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Peeling the Onion Known as Trayvon Martin

By Burt Prelutsky · Apr. 5, 2012

In the beginning, we were told that Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, was a model student and a credit to his race. We were told that he had been suspended from school for tardiness. And we were constantly shown his photo, in which he looked almost cherub-like.

Then we heard that it wasn’t tardiness, but truancy. Finally, we got the news that his suspension was drug-related. Later, we learned that the photo of the smiling Trayvon was five years old. We then got to see a photo of 17-year-old Trayvon looking like a thug. We also learned that he was 6'3" and that his twitter comments hardly paint a picture of a choir boy. We also learned that he had been found to have stolen jewelry, a screwdriver and graffiti paraphernalia, in his backpack.

None of that is an excuse for being shot down in cold blood. But, then, George Zimmerman was found to have gotten his nose broken and the back of his head bashed and bloodied in the aftermath of his encounter with Martin, so it may not have been cold-blooded, after all.

What we do know is that if George Zimmerman’s father, rather than his mother, had been Hispanic and if his last name had therefore been Gomez, Lopez or Chavez, nobody would have ever heard of the incident. We certainly know that Obama wouldn’t have chimed in, and Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the Black Panthers, would never have rushed down to Sanford, Florida.

Some people have said that Obama had to respond to a reporter’s question, after all, but we all know that nobody gets to ask Obama a question he doesn’t want to answer. And while other people seem to be perfectly satisfied with his response, I’m not. For one thing, when it’s a white victim of black crime, he never says anything. This time, he felt compelled to say, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin.” I wonder how the media would have responded if a white 17-year-old had been shot by a black person, and a white president had said, “If I had a son, he would look like Billy Jones.”

With Obama and his hand puppet, Attorney General Eric Holder, it always comes down to race. That’s bad enough, but the fact that Obama sold himself as the first post-racial president makes his response all the more insufferable.

While Sharpton and all the other usual suspects are screaming for justice, is there anyone who actually believes that if it’s determined in a court of law that George Zimmerman is innocent of any wrongdoing that America won’t experience Rodney King-type riots in the aftermath?

In a related matter, Rep. Laura Richardson, a black congresswoman from California, who is already being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for various violations, has now been accused by a former aide of treating her and other staff members like chattel.

This comes after Sheila Jackson Lee was voted the most obnoxious member of Congress by congressional staffers; Charles Rangel was found guilty of 11 infractions by a House committee; Maxine Waters is under investigation for questionable financial dealings; and Rep. Hank Johnson made America cackle by worrying during a House hearing whether the island might tip over if too many sailors and their families were relocated to Guam.

It’s not white America that has set back race relations; it’s Obama, Holder and the corrupt and ignorant dingbat members of the Black Congressional Caucus. It’s they, along with race baiters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who consistently ignore black crime and the black illegitimacy rate while berating whites for alleged grievances.

It takes an honest black man such as Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson to say, “It’s hypocritical of so-called black leaders to call for the prosecution of George Zimmerman and accuse the police of racism without knowing the facts. Black-on-black crime takes place every day. And blacks kill whites in far greater numbers than whites kill blacks. Yet, we only see these leaders and their hypnotized black followers worked up when a black is victimized by another race. This is racist and evil.

"Where were the NAACP, Al Sharpton, the Black Caucus and black ministers when black flash mobs were terrorizing the city of Philadelphia and attacking whites and others? It was so bad that Mayor Michael Nutter threatened to jail parents if they were not willing to get their thug children under control. In Kansas City, a 13-year-old white kid was attacked by two black teens who poured gasoline on him and set him on fire, saying, ‘You get what you deserve, white boy.’ If these leaders were sincere, they would condemn crime across the board.

"It’s unfortunate that the parents of Trayvon Martin would associate with the likes of Al Sharpton and allow their loss to be exploited. Just imagine the support they would receive from Americans of all races if they rejected hate and called for calm and due process to allow the truth to come out.”

Instead, Trayvon’s mother has trademarked his name and hoodies just like Trayvon’s, as they’re being marketed, are selling on the Internet for $80.

Is it any wonder that Republicans of all colors can’t wait for regime change to take place on November 6th?

Speaking of the election, I just heard Rick Santorum say that he would be willing to run as Romney’s vice-president.

All I know is that if it comes to pass, President Romney would not only need a chief of staff and a solicitor general, but an official food taster.

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kafantaris said:

To get a feel of what went on the night Trayvon Martin was killed, you need to listen to that 911 call made by a neighbor. The fatal shot is heard in the background. Just listen to it. You need no experts. You need not know anything about this case.You don't even need an open mind. But you need to listen to that heart-wrenching call. Then draw your own conclusions.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 9:56 AM

JJStryder said:

Nothing good comes out of this. Barrak Obama has another failure to add to his resume. Race relations in America.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Howard Last in Wyoming said:

Did anyone say Bernhard Goetz? Remember he shot 4 thugs (oops choir boys) that tried to mug him in the subway. The one thug that was crippled by a bullet the news media always showed his Jr High graduation picture, but never his mug shot. Also if my memory is correct one of the common criminals was arrested later for rape. Who says history repeats?

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Tex Horn said:

Burt, your commentary is right on the mark. But, in part, I blame the younger white generation to some extent. Their fascination with all things black empowers the African American race to "act out", if you will. There's gangsta music (mostly rap) that young whites love...songs about killing and raping women; there's the NBA and NFL, filled with black hoodlums and thugs...worshipped by whites of all ages; there's the clothing that some schools have chosen to ban, hoodies among them. Worst of all, single white women (and maybe married) just love Obama and his toothy smile. So, white America is bending over backwards, so to speak, to engage, accept, and adore all things black. And Jesse and Al Sharpton are race-baiting blacks against a white America who loves most of what the blacks offer. It's all insanity.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

The media is complicit in their fanning the flames of racism, by reporting blatant lies; the picture, the editing of 911 tapes, and opinions reported as facts. I viewed a video of some Congress critter, I think from somewhere in Florida, wearing a clown suit in a Cowboy theme, topped off with a red hat charicature of a Cowboy Hat, claiming the young miscreant was hunted down like a dog. This idiot should immediately be recalled by her district. If this propoganda results in further violence, the blood will be on their hands, totally irresponsible and near criminal. And what is Really Criminal, where is the justice department when the Black Panthers are issuing bountys on Zimmerman? I suppose Eric Holder never met a Panther he didn't like. Even the NFL recognizes that bountys are an infraction to be punnished.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Clear Vision said:

Tex, one error!White Americans aren't bending over backwards!!They are bending over frontwards and saying, "Shove it in as far as possible!!!"When are we gonna wake up and put an end to the tyranny of "Shaftem" and "Jackass" and "Obummer" and his troupe of thieves and cronies!!November 6 cannot get here soon enough, and God help us if they steal this election.CV

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 11:08 AM

JTG in Indiana said:

We have to make certain that Obama and his puppet, A$$Holder, are gone after the election. This means we have to do our best as it relates to voter turnout. There are too many instances of double standards. Turning their backs on black-on-white crime is normal for them and their slaves in the MSM. We need justice (now that sounds familiar).

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Jeannette said:

Burt: I'm of the simple opinion that there's no such thing as "post-racial." As long as there are races there will be biases -- or at least the awareness that there are differences. I've concluded after many years of thinking about this that there will never be color-blindness. To make us all color-blind is to make us incapable of seeing red or blue or white on the good old red, white and blue. What a crushingly gloomy world!It would be great if we could all join hands in a great spirit of brotherhood and miraculously become unaware of our differences. But isn't it those same differences that make us what we are? I try to remember that I had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I am what I am -- the product of nurture and nature. I just try to be me without worrying about anybody else. Tall job, actually.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

wjm in Colorado said:

@kafantaris There is nothing to be gleaned from the tape. Both the Martin and Zimmerman parents claim the voice is of their son. I couldn't tell from the tape if it was a minah bird, a sheep bleating, or any identifiable person. I draw conclusions from facts, not heart wrenching emotion. You expose your liberal pathology. Facts, the martin kid was in a neigborhood he didn't live in, had a criminal history, and attacked Zimmerman. The media lied about all of this. Zimmerman was placed on the groud being asaulted by the dead miscreant by TWO witnesses. Zimmerman was treated for injuries by paramedics and detained and interviewed by the police, who won't release their evidence of an ongoing investigation, but found the facts warranted Zimmermans release. The media, in invention of a crisis, convicted Zimmerman without any facts other than outright lies. The Black Panthers have criminally issued a Bounty for the body of Zimmmerman, that is murder for hire. Draw your own conclusions on that you emotional wreck!

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA said:

I, too, blame all the usual suspects, and that certainly includes Obama. People who contend that he had to respond to the reporter's question make me laugh. Obama never replies to questions he doesn't wish to answer or he'd be kept busy answering them about Solyndra, Operation Fast & Furious and a $16 trillion deficit. The question had been set up because he has to ignite his base, ensuring that he once again receives 97% of the black vote this November.Burt

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Doktor Riktor Von Zhades said:

"Instead, Trayvon's mother has trademarked his name and hoodies just like Trayvon's, as they're being marketed, are selling on the Internet for $80."And they say capitalism is dead in the black community...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Dave Newbry in Martinez, CA said:

In an effort reminiscent of the Tawana Bradley and Duke lacrosse players cases, race-baiting hustlers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are demanding "justice" for the shooting of Trayvon Martin by denying due process to George Zimmerman. The New Black Panther Party has put a bounty on him. An irresponsible black film director has put two elderly people in fear for their lives by tweeting their home address, simply because they share a now notorious last name. If I didn't know better, I would have to accuse him of profiling, an activity he professes to detest. I have yet to hear an apology from him for this. In an effort to convict Zimmerman in the court of public opinion, the media have gone out of their way to publish pictures of Martin as a smiling, innocent 12-year-old (5 years ago) and Zimmerman's booking photo. They won't show Martin's current Facebook photo of him with his "pants on the ground" flipping the bird with both hands, or the picture of Zimmerman smiling and wearing a suit and tie. That would be contrary to justice being served.All that aside, there are two people who could have prevented this from ever happening in the first place, two people who are speaking up every time a camera is pointed at them. They are the parents who raised him to be the person he was at the moment he was shot. Why isn't this being addressed along with everything else?

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Burt Prelutsky in North Hills, CA said:

Doktor: I'm not sure who is selling the hoodies; I didn't mean to suggest Martin's mother was the entrepreneur. I've had someone suggest that she only trademarked her son's name to prevent someone else from doing so and cashing in. I do suspect, though, that she is waiting for one of the networks to start bidding on her services to be a guest on The View or a sitdown with Diane Sawyer.Dave: The folks who should be in jail are Al Sharpton, who slandered the NYPD in the Brawley case, and Jesse Jackson, who made millions extorting money from companies he threatened to have boycotted.Burt

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 4:23 PM

d.w.hudson said:

Burt...absolutely poignant! And also speaking of the election, what do the democrats have to lose by rigging the election, hacking voting machines, getting illegals to vote, payoffs, dead voters, etc.? Would the Republicans even challenge the votes and risk the uprising that would result if the rigged election was overturned?

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Robert Burger said:

Burt,I always enjoy your commentary. However,I felt that the final sentence of this one was a cheap shot.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM