The Zimmerman Case: Has it opened Pandora’s Box

In Greek mythology, Pandora the first women created by the Gods was given a box that contained all the evils on the world with strict instructions not to open the box or those evils will be let loose on humanity. Pandora disregarded this order and opened the box letting those evils escape, luckily for humanity she closed the lid before hope could also get out.

The reaction or over reaction as some might say to the Zimmerman case by the Civil Rights Establishment and the linking of the case to gun violence, the abuse by some of SYG laws, School discipline of young black males, racial profiling and of course Racism, on a case that had little to do with those things and avoided facts about the case that did not agree with their assumptions. But something happened this time that was different, the usual reaction was not there, there was push-back coming from at times, unexpected places.

We are days from the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington” a culminating point in the Civil Rights movement and credited with getting both the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965) passed. It is also where Dr. King delivered his “I have a Dream” speech. We now live in a new era, both the President and the Nation’s top law enforcement agent are black, prior to this we had 2 black Secretaries of State, a Hispanic Attorney General, black Senators and Congressman. There are 35,000 black millionaires and 7 billionaires, not only has the US changed but the world with it.

The type of bigotry, discrimination and outright racism that persisted 50+ years ago is no longer there, but to listen to some Civil Rights organizations it is still 1950. Why, these organizations rose to power and pre-eminence during those turbulent years while fighting a righteous fight.  Now there are mostly left, trying to ensure that the concessions that were gained are maintained, needed or not, while at the same time attempting to get new concessions.  The type of overt racism during those days is hard to find in America and when it is that person is shunned as they should be.  This is putting these organizations in a position of having to change their objectives, the NAACP, which already some leftist leaning has become a full-fledged Progressive organization.  By advancing a Progressive agenda,  the organization has opened up and restored its membership at the same time its original purpose has fallen by the wayside.

The NAACP now openly partners with Planned Parenthood and advocates for same-sex marriage something which has caused great dissension amongst the Black Clergy where the organization was traditionally getting most its support.  It now after the Zimmerman case opposed to SYG laws, something that some in the Organization saw as a way for the Black community to fight crime, which was rampant in the community for a long time.  Where one time it was seeking equality in Education, it now asks for diminished standards for black students,  different standards in discipline, not background checks in job applications, changed in sentencing for drug crimes and it has stated that it has done all it could to combat crime in the community its focus will be in other areas.  It has in a way given up on a segment of the community that bears its name.

John McWhoter writing for Time Magazine has the following to say:

The numbers don’t lie: young black men do commit about 50% of the murders in the U.S. We don’t yet know whether the attack on Lane was racially motivated, nor can we know whether the three black boys who attacked a white boy on a Florida school bus recently would not have done the same to a black kid. (Critics took Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to task for not condemning the violence.) But hardly uncommon are cases such as the two black guys who doused a white 13-year-old with gasoline and lit him on fire, saying “You get what you deserve, white boy” (Kansas City, Mo.) or 20 black kids who beat up white Matthew Owens on his porch “for Trayvon” (Mobile, Ala.).

So, it’s just fake to pretend that the association of young black men with violence comes out of thin air. Young black men murder 14 times more than young white men. If the kinds of things I just mentioned were regularly done by whites, it’d be trumpeted as justification for being scared to death of them.

It’s not that black communities are in complete denial about these statistics — Stop the Violence events are a staple of high-crime areas. But let’s face it: black America isn’t nearly as indignant about black boys killing one another or whites as about the occasional white cop killing one black boy, even though the former wreaks much more havoc in black communities. There is no coordinated nationwide movement equivalent to the one Martin galvanized. There are no thoughtful films “exploring” black-on-black crime the way Fruitvale Station treats the death of Oscar Grant, a young black man who was killed by transit police in Oakland, Calif.

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/22/viewpoint-dont-ignore-race-in-christopher-lanes-murder/#ixzz2csa1UklC

In the Zimmerman case the Media performed as it had usually done, it took a “Narrative” that was the creation of the Martin Family’s PR team and choose to run with that.  Some went above and beyond what they normally do and edited audio and video evidence, disregarded those facts that did not agree with the “narrative” and simply did not investigate anything regarding the events.  Local papers were told by the editorial board that nothing that was negative towards Trayvon Martin or the Family, the Miami papers followed suit.  Aside from one story on the Miami Herald that disclosed that Trayvon Martin was not the scholar claimed by the family and had in fact been suspended 3 times that school year.  He was in Sanford serving his 3rd 10 day suspension when he got shot. This and more was ignored by the media, in fact when the photos from the Trayvon’s phone were released, I remember at least 3 editorials that all were designed to minimize was had been found on the phone,  calling normal teen behavior.  The media did its job so well that to this day many people are convinced that Trayvon was just a young smiling 13 year-old.

But it has been the overreaction to the verdict that has really ensured that Pandora’s box was opened.  To those that had watched the trial the acquittal was not a surprised but those that listened only to the PR coming from the family and transmitted by the media could not understand what had happened. ESPN’s sports analyst Stephen A. Smith probably said it best when he stated that listening to everything the Media had said about the case GZ should have been convicted, but after the verdict and he took the time to investigate and look at the evidence the correct verdict was rendered.  He also was very upset with his fellow journalists for having failed so miserably.

Now Pandora’s box has been opened, black on white crime is not being ignored, it can’t be but the usual excuses are not working and questions are being asked of those that claim to be leaders of the community not just by the community but by those that would normally just ignored or downplay such incidents.  As in Greek mythology, Pandora’s box was closed just in time to keep HOPE from getting out.

On the 50th Anniversary of a momentous event that had far-reaching consequences here and around the world, let’s put the rhetoric aside and remember the dream that once was, let’s us not forget the progress we have made because some trouble makers want to keep a pretense, and nostalgia of what once was, in order to push their agendas.

 

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14 Comments

  1. bori – you continue to provide excellent thought provoking analogies on this case & how past events & present events intertwine with the GZ case, thanks for your commentary/contributions.

    You sited the TIME News article which I thought was too excellent, the interesting thing to me was the young man was a College Professor, I think @ Columbia. KUDOS for him, hopefully, he shares his opinions w/his students explaining “WHY it matters,” liberal Professors have shared their skewed view of reality for years with their students & some Colleges support it, it’s refreshing this Professor stepped up.

    MEDIA, imo, is responsible for the misguided opinions of the uninformed, especially in the GZ case. Sadly, the days of Woodward/Bernstien are long gone when journalism required real investigations, they weren’t done on the internet, they were done by running down the source by footwork, taking that information where it led, sometimes to their next source. Sadly, standards for reporting aren’t held by many MEDIA outlets, ANYTHING it seems has become acceptable as reporting, little true gum shoe investigation goes on anymore jmho.

    If you haven’t seen the movie, “State of Play,” it’s an excellent movie w/Ben Affleck/Russel Crowe. (Crowe was the gum shoe investigative reporter that exposed the corrupt government servant, Affleck.)

    • I have a friend who is a retired professor from UNLV’s School of Journalism, he would tell me that Bernstein and Woodward have done irreparable damage to journalism, in that the new students are all thinking that they would be the next to bring down a President.

      When the realities of how journalism is done in today’s media world is conducted they become lazy and allow their biases taint their stories or make them so bland so that the AP or Reuters will pick them up. Though he did blame most of that on the Editors who really are the arbiters of what get printed, and if your story does not make it past the Editor you have no story or a very different one from what you started with. The disappointment at the “conformity” that is needed to be successful compared to the idealism that they once shared, makes those that hang around bad reporters.

    • After listening to the first 4 minutes of the video, I disagree with many of the points that Smith makes. I have no sympathy for the parents of Trayvon Martin. If anything they make me feel extremely angry. Their parenting skills were disgraceful. To this you have to add that Tracy Martin’s membership of the Cripps gang had an impact upon the life of Trayvon Martin. Then there is the other damaging evidence.

      The most important reason that I disagree is a reason that hits all families, and that is lack of parental control, a lack of either a mother or father in the life of a child.

      In the past week there have been several murders perpetrated by Trayvon Martin wannabes. How sad!! One of the murder victims was the Australian young man (at 23 he was not a kid – at that age I was married with a child on the way!!) and the perpetrators were either members of the Cripps or were attempting to become members. This must not be overlooked!!

      It is all very well to keep up the nonsense that Trayvon was unarmed, but the truth is he was armed, with his fists and that block of concrete. On the other hand, Chris Lane and that elderly man were both unarmed when confronted by their murderers. Chris Lane was shot in the back, just as the BGI claim how it happened to Trayvon Martin. We know that Trayvon Martin was shot in the chest, and that he was on top of George Zimmerman who did in fact defend his own life. Chris Lane did not get that chance because of the way his murderers chose to end his life.

    • Aussie you make some valid points, and the comparison can’t be made between the cases as they are different. I wanted to bring to attention that Smith on a very Progressive Network, with some exemptions as you have noted, set the record straight, that was unusual and admirable on his part.

      He might not have gotten everything right, but he did get some things right and is progress especially here in the States. I did not expected it, but it was welcome.

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