Who Is ‘Racist’?

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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”?

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  • Ken

    The lamestream media bias' rears its ugly head again!!

  • Whatsinaname

    Once again Thomas Sowell expresses the crux of the matter so eloquently.

  • oldtimer

    They "assumed" Zimmerman continued to follow Martin. He said he turned back to his car and was attacked. I was told long ago, never assume,,,, and what this makes one …(makes) ass (out of) u (and) me…. Did Martin have any other injuries, like he was attacked like Zimmerman did?

    • Asher

      The scalp wounds were on the back of Zimmerman's head, that suggests he was hit from behind or on the ground having his head pushed against the ground by someone on top. Logic prevails…Let the Law prevail here in its entirety and evidence. Zimmerman was leaving the scene when assailed.

  • Juddea

    Once again; Al Sharpton andthe bigots in the left leaning media saw the name "Zimmerman" and immediately thought of their glory days killing Jews in Crown Heights.

  • theleastthreat

    Isn't there anybody with enough stature to tell Al Sharpton to shut that big hole in his face and actually succeed?

    • kendrick1

      When Sharpton dies they will have to kill his mouth!!

  • StephenD

    Sharpton got real quiet in Sanford, FL where this took place a week later when 4 people were shot, including a pregnant woman. Yeah, not a peep from him or Jackson or Obama…maybe because it was Black on Black and if they addressed that they'd have no time for anything else!

  • Schlomotion

    Zimmerman is neither white nor Hispanic. He is half Jewish half Peruvian, fully American (apparently with a gun-enhanced Napoleonic Complex. Even now, I am curious as to why Hasbaras are all over this issue. Why are people, especially Jews like David Horowitz and Alan Dershowitz trying to try this case in the press instead of letting our court system analyze the facts of the case and make a just ruling? Why does this have to be Horowitz using Sowell to continue to grind his rusty axe against The Black Panthers? Why does this have to be Horowitz using Shapiro, Ahlert and Perazzo as a foil to launch attacks at Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? What about just letting the FACTS of the case come to light in court and not acting like PETA? What about not spending every day attacking Muslim Sharia only to push a Christian Zionist Sharia? Thomas Sowell is a great writer, and this article is sensible to me, but again, the way it is used in reprint is to try to show "responsible black man" speaking out against "irresponsible black man" in order to wage interest group warfare. It is machination pure and simple.

    • Sound&Fury

      "Why are people, especially Jews like David Horowitz and Alan Dershowitz trying to try this case in the press instead of letting our court system analyze the facts of the case and make a just ruling?"

      Let me break it down for you, because you seem to be a little schlo… Horowitz & Dershowitz are simply trying to balance the outrageous liberal/racist lies being continually promoted by the mainstream media with some truth. Got that?

      • Schlomotion

        There is also no place for Christian or Jewish Sharia in the United States. These wailers should let the American Justice System work.

        • reader

          There's no such thing as Christan or Jewish Sharia. But there is Sharia and there is Marxism – equally destructive, misogynous and immoral.

          • Schlomotion

            There are all of the above.

          • reader

            Only a moron or a demagogue (take your pick) can bundle something that does not exist with something that does.

          • Schlomotion

            Stop being foolish.

            How long have people been arguing about keeping the Ten Commandments and aspects of the Halacha from being posted in government buildings, or imposed on non-members of those religions?

            And then there are these:
            and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halakhic_state
            and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shas

          • reader

            Your straw man conflating the government buildings and imposing on non-members is actually a combination of an utter ignorance of the US Constitution and alinskyite demogoguery.

          • Schlomotion

            OK, faker.

          • reader

            I wonder if you look at yourself in a mirror every time you apply a plus to your own post.

    • tarleton

      gun enhanced napoleonic complex ……there's alot of truth in that …..there are alot of gun owners who have a fantasy of gunning down an intruder

      • Ralph

        How many gun owners do you know? None, I would guess. Why do you libs cling so tenaciously to your little fantasies? Is the real world that frightening to you?

    • JakeTobias

      "Grinding a rusty axe against the Black Panthers?'

      Fella, some of the perpetrators in the Black Panther's murder of Betty Van Patter are still alive. And some became college professors! And no one has ever been charged with her murder. What is more, Horowitz's "rusty axe," does not end with the Black Panthers (who are merely terrorists with great pr). David's white liberal friends didn't even care about her murder. They just made excuses because the Panthers are black, and Betty Van Patter was white. Though of course, his liberal friends would not have cared either, if Betty had been black.

  • Tanstaafl

    If he was hit, you must acquit.

  • Questions

    George Zimmerman is our generation's Bernhard Goetz. And like Goetz, he's derided by black power activists and their white Leftist enablers as a "vigilante." Fittingly, the common denominator in the two cases is Al Sharpton. If you remember, it was Reverend Al who led howling black mobs ("demonstrators") in New York City streets demanding the railroading of Goetz. And he nearly succeeded, too.

    • Schlomotion

      Bernhard Goetz is our generation's Bernhard Goetz. George Zimmerman is an everyman security guard nobody and wannabe police officer.

      • JakeTobias


        The point on this one is, Al Sharpton is in the middle of another con. Even if Zimmerman IS guilty of vigilantism, Sharpton is not seeking justice. He is trying to get a boiling pot to explode. Explode into a riot where innocent people can die. Which could include you. Did you ever think of that? The next riot race hustlers like Sharpton causes, could kill you. And if it turns out you are Jewish, Al Sharpton will think that is a bonus.

        And if you are black, that will be even better.

        • Schlomotion

          You seem to be far angrier about this than the situation warrants. I don't really care about this case beyond the idea that all parties involved deserve a fair trial and then we all get to forget about it. Al Sharpton is a crusty old guy who is not even very well respected in the black community and on top of that, he's going to die of old age soon. I am not afraid of race riots. Various lunatics have been promising race wars since the 1960s, and nothing truly substantial ever materializes. A lot of wimpy internet people wish that I would be killed because I have said that their concerns are overinflated and stupid, but the fact is I am not exactly the kind of person that rolls over in a fight. Include in your fantasy scenario that I am 6' 6", 245 lbs, in perfect health, great shape, a good fighter, and armed. Getting beaten up in Bensonhurst riots is farthest from my worries.

  • elixelx

    Fund-raising over Trayvon Martin's cold dead carcass? You betcha!

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  • 080

    I don't think we can leave the criminal justice system alone to do its work. There will in this case be a trial in the public's consciousness somewhat like the O.J. Simpson trial, or the travesty at Duke University. So much for the reputation of the criminal justice system.

  • Ghostwriter

    I have no idea why Schlockmotion has to bring in Jewish people as his strawmen and women on EVERY single post he writes. Doesn't he know that it just makes him look stupid? To be honest,I don't think he cares too much. He is a Jew hating guttersnipe who deserves whatever condemnation he gets.

    • UCSPanther

      He has expressed a desire to see another Crown Heights riot, so no surprise there.

    • Schlomotion

      I didn't bring in any Jewish people. The place was stocked when I arrived. It's like Baltimore.

    • Ghostwriter

      I haven't heard Jews screaming for anyone's death. On the other hand,the Palestinians have made a habit of it. What do you think of that,Schlomotion?

  • Nobody Important

    As usual, Dr. Sowell's lucidity stands in stark contrast to the guilt-ridden, white-dominated MLM and their headline-generating lemmings in the race-baiting community.

    Pity, that.

    Readers interested in several additional exposés on the MLM's blatant racism are invited to examine the evidence for themselves (race-baiters, MLMembers and other garden variety liberals need not bother as evidence is irrelevant to them all) on Another Slow News Day's blog pages devoted to this (and related) subject(s).




    Additional details on the Zimmerman/Martin incident not published in the MLM are featured on two other ASND pages.




  • jojo

    Christian Zionist Sharia?