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Hoodlumism Execution in the Old Jim Crow South, Where Complexion Counted More Than Facts

April 24, 2012


Hoodlumism Execution in the Old Jim Crow South, Where Complexion Counted More Than Facts
Here is Some Mindsteroid Must-Read: Who Is ‘Racist‘? by Thomas Sowell
Whatever the ultimate outcome of the case against George Zimmerman for his shooting of Trayvon Martin, what has happened already is enough to turn the stomach of anyone who believes in either truth or justice. An amazing proportion of the media has given us a painful demonstration of the thinking – and lack of thinking – that prevailed back in the days of the old Jim Crow South, where complexion counted more than facts in determining how people were treated. One of the first things presented in the media was a transcript of a conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher. The last line in most of the transcripts shown on TV was that of the police dispatcher telling Zimmerman not to continue following Trayvon Martin. That became the basis of many media criticisms of Zimmerman for continuing to follow him. Only later did I see a transcript of that conversation on the Sean Hannity program that included Zimmerman’s reply to the police dispatcher: “O.K.” That reply removed the only basis for assuming that Zimmerman did in fact continue to follow Trayvon Martin. At this point, neither I nor the people who assumed that he continued to follow the teenager have any basis in fact for believing that he did or didn’t. Why was that reply edited out by so many in the media? Because too many people in the media see their role as filtering and slanting the news to fit their own vision of the world. The issue is not one of being “fair” to “both sides” but, more fundamentally, of being honest with their audience. NBC News carried the editing even further, removing one of the police dispatcher’s questions, to which Zimmerman was responding, in order to feed the vision of Zimmerman as a racist. In the same vein were the repeated references to Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic.” Zimmerman is half-white. So is Barack Obama. But does anyone refer to Obama as a “white African”? All these verbal games grow out of the notion that complexion tells you who is to be blamed and who is not. It is a dangerous game because race is no game. If the tragic history of the old Jim Crow South in this country is not enough to show that, the history of racial and ethnic tragedies is written in blood in countries around the world. Millions have lost their lives because they looked different, talked differently or belonged to a different religion. In the midst of the Florida tragedy, there was a book published with the unwieldy title, No Matter What … They’ll Call This Book Racist. Obviously it was written well before the shooting in Florida, but its message – that there is rampant hypocrisy and irrationality in public discussions of race – could not have been better timed. Author Harry Stein, a self-described “reformed white liberal,” raised by parents who were even further left, exposes the illogic and outright fraudulence that lies behind so much of what is said about race in the media, in politics and in our educational institutions. He asks a very fundamental question: “Why, even after the Duke University rape fiasco, does the media continue to give credence to every charge of racism?” Harry Stein credits Shelby Steele‘s book White Guilt with opening his eyes to one of the sources of many counterproductive things said and done about race today – namely, guilt about what was done to blacks and other minorities in the past. Let us talk sense, like adults. Nothing that is done to George Zimmerman – justly or unjustly – will unlynch a single black man who was tortured and killed in the Jim Crow South for a crime he didn’t commit. Letting hoodlums get away with hoodlumism today does not undo a single injustice of the past. It is not even a favor to the hoodlums, for many of whom hoodlumism is just the first step on a path that leads to the penitentiary, and maybe to the execution chamber. Winston Churchill said, “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.” He wasn’t talking about racial issues, but what he said applies especially where race is involved. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His Web site is To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page.

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Bail set to Stop Niggas Ramming Zimmerman Holy Rectum Civil War in Florida Jail. Ann coulter must be Masturbating by Now. Reading further is waste…

April 23, 2012

Neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was released on $150,000 bail from a Florida jail late Sunday night, 12 days after he was arrested for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman, 28, was let out of the Seminole County Jail just before midnight.
Carrying a brown paper bag and wearing blue jeans and a brown windbreaker, Zimmerman refused to comment as he quickly got into a BMW SUV and was whisked away, flanked by at least three police cars.
It was not immediately clear where Zimmerman was taken.
“Zimmerman posted bond and was fitted with an electronic monitoring device prior to release,” the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Officials said Zimmerman’s GPS device will be monitored by the sheriff’s office and Seminole County Probation.
On Friday, Judge Kenneth Lester set bail and required Zimmerman to be fitted with an electronic monitoring device as part of his release.
Prosecutors had asked for $1 million.
Lester ordered Zimmerman to have no contact with Martin’s family and prohibited him from possessing firearms or drinking alcohol while awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree murder.
Zimmerman will also be on strict curfew and have to check in with authorities every three days.
During his bail hearing Zimmerman apologized to Trayvon’s parents, who were in the courtroom.
Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Feb. 26 during a confrontation in a Sanford gated community. He had reported the teen as looking suspicious to 911 just moments before the shooting.
Invoking Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law, Zimmerman claims he shot Trayvon in self-defense.

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