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The Establishment media, race and Zimmerman

Posted by Jeff (ILoveCapitalism) at 4:40 am - July 15, 2013.
Filed under: Liberal Intolerance,Liberal Lies,Media Bias

I’ve seen the Establishment media get certain things wrong on the Zimmerman case, repeatedly. Especially on racial aspects, and it is time to call out two of them.

First, the alleged “racial profiling”. As the New York Times put it:

The case began in the small city of Sanford as a routine homicide but soon evolved into a civil rights cause examining racial profiling and its consequences…

…said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the N.A.A.C.P. “…we will not rest until racial profiling in all its forms is outlawed.”

Problem: The Zimmerman case has virtually nothing to do with racial profiling.

  1. Zimmerman wasn’t police; nothing he did was official.
  2. Zimmerman didn’t profile: he described Martin’s race (as “black”) just because a police dispatcher directly asked him to. Finally,
  3. If anyone profiled, it may have been Trayvon Martin, who allegedly profiled the Hispanic, neighborhood-patrolling Zimmerman as a white threat (a “creepy-ass cracker”).

Next, about Zimmerman’s race. I think race is a thoroughly stupid way to classify human beings. But, I don’t rule the world. As many know, Zimmerman’s mother is Peruvian and “Spanish was the primary language at home”. Per the same article, the family itself wanted to downplay all racial angles when all of this broke, but… clearly, they didn’t get their way. So, why does the Establishment media never simply describe Zimmerman as Hispanic?

Zimmerman is as Hispanic as President Obama is African-American (namely half, including parentage, cultural heritage/exposure, and choice of identity). Yet CNN and The New York Times weirdly call him “white Hispanic” (no hyphen), while others have used the bizarre – and possibly insulting – circumlocution “Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic”. Imagine if they called Obama “white Black”, or said “Obama identifies himself as African-American”. They never would, no matter how much Joe Biden wants them to.

Exit curiosity: If Zimmerman’s parents’ races were switched – so that he were almost the same person he is, in genetics and appearance, but happened to have a Peruvian last name – Would he have still been put on trial? Was anti-German bias at work?

FROM THE COMMENTS: In Baltimore, police investigate claims that black youths chased and beat a Hispanic man, shouting “This is for Trayvon.”

It’s difficult to say more until the claims pan out, but I’ll ask this: Obama chose to reinforce, rather than to correct, a painfully one-sided view of the Zimmerman-Martin case. Has his doing so already led to (more) tragedy? Also linked from the comments: numerous threats on the Zimmerman jurors.

UPDATE: I didn’t know about “watermelon lean”. After a commentor mentioned it a couple times, I googled around and stumbled across this year-old post at American Thinker, “What the Media Choose Not to Know about Trayvon”. It’s fascinating. It shows Martin as part of “urban America’s lost boy culture”, a culture which commits crime in disproportion to its numbers, and which the GayPatriot blog has perhaps touched on, indirectly before.

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  1. In Baltimore, A gang of black youths assault a hispanic man shouting “This is for Trayvon.”

    You can think race-baiters like mikey, Jeremy, and Obama for this.

    Comment by V the K — July 16, 2013 @ 9:38 am - July 16, 2013

  2. Yup, V the K, because according to mike, Hispanics are creepy staplers and murderers, so the person you referenced obviously picked a fight and righteously got his ass kicked by Obama’s sons.

    I don’t see Holder screaming “hate crime” and I don’t see Obama blabbing about “violence”, so it’s clear that they both support black people beating up others based on race and ethnicity.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — July 16, 2013 @ 9:45 am - July 16, 2013

  3. “race-baiter mike”

    Annnd like clockwork here comes the slander.

    Nice.

    Comment by mike — July 16, 2013 @ 9:47 am - July 16, 2013

  4. So lets see, the guy who accuses George Zimmerman of ‘stalking’ is whining about Slander?

    Really? Still waiting for the proof that Zimmerman instigated a fight.

    Oh wait, this is Mikey, facts don’t matter.

    Comment by The_Livewire — July 16, 2013 @ 10:35 am - July 16, 2013

  5. mike. It’s not slander if it’s the truth.

    Comment by Juan — July 16, 2013 @ 10:39 am - July 16, 2013

  6. How is it any less fair to characterize mike as a race-baiter than it is for mike to characterize George Zimmerman as a “stalker?”

    Livewire is right. Facts don’t matter.

    Comment by V the K — July 16, 2013 @ 10:48 am - July 16, 2013

  7. Reading AJ’s and mike’s attempts to justify their lynch mob mentality, is anyone put in mind of the catchphrase of the prosecutions star witless? (“That’s real retarded, sir.”)

    Comment by V the K — July 16, 2013 @ 10:53 am - July 16, 2013

  8. mike, does the truth hurt? Because, as expertly pointed out, you have absolutely no problem with characterizing others with facts not in evidence. In fact, you REVEL in it. So why cry when you’re on the receiving end?

    Surely, you aren’t the very face of the hypocritical Left, right? I mean, why cry about tactics you engage in all the time? Surely if those tactics bothered you, you wouldn’t engage in them constantly, would you?

    Hahahaha! What am I saying? Of COURSE you would, because you, Obama, Holder, and the Left are cut from the same cloth.

    Anything to serve the narrative.

    Microbe.

    Comment by acethepug — July 16, 2013 @ 12:17 pm - July 16, 2013

  9. NDT #52

    Amazing, isn’t it. And we have Corey actually calling Zimmerman a murderer.

    Remember after the OJ verdict? My, wasn’t the tone from the monstrously hypocritical Left so very different, then?

    I wonder, should we subject the Left to the same hate speech and lies they do to any who oppose them? Maybe we should start calling Holder an unindicted criminal — he WAS found in contempt, was he not?

    Comment by acethepug — July 16, 2013 @ 12:19 pm - July 16, 2013

  10. To Capitalism

    You can keep on clinging to the notion that Zimmerman was protecting his community from the scourge that is black toddlers and teenagers armed with junk food, but to any sensible human being it was the hostile grown man “patrolling” his neighborhood with a weapon from whom the community needed protection. The boy he was following had done nothing wrong and was (reasonably) afraid of the “creepy” man who was following him. The resultant conflict was solely the result of his false attribution and inability to properly identify a threat. You may embrace an authoritarian society in which anyone who claims to be acting in the name of safety (no matter how reckless and irrational their own actions) gets a free pass on the “personal responsibility” arguments you guys are all too happy to disregard the misery of the poor, but I do not.

    You’ve gone out of your way to empathize with the man who killed a child, but have made no efforts to acknowledge the fact that Trayvon Martin was afraid. You’ve mentioned the “creepy ass cracker” (a term of whose origin you seem blithely unaware) comment over and over again, but have yet to mention in any of your comments that Zimmerman had a history of calling the police on people without any real reason. Your bit about Martin’s profiling of Zimmerman by calling him a “cracker” while running for his life reads like bad comedy.

    Bet keep comforting yourself with fairy tales about how George “these punks always get away” Zimmerman wasn’t obviously looking for a fight. Keep ignoring the fact that Martin had not done nothing wrong when he was profiled as a criminal by non cop George Zimmerman. And most of all, keep ignoring the fact that being suspected of wrong doing for no other reason than the color of your skin is a reality for many black people in this country.

    Comment by Another_Jeremy — July 16, 2013 @ 12:26 pm - July 16, 2013

  11. but to any sensible human being it was the hostile grown man “patrolling” his neighborhood with a weapon from whom the community needed protection.

    Why do you hate women, Jeremy?

    And isn’t it interesting how when Jeremy is confronted by facts, he just shouts his lies louder?

    Comment by The_Livewire — July 16, 2013 @ 12:33 pm - July 16, 2013

  12. mike description at #48 – Conveniently leaves out the part where Martin pounded Zimmerman “MMA style” and tried to smash his head into the concrete, making him fear legitimately for his life.

    That’s denial, folks. mike tells a certain story to support his pre-set conclusion; and his version, even after being corrected again and again, STILL leaves out the crucial part (of the actual story that happened in the real world).

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 16, 2013 @ 12:38 pm - July 16, 2013

  13. You may embrace an authoritarian society in which anyone who claims to be acting in the name of safety (no matter how reckless and irrational their own actions) gets a free pass on the “personal responsibility” arguments you guys are all too happy to disregard the misery of the poor, but I do not.

    Actually, Another_Jeremy, what we know is that you and your fellow liberal Obama hipsters who scream about “the poor” are the ones using food stamps to buy yourself wine and organic salmon instead of actually feeding the poor.

    Meanwhile, given how you and your fellow Obama Trayvons are screaming for jurors and their families to be tortured, murdered, and raped just like Trayvon would have wanted, what we can see is that Trayvon, like the rest of your fellow Obama supporters and you, was a murdering sociopath.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — July 16, 2013 @ 12:58 pm - July 16, 2013

  14. Oh, and here’s more of how the Trayvons in the Obama Party are screaming that jurors in the trial ought to be treated.

    When you have Trayvons running around screaming that these jurors’ children should be murdered, their grandmothers should be raped, and that their houses should be burned to the ground, you see immediately how both the race-baiter mike and Another_Jeremy support, endorse, and will make any excuse for violence, hate, and bigotry when they don’t get their way.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — July 16, 2013 @ 1:01 pm - July 16, 2013

  15. And isn’t it interesting how when Jeremy is confronted by facts, he just shouts his lies louder?

    lowercase and AJ are testaments to the legal doctrine, “If the facts are on your side pound the facts, if the law is on your side pound the law, and if neither one is on your side pound the table.”

    Comment by V the K — July 16, 2013 @ 1:23 pm - July 16, 2013

  16. Consider this: A man trying to protect his community is made a villain; a nasty and violent thug is made out to be a hero. This is exactly why America is doomed.

    Comment by V the K — July 16, 2013 @ 1:27 pm - July 16, 2013

  17. Trayvon Martin was afraid.

    Then, Trayvon Martin should have used his cellphone to call 9-11. You know…like Zimmerman used his cellphone, to call the police non-emergency line.

    Martin had a second good option, the option of leaving (avoiding Zimmerman, who had already drawn the attention of police and so WOULD NOT be chasing Martin with aggressive intent to do him physical harm)…and not coming back. (Martin apparently did leave at first, but came back.)

    Martin had a third good option, the option of confronting Zimmerman verbally and while keeping a distinct physical distance between them. (A good idea is to keep at least twelve feet, yelling “BACK OFF!” and “DON’T COME NEARER!” if the other person tries to violate the distance.)

    Had Martin chosen any of those three options, he would have survived his encounter with Zimmerman. But instead, and apparently (based on such evidence as we have), Martin jumped Zimmerman and tried to beat the life out of him. That was the wrong choice. Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong – the word that you just can’t bring yourself to use about Martin, Another_Jeremy.

    You can keep on clinging to the notion that Zimmerman was protecting his community from the scourge that is black toddlers

    Not my view (or anything I said) at all, Another_Jeremy. In fact, you’re so far off that I don’t even need to reply to the rest of your comment (which is equally far off).

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 16, 2013 @ 1:57 pm - July 16, 2013

  18. Trayvon was a toddler now? Good Lord.

    The left is unsane.

    Comment by V the K — July 16, 2013 @ 2:03 pm - July 16, 2013

  19. V, not too shocked: Zimmerman’s prosecutor tried to paint Martin as an innocent “child”, just walking home from a visit to the candy store.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 16, 2013 @ 2:15 pm - July 16, 2013

  20. 51.Skipping home. You have to see Guy skipping singing lalala in the closing arguments to believe it.

    Comment by The_Livewire — July 16, 2013 @ 2:32 pm - July 16, 2013

  21. Well, at this rate, in another twenty comments, Travyon will be a 20-week-old fetus, and then AJ and mike will be happy he was aborted.

    Comment by V the K — July 16, 2013 @ 2:51 pm - July 16, 2013

  22. TL, don’t have time to look for a link, is there one?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — July 16, 2013 @ 3:02 pm - July 16, 2013

  23. The only thing Trayvon Martin has in common with Medgar Evers and Emmet Till was that all three were killed by Democrats.

    Comment by My Sharia Moor — July 16, 2013 @ 3:14 pm - July 16, 2013

  24. Pretty sure it’s in the videos at this link.

    Comment by The_Livewire — July 16, 2013 @ 3:26 pm - July 16, 2013

  25. If the NAACP would like to end racial profiling, perhaps they can come up with a plan to end the fact that young Black males, about 3% of the population, are responsible for over 50% of all the crime. That might help.

    Comment by EssEm — July 16, 2013 @ 3:35 pm - July 16, 2013

  26. Well, if Obama had any sons, they’d look like the ghetto thugs who beat up people in retaliation for the Zimmerman verdict.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — July 16, 2013 @ 3:51 pm - July 16, 2013

  27. Florida’s George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict spawned sporadic riots Sunday. The trial was very educational. White people learned they shot Trayvon Martin, Hispanics learned that they were white, and black people learned never to take Skittles to a gunfight.

    —Argus Hamilton

    Comment by RSG — July 22, 2013 @ 3:10 am - July 22, 2013

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