Getting out of the rut

Hustlers aggravate tension while ignoring black America's real problem

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Lost in the news of last week’s record jackpot is the fact that we also saw a broken-record crackpot.

While others were calling for calm in the Trayvon Martin case, race hustler Al Sharpton and others like him were needlessly inciting racial tension and fanning the flames of hatred.

How beautifully ironic that, at a rally last weekend calling for the arrest of shooter George Zimmerman, Jesse Jackson called for “an end to vigilantism.”

Where’s a mirror when you need one? What is it, except vigilantism, to call for the arrest of someone without knowing the evidence against him?

Zimmerman may indeed be prosecutable. It may be that he was a loose cannon, playing cop instead of the neighborhood watchman that he was.

But it’s pure folly, and frankly un-American, to demand an arrest without knowledge of the evidence.

Further, Sharpton promises civil disobedience unless his demand is met. He’s whipping followers up to believe this is a good thing – to demand “justice” without the evidence required for it.

Again, the evidence may ultimately be there – but Sharpton is hardly privy to it.

The good news is that the nearly unprecedented pressure being applied on investigators in the case should yield a thorough review of the available evidence (although, truth be known, we may never know what happened between these two men for sure).

But Sharpton and others are attempting to put America on trial based upon realities of half a century ago. Do we still have racial bias? Of course. But is it sanctioned by any institution or individual with any amount of credibility today as it was decades ago? Of course not.

“Black America needs to get out of the rut of replaying racial injustices of the past,” writes liberal commentator Juan Williams, in a recent Wall Street Journal column. “While civil rights leaders have raised their voices to speak out against this one tragedy, few if any will do the same about the larger tragedy of daily carnage that is black-on-black crime in America.”

Indeed, Williams cites a U.S. Department of Justice study indicating that blacks account for nearly half of the murder victims in America, but that 93 percent of the perpetrators in those cases are other blacks.

“The killing of any child is a tragedy,” Williams writes. “But where are the protests regarding the larger problems facing black America?”

Sadly, there’s more attention to be had by jumping on the float at the race parade.

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faithson
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faithson 04/04/12 - 12:08 am
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Sad commentary. Says a lot

Sad commentary. Says a lot about right wing journalism. I don't agree with Al and Jesse most the time, but I sure don't demean what they have to say. There is in this case some fire under all that smoke.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 04/04/12 - 12:18 am
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And here's a sop for the

And here's a sop for the racists of America. Looks like a good possibility that it was a black man who killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. Just not the one you wanted it to be.

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/04/12 - 02:56 am
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This article is a sad

This article is a sad "low-blow" strike at Sharpton and Jackson at the cost of the major injustice to the family of Treyvon Martin. The evidence is there, the coverup clearly apparent, yet, nothing has been done, nor will be done. This will be swept under the rug and the Martin family will know no peace. Also, I like the quip of one these 2 men will know what happened that night. Sorry, I don't consider 17 year olds men, yet.

Sadly, there are people in this country who are leaning on the side of doubt on this case, like the rest of oblivious people, who feel that racial injustice is out there, it's just they don't do it, then, they write stuff like this and show themselves. Yes, black on black crime is the biggest issue in the Black America. If 93% of blacks are killing other blacks, how many percent of whites killing other whites? (I'm not sure, but I'd bet that number is pretty high also.) Anything over 75% means that there is a real problem in white America also, or maybe its just an American pasttime for us to kill each other and race plays no issue in it at all......

onlysane1left
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onlysane1left 04/04/12 - 03:01 am
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Looked it up, as of 2009, 84%

Looked it up, as of 2009, 84% of white murder victims where killed by another white person. There is the SAME problem in the white community as there is in the black community. Please stop beating this dead horse........

http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/expanded_information/data/shrt...

ultrarnr
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ultrarnr 04/04/12 - 03:05 am
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Since when is Juan Williams a

Unpublished

Since when is Juan Williams a liberal commentator. The last I heard he was employed by Fox. Maybe the Augusta Chronicle is so far right they consider Fox liberal. Just another example of bias and distortion by the "editorial staff"

carcraft
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carcraft 04/04/12 - 06:21 am
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ABC news enhanced the police

ABC news enhanced the police station video of Zimmerman and there does appear to be lacerations on the back of his head. InChrist love and I both saw this the day the video was released (look up our posts). NBC now admits to leaving out the segment of the police call from Zimmerman where the police dispatcher (not Zimmerman) brought questions of Martin's race into the issue. Interesting that ACES is getting blamed and not the great and mighty media that can't or won't get it's facts straight. What is the cover up. Zimmerman had laceratins on the back of his head. Witnesses said Zimmerman was on the bottom. Zimerman's testamony is supported by the physical evidence. Zimmerman was questioned for hours. The lame stream press seemed to ignore all this. Well if there is a cover up up will be NBC news internal investagation of haw the tape of the converstion between the police dispatcher and Zimmerman was edited to make Zimmerman appear to be racially profiling!

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InChristLove 04/04/12 - 06:26 am
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Actually I thought this

Actually I thought this letter made some very good points and speaks a lot of truth.

onlysane1left, can you prove your statement "The evidence is there, the coverup clearly apparent, yet, nothing has been done, nor will be done."

copperhead
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copperhead 04/04/12 - 07:20 am
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ICL,there is no reasoning

ICL,there is no reasoning with a lynch mob. These liberals are set on lynching anyone that disagrees with their opinion about what actually happened. Riverman1 advised them not to respond to my posts and they followed his advice! Lucky me.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/04/12 - 07:33 am
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onlysaneoneleft- The violent

onlysaneoneleft- The violent crime seems to occur at the same percentage but the rate for violent black crime is higher. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/29/us/29homicide.html

TParty
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TParty 04/04/12 - 07:52 am
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"ABC news enhanced the police

"ABC news enhanced the police station video of Zimmerman and there does appear to be lacerations on the back of his head. "

It's grainy footage. Nothing was enhanced- just the contrast was turned up. It was photoshopped. The police should have taken pics at the scene- pictures that are of good quality. They should be released just to settle this matter.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/04/12 - 07:52 am
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Unless socio-economic status

Unpublished

Unless socio-economic status is considered and controlled for, black and white comparisons for ANYHING, including criminal offending, are meaningless.

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charlesaiken 04/04/12 - 08:06 am
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'This article is a sad

'This article is a sad "low-blow" strike at Sharpton and Jackson at the cost of the major injustice to the family of Treyvon Martin.'
They can't get low enough when it comes to Sharpton & Jackson. They have spread racism and hatred to achieve their agenda.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/04/12 - 08:21 am
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Tparty-How do you know

Tparty-How do you know whether photos were taken at the crime scene and in the police station or not? The police report says Zimmerman was bleeding from his head and paramedics treated Zimmerman at the scene. The police officer checks the back of Zimmerman's head in the video and now ABC says there does appear to be lacertions to the back of Zimmerman's head in the video. I saw what appeared to be lacerations in the original video as did InChrist's love. The best you can come up with is it was photo shopped?

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Bruno 04/04/12 - 08:31 am
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So Zimmerman, follows,

So Zimmerman, follows, harasses, confronts and eventually kills Martin but that is considered a justified killing based on a blurry photo that shows what appears to be some lacerations on the back of Zimmerman's giant empty melon of a head. ...yeah that makes a lot of sense. :O

As to the involvement of Sharpton and Jackson. I look at them much the same way as I look at Forrest Wayne Rattliff and David Duke. People wouldn't accept them calling for "social unrest" in relation to a killing of a person so why would do we give a pass to Jackson and Sharpton. What makes those racist any more acceptable or credible than any other racists?

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Little Lamb 04/04/12 - 08:32 am
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Retired Army posted: And

Retired Army posted:

And here's a sop for the racists of America. Looks like a good possibility that it was a black man who killed Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. Just not the one you wanted it to be.

You mean OJ actually has found the real killer at last? Who is it, RA?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/04/12 - 08:34 am
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We really don't know what

We really don't know what happened and what physical evidence is available. We will know better after a trail. Until that time it is speculation. But we do have the police report, the tape of the converstion between the dispatcher and Zimmerman and we have stements from eye witnessess at the scene comtempary with the shooting. All of this seems to support Zimmerman's account. I am tired of aurgueing thjis. NBC and ABC were irresponsible to further fan the flames and embers ignited by this shooting. I really thin this was to fire up the bas to help get Obama elected. Obama said "Travon Martin would look like his son if he had one". What a strange statement and why does the President try to make this a national issue? It is as stupid as his last statement about the Supreme Court.

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bjphysics 04/04/12 - 08:35 am
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Retired Army, what Little

Retired Army, what Little Lamb wrote; what are you talking about?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/04/12 - 08:36 am
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Read something else other

Unpublished

Read something else other than the Augusta Chronicle, LL. You'll be more informed.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/04/12 - 08:36 am
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There is really only one

There is really only one question to be answered: Did Trayvon Martin attack George Zimmerman? If he did, then the homicide is justifiable.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/04/12 - 08:38 am
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BRuno- I am relaying on the

BRuno- I am relaying on the statments of eye witnesses, the police report and Zimmerman's report. Other than that yes I am also relaying on the same blurry video that ABC news and NBC news used to pronounce that there was no truama to the back of Zimmerman's head, no damagd to his nose and no blood on his jacket!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/04/12 - 08:40 am
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Well, I read Human Events

Well, I read Human Events every week.

Human Events

TParty
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TParty 04/04/12 - 08:41 am
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I saw nothing in the video

I saw nothing in the video except shading from a manipulation of already grainy video.

And I don't know if pictures were taken- but if they were doing good police work, pictures would have been taken. It's obvious.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/04/12 - 08:46 am
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ACES wrote: But it’s pure

ACES wrote:

But it’s pure folly, and frankly un-American, to demand an arrest without knowledge of the evidence. Further, Sharpton promises civil disobedience unless his demand is met. He’s whipping followers up to believe this is a good thing – to demand “justice” without the evidence required for it.

Yes, Al Sharpton has backed himself into a corner by demanding an arrest. And the Florida special prosecutor may very well cajole someone into arresting Zimmerman just to shut Sharpton up. Now, for Sharpton to shut up would be a good day for America, but to imprison an innocent man to shut Sharpton up would be tragic.

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Riverman1 04/04/12 - 08:49 am
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Copperhead, they can't handle

Copperhead, they can't handle your wit is why I suggested they leave you alone. Heh. Heck, they were calling me all kinds of stuff last night.

Really, folks, if Z grabbed M or something, I'd say burn him, but logically, that's not what happened. He was a neighborhood watch guy, he called 911, he told them on the phone he would back off, he had injuries. The police and EMT reported his injuries. We have to come back to common sense here.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/04/12 - 08:54 am
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TP said, "I saw nothing in

TP said, "I saw nothing in the video except shading from a manipulation of already grainy video."

TP, would you say from the enhanced video it's more likely there were injuries or not? Of course we've been bombarded by the national media that the first video was proof Z, the EMT's and the police are lying.

If it's really questionable, although, I believe the video shows injuries, maybe it's best to leave the video alone and go with the police and EMT accounts. Don't ya think?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 04/04/12 - 08:58 am
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The blind allegience to

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The blind allegience to "authority," no matter how corrupt or unethical, never ceases to amaze me in these comments.

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Jane18 04/04/12 - 09:03 am
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You are right on the money

You are right on the money charlesaiken, 8:06 post....I agree with your assessment of Jackson and Sharpton. The only thing lower than those two is whale poop in the ocean!!

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 04/04/12 - 09:05 am
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At least Retired Army has

At least Retired Army has retreated (pun intended) to the idea that there was "possibly" a murder. On Saturday he accused Zimmerman of blatantly "executing" Martin. So, there is some growing sanity here, finally.

Let's just let the evidence play out. Those who jump on the bandwagon (either way) are just playing on emotions and stirring up trouble. Let's call off the lynch mob that wants Zimmerman executed. Let's wait until the authorities have their case. If he's guilty of murder, then prosecute Zimmerman to the fullest extent.

Race baiters like Sharpton need to stop. They do nothing but stir up emotions and get their name in the paper. As discussed on here Saturday, they are "malignant narcissists" who prey on others for personal gain.

What is very sad is that this editorial is criticized for simply asking that we WAIT until the evidence is presented before we condemn anyone. Isn't "innocent until proven guilty" what our legal system is founded upon? That's all the AC is reminding us of.

Just for once I'd like to see all the people clamoring for Zimmerman's head to get just as angry over the 90% of African American murders that are committed by African Americans. Why is it apparently OK for blacks to kill blacks, but let someone of another race do so (for any reason) and thousands march and protest? Why?

Hypocrisy. Duplicity. Racism. Pure and simple. Some folks are determined to practice the very things they hate and protest against.

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Riverman1 04/04/12 - 09:07 am
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Palmetto, of course, you have

Palmetto, of course, you have no example, just a generalization again of who knows what.

Much was made by the rabble rousers that Z's father was a judge and that he was white. He is Hispanic, for goodness sakes. This community had blacks, Hispanics and whites living there. It was not a wealthy neighborhood.

It's going to take lots of guts by officials and a jury if it ever gets that far to give Z a fair investigation or trial. The disgusting liberal media smells blood in the water.

Sharpton is using his NBC platform to fan the flames, no matter the facts. Tawny Brawley.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/04/12 - 09:08 am
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So OJ is innocent and Tawny

So OJ is innocent and Tawny Brawley was really raped by the police and left tied up.

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