’s a life altering disaster. Just ask anyone who’s child is dead at the hand of someone who killed them just because they’re the wrong flavor of human.
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