Media inciting race riots in America

According to FBI statistics, approximately 9,000 African Americans are killed in this country annually. This carnage is basically ignored by the news media, which treats the vast majority of these cases as non-stories. This major tragedy is consistently overlooked by a media that often highlights the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. While all of these deaths are tragic, it is much more dangerous for African Americans on the streets of our country than it is for our soldiers fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan.

To add some perspective to the numbers, about 6,588 Americans have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, but 108,000 African Americans have been killed on the streets of America. Thus, the death toll for black citizens in the U.S. is almost 17 times greater than it has been for our soldiers fighting overseas.

This African American death rate is shockingly high and should be analyzed by the media. Unfortunately, most of our journalists are not fair and balanced. Sadly, too many in the media today are looking for sensational stories and one sure fire method of creating controversy and attention is to stoke fears of racial injustice.

george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-277×177Enter George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, who shot and killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida in February of last year. The media has focused on this one incident, even though approximately 12,000 African Americans have been killed throughout the country in this same time period. The other cases were mostly disregarded because they involved “black on black” crime. FBI statistics show that approximately 93% of African American homicide victims are killed by other African Americans. Such crimes are not juicy or interesting to a media that wants to promote racial division and cause strife in this country.

Clearly, the media focused on the Trayvon Martin case because of the race factor. Trayvon Martin was black and George Zimmerman is Hispanic, although, initially, the media erroneously referred to the neighborhood watch volunteer as “white.”  After civil rights leaders and politicians joined the fray, it was no surprise that Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder.

Zimmerman became the poster child for racism, even though his best friend is an African American. The media depicted Martin as a very young child and presented inaccurate pictures to viewers. Martin was not a young child targeted by a “racist” Zimmerman. In fact, he was a tall, muscular young man who had a questionable past and multiple brushes with the law, but all of this was hidden from Americans.

If Zimmerman was a black neighborhood watch volunteer or Martin had been a white or Hispanic youngster, this story would have been ignored by a media that has no interest in the vast majority of the 9,000 African American murders each year.

As a sensational trial moves forward, the country will learn whether George Zimmerman is guilty or not. We may also learn whether Martin was an innocent youngster trying to get to his father’s house or a troubled young man looking for a fight.

Ideally, there should be a calm reaction across the country to whatever verdict is reached. Instead, there are concerns that civil unrest will lead to rioting if Zimmerman is acquitted. Hopefully, these threats will not influence a jury that is only supposed to consider the facts presented in the case.

Regardless of the decision, it is appalling that so much is at stake in this trial.  If there are riots, much of the blame should rest with the news media which created such racial unease with their coverage of this case.

Let’s hope and pray that sanity prevails both in the courtroom and throughout the nation.

4 comments

  • There

    Here's an interesting part of the FL statute on standing your ground:

    776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.—

    (1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force,…

    (2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.

    (3) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1).

    So, the State will have to pick up the entire bill for this show, and back pay to Zimmerman for time lost. Further, he will be immune to civil prosecution (lawsuits).

    The state failed to obey its own laws. And the taxpayer gets the bill.

    One more thing about the stand your ground. Even if Zimmerman were a White Hood toting Grand Master of the KKK, he could still use the Stand your Ground statute in his defense:

    776.041 Use of force by aggressor.—The justification described in the preceding sections of this chapter is not available to a person who:

    (2) Initially provokes the use of force against himself or herself, UNLESS:

    (a) Such force is so great that the person reasonably believes that he or she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he or she has exhausted every reasonable means to escape such danger other than the use of force which is likely to cause death or great bodily harm to the assailant; or

    (b) In good faith, the person withdraws from physical contact with the assailant and indicates clearly to the assailant that he or she desires to withdraw and terminate the use of force, but the assailant continues or resumes the use of force.

    So you see, the whole race issue is irrelevant. Even if GZ instigated the fight, once the fight turned deadly, and he couldn't escape or de-escalate it, he was COMPLETELY JUSTIFIED in using deadly force.

    It's simple… at the point where you are about to die – NO MATTER WHAT GOT YOU TO THAT POINT – you have the absolute RIGHT to defend yourself.

    I do not understand why these two provisions of the statute aren't discussed publicly.

  • kreeoh

    Dude, you are doing the exact same as the media you're speaking about. Subtly trying to indict Travon and give Zimmerman a pass on killing another Black Male. black on Black crime is the desire effect of racism since 1964 and Civil Rights Laws. A Black Male is dead and Black Males go to jail. The problem for you and the reason for the interest in this case is whether or not it is open season on killing Black males by other racist.

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