“There is nothing more painful for me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start to think about robbery and then look around and see it’s somebody white and feel relieved.”
Ever encountered this quote?
Comes directly from the mouth of one of the “leaders” barking the loudest for the Department of Justice to open a civil right’s case against George Zimmerman and for the United Nations to step in and work to ensure justice for Trayvon is secured.
This is a man who last year, in a vitriolic rant that only inflamed the entire Zimmerman/Martin situation, said “Blacks are under attack.” Imagine if we had been formally introduced to Miss Rachel Jeantel then, and had known the full story that Martin attacked because he was worried Zimmerman might be a sexual predator and was stalking him with possible intentions of rape. I can’t make this stuff up, folks.
Have you guessed the individual yet who spoke about his great fear of hearing footsteps and worrying about being robbed, only to be relieved when it turns out to be a Caucasian fellow?
How about Jesse Jackson, a man who believes only the U.N. can fix the travesty of justice that occurred when six jurors acquitted George Zimmerman of murder after intently listening to over 19 days of sworn testimony.
Wouldn’t it have been interesting if, when Jesse Jackson was being interviewed by some talking head regarding the Zimmerman trial, they brought this quote up to him and asked why he felt this way.
Perhaps the reason is in this CBS report:
The department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics report offers a snapshot of racial disparities among violent crime victims. Black people represented an estimated 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2005, the latest data available, but were the victims of 49 percent of all murders and 15 percent of rapes, assaults and other nonfatal violent crimes nationwide.
Most of the black murder victims – 93 percent – were killed by other black people, the study found. About 85 percent of white victims were slain by other white people.
One of the most important points this quoted material above shows is that in only 7 percent of all murders of black people are interracial. Fifteen percent of the murders of white people in America are interracial, which is hardly a statistical anomaly.
But those cases are rarely covered by the establishment press, so they never happened, right?
Though painful as it may have been for him to make, does this help explain the truthfulness of Jesse Jackson’s comment? In qualifying why it saddens him to make such a statement, doesn’t Jackson allude to the simple truth behind why George Zimmerman was suspicious of Travyon Martin? After all, stereotypes are there for a reason; they don’t just create themselves, and they don’t just perpetuate themselves in the minds of hardened racists. Just ask Jesse Jackson.
Does Jackson’s reluctant quote help explain why every call Zimmerman had made to the police about suspicious individuals in the apartment complex of which he was a neighborhood watchmen were regarding black people?
Judging by Jackson’s own painful admission, were he the one to have encountered Martin the fateful night of his death, would Jesse have felt trepidation and fear that he wasn’t white?
What if he had looked back and found George Zimmerman there as the source of those haunting footsteps that caused him anxiety and fear?
Jackson’s quote is one that deserves a fair hearing in the court of public opinion, for it might help explain why people lock their car doors when they travel into urban environments.
By Jackson’s logic, he would have been happy to see the media’s “white-Hispanic” punching bag standing behind him in our thought-experiment.
Conversely, by Jackson’s logic, he wouldn’t have been as happy to turn around and see Trayvon Martin standing there. Would a similar outcome have occurred? It does 93 percent of the time.
Remember when Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, said that were his client black, “he never would have been charged with a crime”?
Well, it’s this quote that is an interesting addendum to Jackson’s comment.
Up in Philadelphia, perhaps the black-on-black crime capital of America, a number of writers are beginning to wonder if O’Mara’s admission might be true.
“LET’S BE HONEST: We really don’t care that much about dead black kids. At the very least, let’s finally own that we don’t care enough. Because if we did, would so many young – 300 in a good year, and that’s just in Philly – overwhelmingly black and brown young men die with so little attention? Would we be comfortable with generations of children being wiped out with no national movement to save them?”
Though it might be callous to some, the truth of the crime in Philadelphia mirrors that which was reported in the CBS story on how 93 percent of black homicides were committed by black men.
WND’s John Bennett did some incredible research on crime in Philadelphia and turned up some startling facts. They represent the type of facts that confirm why Jesse Jackson is so glad to see a white person as the source of those steps:
“Murder Is No Mystery: An Analysis of Philadelphia Homicide, 1996-1999,” which was released in 2001 and provocatively asked:
“If this went on in your own neighborhood, would you stay? Would you go out at night? Would you consider leaving the neighborhood, or even the city, if you could? Of course you would.”
As for race and crime in Philadelphia, most murders in the city were intraracial, black-on-black crimes. Of black murder victims, 95 percent were killed by other blacks. However, the report pointed to a major, noteworthy exception: “Caucasians and Asian-Americans, on the other hand, were both more likely to be murdered by an individual of another race.” A WND review of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Murder Analysis for 2007-2010 and Murder/Shooting Analysis 2012 reveals startling demographic data that affirm the crime trends found a decade earlier in the “Murder Is No Mystery” report.
Between 2007 and 2012, there were 1,987 murders (an average of 331 murders per year) in Philadelphia. Of those victims, 80 percent were black; 11.2 percent were Hispanic; 6.9 percent were white; and 1.7 percent were Asian.
Only 64 percent of these crimes had known offenders (1,290 of 1,987), with 81 percent of known offenders being black; 7.2 percent white; 10.2 percent Hispanic; and 1.2 percent Asian.
It would seem that in Philadelphia, the majority of whites that have been murdered have had an interracial killer; conversely, the majority of blacks that have been murdered have an intraracial killer.
If, as Jackson claims, “blacks are under attack,” in America, it’s because they are being hunted and killed by other blacks, a fact that Helen Ubinas isn’t going to make in her article at the Philadelphia Daily News.
A national dialogue on race in America is needed, but the discussion needs to start with Jesse Jackson’s admission of what he fears most in the night walking behind him.