Saturday, March 31, 2012

Piers v. Touré

I saw this video on earlier today and it angered me and made me laugh all at the same time. I'm not very familiar with Piers Morgan's work or his show on CNN and I have no idea who Touré is, but this interview is something else. I believe this started out as a twitter war and made its way to Pier Morgan's show, all having to do with the Trayvon Martin case. So many things are wrong with what Touré said, so I'm not sure how long this will be. One of the first things he mentioned was how it was obvious that George Zimmerman's family is trying to keep him out of jail. There's so much ignorance in that statement, I don't know where to begin. I'm not even sure if it's worth responding. If Zimmerman's family believes him and he is telling the truth, then of course they want to keep him out of jail. Of course that's their objective. I didn't know it was a secret.

Myself and millions of other black kids who grew up in the nineties probably got some kind of racism talk. A "beware of racist white people and prejudice" kind of talk or a "you are different and people may treat you like you're inferior" kind of talk. This is understandable especially coming from our parents who grew up in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. When or if I have children, will I give them the same spiel? Probably not. My experience with race is much different than my mother's. Point is, all black kids get the talk, it's standard. Touré reminds me of that talk, but paranoid instead of cautious. I've heard the "white people just don't get it" line before, and that's pretty much what he's saying to Piers, on top of him being British. And I hate that line, boy do I hate it. I don't know if white people can comprehend the struggles of Black America, but it is such a condescending thing to say. To be fair to Piers, Touré doesn't understand it either. Massive white-on-black crime or innocent young black men being murdered is something this country hasn't seen in decades, so for him to compare Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till is so childish and irresponsible. Almost blasphemous. The deep pain in the black community is misguided, there's only pain when the media tells us to feel pain. We only pay attention to the crimes in our community the media gives us permission to see. I could be wrong. Maybe we are seeing these things, but we sure as hell aren't talking about them. Mouthpieces like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson don't talk about them.  Representatives Bobby Rush and Maxine Waters aren't talking about them. As Juan Williams put it so eloquently in his opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal:
"Almost one half of the nation's murder victims that year were black and a majority of them were between the ages of 17 and 29. Black people accounted for 13% of the total U.S. population in 2005. Yet they were the victims of 49% of all the nation's murders. And 93% of black murder victims were killed by other black people, according to the same report."
That's an outrageous statistic, yet there's no outrage. Here we have the black community rallying over an incident clouded with misinformation and media bias, rioting in high schools and ransacking Walgreen's over a situation they know absolutely nothing about because someone told them a young black man died so it must be racism. This may not even be a hate crime or a case of racial profiling, but I see people in their hoodies waving bags of skittles crying like this happens all the time. Our biggest problems are black-on-black crime, high dropout rate, fatherlessness, abortions. Don't get me started on abortion in the black community and how it has affected the black population in America. Here we have Touré trying to school Piers Morgan on the problems in the black community when he's clueless himself.

And then there are some little things that made me laugh out loud.Touré claims Piers Morgan probably doesn't understand dark humor because its something we Americans do in times of sadness. Touré, my friend, have you ever seen a British comedy? There's a difference between "dark humor" and "stupid." Touré also comments on the lack of consistent stories saying this was the first time we've heard that Zimmerman wasn't on duty that night. When the media says one thing and Zimmerman's family and lawyer are saying something different then of course they're will be inconsistencies. The media has been irresponsible in reporting this story since the beginning and they can't seem to stop. That's not Zimmerman or his family's fault. He gets all riled up because believes Piers Morgan's interview with Zimmerman's brother, Robert, is confusing for America because he's not a real witness, then he goes on to accuse Zimmerman of profiling and assumes to know what he means when Zimmerman says "they". Then he tells him its "pretty damning" the scream heard on the 911 tape because it sounds like young boy and not a grown 200lb 28-year-old man. An 8-year-old is a young boy. A 17-year-old is a young man. Vocally, he's not going to sound that much different than someone in their late 20s when they're screaming for help. They'll both sound like a little girl. Either he doesn't know about the witness who saw Zimmerman screaming for help or he's choosing to ignore it.

Judging by that video it appears to me that Piers Morgan understands America much better than Touré since Piers is gathering information from all sides and not rushing to judgement unlike our friend Touré who has already developed an opinion and reports on that opinion instead of the facts. What separates America from everyone else is our doctrine due process and the presumption of innocence. Emmett Till was a victim or rushed judgment and a lack of due process as well, but don't tell Touré that.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blame it on the VIDEO

ABC News, in all their awesomeness, got their hands on part of the surveillance video of George Zimmerman arriving at the police station the night Trayvon Martin died. Their glee and excitement cannot be contained because, to them, it shows Zimmerman unbloody and bruiseless.

A police surveillance video taken the night that Trayvon Martin was shot dead
shows no blood or bruises on George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain
who says he shot Martin after he was punched in the nose, knocked down and had
his head slammed into the ground...In the video an officer is seen pausing to look at the back of Zimmerman's head, but no abrasions or blood can be seen in the video and he did not check into the emergency room following the police questioning.

As I said in my last post, the media does not learn from their mistake. You've got witnesses who say they saw Trayvon fighting Zimmerman, a police report that says Zimmerman has blood on he back of his head and blood on his nose, and a lawyer who confirms a broken nose. And what amazing evidence does ABC have to refute all of that? A video with a terrible angle and a glare on his shiny head. The police report says he got medical attention from the Fire and Rescue department before going to the police station. A lot of people saying, "well I don't trust the police department." and that's their prerogative. But we do have one witness who went on camera to say he saw Trayvon on top of Zimmerman and Zimmerman screaming for help. A couple of issues I have with this video:

  1. We don't know what we're supposed to be looking for. He was bleeding from the back of his head, but it could have been from a minor scratch that we can't see. I know the back of his head is lumpy. That could be the unfortunate natural shape of his head or it could have been from his head hitting the ground. The Daily Caller took a look at the video and found what they think is a laceration on the back of his head. When my brother busted his head on a brick wall, he had scratches wouldn't see until much later, but he had a lump that lasted for awhile.
  2. Why would we see bruising? This isn't the movies. Unless you're EXTREMELY fair skinned, we're not going to see bruising right away. A friend of mine had her face pierced (don't ask me why) and she was fine the first day. Then the next day she woke up with a black eye.
  3. Why would we see blood? If SFD took care of him at the scene they would have cleaned him up, and to suggest we'd see Travyon's blood on his shirt is immature and irresponsible to even suggest. We don't know how much he was bleeding or what he looked like when police arrived. He could have had that jacked zipped up for all we know.
  4. We don't know how long he was at the scene.
  5. According to multiple reports, Zimmerman felt okay that night to not go to the emergency room, but he went to the hospital the next day.

I'm not defending Zimmerman by any means, but I believe in due process and a fair trial, and the dumb media outlets are doing wonders to the jury pool. They should have just shown the video and let people make up their own interpretations instead of suggesting what is or isn't there without anything to back them up. Now, if someone leaks the hospital photos and we see Zimmerman with a broken nose, then they're going to feel really stupid. They started a narrative that they can't stop. Zimmerman has to be the lying racist, and Trayvon has to be the good kid. As I said before, there are possibilities we have to accept and ABC refuses to do that. This has to be a hate crime and a cold-blooded murder. There are still so many things we don't know, but a blurry video with an awkward angle and terrible lighting isn't the smoking gun.

I'm not talking about what did or didn't happen that night, I'm talking about journalistic responsibility and ethics. The flames of hatred and racism are already hot. ABC is not helping by making a claim they can't confirm or adequately support.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Things We Say and Don't Say

The Trayvon Martin case is a delicate one, and one must tread lightly. A young man was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman. An arrest has yet to be made, and people are demanding justice. For many people this case represents an "epidemic" of white men killing black boys, but I beg to differ. I think this case represents the media and how they can't seem to learn from their mistakes. The first time I heard about this case, the news (CNN) made it sound as if the neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, ran after him and shot him from the back. They keep using words like "White Hispanic" and "vigilante" and it sets a fire in people. And they keep mentioning that Trayvon only had iced tea and skittles in his hand, like it means something. How this watchman was supposed to know what he did or didn't have in his hand is beyond me, but whatever. The media keeps repeating his claim that it was self-defense without explaining why he's claiming this, so they just keep mentioning "a bottle of iced tea and a bag of skittles" leaving people screaming, "How could he have been defending himself?" The news has also done a wonderful job of painting Trayvon as this good-hearted angel who was just visiting his daddy and his daddy's girlfriend.

They failed to mention that Trayvon was on a 10-day suspension because school officials found an empty marijuana baggy on his person. They also failed to mention in October he was suspended for vandalism and was suspected of stealing jewelry and was carrying a screwdriver school officials described as a burglary tool. He was also suspended some time before that for truancy and tardiness. @NO_LIMIT_NIGGA, Trayvon's twitter, was deleted shortly after his death. Maybe out of respect, but once something is on the Internet it never goes away. The Daily Caller obtained his tweets and many people have found mentions to that twitter name, one referencing that Trayvon may have hit a bus driver. It also doesn't help that they're using a five-year-old picture of Trayvon, and the other picture they use is doctored. Maybe the media knew about this stuff all along or maybe they didn't, but it's still irresponsible. Who says this has anything to do with his death? No one, but when you lie about who someone is and call it truth and journalism, then that's a problem.

I've tired to write this particular post several times, but each day there's something new and I keep starting over. This case is so fascinating to me, not because a young man is dead or the alleged racial element, but because of the media's crash and burn attempts to report it. I am conservative and we love limited government, lower taxes, and the Constitution. One thing we love more than any of those is watching the mainstream media fail. The media from the beginning deemed this a hate crime because of what Zimmerman may or may not have said when calling 911. Some people heard "coons" and I and many other people heard "punks". There's no confirmation it was a racial epithet, and we haven't heard from any audio expert appointed by the state of Florida or the investigators. This particular section of the 911 call may not even be allowed in a trial because it is so unclear and prejudicial, and the only way to know what is said is to distort it. Other than that, I don't see the hate crime. I don't know all the facts (no one does), but from what we know so far, I don't think it is one. I think the media is starting to realize this isn't what they thought it was. Watching them back pedal and place blame on the so-called "talking heads" for fueling racial tensions or calling conservative blogs "shady blogs" for exposing EASY TO FIND current pictures of Trayvon is hilarious. Some articles I've read are now referring to Zimmerman as a "Hispanic" and they're using a more current photo of him instead of a mugshot, but they can't let go of Trayvon's baby face. The media has tried to convince us that Trayvon was hunted down like a dog because he was a black kid wearing a hoodie, but evidence now made available to the public is showing that Trayvon may have been the aggressor. They're at a loss running in circles and all they can do is play the blame game and hope no one notices, starting headlines with "new details". Let me enlighten you, the so called leaked police report was given to the media, but it wasn't leaked. It is impossible to leak a police report. Why? BECAUSE IT IS PUBLIC RECORD. I read that police report days before it was called "newly leaked information".

Trayvon's character is important to Zimmerman and any defense he builds, but it's not important to the public because we don't know what Zimmerman knows regarding that night, so why the false narrative? Why fan the flames of racism when it is so dangerous and unnecessary? It has become a political issue and as long as there is a racial divide, the Democrat Party has the upper hand. They feed off of it. It gives them an excuse to blame the Republicans and the TEA Party despite the last time they tried to do that (Tucson, anyone?) and it backfired. There is an ego in the MSM and they will not admit when they're wrong and they will continue to make these mistakes over and over again. The good thing is that us conservatives will always be disturbed and entertained.

I'm not rooting for one outcome over another. I want justice for Trayvon Martin and for George Zimmerman that its based on truth and not a lynch mob. The truth is that based on what we know so far, it doesn't look good for Trayvon and his family. There are three possibilities and we have to accept the possibility of all three:

  1. Zimmerman is a racist bastard who killed Trayvon in cold blood because he was black.
  2. Zimmerman is a vigilante who took the law into his own hands and should have followed directions
  3. Zimmerman killed Trayvon in self-defense and it is justifiable.

We know there was an altercation where Trayvon punched Zimmerman and slammed his head repeatedly into the sidewalk, and, knowing this, Trayvon supporters want to find a way to justify it saying "well, if he was following me I would have done the same thing." or "he shouldn't have been following him. that's what he gets." I think they do this to avoid admitting that if Trayvon had lived he would have been charged with battery. Bigger than that, its avoiding the real possibility that (and people will hate me for going there) Trayvon may have brought this on himself. Did he deserve it? No. But he made a choice and that choice had consequences, dead or alive. Between when Zimmerman says he lost Trayvon and when the first punch was thrown, we don't know know what happened apart from Zimmerman's word. And it's that crucial minute, minute and a half that will make or break this case.

My point is that the media had a responsibility to report the truth and they didn't. They jumped the gun and they're suffering for it and the American people who bought into this narrative are suffering as well. Rushing to judgement is an injustice to George Zimmerman who has a RIGHT to due process and its an injustice to Trayvon Martin who deserves a real and through investigation.

Stuff Politically Correct People Say

I love this guy!


If you know my posts from tumblr or my old blog, this isn't news to you:

  1. I am an Evangelical Christian
  2. I am conservative
  3. I am black and I did NOT vote for Barack Obama in the general election and I don't plan on voting for him this year.
  4. I am VERY pro-life
  5. I do not support gay marriage, but in the grand scheme of things I really don't care.
  6. I am opinionated and I don't sugarcoat, and I have no personal regard for your feelings.

Not that we got that out of the way, continue to read at your own risk and don't get mad if I say something that rattles your cage. I won't apologize. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Blogger Take 2

I had a blogger, then left it for tumblr, but tumblr isn't rant friendly, so here I am again. We'll see how this goes. The look and feel is temporary until I figure out what I want to do with this.