Several years ago, when I had more regular hours, my wife and I would while away our evenings watching Law and Order. I think it was on Monday nights but I can’t really remember. It had a certain gritty realism and the late Jerry Orbach was believable as a New York City detective. After a few years though, it started to degenerate into Left-wing agitprop. It got so bad that I could usually tell who the bad guy was before the first five minutes were up. It was always the white, middle-aged businessman. If there was more than one such figure, then it was the one who was richer, Republican, and Christian. If he was from the Midwest then he was your guy. And of course you hit the jackpot with a Southerner. Well, I stopped watching not because I was becoming middle-aged and I thought the entire concept was risible but because I was bored out my skull.
Of course, in real life, middle-aged, middle-class white men commit very few violent crimes. You can look that up yourself if you don’t believe me. The FBI prints all sorts of data on criminality in America and categorizes them according to race, ethnicity, and income (get the report .pdf).
The tendentiousness of Law and Order was anticipated several years earlier by Tom Wolfe, the great American man of letters in his classic novel, The Bonfire of the Vanities.
In his book, the protagonist, Sherman McCoy, an Old Line WASP stockbroker and self-described “Master of the Universe” is picked up from the airport by his ditzy mistress Maria (who just happens to be the wife of another man). Because of Maria’s frivolousness, she makes a wrong turn into the Bronx and her and Sherman become involved in some type of altercation with two young black men. In the resulting fracas, one of the men is run over by the car she’s driving and in they flee in the ensuing panic. Based on an eyewitness, an unscrupulous reporter is able to concoct a story about the incident and whips up hysteria against the ultra-rich McCoy. Sensing trouble, Maria turns on Sheldon and makes him the scapegoat for her crime.
It’s like manna from heaven for all the usual suspects. There’s palpable excitement in the DA’s office; for once they can actually be able to indict someone of McCoy’s class and breeding rather than the endlessly depressing rogues, gallery that makes up the Great American Underclass. They are so giddy that one of the DAs yells, “I’ve found him, the Great White Defendant!” The usual suspects get on the bandwagon, including a thinly-disguised version of Al Sharpton. All were salivating at the prospect of getting on the story of the year. The trouble was, the Great White Defendant wasn’t guilty.
Well, life imitates art –in more ways than one. Last month, a 17 year-old-black teenager, Trayvon Martin, was fatally shot in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman, whom we were breathlessly told by the Mainstream Media was an armed, white vigilante. The usual suspects descended on Sanford or otherwise raised holy hell. “See! The Grand Racist Narrative that is Amerika Has Finally Been Proven!” The New Black Panther Party put out a bounty on Zimmerman’s head, Spike Lee found his address and released it into the blogosphere, Louis Farrakhan threatened massive “retaliation,” and Al Sharpton went on being Al Sharpton. President Obama opined that if he had a son, it’d look just like Trayvon. And of course the anti-gun zealots went back to their tired mantra of gun control, even though their tedious insistence on it caused them to lose both Houses of Congress in 1994. Life was being breathed into the dying corpse of Sharptonism.
The trouble was, very little of The Great Racist Narrative that is Amerika was true.What are the facts of the case? Zimmerman, a self-appointed night watchman in the gated community where he resided, saw the youth in question acting suspiciously. Like many criminals, he was wearing a hoodie and appeared to be carrying merchandise out of a convenience store. Zimmerman recognized that he was not from the neighborhood. He called a non-emergency police phone number and was advised to back away. These are all red flags. For some reason, he disregarded these instructions and continued to tail Martin in his SUV.
At this point, it gets kind of murky: Zimmerman got out of his car to better identify the street corner for the police. Then he walked back to his car. The next that happened according to two eyewitnesses is that he was on his back down on the ground, Martin is on top of him, punching him and then slamming his head into the concrete. (Martin, who was 6’3″ is a good head taller than Zimmerman.) Somehow Zimmerman pulled his gun and fired.
Those are the facts as they are known so far.
After treating his wounds, the police took Zimmerman into custody but decided that he broke no laws. According to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, he was perfectly within his rights to follow Martin and if threatened, to shoot him. Ironically, Martin was within his rights as well to confront Zimmerman if he likewise felt threatened. This last point is key. That’s the point of Stand Your Ground: you don’t have to be a victim. It’s a sad day when states are reduced to implementing these laws but police in many jurisdictions have been restrained from doing their job. (And it’s a damn sight better than in England where homeowners aren’t even allowed to defend themselves from home invasions.)
In a rush to judgment however, the Left-wing media decided to run with the inflammatory headline “White Man Shoots Unarmed Black Teen.” Never mind that no American newspaper ever thinks to headline crime stories in which the victim is white and the perpetrator is black or Hispanic. As noted above, the vast majority of perpetrators of all violent crime are black and Hispanic. And the overwhelming majority of victims of interracial crime are white. In fact, so rare is white-on-black/Hispanic crime that it has a “Man Bites Dog” quality about it. This didn’t stop ABC News however from doctoring a videotape of Zimmerman as he was being escorted into the police station. Shades of Marla Mapes and 60 Minutes, who pawned off a doctored Texas Air National Guard letter about the young George W Bush weeks before the 2004 election. (Dan Rather, whose career imploded because of this assured us that the document was “fake, but accurate.”)
To sustain the myth of racial neutrality/culpability (and to not whip up the fear of the white majority who are the overwhelming victims of interracial crime), most newspapers will print something along these lines: “City Man Held on Rape Complaint,” or “City Man Arrested for Murder of Elderly Couple”. It’s very much like whenever a Democratic office-holder is arrested on bribery or embezzlement charges. Usually one has to read five paragraphs down in the story to find out the perpetrator’s party affiliation. (It’s gotten so common that a lot of us on the Right Blogosphere play a game called “Guess the Party”. Republicans of course are always identified as such in the headline, because, you know, conservatives and Republicans are essentially evil anyway so it doesn’t matter.)
This same rush to judgment happened last week in Toulouse, France, when an unknown man went on a rampage and brutally murdered seven people, three of them children. All of the victims were minorities: three were French soldiers of African or Arab descent, one was a rabbi, and three were children from a Jewish school. We were told immediately that the perpetrator must have been a European nativist who was whipped into a frenzy by President Nicolas Sarkozy and his anti-immigrationist policies. Unfortunately for the Narrative, native Europeans do not suffer from Sudden Jihad Syndrome. As is almost always the case, it turned out that the murderer was a Muslim of Arab descent. Same song, different day. NarrativeFail strikes again.
The MSM has such a vested interest in promulgating the religion of Violent White Criminality that it has come to believe it. This is more than mere suspension of critical analysis, it is an example of Doublethink and the willful desire to overlook Hatefacts. This self-delusion is so obvious that when the uncomfortable fact came out that George Zimmerman was not white but a Hispanic, the MSM had to go into overdrive to cover their tracks. Laughingly, we are now told that Zimmerman is a (are you sitting down?) “White Hispanic”! When have you ever read about the demographic “white Hispanic”? Never, that’s when. Google it if you don’t believe me. Because Hispanics, like all treasured minorities cannot be white, otherwise they wouldn’t be special and they would have to be judged by their deeds rather than the double standards that the Elite has set up. Using the same critiria applied to Zimmerman, we could say that President Obama a “White African-American.”
This bears repeating. Because the MSM has a vested interest in proclaiming the Inherent Evil of White People, Zimmerman had to be literally whitewashed. Unfortunately, the by-now ubiquitous picture that has been released of Zimmerman –that of a pudgy, brown-skinned Latino, complete with an earring, identical in all respects to no the thousands of men who are manicuring lawns throughout America as we speak–is a blight to the Left. Their mendacity is so obvious that their case is crumbling before them as we speak.
Thanks to the Alternative Media we have found out that Zimmerman is a registered Democrat, not a racist, that he has black relatives, and has mentored black children. Not only that but we now know that but Martin did his best to cultivate the image of an angry black thug. Numerous suspensions from school, offensive tweets, and photographs of him in threatening poses have overwhelmed the images of a cute toddler that were put out by the MSM. Thanks to the Alternative Media, the stranglehold of the MSM is crumbling and NarrativeFails are thus inevitable. Ordinary people are able to see right through contrivances. The MSM has always asked: “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?” The Alternative Media allows us to respond: “Our eyes.”
We know that it is working-class and middle-class people who live in daily fear of violent criminals. We know who the victims invariably are. We always suspect who the perpetrators are (usually correctly). This has been the major engine driving white flight, which has caused most inner public schools to deteriorate to the point where teachers send their own kids to private schools if they can afford it. The lucky ones have decamped from the cities to exurban Whitopias where they rarely have to make split-second, life-or-death decisions on whether to be politcally correct or not. It’s gotten so bad that an exurban white family usually plans their trips to the city with all the care of an Army Stryker Brigade patrolling the streets of Fallujah.
Much has been made of the fact that Martin was “unarmed.” Never mind the fact that last year alone almost 800 people were murdered by “unarmed” men. This of course is a great mystery to the MSM, who because of their general divorce from normal society have never served in the military, this primarily being the province of whites from the Red States. Newsflash for the MSM: for over two hundred years now the Armed Forces have been training teenagers how to kill with their bare hands. It’s not that hard, especially if the teenager in question was a strapping young football player. Under these circumstances (and because he was getting beat up) the smaller Zimmerman probably had no other recourse but to fire his weapon. “God created man, but Samuel Colt made them equal” as the old saying goes.
However, there is another twist here, one that is equally uncongenial to the religion of the Gorgeous-Mosaic-Of-Multiculturalism. Zimmerman as we have seen from his photographs was clearly Hispanic. That is to say what most Americans of whatever ethnicity think of when we hear the word “Hispanic” –a stocky, brown-skinned person of Mesoamerican Indian descent (as opposed to whites of pure Iberian descent like Univision’s Jorge Ramos who’s ancestry and physiognomy qualifies him for membership in the Waffen SS).
Why is this significant? Because in many American cities, blacks have been systematically driven out of their neighborhoods by Hispanics by various methods. Usually Mexican gangs target black youths and kill them in cold blood. That’s usually a cue to the other blacks who slowly start to trickle out. Even when this transition is the result of non-violent means, one is more likely to find blacks living in majority white communities than in majority Hispanic ones. The meme of Hispanic hostility to blacks is legendary in the African-American community. In Miami, two race riots were instigated when Hispanic police officers fired on black youths. Many black people believe that that this was purposeful.
So this is the uncomfortable question: is it possible that Trayvon Martin acted the way he did because he saw a young, Hispanic male following him and believed that he was intending to do him harm? Might he have decided to stand his own ground? That deadly force was necessary to protect his own life?
This isn’t going to end well. Politcally, I think this is a gigantic stink-bomb that fell in Obama’s lap. The hysteria generated by MSNBC and its ilk is in inverse proportion to the facts of the case. This is the result of desperation brought about by the fact that almost every other Hatecrime supposedly perpetrated by whites (think Tawana Brawley, the Duke LaCrosse Team) has been proven to be a hoax. Already on all the networks people are talking openly about things that were previously left unsaid. Sharpton and his ilk who used to own the megaphone are being answered forcefully and without reservation.
By aligning himself with odious race-hustlers like Farrakhan and Sharpton, Obama is alienating himself from the ordinary workaday world in which a significant number of the people who voted for him live. Yes, we know that blacks are disproportionately the victims of violent crime perpetrated by other blacks. Indeed, more blacks are murdered than are whites.
But this is no balm for the wounds that are afflicting our nation. In fact, this only fuels the continued segregation of America. Productive, hard-working, law-abiding people want no part of this. That’s why they’ve long abandoned the inner city. And Zimmerman was not white but Hispanic. Although we are told that Zimmerman is not a racist the fact remains that this story is going to be understood in the context of the multicultural narrative that has long been force-fed down our throats. Armed White Murders Innocent Black –End of Story (now let’s go riot). In time, the fact that Hispanics feel no White Guilt will be added to this gorgeous mosaic. Things will get (how shall we say it?) more complicated.
Unless this issue is tamped down immediately by Obama, this case will unleash demons that will wreak havoc for years to come. Politically, it will cause a fissure in his coalition, which is made up primarily of blacks, Hispanics, Jews, and guilty white liberals, the vast majority of whom eat at Uncle Sam’s trough. Unfortunately, I don’t believe that the President has it within him to do so. As with the Skip Gates fiasco of two years ago, his first impulse is to see things in a racial light. Unfortunately, a beer summit is not the offing. The provacateurs that sit at the apex of African-American society won’t let him off so easy this time. AFter all, this is their stock-in-trade and given that they’ve been caught so many times in the past in outright lies, they’re going to have to keep screaming louder in the hopes that people will just give up and not call them to account for their mendacity.
Worse, they will threaten those who take an opposing view. This will only estrange the white working class/middle class further. The Alternative Media is already abuzz with atrocities performed on whites that have fallen down the MSM memory hole (see: Was Boy in K.C. Fire Attack a Victim of His School’s Racist Teaching? and Man says youths beat him as part of racially motivated attack).
These stories will spread. Ordinary people will ask why is Trayvon Martin being hailed as a martyr but the elderly couple in Tulsa that was brutalized by a young black man during the same time forgotten (see: Couple met and married within a month and stayed together for 65 years… only to be parted after home invader beat wife to death)? In time, these stories will radicalize the white majority if for no other reason than not every white person can afford to leave the city. The inevitable end to all this is identity politics. Innocent, law-abiding people cannot be pushed around forever. They can’t be guilted forever into not standing their ground.
I don’t mean to demean the memory of Trayvon Martin by talking about the politics of the situation. He didn’t deserve to die. But then he didn’t have to beat the living daylights out of George Zimmerman either. If the Stand Your Ground Law is morally illegitimate as the liberals say, then Martin should have done what they say Zimmerman should have done –back away. Instead, he took it upon himself to beat an armed man senseless, most probably with the intent to kill him.
One wonders at this point, had Trayvon Martin succeeded in bashing in George Zimmerman’s skull, what would the narrative be today? Would tens of thousands of whites or Hispanics (or “White Hispanics”) have descended on Sanford demanding “justice”? Would David Duke have demanded that the “law of retaliation” be invoked? Would Jeb Bush have commented that Zimmerman resembled his own, half-Hispanic son? Of course not.
It is nothing short of insane to believe that decent, law-abiding people are going to forever be intimidated by predators. We don’t know all the facts, we don’t know if Martin was fearful of his life; we don’t know that this was all a case of mistaken assumptions based on racial stereotypes (although it certainly looks that way). We do know that George Zimmerman is alive today because he adhered to the old maxim: “better to be tried by twelve than carried by six.” How many more George Zimmermans are there going to be?
What else do we know? We do know that gun sales are going to continue to skyrocket, that Liberals will continue to decry the furtherance of Stand Your Ground legislation, and that the white majority will retreat even further unto themselves. The great multicultural experiment is coming to an end.
In the meantime, please enjoy the following testament to the memory of Trayvon Martin set by those who feel that his death was a moral indictment on our nation: