Every once in a while we get that social “Two-by-Four” upside the head that leaves us wondering what the hell happened. Two weeks ago I was sitting in my office watching Al Sharpton’s coverage on MSNBC of how 17 year old Trayvon Martin was gunned down in Florida. The crazy thing is although it struck a nerve, I was not shock at what Rev Sharpton was reporting. The news of a black male getting gunned down in this manner is shamefully part of our country’s history. So what’s the social 2×4 in this story? It’s when the shooter has been identified and no arrest has been made. What an outrage. The Sanford Florida police questioned the gunman right after the shooting and not only did they let him go, they let him go with the murder weapon.
In 2008 we celebrated Barack Obama becoming the 1st black President of the United States and a feeling of pride swept the country. How far we thought we’ve come as a nation, but situations like the Trayvon Martin shooting surely reminds us how far we still have to go. There are those who would not like to view the shooting as a race issue. But how can anyone with the ability to use any one of their five senses not look at the evidence shown so far and not conclude this is about race. Hell it’s ALL ABOUT RACE… accompanied with the incompetence of Norton Bonaparte, Jr. (Sanford, Florida city manager). Are you really trying to tell me that if a black man had gunned down a 17 year old white male, the black man would have went home?
When this story first broke, my immediate thought was how much coverage Fox News was going to give it. And if they did cover it, how long was it going to be before they flip the blame on Trayvon Martin. And true to their game of inciting hate, Geraldo Rivera couldn’t hold himself back from blaming the hoodie Trayvon Martin was wearing as the cause of the shooting. According to Geraldo’s belief if I want “my” teenage son to come home alive from the corner store he better not wear a hoodie. Conservatism at Fox News means conserving the good ‘ol days when blacks sat in the back of the bus. Will Smith said it best in a Tweet over the weekend; “We live in America where a girl that threw flour on Kim Kardashian was arrested on site. But the man who KILLED Trayvon Martin is still free” And I agree… the only pill for the headache from this two-by-four over the head is the arrest of George Zimmerman and charge him with committing a HATE CRIME. Stop trying to try this case in the court of public opinion and arrest George Zimmerman so the legal process can take its course