Only in America

Only in America

Only in America can a man – a man volunteering his time to be the neighborhood watch for a community experiencing break-ins, home invasions, and burglaries; a man who tutors black children and once helped a black homeless man when no one else would; a man working to be a police officer and maybe someday a prosecutor, and is taking classes to that end; a man that’s soft-spoken, conscientious to a fault, and liked by just about everyone who knows him – only in this country, can such a man be branded a violent, murdering racist.George Zimmerman

The Martin family had no intention of pursuing the case against Zimmerman.  Do you wonder why that is?  Maybe they knew what we all do now – that Trayvon was a violent kid that liked to fight.  The police, after a highly scrutinized, ultra-thorough investigation, which included dozens of interviews, said there was no case.  Every impartial analyst, pundit, or lawyer on TV said there was no case.  The Sanford D.A., not wanting to try the case, recused himself.  A special prosecutor was appointed by the governor, and the grand jury was by-passed altogether — which means that even the prosecution knew they had no case!

This was no court case; this was a show.  A show was put on at taxpayer’s expense to placate all the angry, self-righteous, professional civil rights advocates that paraded into Sanford last year.  Well, they got their show and now George Zimmerman will spend the rest of his life in fear.  I hope that nothing happens to Mr. Zimmerman, but if it does, his blood will be on the hands of these self-promoting race-baiters like Mr. Crump, Al Sharpton, Ben Jealous, Jesse Jackson Jr., and just about every black pastor, TV lawyer, and pundit in the country who, even after the verdict, continue to fan the flames of racial indignation, when race had nothing to do with it.  Nothing.

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Facial Profiling

Facial Profiling

Reality star, Jase Robertson, of the smash-hit cable TV series, Duck Dynasty, was kicked out of a posh NYC hotel last week when the concierge mistook him for a homeless man.  Robertson has a full, unkempt beard and his fashion style can best be described as “backwoods couture.”

Jase Robertson - Duck DynastyRoberston handled it with humor, saying it was a case of “facial profiling.”  If only everyone had his sense of humility.

No doubt, if he had been black, the country would be up in arms claiming racism, racial injustice, racial profiling.  Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would already be camping out in front of the hotel, protesting and organizing boycotts.  Comparisons to pre-civil rights era discrimination would be bandied about willy-nilly; the NAACP would be demanding an investigation by the Justice Department; the Black Panthers would have a reward for the concierge’s head; and Spike Lee would be Twittering his address (or his neighbor’s) so revenge could be exacted on the hapless hotel clerk.

And, most likely, they would all get what they want.  The concierge would be fired and probably have to spend the rest of his life in hiding.  It happened to George Zimmerman.  And it could happen to you.

This is America fifty years after the Martin Luther King speech that changed the country?  I have a dream, too:  That when it comes to judging the actions of complete strangers, we don’t assume racism is the cause until we have solid evidence to that fact.  In other words, before you judge a man, know the content of his character.

The Papparazi Problem

The Papparazi Problem

If someone camps out in front of your house, follows you around, taunts you and insults you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, that person would be a stalker.  If he did the same thing to your kids, he may get locked up.  But, give that person a camera, and he becomes a paparazzo, a bona fide member of the press.  And he is given all the protections that go along with it.

PaparazziBut is that what the  founders had in mind?  Is that the purpose of the first amendment?  To protect some low-life, high-school dropout with a camera, so he can stalk innocent people and their children for a buck?  Is that the so-called “price of fame” that everyone keeps telling me about?

There shouldn’t be a price for fame.  Talented people should have the right to express themselves, have a career, raise kids — and, if they choose, the same level of privacy that you and I enjoy.

We allow these mobs of screaming flesh and flashbulbs to swarm on innocent people all to get the “without makeup” shot, and we think nothing of it.  We allow them to do it to their kids, too — against the parents’ will.  And we think nothing of it.  How self-absorbed we all are.  Would you want a bunch of punks taking pictures of you and your kids against your will?

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O’Reilly on Oprah (Oh boy)

O’Reilly on Oprah (Oh boy)

Bill O’Reilly went after Oprah tonight.  While I agree that Oprah did the wrong thing, it is for entirely different reasons.  O’Reilly thinks her actions are wrong because they give credence to the “victimhood” theory of black culture, and that it fuels the so-called “grievance industry.”

Bill OReilly - FOXThat may be true.  And I agree that it’s a big problem, and that people like Al Sharpton are the cause of it, and that it is hurting black Americans.

But the question is whether or not the act of the Swiss shop girl was racist.  And, more importantly, how improper it is to play the race card so willy-nilly.  We shouldn’t assume, not even for the point of discussion, that the girl was racist.

Besides, even if we take Oprah at her word, there are countless other reasons for the girl’s behavior (see Et Tu, Oprah). Oprah even mentioned that she was “dressed down.” Isn’t it much more likely that she was judged by her attire than by her color?

I mean, I’m a white man and I get that kind of treatment from snobby store clerks on a regular basis.  (Never wear sweat pants in a Neimann-Marcus.).  And nine times out of ten their right: I can’t afford it!   I just figure they get asked to see the good stuff behind the glass so much — for no sale — that they just want to save themselves some work.  It may be poor customer relations, but I never took it personally.

The point is, we need to exhaust all other possibilities before we bring racism into it.  O’Reilly should have pointed out how reckless it is to play the race card prematurely — especially if you’re rich and famous.

Haven’t we learned from the media lynching of George Zimmerman (see CNN’s Opening Segment)?  He’s no racist.  And I’m betting the Swiss shop girl isn’t either.

If it turns out Oprah did this for the PR, and to promote her movie coming out, then I will be very disappointed.  Oh, say it isn’t so, O.

Et tu, Oprah?

Et tu, Oprah?

Even the big “O” got caught up in the race game.  In an absurd statement last month, she said that the Trayvon Martin and Emmet Till cases were the “same thing” in her mind.  I have no intention of discussing just how wrong she is, since it should be overwhelmingly obvious.

Now she claims that a Swiss store-clerk racially discriminated against her when she attempted to buy an almost $40,000 purse.Oprah Winfrey

Even if we assume that the events, as recalled by Oprah, are 100% accurate, it is far from certain that this is a case of racism.  To toss it out like that, willy-nilly, is beneath someone of her dignity and stature.  And frankly, as a big fan of hers, it is shocking!

Maybe the Swiss shop girl was having a bad day.  Or maybe she was just not good at her job.  Or maybe she just didn’t like Oprah Winfrey.  Or maybe she thought the purse Oprah was asking for wasn’t right for her skin complexion, or it didn’t match her eye-color, or her shoes.  Or maybe her back hurt and she didn’t want to reach for the purse on the display.  Or maybe it’s just generally a pain to take the display purse down, and she got tired of having to put it back when everyone saw how expensive it was.  Or maybe the display purse had a defect and she didn’t want to show it to anyone.  Or maybe it was the last one, and she was holding it for someone else.  Or maybe her commission was lower, or there was none, for the display purse.  The point is, if you’re not absolutely certain — especially if you’re Oprah Winfrey — then you don’t call someone a racist.

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Don Lemon’s Advice to Black Teens

Don Lemon’s Advice to Black Teens

There are some notable exceptions to the horrendous, shamefully biased coverage of the Zimmerman case, and to the generally superficial and vaccuous on-air discussions about Don Lemon - CNNrace.  A few of them, like Don Lemon on CNN, never lost their journalistic integrity during thier coverage of the case.  And Lemon continues to discuss racism in an honest and forthright way. 

He even had the courage to say “Bill O’Reilly didn’t go far enough” regarding O’Reilly’s advice to black teens the previous night on The Factor.  Lemon listed off five pieces of advice to black teens, all far more practical than Piers Morgan’s war on guns.

Lemon List:

  1. Just because you can have a baby, doesn’t mean you should.
  2. Finish school.
  3. Respect your community.
  4. Don’t use N-word.
  5. Pull up your pants.

Not only did Lemon take a stand during his CNN slot, he also defended his position afterward.  In spite of the backlash from the liberal media and being called an “Uncle Tom” by black activists, journalists, radio-show hosts, and a couple of reverends, Lemon did not back down. 

That’s integrity, folks.  You don’t see it much anymore on cable news, so let it soak in.

CNN’s Opening Segment

CNN’s Opening Segment

CNN, AC360 MAR 19, 2012

Let’s take a look at how CNN introduced the George Zimmerman (GZ) case to the world. Keep in mind the shooting was only three weeks earlier and this is CNN’s very first prime-time discussion. Anderson Cooper (AC) first summarize the case, then reports that Zimmerman hasn’t been charged because the Sanford police say they have “no evidence to Anderson Cooperdispute his claim of self-defense.” But Cooper goes on to say, “Keeping them honest, though, from everything we’ve heard today, there is something.” So we see that within the opening paragraph of CNN’s prime-time coverage – in the introduction to the segment – Cooper is already implying that the Sanford police department is either incompetent or corrupt.

Let’s pick it up from there with an excerpt from the actual transcript:

AC: 911 tapes of the incident seemed to show that Zimmerman did not flee or even simply stand his ground as Florida’s deadly force law permits. But that he pursued Trayvon Martin with a 9-millimeter pistol.

Now Martin, remember, was on the way back to his dad’s fiancé’s condo to watch the NBA All-Star game. He wasn’t armed, he was carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. He was wearing jeans, white tennis sneakers, and a hoodie.

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