Wading Into the Zimmerman-Martin Debate
Your humble blogger has been largely silent on the purported issues some claim were raised in the Zimmerman-Martin “incident”. Yes, I have seen and read some spirited discussion about the case. However, try as I might, I simply could not get overly interested in this specific case. To this former law enforcement officer, it was just another shooting albeit with the pot of facts unnecessarily seasoned by the propaganda of Al Sharpton and former civil rights icon Jesse Jackson. However, it was refreshing to come across Jason L. Riley’s piece in the Wall Street Journal. I do not know Mr. Riley’s race but sadly, if he is white, many will simply dismiss his words as white racist ideology. (Following block quote excerpted from “Race, Politics and the Zimmerman Trial” By JASON L. RILEY Wall Street Journal 7/16/13)
Liberals in general, and the black left in particular, like the idea of talking about racial problems, but in practice they typically ignore the most relevant aspects of any such discussion.
Any candid debate on race and criminality in this country would have to start with the fact that blacks commit an astoundingly disproportionate number of crimes.
The U.S. criminal-justice system, which currently is headed by one black man (Attorney General Eric Holder) who reports to another (President Obama), is a reflection of this reality, not its cause.
The left wants to blame these outcomes on racial animus and “the system,” but blacks have long been part of running that system.
The jury’s only job in the Zimmerman trial was to determine whether the defendant broke the law when he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year…
All that really mattered in that courtroom is whether Mr. Zimmerman reasonably believed that his life was in danger when he pulled the trigger.
Did the perception of black criminality play a role in Martin’s death? We may never know for certain, but we do know that those negative perceptions of young black men are rooted in hard data on who commits crimes. We also know that young black men will not change how they are perceived until they change how they behave.
Some 90% of black murder victims are killed by other blacks.
Civil-rights leaders today choose to keep the focus on white racism instead of personal responsibility, but their predecessors knew better.
“Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58% of its crimes? We’ve got to face that. And we’ve got to do something about our moral standards,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told a congregation in 1961.
Are moral standards and personal responsibility merely white racist concepts or are these issues that transcend racial politics? What the heck happened to the Jesse Jackson that used to march alongside Rev. King? Let me know what you think. By “Grizzly Joe”