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'For Trayvon' becomes theme of beatings

The cry “For Trayvon” has become a theme in violent attacks against innocent people who happened to be in the presence of someone seeking revenge for the shooting death of Florida black teen Trayvon Martin.

It’s an alarming trend, says Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity.

“A pattern of racially motivated attacks is cause for serious concern,” he said. “And the evidence of racism is much stronger in these instances than in the Trayvon Martin case itself.”

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Since Martin was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February 2012, there have been at least eight attacks in which the perpetrators reportedly invoked Martin’s name.  Zimmerman was acquitted by a six-member, all-female jury last month that concluded he was acting in self-defense. The most recent case of violence against an innocent victim was the murder of white college student Christopher Lane in Oklahoma.

Trayvon Martin’s death was cast by activists such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson as evidence of a trend of racially motivated violence against blacks, despite evidence to the contrary presented in the trial and statistics that show black-on-white attacks occur at eight times the rate of white-on-black attacks. One example is the murder of Brittney Watts, a 26-year-old white female marketing executive. Her convicted killer is Nkosi Thandiwe, a young black male.

At his trial, Thandiwe declared: “I was trying to prove a point that Europeans had colonized the world, and as a result of that, we see a lot of evil today.”

Thandiwe testified: “In terms of slavery, it was something that needed to be answered for. I was trying to spread the message of making white people mend.”

Thandiwe shot three white women in Atlanta in 2011, with no provocation. Watts was killed, and one of the two other victims is paralyzed.

An exception to the trend was an attack on a pro-Trayvon speaker at a July 13 rally. A white 43-year-old woman attacked 73-year-old musician Lester Chambers after he dedicated a song to Trayvon. The woman rushed onto the stage and shoved Chambers to the ground, yelling, “It’s all your fault.” The musician has a bruised rib and nerve damage, according to his son.

Until the murder of Lane, an Australian who was attending college in the U.S., mainstream conservatives had been largely silent about such racially motivated crimes against whites. President Obama even weighed in on the incident, 10 days later, issuing a statement through a spokesman saying there is “an extra measure of evil in an act of violence that cuts a young life short.”