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At the same time the live roasting of Paula Deen continues unabated, the state of Florida’s star witness in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman has provided the nation a moment of genuine clarity.
For those paying attention, this glimpse into the soul of the Zimmerman/Martin confrontation should offer greater clarity than what we eventually learned from the attempted Crystal Magnum/Mike Nifong/Media/Gang of 88 shakedown of the Duke Lacrosse team.
In describing some of the final words Trayvon Martin spoke on this earth, we learned from 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel (who was on the phone with Martin) that the angelic, cherub-faced Martin described a guy following him as a “creepy a– cracker.”
That “creepy a– cracker” turned out to be George Zimmerman, a man the media are still determined to label a “white Hispanic” even though he emphatically claims to be Hispanic. Perhaps had his name been Zimmerman”ez” media and society would have flippantly labeled the same scenario another snoozer situation involving minority-on-minority violence, and all of the exciting ratings-driven sensationalism wouldn’t be necessary. But as we all know, that is not the case; so let the fantastic games begin for the purpose of being played out in media like an afternoon soap opera.
The media have, since the day the Zimmerman/Martin story broke on the national scene, tried to infuse an intense racial angle into the situation, though the existence of additional melanin and pigmentation in Zimmerman means the narrative was without “the great white defendant” Tom Wolfe made famous in “Bonfire of the Vanities.”
But, as Jeantel testified, Martin had no problem utilizing a jingoistic, racial pejorative (incorrectly, by the way) in describing a man who turned out to be Zimmerman. The entire media that were so quick to both lynch Deen and convict George Zimmerman before his trial even began were then forced to defend not only the crude racial remarks of Martin (and the even cruder testimony of Jeantel), but explain them away as being innocuous.
As someone who to this day, whenever I’m interviewed, is forced to discuss comments made 14 years ago, I look at the media’s ferocious lynching of George Zimmerman but the casual manner they’ve brushed aside comments of Trayvon Martin as even more infuriating.
Racism is racism.
Bigotry is bigotry, and believe it or not minorities have the aptitude to be racist; the simple fact that someone has the ability to claim minority status does not offer an excusable defense. Many in media and on the left do not see it this way, however.
But the “creepy a– cracker” remark from Martin has been brushed aside as just a crude colloquium, instead of the racial pejorative it represents.
Just read what Zimmerman’s attorney, Don West, said to Jeantel as he cross examined her. The snarky, leftist defense of Martin is provided by Global Grind:
“As defense attorney Don West cross examined Rachel Jeantel, she stated while on the phone with Trayvon Martin, he described the man following him (George Zimmerman) as a “creepy a– cracker.” Mr. West then proceeded to ask Rachel if she considered that statement to be racially offensive, and she said ‘no.’ Not believing his own ears, he quizzically ask the question again and again in different ways, and each time she said ‘no.’ …”
Black racism/bigotry against whites, Asians, Hispanics, or even “white Hispanics” doesn’t fit the narrative, does it? Though Colin Flaherty has documented literally hundreds of racially motivated assaults by blacks of non-blacks since the election of Barack Obama, there’s no outcry for a Department of Justice intervention, because it doesn’t fit the narrative.
Recall the outrage deliberately engineered by NBC when they edited the 911 phone call by Zimmerman to report the suspicious individual walking around the apartment complex. Fox News reported in late December 2012 that Zimmerman was suing NBC over one of the forgotten moments in the whole Zimmerman/Martin time line that was instrumental in attaching a racial angle to the story:
George Zimmerman sued NBC on Thursday, claiming he was defamed when the network edited his emergency services call to police after the shooting of Trayvon Martin to make it sound like he was racist.
The lawsuit claims NBC edited his phone call to a dispatcher in February. In the call, Zimmerman describes following Martin in the gated community where he lived, just moments before he fatally shot the 17-year-old teen during a confrontation.
“NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so set about to create a myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain,” the lawsuit claims.
The call viewers heard was trimmed to suggest that Zimmerman volunteered to police, with no prompting, that Martin was black: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”
But the portion of the tape that was deleted had the emergency services dispatcher asking Zimmerman if the person who had raised his suspicion was “black, white or Hispanic,” to which Zimmerman responded, “He looks black.”
The media tried to push a narrative that has since come crashing down as the facts – without being tampered with – are becoming clear.
With the testimony of Ms. Jeantel, they become even clearer.
Actor Jamie Foxx wearing a “Trayvon Martin” T-shirt to the BET Awards won’t change the direction of a case that started as tragedy, then became something of a witch-hunt, before becoming a re-imaging of a perpetually 12-year-old Martin, but has since descended into farce.
Just as the wrongfully accused Duke Lacrosse players saw their lives ripped apart by lies and outright deceit by the media and the prosecution, the “creepy a– cracker” Zimmerman sits in a courtroom in an eerily similar situation.
A victim of a media committed to finding the “great white defendant.”
Or do we call it the great “white Hispanic” defendant. In the end to the media it largely doesn’t matter. Through spin, manipulation and propaganda, they went to the well one more time for a proven “ratings getter” while selfishly bringing another victim into the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin tragedy: unity of the American people.