An armed neighborhood-watch volunteer encounters what he tells police is a suspicious character in a hoodie, and there’s a confrontation. The volunteer ends up with head injuries, and the “suspicious character,” who was determined to be returning from a convenience store with candy, is dead from a gunshot.
Police look into the case of Trayvon Martin and decide not to file charges because of a number of circumstances. There the case sits until politicians and others discover it and apparently decide to start using it for their own benefit.
President Obama laments the death, saying if he had had a son, he would have looked like the victim, and his campaign suddenly starts promoting hoodies.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations states that an apparent homicide of a San Diego woman who is Muslim is like the death of Martin.
Martin’s mother seeks to trademark rights to slogans based on her son’s name.
The New Black Panthers, amid great fanfare, announce a $10,000 reward for the “capture” of the neighborhood watch volunteer, reportedly a registered Democrat.
This all despite the fact that a witness statement documented by the Orlando Sentinel confirmed that he saw Martin on top of the neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, slamming his head into the sidewalk, leaving him bloodied and battered with a broken nose.
Just how about waiting for the facts in the case, asks the leader of a key activist organization?
“President Obama is acting stupidly by making remarks prematurely without knowing all the facts,” said Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of Bond Action, a cultural action group that exists to educate, motivate and rally Americans to greater involvement in the moral and political issues “that threaten our great country.”
“Obama’s comments support what the race-hustling black leaders have claimed, which is that Trayvon Martin was gunned down because of his race, but new evidence contradicts this theory. And by saying that Americans need to do ‘some soul searching’ Barack Obama is implying that we’re a nation of racists,” Peterson said.
“This president still makes wrongheaded remarks about race and police, even after his embarrassing 2009 incident where he falsely claimed that the ‘Cambridge police acted stupidly’ over the arrest of his friend, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” Peterson said.
Peterson cited reports in the Orlando Sentinel and the Miami Herald that “Martin appears to have been the aggressor and allegedly attacked George Zimmerman, breaking his nose and battering his head.”
He also pointed out that records show Martin had been suspended from school several times, “most recently after being found with an empty marijuana baggie.”
“This president is once again reinforcing the lie that law enforcement and most whites are racists,” Peterson said. “Considering his history with Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and racist professor Derrick Bell, it’s no surprise that Obama sees everything through the prism of race. Americans needs a president who will unite us all based on truth, rather than dividing us with lies.”
Among the developments following the death of Martin that have left observers alarmed:
- According to Fox News, Hashim Nzinga, 49, the New Black Panther Party’s chief of staff, offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of Zimmerman. Nzinga a short time later was arrested near Atlanta for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
- The Washington Times reported controversial filmmaker Spike Lee tweeted [and re-tweeted] what was purported to be Zimmerman’s home address in Sanford, Fla. Wrote Kerry Picket, “However, the Edgewater Circle address Mr. Lee re-tweeted out is not part of the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place. … The area is not even a gated community. In fact, I took a drive … and I discovered through a neighbor, named Tim, who lives across the street from the address, that not only does George Zimmerman not live at the lakeside house but a woman by the name of Elaine does.”
- Reuters reported that Sybrina Fulton, mother of 17-year-old Martin, filed trademark requests just days ago seeking legal rights to slogans, including “Justice for Trayvon” and “I Am Trayvon.” The request was submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her attorney, Kimra Major-Morris, confirmed she was trying to “preserve intellectual property rights.”
- WTAM Radio in Cleveland openly questioned whether Obama was trying to capitalize off the death of Martin: “A lot has been made about the hoodie lately. Not only has Geraldo partially blamed it for the death of Trayvon Martin, but it’s also become a symbol of unity for standing with the slain teen and his family. So when the Obama camp announced via Twitter yesterday that it was putting its 2012 hoodies on sale, it got some thinking.”
- The Washington Free Beacon posted a statement that it was a “registered Democrat” who killed Martin. The site reported Zimmerman registered in 2002 as a Democrat, according to voter records.
Talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh pulled no punches, saying that it is the left that sees the world in racist delineations.
“Liberals think of everything in black and white. It is the left that doesn’t see the humanity in people. They see the surface. They see black and white, male and female, gay and straight. They groupify everyone,” he said.
Commentator and author Bernie Goldberg said it’s a subject that is not discussed in polite company but needs to be addressed.
“While no decent person is happy about what happened … there are some people whose purposes are served by what happened,” he told Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
He cited the “national media,” which perceives the case “like a movie script handed to them from Hollywood … [about] a white-Hispanic guy who shoots an unarmed black.”
“He’s only white-Hispanic because they needed the word white,” he said.
Then there are the various “civil right’s” organizations who claim a new-found relevance because of the death of a black teen.
“Let’s not pretend there aren’t certain groups that benefit from this,” Goldberg said.
Fox News host Sean Hannity noted that Zimmerman has gone into hiding, “fearing for his life.”
“I have said from Day One, there’s a rush to judgment, and I can see it in the media,” Hannity said.
Florida authorities have assigned a special team to investigate the case, and Zimmerman has not been arrested. The state has a “stand-your-ground” law allowing self-defense in a range of circumstances. It specifically provides people with immunity from detention or arrest if they use deadly force in their own defense without clear evidence of malice.
Zimmerman has reported he shot in self-defense after Martin attacked him. Police originally reported that when they arrived on the scene, Zimmerman’s “back appeared to be wet and was covered in grass (and he) was also bleeding, from the nose and back of his head.”
Meanwhile, CNN said Democrats in the U.S. House Judiciary Committee set up a forum on “racial profiling, hate crimes” and other topics in Washington and invited Martin’s parents and attorney. The report cited dozens of rallies across the country on Martin’s behalf.
Obama’s campaign, meanwhile, was offering “collegiate hooded sweatshirt” products for a discounted price of $40.