“Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58 percent of its crimes?” he told a congregation. “We’ve got to face that. And we’ve got to do something about our moral standards....We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.”-- Martin Luther King. 1961The number one story the past few weeks was the murder trial of George Zimmerman. Stories that have a direct impact on the lives of all Americans like the implosion of ObamaCare and unemployment took a convenient back seat to a trial imbued with racial overtones despite the lack of ANY credible evidence or testimony that race had anything to do with it. Also, we weren't talking about the IRS scandal despite testimony linking the targeting of Tea Party groups directly to the White House and a top political appointee at the IRS.
No, the phony racist angle of the Zimmerman trial was a convenient diversion for Obama which may explain why when the narrative was about to ebb Obama stepped in to stoke the fire with a rare off the cuff speech in the White House. As usual, it was mostly about him. Here are a few excerpts:
OBAMA: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, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.Obama acknowledged that young black men are "disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence," which goes some way to explain why they might be the focus of fear. But he then tries to blame black violence on whites by saying:
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.
Some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.The epidemic of violence among young black men is a recent phenomenon more directly related to problems in the black community than "a very difficult history."
In a superb must see commentary, Bill O'Reilly address the problems in the black community that Obama ignored:
Black columnist Crystal Wright agrees. Writing in the Washington Times:
O'REILLY: “You want a better situation for blacks? Give them a chance to revive their neighborhoods and culture. Work with the good people to stop the bad people. […] You can’t legislate good parenting or responsible entertainment. But you can fight against the madness with discipline, a firm message and little tolerance for excuse making. It is now time for the African American leadership, including President Obama, to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of this mess.”
He said that “race hustlers” have intimidated the conversation, “turning any valid criticism of African American culture into charges of racial bias. […] You want racism? That’s racism.”
O’Reilly surmised that young black men raised without structure reject education and gravitate toward drugs, hustling and gangs. “The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African American family. […] When was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid becoming pregnant? […] White people don’t force black people to have babies out of wedlock.”
The Factor host called out the entertainment industry for glorifying a “gansta” culture to impressionable children. “Hey, listen up you greed-heads. If a kid can’t speak proper English, uses the f-word in every sentence, […] is disrespectful in his or her mouth, that child will never, never be able to compete in the marketplace of America. […] And it had nothing to do with slavery. It has everything to do with you Hollywood people and you derelict parents. You’re the ones hurting these vulnerable children.”
He blamed narcotics for destroying the city of Detroit, which just filed for bankruptcy last week. “What do the race hustlers and limousine liberals yell about? The number of black men in prison for selling drugs. ‘Oh, it’s so unfair. It’s a non-violent crime and blacks are targeted.’ That is one of the biggest lies in the history of this country. The thugs who sell hard drugs, no matter what color they are, deserve to be put away for long periods of time. […] They are scum!”
“When was the last time you heard the Congressional Black Caucus say that?” O’Reilly asked. “How about Jackson and Sharpton? How about President Obama?”
Nearly 50 years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, the inconvenient truth is that blacks are causing 90 percent of their own problems, need to take responsibility for their own actions and start participating in the equality Martin Luther King and others died for.Rev. Jesse Jackson, race hustler in chief, once said:
"There is nothing more painful to me ... than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved."Victor Davis Hanson, in rejecting the "mytho history" that Obama and Holder are passing off reminds readers of another "Trayvon" story that won't make national news. Two black men, one wearing a hoodie entered a Santa Rosa, California jewelry store and robbed the store using a shotgun. Names of the two? Traveon Banks-Austin and Alexander Tyvon Brandon. Does Obama want to identify with them? Do they look like his son if he had one?
The death of Trayvon Martin may serve as a convenient distraction for Obama. His allies, race profiteers like Sharpton and Jackson will profit from the tragedy. But the larger tragedy is a black community trapped by the consequences of failed liberal government unable to address the real problems. Hence the sideshow!