Sunday, July 21, 2013

Too much monkey business

No need for me complainin' - my objection's overruled, ahh!
Too much monkey business. Too much monkey business.
Too much monkey business for me to be involved in!

 -Chuck Berry-

As though to deliberately illustrate what I've been saying, a horde of "impassioned" zealots in liberal clothing rallied in Miami Saturday to hear Bishop Victor Curry, a Baptist church official and South Florida president of the National Action Network tell them that the Zimmerman verdict was a "wake up call" which of course it was not, at least not any more than any case in which the accused was given the benefit of the doubt.  The argument that Zimmerman was a murderous racist looking to hunt black people is as disgusting as any of Al Sharpton's accusations, including his portrayal of Bernhard Goetz as a racist for shooting armed robbers.  The argument that the verdict was pursuant to the 'stand your ground' law is so blatantly, so earth shakingly false it would show up on a seismometer, so what is this all about?  The NAN is the creation of  Al Sharpton who makes  and has made his living by imaginatively accusing people of racism so egregiously, I'm sure Dr. king would be making speeches against him and his business were he alive today.

Bishop Curry has also staged protests in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more than 90 other cities around the United States. This Zimmerman business is a business and a business that needs to foment race tension as much as the Mason Family did. 

Dragging Trayvon Martin's head on a pike around the country is about politics, not justice and I sure as hell don't remember Nicole Simpson or Ron Goldman being used similarly.  It was far more a travesty of justice that OJ was described as the victim of racism and that science and fact and evidence were laughed at.  It's a business and as much as I loathe racism, I loathe the business of using it to sell product, to make money, to build careers on it, to accuse people of it to further a political purpose because it cheapens the real cause, detracts from the real cause and furnishes the real racists a defense they don't deserve.

The death of Trayvon Martin was not about racism, not about a new birth of Jim Crow. Zimmerman wouldn't be allowed into the Klan, nor does he represent some resurgence, some recrudescence of  an early 20th century southern white mentality.  The verdict was not the result of racism and most of all, neither the verdict, the defense, nor for that matter the facts had anything to do with the law that some people oppose so hysterically that they dishonor the memory of an unlucky kid and a grieving family as well as they dishonor truth, decency and the liberal causes of justice and freedom for all.

Zimmerman got off because the prosecution could not prove that Martin was not holding him down so that he couldn't run away. That is an argument based on the older law requiring the duty to retreat, not the Stand your Ground law which did not permit Zimmerman to pursue or confront Martin nor to threaten him.  Such actions would, as I read the law, nullify his claim to self defense and his right to draw a weapon.

 Are we willing to dispense with the presumption of innocence because of the presumption of racism?

That Zimmerman was wont to call 911 when seeing suspicious characters in his neighborhood shows only that he was doing what a neighborhood watch participant is supposed to do, and when a preponderance of  unidentified people and a preponderance of those engaging in vandalism are black those calls are evidence of racism only to racists.

I'm all for practical gun control.  I  passionately hate racism and racists and bigots of all kinds, and I hate it when bigotry, stereotyping, racism and outright lies are used by people getting rich pretending to fight it.


Michael Scott said...

This is an extraordinary article, and something I've been saying all along, particularly where Al Sharpton is concerned. He's a vicious race baiter. That being said I would like permission to republish this, with attribution of course, at my place.

Capt. Fogg said...

Flattery will get you anywhere and I would be pleased to be published at MMA

Michael Scott said...

Thanks. Look for it tomorrow Capt.


Cthulhu said...

Just for the sake of argument, out of the many, many times Zimmerman called the cops on innocent people, how many of them were black, including that little 8 year old kid?

Was he out hunting black people? No. Was the fact that Martin was black the primary reason for Zimmermans suspicion? Absolutely. If Martin had been white, Zimmerman wouldn't have picked up the phone.

Capt. Fogg said...

One doesn't have to be very good at spotting fallacies to see this one for what it is -- it positively screams for attention.

Just for the sake of truth, my small community has been suffering from a wave of burglaries for about 2 years now. Nearly all have been perpetrated by a large gang from Fort Lauderdale and each and every one spotted and/or caught has been a young black male.

Now the local sheriff has asked that citizens call 911 if they spot a late model, expensive car with blacked out windows cruising neighborhoods or parked in front of a neighbor's house.

Now is everyone who calls about that BMW or Lexus with blacked out windows a racist? Really? Is our "cause" so important that we have to suppress truth and logic and common decency just so that we can "win" an argument?

"Absolutely. If Martin had been white, Zimmerman wouldn't have picked up the phone."

It's far from an absolutely, isn't it. In fact it's conjecture at best, a less polite word pertaining to excrement at worst and when used to brand and label someone dishonestly, it's disgusting.

It's shameful. I think it's as shameful as the idiotic parallel attempt to overturn a law which did not apply to this case.

It's a witch hunt, pure and simple, and if this is what liberals have descended to, maybe we really aren't any better than the other side.

Michael Scott said...

Capt. Fogg: Just to let you know 2,319 people have viewed your post so far. I expect a lot, lot more by the end of the day. Good comments as well.

Michael Scott said...

Capt. I can't find a working email address for you. Could you please send me a quick note using the CONTACT link at the top right under the categories on any MMA page. I would like to send you some information. Thanks.