Saturday, March 31, 2012

Piers v. Touré


I saw this video on Breitbart.com 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.

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