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Trayvon Martin in aspiring pilot livery, a great potential discovered years after his death.

Race relations in America circa 2019 are, to put it mildly, fractious. If one listens to the Left, it’s all President Trump’s fault.  He’s a racist!  He’s a hater! He’s, he’s TRUMP!  Just look, he’s TRUMP!  Can’t you see that?!  He’s established a climate!  A climate of race and hate and TRUMP!

It matters not that there is no actual evidence of racism, or even of the all-encompassing hate.  Under Mr. Trump’s policies, in a scant two years, he has reduced Black unemployment to the lowest level ever.  Minorities of all stripes are more prosperous than they’ve ever been, their opportunities dramatically expanded.  In 2016 Barack Obama claimed it would be impossible, it would take a magic wand, for the future GDP to be higher than 2 percent.

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Mr. Trump has apparently found that wand as the GDP betters 4 percent with no signs of abating.  Even so, Mr. Trump continues to hatefully appoint—as the saying goes—“people of color” and women to positions of authority.  Sometimes even women of color.  Past Republican presidents did too, but they were racist haters so it doesn’t count because shut up and Trump.

Supposedly privileged white people, people who have worked hard for everything they have, people who would never think to describe themselves as privileged, shake their heads in amazement at being called racist. They have never contributed to whatever racial strife exists, but they are trapped.  If they deny their racism, that’s the best evidence they are racist, and it is their white privilege that keeps them from admitting their racism. They are, of course, also trapped by being deplorable, irredeemable, owning and driving pickup trucks, smelling up WalMarts and having bad teeth.

Jesse Jackson (cats roundtable) and Al Sharpton (slopes.com)

But if white people, who are for the moment, the majority in America, are not white supremacist racist haters, who is keeping the racial pot stirred?  Despite the reality the goals of the Civil Rights Movement have long ago been achieved, there has always been a racial grievance industry, because there is money to be made and power to be had in shaking down individuals, elected officials and industries.  Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have been notorious beneficiaries of this long-running, dishonorable scam.  Despite violations of the tax laws that would put any white person in jail for life, Sharpton remains untouched, eternally benefitting from the timidity of the so-called white supremacists that keep him rolling in cash.  Democrat/socialists wallow in the politics of race, because without a dependent, perpetually aggrieved class, they would never again win a presidential election.There were, however, two events that fueled the current racial unrest.  Both occurred during the eight-year reign of Barack Obama, the most racialist president in history and a man who never let a crisis go to waste. Mr. Obama and his minions stirred the pot of racial anger to a boil that has scarcely abated since. I speak of the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases.  Both remain holy social justice martyrs, yet their martyrdom rests on a foundation of lies. I’ll not get into every detail of the cases—readers can visit the archives for that—but merely explain why the social justice narratives are race-baiting lies that contributed mightily to our current national state of unrest.

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin:

02-26-12: Trayvon Martin was shot in Sanford, FL.  The SMM Martin archive is here.  

The Social Justice Martyrdom Narrative:  Trayvon Martin, a cherubic child on an errand to get food for his little brother, was profiled, ruthlessly pursued and murdered by a racist, hulking “white Hispanic” brute.  To make matters worse, Martin was wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles and—lesser mentioned—tea.  Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, allowed a racist to murder a helpless black child.

Trayvon Martin

The Facts:  At the time of his death, Trayvon Martin was a tall, muscular thug wannabe, who bragged on social media about using drugs, and beating people–breaking their noses–in street fights.  He was in Sanford living with his father at his father’s girlfriend’s condo because he had been suspended from school for possessing burglary tools, jewelry stolen in a burglary and drug paraphernalia.  It was not his first suspension.

On a rainy night, Martin, 17, walked to a nearby convenience store where he tried to buy cheap cigars to make “blunts,” hollowed out cigars filled with marijuana.  He succeeded by having a slightly older man who happened by buy some for him.  At the time of his death, there was THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his blood. He was indeed carrying Skittles, but not tea.  Instead, he carried a sugary watermelon drink, two of the three ingredients, with cough syrup, for a dangerous and illicit drug substitute known as “Lean” or “Purple Drank.”  Martin bragged about using this very substance on social media.

George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch captain, was on his way to buy groceries when he saw Martin–standing in the rain–who appeared to be casing a home that had recently been burglarized.  Zimmerman called the police and told them Martin looked like he was drugged—he was—and was acting suspiciously.  He could not identify his race because it was dark, Martin was some distance away, wearing a hoodie.

Spotting Zimmerman, Martin ran off.  Because the dispatcher told Martin that officers were on the way, and twice told him to keep reporting what Martin was doing, Zimmerman trotted after him to keep him in sight for the officers he believed were coming.  He quickly lost sight of Martin, looked around a little longer, and told the dispatcher he lost Martin and had no idea where he was.  Zimmerman told the dispatcher he was on his way back to his truck to wait for the officers.

Trayvon Martin

In the meantime, instead of running to his father’s girlfriend’s condo—he had plenty of time–where he would never have been seen again or identified, Martin hid in the area and confronted Zimmerman.  He demanded to know why Zimmerman was following him and sucker punched him in the face, breaking his nose and knocking him to the ground. Martin mounted Zimmerman, raining blows on him in MMA “ground and pound” fashion–as described by a credible witness–and repeatedly beating his head into a concrete sidewalk.

Zimmerman screamed for help, and believing he was about to be killed, drew his licensed concealed handgun and fired one shot that mortally wounded Martin, who was still astride and beating him.  Zimmerman was not able to land a single blow or defend himself in any other way.

Zimmerman cooperated fully with the police without counsel, and the local prosecutor declined prosecution. It was a classic case of self-defense, and SYG was never a factor.

Angela Corey

The racial grievance industry, seeing an opportunity, went into full battle cry, and under immense political pressure, a corrupt special prosecutor–Angela Corey–was appointed, and in April of 2012, Zimmerman was charged with murder.  The Eric Holder DOJ began a civil rights investigation, blanketing the area with FBI agents intent on proving Zimmerman a racist. When they couldn’t find any such evidence, quite the opposite, that investigation was quietly closed.

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In March of 2012, President Obama upped the race ante by saying: 

If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,’ Obama said. ‘When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.

After a bizarre trial wherein the corrupt and clownish prosecutors actually proved self-defense, Martin was found not guilty on 07-23-13.  SYG was never raised by the prosecution or the defense.  All of the evidence supported Zimmerman’s account. None supported the social justice narrative.  Two years later, the DOJ announced there would be no civil rights charges.  There was no evidence to support them.  There never was.  Trayvon Martin died in the thug lifestyle he admired.

Michael Brown
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Michael Brown:

08-09-14: Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, MO.  The SMM Brown archive is here.  

The Social Justice Martyrdom Narrative:  Michael Brown, a “gentle giant,” was stopped for no reason by a huge, racist, brute of a white cop, who screamed obscenities at him and his friend.  The racist cop murdered Brown in cold blood while his hands were up in surrender as he was pleading, “don’t shoot.”  Some versions of the narrative have Brown on his knees at the time, as the racist cop brutally executed him.

The Facts:  Brown, 6’4”, nearly 300 pounds, a recent high school graduate, was a shiftless, unemployed drug user who smoked pot daily, first thing in the morning and throughout the day.  At the time of his death, he too had THC in his bloodstream. His social media presence, like Martin’s, featured obscene gestures, thug themes, and drug use.

After hooking up with his daily pot smoking friend, he went to a local convenience store, where he stole a handful of cheap cigars to make blunts—his apparently preferred method of pot use—and roughed up the much smaller clerk.  In so doing, he committed robbery–a felony.

Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson was in the area on another call, and chanced upon Brown and his friend, walking down the middle of a busy street.  They matched the description of the robbers.  Even without that information, Wilson had more than enough probable cause to stop them for violating traffic laws.

Wilson, without getting out of his vehicle, asked them to walk on the sidewalk.  Brown obscenely refused, and Wilson parked.  As he was getting out of his vehicle, Brown slammed the door and reaching and leaning through the open window, began punching Wilson, who, trapped behind the steering wheel, could not effectively defend himself.  When Brown tried to pull Wilson’s handgun from its holster, Wilson wrestled it away from him and in the struggle, a single shot was fired that grazed Brown’s hand.

Brown and his friend retreated, but Brown quickly turned around, and made a head down, berserker charge at Wilson.  Wilson repeatedly ordered Brown to stop as he briefly retreated and through the charge, but fearing for his life—Brown was enormously strong and overpowered Wilson—fired multiple shots, finally stopping Brown, essentially at his feet.

Multiple witnesses came forward to claim Wilson murdered Brown, but all were proved to be liars, and particularly bad liars. Many eventually admitted they didn’t see the event at all.  One claimed to have a relative in the FBI and tried to destroy the agent’s tape recorder. Fortunately, honest witnesses, all Black, also came forward.

The local prosecutor convened a grand jury and presented all the evidence, including lying witnesses.  The grand jury declined to prosecute, and the prosecutor released all the information involved.  The Obama DOJ opened criminal and civil rights investigations, but admitted there was no evidence of a crime or of civil right violations—Wilson, doing his duty, acted in self-defense–and dropped their investigations.  They clearly wanted to figuratively hang Wilson, but the evidence was so clear and powerful, they had to retreat.  In a bizarre and ironic coda, members of Brown’s family got into a street fight over the hawking of Michael Brown themed T-shirts and other merchandise.

Unlike Sanford, Black residents of Ferguson, and outside race baiters, rioted, burned and destroyed, leaving property values in Ferguson to this day, virtually worthless.  They all but destroyed their own poor community, making their lives immeasurably worse.

Final Thoughts:

Trayvon Martin was never “profiled,” and was not pursued and murdered. Michael Brown never lifted his hands in surrender, and never said “don’t shoot.”  Race had nothing to do with their deaths.

Looting In Ferguson
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The racist social justice narratives were, and are, lies. In both cases, the evidence did not remotely support the SJ narrative, but did exonerate Zimmerman and Wilson.  It was not close in either case, and even the racialist Obama DOJ, which would have loved to prosecute Zimmerman and Wilson, had to admit it. The DOJ sent a little-known cadre of race baiters to keep the pot stirred in Sanford and Ferguson.  With the acquittal of Zimmerman, their efforts ended in Sanford, but if stirring up hatred, violence, arson and destruction counts, they were successful in Ferguson.

But forevermore, willingly aided by the socialist Media, Martin and Brown will be innocents viciously murdered by racists because they were Black. And wearing a hoodie.  And carrying Skittles. The truth doesn’t matter.  Evidence doesn’t matter.  Race baiters—the Left—know that if Black Americans one day realize America is the freest, most multi-cultural and accepting nation on Earth, a nation with limitless opportunities for all, a nation where white people, with very few exceptions, bear them no ill will, and are even glad for their successes, the Democrat Party would never again win a presidential election, and race baiters would have to get honest jobs.

The party of slavery, the party of segregation, the party that turned police dogs and fire hoses on innocent Black men and women, that used dynamite to blow up Black churches and murder little girls, the party that actually lynched Black people, the party that viciously resisted the Civil Rights Movement and civil rights laws, continues to draw some 90% of Black votes.

In America Republican presidents—including Donald Trump–appoint Black Americans to some of the highest offices in the land.  Americans have elected a Black president—twice. Many now regret this because they elected Barack Obama in large part because he was black, rather than because of his qualifications and fidelity to the Constitution, the document and faith that makes America what it is, and that ensures justice and opportunity for all. Hopefully, Americans have learned never again to elect someone because of their race or gender.  Hillary Clinton’s defeat might provide a glimmer of hope.

The Martin and Brown cases were arguably the beginning of contemporary race tension.  When Black Americans, particularly, decide to take yes for an answer, when they decide white Americans long ago adopted Martin Luther King’s admonition to judge them on the content of their character, racial strife will, almost entirely, end.  Unfortunately, it is to the benefit of socialists to ensure it doesn’t.  A great many socialists were blatantly, publicly disappointed Jussie Smollett perpetuated a racist hate crime hoax.   They wanted white supremacists in MAGA hats to have attacked him.  They wanted America to be full of racists. They wanted their narratives to be true, because if they aren’t, they’re going to lose votes, power and fortunes.  Their entire social justice mythos will crumble around them.

Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, young wannabe thugs no one should admire or emulate, will always comprise much of their false and hateful argument for racism that isn’t there.  When their martyrdom ends, so may racism.