Monday, March 26, 2012

The Trayvon Martin Killing and Outrage for Political Gain

The Trayvon Martin killing is a human tragedy.  An innocent kid is dead, and while we don't know the reason why, nor likely will we ever know, it just seems like such a horrible episode that never should have happened. 

It is made substantively more worse as the media, the President, "black leadership," and others have made it a racial issue. 

Pardon me, but their concern is nothing but politically oriented race baiting.  Period. 

African American men are being killed by the dozen, about every day.  In fact, in President Obama's home town of Chicago, 11 black men have been killed by gunfire this month alone.  It is the closest thing we have to a genocide currently going on in this country.  And yet where is the President, or "black leadership," or the media?  Where are the calls for investigation, for justice, and for an end to the violence? Do they sidestep the issue because often the trigger man in these killings is also black? 

President Obama famously said that if he had a son, he'd look like Trayvon.  Excuse me, Mr. President, but I'd venture to guess that since you've started your political career, thousands of black men that might have resembled your son have been murdered.  Thousands.  And yet you said nothing.

When this President was elected, some in the media stated that we've reached a post-racial state in our country.  By playing the race card in a local tragedy while ignoring a national slaughter, the President (and others) have shown that they don't really care about the plight of the black man.  They're just shameless political opportunists, leveraging race for political gain. 

That's all. 

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