Certainly appropriate is that the historic 50 year anniversary of the march on Washington, D.C., led by civil rights icon Republican Dr. Martin Luther King advocating equality for blacks who routinely suffered much injustice, receives significant fanfare. A sad irony is the skewed vision of race relations portrayed by elites in the non Fox media, or NFM (a term created by bestselling author and political commentator Ann Coulter to describe main stream media outlets beside the conservative-leaning Fox News outlet, main stream in its consistently high ratings.) Coulter writes, “Like Captain Ahab searching for the Great White Whale, the NFM is constantly on the hunt for proof of America as ‘Mississippi Burning,’" or run by the Klan, an organization overwhelmingly comprised of Democrats. PBS: "The [Ku Klux] Klan quickly became a terrorist organization in service of the Democratic Party and white supremacy.”
The NFM latched onto this America-as-Klan narrative with the tragic shooting death of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. in Feb. 2012. Martin was black; Zimmerman “white Hispanic,” a new term coined by the NFM to push their narrative. Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. An EMT at the crime scene supported evidence that Martin was on top of Zimmerman, as the defense claimed, pounding Zimmerman’s head into the concrete. Pictures of that night show Zimmerman with a bloody face and head. NBC deceptively edited Zimmerman's 911 call to indicate he was racially profiling Martin. Initially NBC aired the call with Zimmerman volunteering about Martin, "This guy looks like he's up to no good. He looks black." In fact, NBC deleted the part of the call between these two sentences, where the dispatcher asked Zimmerman if Martin was "black, white or Hispanic."
In the year-and-a-half since the crime, the NFM has portrayed the Martin-Zimmerman case as the next trial of the century. Wall to wall media coverage plastered the airwaves; watch-and-wait stance in anticipation of the verdict mirrored the O.J. Simpson trial. The narrative the NFM sought to portray was pounded relentlessly: this racist white man murdered an innocent black child in cold blood. As the facts of the case came out, none of this faulty narrative was supported by evidence.
Yet the elites behave like this is the century’s grossest miscarriage of justice. Media superstar Oprah Winfrey likened the Trayvon Martin case to the despicable murder of 14-year-old black youth Emmett Till over half a century ago. Hip-hop mogul Jay Z expressed outrage over the perceived injustice, rallying in New York City and boycotting Florida. His activism, coupled with obliviousness to any personal culpability, is especially egregious; given how Jay Z became so influential in the popular culture by glorifying violence and urban thug culture with his music.
Hollywood held activist vigils also celebrating the thug culture personified by the hoodie, what Martin was wearing the night of his death. CNN’s Anderson Cooper lamented how Martin was just going home with a pack of Skittles. (Later evidence revealed that the items Martin bought that night are two of the three ingredients in a homemade drug concoction called “Lean” or “Purple Drank,” which brings about paranoia and aggression. Martin’s social media activity revealed a predilection toward the stuff.)
CNN’s Piers Morgan trotted out as his special friend Martin’s friend and defense witness Rachel Jeantel. He referred to her as “one smart cookie.” Jeantel is 19 and just finished her junior year of high school; she can’t read cursive and articulates at the Cro-Magnon level. Fittingly, the lofty Brit Morgan had his crumpets handed to him by author and talk radio host Larry Elder, who called Morgan out for his condescension of black people. Elder exclaimed about Jeantel, “If my mother were alive, she would say, ‘how dare she speak like that!’”
It appears Morgan’s standards for black people are much lower than Mrs. Elder’s. Calls to mind what former Congressman Allen West describes as “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
Lt. Col. West also cites an inconvenient truth that counters the NFM's spurious racial narrative. Though black males are not even seven percent of the population, they commit almost 55 percent of the violent crimes. Time magazine reports that "young black men murder 14 times more than young white men." FBI figures from recent years indicate blacks commit eight times the violent crimes against whites as whites do against blacks.
A sampling of recent murders involves black perpetrators and white victims. Noteworthy is how liberal media outlets touch the racial issue barely if at all, despite these cases having no self-defense element central to the Martin-Zimmerman case. They were blatantly committed in cold blood. Yet these cases don’t capture even a fraction of the attention that one garnered:
Last month in Spokane, Wash., 88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton was robbed and beaten to death by a two teenagers. He was headed to play pool. An elderly American hero, Belton survived a bullet wound from the Battle of Okinawa but not blunt force trauma from cowardly thugs.
Also last month, in Duncan, Okla., 22-year-old Australian college athlete Christopher Lane was shot in the back while out for a jog. Lane was in the states on a baseball scholarship. The three teens charged with the crime apparently did it because they were bored. The trigger man, 15-year-old James Francis Edwards Jr., had tweeted, “90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM.” “In another, he claims he ‘knocked out 5 woods since Zimmerman court.’ The word ‘woods’ is also a derogatory term used to describe white people.”
The few liberal media outlets that report these tweets only did after conservative sources brought them to light. The New York Daily News, a more conservative media outlet, reports how CNN, the Associated Press and others have descended upon the town and story. Reading between the lines it appears they had to in order to save face. They couldn’t ignore it after the international media picked it up.
In March in Brunswick, Ga., then 17-year-old De’Marquise Elkins deliberately shot a 13-month-old baby in the face while attempting to rob the child’s mother. The jury only took two hours to convict him of murder, while convicting his mother of evidence tampering. Brunswick Mayor Pro Tem and City Commissioner James Henry Brooks was arrested for obstructing law enforcement and influencing a witness. The Elkins' verdicts were just announced. Yet they weren’t accompanied by anything resembling the media circus surrounding the Martin-Zimmerman case.
Just this weekend in Atlanta, Ga., 23-year-old Jesse Sellers shot and killed his 18-month-old son with a BB gun. Sellers claims he was just trying to scare the boy. Practically the only coverage this story has gotten is local, nothing from a national news outlet.
Commentator Crystal Wright, who goes by the moniker “Conservative Black Chick,” justifiably laments the media’s racial double standard:
Young black men kill each other every day. The problem is particularly acute in cities like Chicago, President Barack Obama’s hometown. Yet, I haven’t seen the president or the mainstream media shed a tear over the fact more than 50 percent of America’s murder victims are black and nearly all of those blacks killed - 85 percent- are young men.
Nor do we see media or presidential outrage or calls for more rigid gun control laws when young black kids are heinously murdered like we do when the victims are mostly white. Neither words nor God can explain the horrific mass slayings that occurred at Sandy Brook Elementary, Columbine, Virginia Tech University, Aurora and those to come in our future.
When Trayvon Martin was killed… the media immediately turned it into a racially motivated killing of a black boy by a white man. Yet there is often little horror over the alarming rate of young black men who are both perpetrators and victims of these homicides.
For years the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the homicide rate among blacks is beyond epidemic proportions. The CDC found as of 2007, 'black males age 15-34 were at the greatest risk of death by homicide.' Where’s the societal outrage over the reality that 55 percent of all federal prisoners are black though blacks only account for 12 percent of the population, as Shelby Steele noted.
The double standard the mainstream media shows toward its coverage of black vs. white homicides is beyond irresponsible and dishonest. When black Kansas City Chiefs football player Javon Belcher shot his wife Kassandra Perkins and then killed himself with the same gun, I don’t remember the news media calling for tougher gun laws. Why? Is it okay for blacks to kill?
Judging from their refusal to acknowledge any racial element when a black perpetrator is involved, NFM elites seem too cowed by political correctness to take on this issue. Race baiter Jesse Jackson and his equally irresponsible and opportunistic ideological cohort Al Sharpton were predictably leading the dubious Martin-Zimmerman narrative from the get-go. Yet Jackson’s initial response to Christopher Lane’s murder was to call it “frowned upon.” (Jackson’s son, a former U.S. Representative re-elected while in rehab, was just sentenced to 30 months in prison for spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal luxuries. Apparently the apple doesn’t rot far from the tree.)
A sampling of headlines from conservative news aggregate site The Drudge Report follows. This isn't sensationalism or yellow journalism. The stories' content supports the headlines. These were all within the last week.
What all this suggests about race relations in America is a sad commentary, one far removed from the noble dream Dr. King literally gave his life for.