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No Money in Saving Lives

Crusaders for racial justice seem more interested in making money than in saving lives.

Tragic. There is truly no other word for it. Yet a mélange of other words has pre-empted “tragic” in commentary about the shooting of Trayvon Martin. At the very core of the altercation between Martin and George Zimmerman is the simple, tragic fact that a 17-year old lost his life. But to the race-baiters who are energized by such tragedies, Martin’s death is secondary to the money to be made by capitalizing on the fact that he was black, and Zimmerman is not.

The response to the shooting by left-leaning journalist and bloggers, and the liberal hypocrites they serve, have launched a media circus, complete with three rings and a side show. Performing under the “big top” are the typical clowns, led by the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and every other “racial activist” who has used civil rights issues to turn a buck. Rather than earnestly working to ease racial tensions and honestly determining whether a particular action was racially motivated, these self-proclaimed fighters for racial equality use any means available to hype racial conflict as the primary cause of tragedy and injustice. For them, tragedy is first and foremost a tool to be used for self-promotion and the attendant financial rewards.

That explains the absence of these circus performers when the spotlight shines on a black-on-black, or a black-on-white crime.  If reducing crime and improving the social conditions that instigate it were the true interests of the crusaders for racial justice, they would rise in protest without regard to the race. But there's no money to be made from campaigning against the epidemic of black-on-black crime, so the activists, pundits and “leaders” remain silent on those subjects. Journalist Juan Williams captured the essence of the liberal racial hypocrisy in a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece when he asked, “Where's the outrage over the daily scourge of black-on-black crime?”

 Williams posed another pointed question. Citing Justice Department statistics he asked, “But what about all the other young black murder victims? Nationally, nearly half of all murder victims are black. And the overwhelming majority of those black people are killed by other black people. Where is the march for them?” That question was undoubtedly rhetorical; Williams knows there will be no march because the race card just doesn't play very well when both perpetrator and victim are of the same race, or when an assailant is black and a victim is white. In railing against racial injustice, Jackson, Sharpton and others of their ilk are very selective in their choice of causes to support. While there is money to be made by pointing fingers and shouting “racist”, there is none to be collected after telling members of an audience that the root causes of so many violent activities lay within their own communities.   

The Trayvon Martin incident, and the media circus that surrounds it, is a perfect case in point. So is the Shawn Tyson case, although you probably never heard of Shawn Tyson. Like Martin, he’s black, lives in Florida and was 17-year old when he was involved in a shooting. Yet this incident never achieved anything more than minimal news coverage. There were no protests. No marches. No expression of outrage. No media circus. No crusaders for racial justice. The fact that Tyson shot and killed two innocent people was of virtually no interest to the racial justice crusaders; the victims, two British tourists, were white.

And so the carnage will continue. The likes of Jackson and Sharpton will speak out only when doing so has the potential to be financially rewarding. So they will ignore the inconvenient statistics of black on white crime and they will also ignore the equally inconvenient statistics documenting that nearly 50% of the nation’s murder victims will be black and 93% of those victims will be killed by other blacks. They will ignore the fact that only 13% of the U.S. population is black and that this 13% commits almost as many murders as the remaining 87%.

The statistics in the Justice Department crime studies constitute a compelling call to action, but neither the media nor the race-baiting crusaders for justice are listening. They don’t see the point. For them, there’s just no money in saving lives.   

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Onjaya Howerton April 20, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I think the problem is we as people are really closed. We can agree that the media provides inaccurate information. How can we watch the evening news and make a determination that an overwhelming majority of a race of people are of a particular mindset? I think the problem is we tend to feel more comfortable with people who look like us. We have to sometime step outside of our own comfort box and meet people of different races and socio-economic classes. Knowing different types of people makes it more difficult to make generalizations. You will be pleasantly surprised that you have more commonalties than differences. I am in no way saying it will change race relations, but it may change you and the Loganville-Grayson community in which we all live.
John Cushma April 20, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Onjaya, your comments are very shallow. To imply that someone does not have relationships with people of other races, ethnic origins, socio-economic backgrounds without knowing those individuals is totally out of line. Your point seems to be that it is everyone else's problem not yours or ours. That is exactly what personal responsiblity is all about.
Sharon Swanepoel April 20, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I hear what you say John, but Onjaya does have a point. If you look at the churches there is not as much diversity as you would expect in such a diverse population. The truth is we do in many instances tend to mix with people who look like us and that does perpetrate the problem. Being raised in South Africa, race was always a big issue. I lived in Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island for a year and my neighbors were also from South Africa, but their daughter had been born and raised in Mauritius. When their little girl had a birthday party, she was asked by some visiting family members if any of the children attending were black, and she said no. It turned out that only two of all the children were white, all the rest were black. The little girl just didn't know there was a difference because she hadn't been raised where there was one. I was about 21 when that happened, but it's a lesson I've looked back on so many times. We put those differences there ourselves and if children are not taught racism, they don't learn it.
Onjaya Howerton April 20, 2012 at 09:14 PM
John, A hit dog will holler. I stated "we" are closed "we" tend to feel more comfortable with people who look like us. "We" includes me as well, so what personal responsibility did I not take? When you make comments as to the overall thought process of African-Americans and base your determinations of African-Americans' crime rate on the evening news. The same news media that "we" have already stated reports inaccurate information. It is quite telling. I didn't state you personally didn't have relationships with a diverse group of people. I stated it is more difficult to make generalizations when "we" have personal relationships with diverse groups. "Overall the black community is still trying to re-live the wrongs done in the past 2 centurys." That was your statement, own it! That is personal responsibility. Did you run that past your diverse group of friends? I hope not. If you did and they didn't tell you that it was a dangerous generalization they should. Comments like you made make having a true conversation on race impossible because you have come to the table with unclean hands and a prejudiced mindset.
Floyd Akridge April 21, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Dave, that WSJ article by Juan Williams was a gem. It was funny because of late he had been really wrong about a good number of things but that article was spot on. I submit that when Jackson and Sharpton ignore black on black crime to "focus" on other things that they are themselves being completely and intentionally racist.

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