Social Justice

I’m really sick and tired of the various news outlets, celebrities, politicians, and race-baiters going about making Trayvon Martin some sort of martyr for getting killed after assaulting George Zimmerman.  Per an interview with Rachel Jeantel, Martin threw the first punch.  A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of the charges, probably due to self defense, but these people simply will not let it go.

Quite frankly, I’m not surprised that this is going on.  I’m disgusted, yes, but not surprised…

As pointed out in previous posts, this case was never about the rule of law.  It was about “social justice.”

Social Justice has many, many definitions, but the definition that the above mentioned people seem to have is that the minority is always the downtrodden and innocent while the majority is evil and guilty.  Therefore, if any crime is committed between people of different color, guilt and innocence are automatically assigned before any facts are in evidence (or at least the facts that support this assumption are brought to the forefront while the inconvenient ones are buried).

The media is complicit in this miscarriage of justice.  NBC altered the police calls to make it appear that Zimmerman was profiling Martin on the basis of his race.  Zimmerman was answering the police dispatcher’s question as to what the race of the person Zimmerman had under observation.

The media also reports first that a white person killed the teenager, and later amended the description of the shooter as a “white Hispanic.”  Really…a white Hispanic?  This must mean that the President of the United States is a white African-American.  Obviously, the media made up a racial description to save their own butts from the appearance of bias.

And then there are the pictures.  The picture of Martin that was circulated was of a 13-year old boy, not of a 17-year old teenager.  And from what I’ve seen, the picture(s) of the older Martin were anything but complementary.

Last, the media is about as biased as the worst Klansman, especially about what stories to cover.  What about black-on-white crime, or the black-on-black crime of Chicago’s Southside?  The selectivity of the media is absolutely appalling – they are to report news, not implement social change.  I offer the below as an example:

To the media – leave the editorializing in the editorial section, reader’s opinions on the opinion page, and report the news without bias.  Why else are your ratings dropping like lead balloons?  Is it because that your “journalists” are viewed as opportunistic liars and clowns?

But the media has an agenda besides being the self-appointed agents of social justice.  They also follow the mantra of “if it bleeds, it leads,” so they get the benefit of playing both sides.  I think this picture from Michael Ramirez is perfect:

Then we have the various race-baiters and politicians, including the President, weighing in on an incident that they really have no idea what happened nor any business getting involved in.  However, political pressure is applied, rules bent and broken, and a trial costing millions of dollars spent for a charge that would never stick.  And it wasn’t going to stick because of race, or guns, or anything else these clowns were making it out to be.  It was a case of self-defense, which is what the initial police investigation indicated.

Now the Attorney General is trying to appease the race-baiters by ginning up a civil rights charge.  Why?  Possibly to avoid the “riots” threatened by the race-baiters and predicted by the media pundits.  What happens, then, if that falls through? Punt, Mr. Attorney General?  The FBI has already investigated and found no racial motive behind this unfortunate incident.

So now the race-baiters are taking center stage again, promising riots and chaos if “justice” – their form of justice – is not served.  And exactly what justice is that?  Mob rule?  What ever happened to the rule of law?  Silly rabbit, justice by the rule of law is for kids, not the grown-ups who act like children throwing temper-tantrums because they don’t get their cookies before supper.  Take this excerpt from National Review Online:

“We are outraged and heartbroken over today’s verdict,” NAACP president Benjamin Jealous said in a statement moments after a jury of six women found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

That’s what it has come to for the NAACP. The Zimmerman case wasn’t about due process. It wasn’t about Trayvon Martin’s family having their day in court. The NAACP didn’t care about the trial, it wanted a conviction — and the law be damned. The facts be damned. Justice be damned.

And the NAACP isn’t finished with George Zimmerman. It now wants to deny him one of the most fundamental civil rights we as Americans possess — the right not to be tried a second time for the same crime. “We will pursue civil-rights charges with the Department of Justice,” Jealous added in the post-verdict statement.

So much for the civil rights of another minority. George Zimmerman just happens to be Hispanic. Or “white Hispanic,” as the New York Times described him.

The fact is, if George Zimmerman had been a black man, this case would never have been brought to trial. If George Zimmerman had been black, the NAACP and Al Sharpton would never have marched on Sanford, Fla., and demanded that the state take over the case.

The fact is, George Zimmerman was guilty in the NAACP’s eyes of not being black. That is why he was charged and prosecuted. A young black man was dead on the streets, and a non-black guy killed him. It had to be racism that caused his death. There was no other explanation, and justice had to be exacted.

That is mob justice, plain and simple. The same kind of mob justice blacks faced until so very recently in the South — and in much of the rest of America.

The real issue that I have is that many of these people will see racism in every act that a person does or says.  For instance, Anthea Butler is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania and wrote:

“When George Zimmerman told [Fox News host] Sean Hannity that it was God’s will that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, he was diving right into what most good conservative Christians in America think right now.

“Whatever makes them protected, safe and secure, is worth it at the expense of the black and brown people they fear.”

Really?  I fear minorities?  Folks, I’m here to state that I have had supervisors and co-workers of various ethnic and sexual orientation, and I feared none of them.  In fact, I can safely call many of them friends. 

The reality is that people like Ms. Butler and the Rev. Sharpton whip up the masses to secure power and privilege for themselves without regard to the aftermath.  I think of the Duke Lacrosse and the Twanda Brawley incidents that were completely false, and the damage that was done to race relations.  These people inhibit the healing of the rifts that they claim they want to close.

And they all do this in the name of “Social Justice”.

I close this post with comments (rearranged by me) from Jason Riley:

George Zimmerman’s acquittal of murder charges in a Florida court has been followed by predictable calls for America to have a “national conversation” about this or that aspect of the case. President Obama wants to talk about gun control. Civil-rights leaders want to talk about racial profiling. Others want to discuss how the American criminal justice system supposedly targets black men.

All of which is fine. Just don’t expect these conversations to be especially illuminating or honest. 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.

The homicide rate claiming black victims today is seven times that of whites, and the George Zimmermans of the world are not the reason. Some 90% of black murder victims are killed by other blacks.

So let’s have our discussions, even if the only one that really needs to occur is within the black community. 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. “We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can’t keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves.”

The left wants to blame these outcomes on racial animus and “the system,” but blacks have long been part of running that system. Black crime and incarceration rates spiked in the 1970s and ’80s in cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia, under black mayors and black police chiefs. Some of the most violent cities in the U.S. today are run by blacks.

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 in a gated community near Orlando, Fla. In cases of self-defense, it doesn’t matter who initiated the confrontation; whether Mr. Zimmerman singled out Martin because he was a black youngster in a neighborhood where there had been a series of burglaries by black youngsters; or whether Mr. Zimmerman disregarded what the police dispatcher told him before he got out of his car. Nor does it matter that Martin was unarmed and minding his own business when Mr. Zimmerman approached.

All that really mattered in that courtroom is whether Mr. Zimmerman reasonably believed that his life was in danger when he pulled the trigger. Critics of the verdict might not like the statutes that allowed for this outcome, but the proper response would not have been for the jury to ignore them and convict.

Lawful Justice, or Social Justice – you decide.

Just a Few Thoughts

This past week 237 years ago, the Founding Fathers declared their independence from Great Britain.  Their vision for a Free People birthed this country, but this country has strayed far from those ideals.

We have seen that trial by media, where the accused must be pronounced guilty before any evidence is presented in court, is now the norm.  The accused must now prove their innocence instead of the accuser proving guilt.  The mob now rules instead of a court of law & trial by jury.  From Girls Just Wanna Have Guns:

I was recently flying on a business trip when the passenger next to me struck up a conversation.  Ultimately, it came around to the Zimmerman trial.  I have no idea why she felt the need to discuss it.  Perhaps because she was absolutely and completely petrified by air travel.  Or because, as she told me, she has bi-racial children.  Either way, she expressed her opinion that Zimmerman was ‘going down.’  She explained that sure, Trayvon had been in trouble at school.  And sure, he had used marijuana. But her child had also used marijuana, so what?  Furthermore, ‘that man shouldn’t have had a gun.  And besides, if he isn’t’ convicted, there will be riots you know, just like with Rodney King!’

I told her I thought it was unfair that the case was tried in the media and certainly it would seem unfair if he were convicted only to avoid riots.  She pressed on and kept emphasizing the public opinion angle.  Finally I couldn’t take it anymore.

‘Maybe,’ I suggested, ‘we should execute him.  I mean, it’s clear he’s guilty right?’  She nodded, nervously.  ‘And an eye for an eye is the right thing to do, right?’  She was uncomfortable here, and vacillated.  ‘I mean, wouldn’t it be best for everyone if he were just hauled out of court now and killed by a mob?  It would save the state the cost of the trial and avoid all the mess of further riots.  A good lynching might be just the thing!’  She said that maybe he should just go to jail for life.  ‘Well, then maybe we could hope for him to be killed in jail.  Wouldn’t that make everyone happy?’  She smiled nervously.

And it goes on:

Presumptions of guilt based on circumstance, race or bad timing were the things that left innocent blacks swinging at the end of all too many ropes in years past.  Ropes thrown across tree limbs by bitter, stupid, hateful crowds as their victims shook and wept and cried out their innocence.  It’s a lesson I wish everyone would revisit now and then.  The mob is cruel and the mob is stupid.  And the mob is never held accountable for its actions; whether it acts in person or by electronic media.

Until we remember, until we think, we will continue to live in a land where men are no longer innocent until proven guilty.  Rather, in a land where men are charged, tried, convicted and threatened with death long before the gavel sets the court in motion.  What a sad state of affairs, whether Zimmerman is guilty or not.

What a far, far cry from what the ideals of this country was founded upon.  How about another example.

One of my political hot buttons is the assertion of the Left that people like me (white, over 50, male) are opinionated, intolerant, racist bastards that cling to our guns and Bibles because we refuse to see the world from their perspective and accept their viewpoints.  Personally, I think the reverse is true.

All 5 1/2 readers of the readers of my blog know that the above is not true in my case…well, mostly….

Yes, I am opinionated, and have been known to be intolerant (of outright illogical stupidity for the most part).  I cling to my guns and Bible because they protect my family and I from this world and guide me into the next.  But I take great pains to see other viewpoints from other perspectives, and am definitely not a racist.  And when I look at the passage, “Judge not lest ye be judged,” it puts a whole different perspective on how we should accept people and their beliefs.

However, I cannot say the same for others who state that they are more “enlightened” than I…  For instance, the progressives state that all opinions must be heard.  The reality is that all opinions that agree with their viewpoints should be heard, and nothing else.  A case in point is that during a Gay Pride event, two street preachers were attacked for doing nothing more than hold a sign that stated “Jesus saves and heals,” and “Repent or else,” while the other held a Bible.  The link to the article is here – Clash Daily.

I think that the definition of “Intolerance” should be changed to “Anyone who believes something we do not.”  Another phrase that the progressives use with the previous definition is “hate speech”.  It fits, especially in today’s world of the political elites wanting to exert their power and influence on the rest of us.  Let’s take the example of Mayor Bloomberg and his Illegal Mayors Against Guns (I know – it’s not the proper name, but it fits).

Many of the founding and or members of this organization have been convicted or under indictment for crimes ranging from racketeering to embezzling to sex crimes against children and more.  In other words, people that wouldn’t be able to own guns themselves because the crimes that they are convicted of are felonies, which precludes them from owning firearms.  Mayor Bloomberg himself is suspected of making illegal gun purchases in several states.  And it doesn’t stop there.

It has been reported that the email system and website hosting for Illegal Mayors Against Guns is on servers owned and operated by the City of New York, and maintained by NYC personnel.  In other words, taxpayer funds are being used to support a private cause.  Now you would think that Mayor Bloomberg, with his millions of dollars, would put his money, not the taxpayers, behind a cause that he supports.  But no – why use his own money while it can be funded by the taxpayer, especially if he could get away with it..  This is but one example of the arrogance of the political elite.

“In utopia, rule by masterminds is both necessary and necessarily primitive, for it excludes so much that is known to man and about man. The mastermind is driven by his own boundless conceit and delusional aspirations, which he self-identifies as a noble calling. He alone is uniquely qualified to carry out this mission. He is, in his own mind, a savior of mankind, if only man will bend to his own will. Such can be the addiction of power. It can be an irrationally egoistic and absurdly frivolous passion that engulfs even sensible people. In this, mastermind suffers from a psychosis of sorts and endeavors to substitute his own ambitions for the individual ambitions of millions of people.” – Mark Levin, Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

The political elite seek to create a Utopia funded by the taxpayer.  No guns in citizen hands, healthcare for every citizen, media & mob rule over the courts, and all administered and overseen by an all-powerful politically-controlled elitist government.  Almost sounds like the old Soviet Russia…

God Help Us All.