"It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world's believing him." — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, 1785
Last week the Chris Matthews, the spittle spewing big mouth liberal on MSNBC, went on record apologizing to the Black community for all whites, which he deemed as racist. Speak for yourself Mr. Matthews, don’t speak for me.
I have nothing to apologize for. For starters my ancestors from Ohio and Pennsylvania fought on the side of the North in our Civil War. Some were seriously wounded and a few died. What did your ancestors do Mr. Matthews?
I have and still do live next to Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. In fact my current neighbor is a Black man who owns his own home, works hard as an independent contractor, and doesn’t think much of our current president. I have hired Blacks, Hispanics and Asians and mentored then in their professional careers. I have given them choice assignments based on merit and capability — not because of their race or heritage. Does this make me a racist? I don’t think so. So when it comes to what I have done keep your mouth shut Mr. Matthews. You are nothing but a race hustling, big mouth liberal out to increase your falling ratings. Speak for yourself!
Yes I discriminate and have done so my entire life. I discriminate on the friends I have and the people I wish to associate with like liberals like you Mr. Matthews. I discriminate on where I want to live, the products I buy, the food I eat, and the places I visit. I discriminate on the books I read, the Internet sites I visit, and the TV channels I watch (that’s why I don’t watch MSNBC). These forms of discrimination are called choices and we all make choices every day. It’s the way rational people live their lives.
I've always been sensitive to race. I don't support racism or racists. I've never considered myself racist and don't think others would consider me a racist. How could I be one now?
I never enslaved anyone, prevented them from working or voting or living in my neighborhood or joining my clubs. I don't think there was any proof that George Zimmerman did either.
But now I know if I ever cross or injure a black person — no matter how justified my actions might be — there is a presumption that I am a racist.
I don't like it at all. It isn't true. But here I am, non-racist me trapped inside this new racist body I've been assigned. My actions and beliefs are irrelevant. Society has decreed this is who I am.
After the Zimmerman verdict, many white people woke up just like me, realizing that we will be deemed haters whenever we interact with non-whites and something goes wrong — no matter what our motivation or innermost thoughts are.
Most of us didn't grow up this way. Quite the opposite. I was taught never to hate and only to judge people by their actions and not by their color, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Didn't Martin Luther King say we should judge a man by "the content of his character, not by his color of his skin"?
Use of racism to implement an agenda or get one's way, has been building over years. This isn't news to any of you. Anytime you fire someone who is a minority, you must have documentation backing up your non-racist justifications. Even if you have pages and testimony to bolster your decision, you still could be confronted with an unpleasant lawsuit identifying you as a "discriminator."
Even though we are supposed to be a color-blind, post-racial society, groups and individuals force us to think about race all the time. We have become a hyper-racial society. Furthermore, since very few of us want to be labeled with anything as odious as "racist," we will do anything — including keeping incompetents in our employ — to avoid the moniker.
Nevertheless, as careful as many whites are to avoid doing anything that would saddle us with such epithets, time and time again it is thrust upon us with the goal of serving someone else's purpose — regardless how we actually conduct ourselves.
If you don't like your black neighbor because you have a personality clash, you are a racist.
If you complain about a black clerk in a store because she wasn't helpful, you are a racist.
If you oppose affirmative action, you are a racist. Every Black conservative such as Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, David Webb, Deneen Borelli, Roy Innis, Larry Elder, and Justice Clarence Thomas are against affirmative action. Does that make them racists? That would mean Blacks are racists against other Blacks.
If you disagree with a black President's ideology and disapprove of his policies, you most definitely are a racist.
If you are a juror in the Trayvon Martin case and find George Zimmerman not guilty, you must be a racist. Heck, the entire system that acquitted Zimmerman is racist. Those shots were fired not out of self-defense but because of racism. And we know that, because Trayvon was black and Zimmerman white.
Speaking of Justice Clearance Thomas when President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the Supreme Court and he was opposed by Democrat stalwarts like Ted Kennedy, the Democrat Party, and the entire left-wing press (including you Mr. Matthews) I guess that’s proof that they were all racists
Now we have President Obama once again jumping into the fray. Last week he made an appearance at an impromptu press conference to pontificate on racism and stand your ground. As usual he wanted to gin up his base before going on his multi-million dollar vacation to Martha’s Vineyard where he can hob-knob with his million dollar donors.
Obama publicly and personally addressed the Trayvon Martin case for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted nearly a week ago, relating his own experiences to the "pain" the black community is feeling and going on to question so-called "stand-your-ground" laws.
The president delivered extensive remarks during a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room. He suggested race may have played a strong role in the case, saying that if a "white male teen" were involved, "both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different."
He went far beyond his remarks a year ago in which he stirred controversy by saying if he had a son, he'd look like Martin.
"Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," Obama said.
The president used the highly personal comments to, in his words, put the angst in the black community in "context." And he also appeared to give his support to Attorney General Eric Holder's call earlier in the week for a review of "stand-your-ground" laws.
Here is a segment from Obama’s remarks:
"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 -- and a history that -- that doesn't go away. 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 probably 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.
(Wasn’t it the race hustler Jesse Jackson who once said that while walking at night in a Black neighborhood he would anxiously look over his shoulder until he could get out of the area?)
"And, you know, I -- 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 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.”
"And for those who -- who resist that idea, that we should think about something like these Stand Your Ground laws, I just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.
"Number three -- and this is a long-term project -- we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them, and values them, and is willing to invest in them?
"You know, I'm not naive about the prospects of some grand new federal program. I'm not sure that that's what we're talking about here. But I -- I do recognize that, as president, I've got some convening power. And there are a lot of good programs that are being done across the country on this front. And for us to be able to gather together business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes and figure out, how are we doing a better job helping young African-American men feel that they're a full part of this society and that -- and that they've got pathways and avenues to succeed?
"You know, I think that would be a pretty good outcome from what was, obviously, a tragic situation. And we're going to spend some time working on that and thinking about that. And then, finally, I think it's going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching.
"You know, there's been talk about, should we convene a conversation on race? I haven't seen that be particularly productive when, you know, politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have. “
And then there is the poster boy for cognitive dissonance, Juan Williams, who wrote in his recent column “Obama's risky admission -- after Zimmerman case America must do better on race” for FoxNews.com:
“The president's decision to speak out about the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case is an explosive, risky step in an already polarized racial landscape.
The first black president has tried to speak about race before and not had a good response. That's possibly why he said that he's not calling for a "national dialogue" but asking people to do some soul searching at home, at church and among friends.
The president's decision to come out and speak, despite the warnings from his top advisers, reveals how deeply the Martin-Zimmerman case has torn at the nation's long, troubled history of race relations.
The fact is president must have concluded that he had no choice but to speak out or be recorded in the history books as a political no-show on the critical race issues of his day.
President Obama is already under fire for not doing enough on race, for not speaking out about black on black crime in the country, about high black unemployment, about the tragedy of urban education for black kids. Something deep in him must have forced him to speak out this time.
While it won't please his critics that the president spoke at all, it's clear that Mr. Obama is trying to offer a leader's healing prescription for a nation filled with hurt over the Martin-Zimmerman case.
I know I have been hurt in the days since the verdict.
I have been full of sadness over the not-guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman murder. The lack of justice for a dead teenager and the Martin family is sad, it is tragic.
Yes, the prosecution failed, in my opinion, to make the case beyond reasonable doubt that Zimmerman acted with the malice necessary for a conviction on second-degree murder.
Yes, the jury failed to see the need for justice for all.
And, yes, the media failed to be fair.
These failures began before the trial when the special prosecutor in the case, Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, did not convene a grand jury. After the local police failed to arrest or charge Zimmerman the prosecutors were in a rush to satisfy racial activists, the media and political pressure for immediate action.”
Then we have the clamor to rid ourselves of the Stand Your Ground laws from the liberal left-wing media. It should be noted that 30 states have Stand Your Ground Laws and if I read the Ninth and Tenth Amendments correctly this is the business of the states, not the federal government. Take as example a recent article in Salon.com by Katie Halper “Stand your ground” law helps white defendants a lot more than black ones.” In the article Ms. Halper advances her belief that stand your ground benefits whites more than blacks and uses two anecdotal cases to prove her point. She used the cases of Ralph Wald, and Marissa Alexander both of Florida:
“On March 10 of this year, around midnight, Ralph Wald, 70, of Brandon, Fla., got out of bed to get a drink and found Walter Conley, 32, having sex with his wife, Johanna Lynn Flores, 41, in the living room. He immediately went back into his bedroom, grabbed his gun and shot Conley three times. Conley died. Wald claims that he thought Conley was a stranger who had broken in and was raping his wife – despite the fact that Conley lived next door, had been his wife’s roommate and lover, and had his wife’s name tattooed onto his neck and arm. During a 911 call, when the dispatcher asked Wald if the man he shot was dead, Wald responded, “I hope so!” Wald never used the word “rape” in later reports to police, opting instead for “fornicate.” And while the fact that the two were lovers doesn’t imply consent, Flores has never accused Conley of rape — nor do prosecutors buy that that’s what Wald actually thought was happening. They say that Wald, who suffers from erectile dysfunction, killed Conley in a jealous rage. Flores admits that she and Conley had sex regularly before and after her marriage to Wald. While testifying, Wald explained that his erectile dysfunction and his wife’s reluctance to have sex with him made them compatible: “In fact, she would joke a lot with me that we were a perfect couple. She didn’t want to do it, and I couldn’t do it.” On May 30, after deliberating for two hours, a jury found Wald not guilty. After the verdict was announced, Wald continued to show no remorse: “If the same thing happened again, I would do the same thing.”
“On Aug. 1, 2010, Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of three, with a master’s degree and no criminal record, was working for a payroll software company in Jacksonville. She was estranged from her abusive husband, Rico Gray, and had a restraining order against him. Thinking he was not at home, she went to their former house to get some belongings. The two got into an argument. Alexander says that Gray threatened her and she feared for her life. Gray corroborates Alexander’s story: “I was in a rage. I called her a whore and bitch and I told her if I can’t have you, nobody going to have you,” he said, in a deposition. When Alexander retreated into the bathroom, Gray tried to break the door. She ran into the garage, but couldn’t leave because it was locked. She came back, he said, with a registered gun, which she legally owned, and yelled at him to leave. Gray recalls, “I told her I ain’t going nowhere, and so I started walking toward her. I was cursing and all that and she shot in the air.” Even Gray understands why Alexander fired the warning shot: “If my kids wouldn’t have been there, I probably would have put my hand on her. Probably hit her. I got five baby mommas and I put my hands on every last one of them, except for one … I honestly think she just didn’t want me to put my hands on her anymore so she did what she feel like she have to do to make sure she wouldn’t get hurt, you know. You know, she did what she had to do.” And Gray admits Alexander was acting in self-defense, intending to scare and stop but not harm him: “The gun was never actually pointed at me. The fact is, you know she never been violent toward me. I was always the one starting it.” Ultimately nobody was hurt. Nobody died. On May 12, 2012, it took a jury 12 minutes to find Alexander guilty of aggravated assault. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Both defendants used the defense of “stand your ground,” a Florida law that holds that a person has “no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself.” The man who shot his wife’s lover to death was successful and walks free. The woman who shot at a wall to scare an abusive husband failed and sits in jail.”
It must be pointed out that both cases were prosecuted by Angela Cory’s State Attorney’s Office. I believe the case against Ms. Alexander was a gross miscarriage of justice perpetrated once again by Angela Cory, a woman who should be disbarred. I only hope she can get a good attorney to work her appeal.
However, two antidotal cases do not make a case for overturning stand your ground in 30 states and it won’t happen. What we need are better prosecutors. The stand your ground laws go hand in hand with the Castle Laws.
According to Patrick Howley writing in the Daily Caller “Blacks benefit from Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ law at disproportionate rate.”:
“One hundred thirty three people in the state of Florida have used a “Stand Your Ground” defense. Of these claims, 73 were considered “justified” (55 percent), while 39 resulted in criminal convictions and 21 cases are still pending.
Forty four African Americans in the state of Florida have claimed a “Stand Your Ground” defense. Of these claims, 24 were considered “justified” (55 percent), while 11 resulted in convictions and nine cases are still pending.
Of the 76 white people who have used the defense, 40 were considered “justified” (less than 53 percent), while 25 were convicted and 11 cases are still pending.
Ten Hispanics have used the defense, seven of them successfully, according to the database, which included George Zimmerman as a “Stand Your Ground” defendant.
Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” cases have resulted in 78 white victims against 40 black victims, including Martin, and 10 Hispanic victims.
“For a defense attorney, it (stand your ground) is an excellent tool. Even if your client is not found legal under stand your ground, it helps you flesh out the issues as the case proceeds to trial. It’s an opportunity to push forward with that position while also forcing the state to show their hand,” said defense attorney Chuck Hobbs, whose 20-year-old African-American client Earl Jackson was found not guilty of murder but was convicted on lesser charges after a 2009 gang shootout in a Tallahassee parking lot that left an innocent bystander dead.
Then-19-year-old African American Tony Hayward of Palm Beach County also benefited from the “Stand Your Ground” defense when he was acquitted in the shooting death of 22-year old Jyron Miles.
“Besides the shooter’s word and a grainy surveillance video, jurors had little to go on when deciding if Tony Hayward was defending his life when he shot and killed Jyron Miles, 22. Hayward, then 19, and his father were delivering newspapers when Miles appeared at about 3 a.m., according to newspaper reports. They said Miles aggressively demanded ‘is you straight?’ a phrase sometimes used to see if someone has drugs,” according to the Tampa Bay Times database. “The father and son said Miles then reached for what they thought was a gun, so the teen fired. The video did not show whether Miles had a gun, but police did not find one when they arrived…At his second trial in early 2011, Hayward was acquitted. His public defender argued that Hayward was standing his ground during the confrontation.”
The best known African American associated with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is Marissa Alexander, who was prevented from invoking the law after firing a warning shot to protect herself from her abusive ex-husband. Alexander, who had no prior criminal record, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and her case has become an important cause for supporters of the law. Alexander was prosecuted by Angela Corey, the same state attorney who lost the Zimmerman case.”
As John Adams stated in his defense of the British Soldiers accused of murder in the Boston Massacre; “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
I wonder if the race industry has any idea what they are clamoring for by restricting the claim of self-defense. Black-on-black crime is the overwhelming source of crime against blacks in America. If the Zimmerman protesters have their way and a black intruder breaks into the home of a black family and is shot dead by the homeowner, the homeowner will more likely be the criminal on trial than the perp, as we have seen in the Ron Dixon case in Brooklyn, where a Jamaican family man killed an intruder (whose race isn't clear in the reports) and was shockingly sentenced to jail for illegally possessing a gun.
We will be cutting off our self-defense noses to spite our racial anger faces. This all stems from intense vitriol for past sins most of us had nothing to do with and would never condone. The sins of America's past are being visited upon America's present and future regardless of the sensibility of doing so. My heart breaks that slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, the KKK, lynching, and discrimination ever existed. Every reasonable human being feels this way. But this continued pay back has to stop.
This is not exclusive to race. LGBT activists have hijacked the black plight for their own purposes. LGBT students are given special consideration in the college application process to right the wrongs visited upon previous generations of homosexuals. If you dislike a person who happens to be gay, you are homophobic. If you disapprove of redefining marriage, you are homophobic. If the thought of same-sex sexual conduct makes you feel uncomfortable, you are homophobic. If you think AIDS is a gay disease brought on by lifestyle, you are homophobic. If you fire anyone who is gay, you are homophobic.
If a gay man tries to rape a straight man and the straight man accidentally kills the gay man while trying to ward off the rape, he must be homophobic. There is no room for self-defense if the perp-turned-victim is gay and the accused is not. (See the case of Steven Nary.)
And, as we have seen in the media's reaction to the Zimmerman case, for many, there is no room for self-defense if the puncher-turned-victim is black and the accused is white.
Obama put us on notice that we'd better do some "soul-searching" because as president he has "convening power" to push forward some "grand new federal programs."
Wow, 'wait till your daddy Obama gets back from Martha’s Vineyard kids — there's gonna be some whoop-ass if you don't straighten it out.' Obama, the Daddy that 73% of the Rachel Jeantel demographic never had, is going after those downright mean white oppressor bullies. The ones who keep putting all the black young males in prison for wearing hoodies and eating skittles. The ones who "paint African-American boys with a broad brush" and who tend to see them as "more violent."
Obama the Marxist never strays too far from the dialectic. We have to put Martin's death in "context." What context Obama doesn't say, but we can assume it's all about slavery and its economic origins. Why else were there communist protesters at the Justice for Trayvon rallies with signs reading Racism is a By-Product of Capitalism?
Obama and his dupes, including Martin's father, Tracy, have been repeating the "if Trayvon was [sic] white" talking point ever since the verdict came down. Translation: whites are the privileged class, nobody bothers them. Or in the words of Marx who indeed linked slavery to white capitalist exploiters of blacks: "In fact, the veiled slavery of the wage-laborers in Europe needed the unqualified slavery of the New World as its pedestal. Capital comes dripping from head to toe, from every pore, with blood and dirt "
Obama may be fooling the black community with his "Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago" but like everything else in the Marxist world, black interests are only a means to an end to capitalism.
While Obama continues to exploit blacks for his own purposes, we can be sure he'll act like the wise chief ruling over a human kindergarten telling us what to do and to like it or else.
Obama said in his press conference:
“Ask yourself am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can; am I judging people, as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.”
This from the titular head of the Democrat Party, which has turned Martin Luther King's challenge about color and character upside down. Indeed, for Obama and the Left, color trumps character.
Obama closed his remarks saying, "Those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions." Seriously, that is what this consummate hypocrite said. Of course Obama has risen from a "community organizer" to the office of President of the United States, solely by invoking the politics of disparity, fomenting class, race, sex and religious division across the nation — pure Alinsky. Democrats rely on this "divide and conquer" strategy in every campaign, and Obama politicized the Zimmerman/Martin case for precisely that reason during his 2012 reelection campaign.
Obama did feign disdain for the protests incited by Al Sharpton and other race-bait hustlers, saying, "If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin." Fact is, Obama's remarks dishonor what happened to Martin, because they divert attention from the real tragedy of cultural entropy and epidemic violence in predominately black communities.
Race hustlers with their double standards across the nation are calling for a civil rights investigation into Zimmerman's motives for shooting Martin. However, during Zimmerman's trial, it was clear that none of his actions were motivated by race. However, Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin just prior to the altercation, testified that Martin described Zimmerman as a "creepy-ass white cracker." Seems a more pertinent question would be: Was Martin's assault on Zimmerman racially motivated?
Oh, and despite all the spin Obama is generating around this case, we won't get distracted from all his other scandals and policy fails!
As the Black economists Thomas Sowell stated:
“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today.”