(Get real, we are not liberals.)
There has been a large backlash against the article I wrote a few days ago on Trayvon Martin (“Is the Zimmerman Case Really Open and Shut?”) and also against Arnold Ahlert’s piece in today’s Frontpage (“Framing Trayvon”). About 95% of the comments, maybe more, have attacked the writers of the pieces and in the process disregarded the point both articles were trying to make that like Zimmerman, Trayvon has been turned into a political symbol and the person behind the mask has been lost. The adverse reaction has also served to confirm that a large segment of the conservative community is arguing not only that Zimmerman is innocent of the charge against him, with which Frontpage has no quarrel, but also that Trayvon Martin was a young black thug who deserved to die.
Let me begin by acknowledging that we made some mistakes in framing our pieces, and that I in particular did. Most importantly I should not have given the impression as my title and some of my statements did that I was writing about the legal case and what the verdict should be. Many of the points that were critical of my article referred to the malicious prosecution of Zimmerman and the points of the law that supported Zimmerman’s right to defend himself. These were correct, and on some of those points I stand corrected. I have no disagreement with any of them. I am not a liberal gun controller (as I have been accused of being). I just think it’s a bad idea to arm Neighborhood Watch guards who are not trained as policemen.
What I was writing about – what was important in my view – was that however much Trayvon may have been responsible for the fight that resulted in his death, his portrayal in conservative quarters as a vicious thug are wrong and unjust. In fact he appears to have been a decent teenager with an ambition to go to college and become a pilot. whatever minor trouble he may have gotten into is not too difficult to understand as a child of divorce and growing up in the poisoned racial atmosphere the left has created.
For making this point, which was designed to stimulate some internal second thoughts among conservatives and that shouldn’t have ruffled so many feathers, I have been subjected to a rash of personal attacks. One of them by Debbie Schlussel is quite malicious, even lunatic, and replete with made up “facts” about what I have said and done. Even more puzzling is that all of the attacks seem to be oblivious of the fact that Frontpage generally and I personally have for more than a decade been on the forefront of those opposing the racial arsonists of the left and the civil rights racists whom I have described as a lynch mob with a cracker mentality.
Only two weeks ago I co-authored a piece with John Perazzo on Paula Deen, titled “The Progressive Lynch Mob Claims Another Victim,” (June 26). Just a day before the piece on the Martin-Zimmerman case, Frontpage reposted an excerpt from the pamphlet I wrote with Perazzo this spring called “Black Skin Privilege” which is about the racism of the civil rights left, the free pass that black racists and black criminals get, the unreported epidemic of black crime, the racial preferences that blacks receive, and -- the injustice of the attacks on George Zimmerman. I don’t believe anyone else among conservatives or commentators generally has had the temerity to use the phrase “black skin privilege” although that is an accurate description of what thirty plus years of racial intimidation by the left has achieved.
Given these facts I was unprepared for the heat of the attacks directed at me personally, or for the obliviousness of my conservative critics to the contributions I have made in resisting the racial assault on our country by the political left. I wrote the Trayvon article (and commissioned the Ahlert piece) because I thought it was important that conservatives not develop a mob mentality of their own, and second that conservatives remember that there are more than 30 million black Americans the majority of whom are not criminals and who are 95% the victims of black crimes and who need to hear the conservative message. After all, the cities where black crime is rampant and black poverty epidemic are cities like Chicago, Detroit and Washington DC, which are controlled Democrats and progressives, and have been for more than fifty years.
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