It’s always heartbreaking to hear about the tragic death of a teen, but what’s just as tragic is when people use these incidents to stir up hate and division, or to further a political agenda. Sadly, this has happened in the Trayvon Martin case.
Trayvon, a 17 year old in Florida, was shot and killed by neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman. Although Zimmerman claimed to have shot Trayvon in self-defense, and the incident is still being investigated, media outlets were quick to pounce on the story, characterizing it as a racially motivated incident.
As usual, Al Sharpton, a “civil rights activist” (and I use the term loosely), was more than willing to jump headfirst into the fray, riling up crowds and demanding justice. Louis Farrakhan, a race baiter and hatemonger, also weighed in, making comments that have been interpreted as “veiled threats“.
Then along comes President Obama. Typically, former presidents have stayed away from commenting on these types of local issues. But not this president. He seems to be more than willing to comment on them, even without all of the facts in a case, if they’re potentially racially motivated. You will recall the 2009 incident between black Harvard professor, Henry Louis Gates and white police Sgt. James Crowley, and the “beer summit” that followed. Obama said the officer “acted stupidly“, when the president admittedly did not have all the facts.
While the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is still being investigated, Obama took questions about the incident, calling for “soul searching” and stating that all parents should understand why we should fully investigate the incident, adding “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”.
While I agree that Trayvon’s death was horrible, why did Obama choose this particular incident in which to speak out? What about the white 13 year old who had gasoline poured on him, and was set on fire by black teens, while they yelled “you get what you deserve, white boy” ? Where is the outrage from President Obama and the mainstream media? In fact, the story has been suppressed by the media. What about the 11 year old boy who was shot in Chicago just days ago, while standing outside with his 7 year old brother and his friends? Where is the national media on that story? Where is Al Sharpton? Why isn’t he demanding justice for this crime? Is it because the shooter wasn’t white?
Is it more than a coincidence that Obama chose to speak out about this particular story? Was it for political gain? Was it an attempt to further divide us as a nation? You make the call.