Peeling the Onion Known as Trayvon Martin

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In the beginning, we were told that Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, was a model student and a credit to his race. We were told that he had been suspended from school for tardiness. And we were constantly shown his photo, in which he looked almost cherub-like.

Then we heard that it wasn’t tardiness, but truancy. Finally, we got the news that his suspension was drug-related. Later, we learned that the photo of the smiling Trayvon was five years old. We then got to see a photo of 17-year-old Trayvon looking like a thug. We also learned that he was 6’3” and that his twitter comments hardly paint a picture of a choir boy. We also learned that he had been found to have stolen jewelry, a screwdriver and graffiti paraphernalia, in his backpack.

None of that is an excuse for being shot down in cold blood. But, then, George Zimmerman was found to have gotten his nose broken and the back of his head bashed and bloodied in the aftermath of his encounter with Martin, so it may not have been cold-blooded, after all.

What we do know is that if George Zimmerman’s father, rather than his mother, had been Hispanic and if his last name had therefore been Gomez, Lopez or Chavez, nobody would have ever heard of the incident. We certainly know that Obama wouldn’t have chimed in, and Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the Black Panthers, would never have rushed down to Sanford, Florida.

Some people have said that Obama had to respond to a reporter’s question, after all, but we all know that nobody gets to ask Obama a question he doesn’t want to answer. And while other people seem to be perfectly satisfied with his response, I’m not. For one thing, when it’s a white victim of black crime, he never says anything. This time, he felt compelled to say, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin.” I wonder how the media would have responded if a white 17-year-old had been shot by a black person, and a white president had said, “If I had a son, he would look like Billy Jones.”

With Obama and his hand puppet, Attorney General Eric Holder, it always comes down to race. That’s bad enough, but the fact that Obama sold himself as the first post-racial president makes his response all the more insufferable.

While Sharpton and all the other usual suspects are screaming for justice, is there anyone who actually believes that if it’s determined in a court of law that George Zimmerman is innocent of any wrongdoing that America won’t experience Rodney King-type riots in the aftermath?

In a related matter, Rep. Laura Richardson, a black congresswoman from California, who is already being investigated by the House Ethics Committee for various violations, has now been accused by a former aide of treating her and other staff members like chattel.

This comes after Sheila Jackson Lee was voted the most obnoxious member of Congress by congressional staffers; Charles Rangel was found guilty of 11 infractions by a House committee; Maxine Waters is under investigation for questionable financial dealings; and Rep. Hank Johnson made America cackle by worrying during a House hearing whether the island might tip over if too many sailors and their families were relocated to Guam.

It’s not white America that has set back race relations; it’s Obama, Holder and the corrupt and ignorant dingbat members of the Black Congressional Caucus. It’s they, along with race baiters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who consistently ignore black crime and the black illegitimacy rate while berating whites for alleged grievances.

It takes an honest black man such as Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson to say, “It’s hypocritical of so-called black leaders to call for the prosecution of George Zimmerman and accuse the police of racism without knowing the facts. Black-on-black crime takes place every day. And blacks kill whites in far greater numbers than whites kill blacks. Yet, we only see these leaders and their hypnotized black followers worked up when a black is victimized by another race. This is racist and evil.

“Where were the NAACP, Al Sharpton, the Black Caucus and black ministers when black flash mobs were terrorizing the city of Philadelphia and attacking whites and others? It was so bad that Mayor Michael Nutter threatened to jail parents if they were not willing to get their thug children under control. In Kansas City, a 13-year-old white kid was attacked by two black teens who poured gasoline on him and set him on fire, saying, ‘You get what you deserve, white boy.’ If these leaders were sincere, they would condemn crime across the board.

“It’s unfortunate that the parents of Trayvon Martin would associate with the likes of Al Sharpton and allow their loss to be exploited. Just imagine the support they would receive from Americans of all races if they rejected hate and called for calm and due process to allow the truth to come out.”

Instead, Trayvon’s mother has trademarked his name and hoodies just like Trayvon’s, as they’re being marketed, are selling on the Internet for $80.

Is it any wonder that Republicans of all colors can’t wait for regime change to take place on November 6th?

Speaking of the election, I just heard Rick Santorum say that he would be willing to run as Romney’s vice-president.

All I know is that if it comes to pass, President Romney would not only need a chief of staff and a solicitor general, but an official food taster.

©2012 Burt Prelutsky. Comments? Write!

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Burt Prelutsky, a very nice person once you get to know him, has been a humor columnist for the L.A. Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. As a freelancer, he has written for the New York Times, Washington Times, TV Guide, Modern Maturity, Emmy, Holiday, American Film, and Sports Illustrated. For television, he has written for Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. In addition, he has written a batch of terrific TV movies. View Burt’s IMDB profile. Talk about being well-rounded, he plays tennis and poker... and rarely cheats at either. He lives in the San Fernando Valley, where he takes his marching orders from a wife named Yvonne and a dog named Angel.
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  • SoulSista Woo

    RIPerfect Peace Trayvon… the Universe will Right this wrong…

    Now Back to the regularly scheduled Life… I love what this case exposes… I LOVE IT! And I hope Black America is tuned.

  • SoulSista Woo

    Trayvon Martin A credit to his race… Was the Aurora shooter a discredit to his race?

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Michael: I think the only people doing any Monday morning quarterbacking are black racists and the very corrupt members of the media.


  • Michael

    As far as criticism of Zimmerman’s actions . . . it’s easy for outsiders or Monday-morning quarterbacks to criticize Zimmerman or say that he should or should not have followed Martin.  This, even though Martin was apparently up against someone else’s house, under the eaves.   

    Since when are law-abiding people the ones who are supposed to “get back” out of the way and allow people who are acting suspiciously to carry on? 

    Now, let’s say Zimmerman ignord Martin.  Then, what would have happened after someone in one of the houses Martin was allegedly skirting along was raped, robbed, or killed?  I’ll tell you:  Someone would have been raped, robbed, or killed.  Zimmerman would not be under the scrutiny he’s under now, but someone who was depending on Zimmerman to take his duties seriously would be, well, I’ll say it again:  raped, robbed, or killed.  Maybe all three. 

    I think too many people have forgotten, or never understood, the concept of protection of persons and property in this country.  If we didn’t allow political correctness to keep us from addressing the root causes of much of the violent crime in the country, we wouldn’t need neighborhood watch people like Zimmerman to begin with.   

  • Wil

    Zimmerman’s job was to report. Reporting a suspicious
    character wouldn’t have put him in a position to defend himself. If he had
    stayed in his vehicle he wouldn’t have had to stand his ground. But hey, he
    wasn’t gonna let no “f##king coon” get away. 

    • StanW

      Still with the lies, Wil? Will you never learn?

    • DanB_Tiffin

      I guess Wil is one of those constitutionally incapable of telling the truth.  Get the butterfly nets ready in Ohio, just east of Cleveland!!  Wil is still loose.

    • Guest

      You’re a racist liar.  First you’re a liar because he didn’t say that (it sounds like “punks” or something else that begins with a voiceless sibilant rather than a tongue click).  Second you’re automatically a racist because Mr Zimmerman is a minority.

    • libshatefacts

      Poor Wil.  Typical drug addicted, welfare leech liberal.   Go back to your tent after you take a crap outside.   Do this country a favor and OD on the drugs you shoot up with.

  • Michael

    The post-racial blacks I know don’t even think in those terms.  They simply get up and go to work and come home at the end of the day and take care of their families and obey the law like anyone else.  It saddens me to see fools like Sharpton and other black “leaders” mentioned in this article eclipse the real post-racial blacks in our country.  We can thank the mostly white liberal mainstream media and Democrat politicians for most of that.

    • AlexisB

      Can you please define the term post-racial black? I have never met a black person who didn’t personally see racism affect them or a member of their friends/family. They may not spend every waking hour of every day griping about it, but it still profoundly affects them. Are you saying that they feel race is no longer and issue because they are employed? Blacks have been getting jobs, taking care of their families, and obeying the law for centuries. Please explain.

      • Michael

        “Can you please define the term post-racial black”

        As for defining post-racial: I used a term that was used in the article, but I can’t find your comment in which you challenge the author, Burt, to “please define.” I think most readers who have been paying attention to social and cultural developments in the US know “post-racial” is not an exact term, and the definition may have shades or degrees of difference depending on whom you ask.

        “Are you saying that they feel race is no longer and issue because they are employed?”

        Are you a student at Georgetown Law?  I said what I said, and I as I reread what I wrote I can’t find where I said blacks don’t think racism has ever affected them.  I certainly did not say or imply that blacks in general did not obey the law in the past.  I grew up in an area that was approximately 50% black and 50% white.  I’ve gone to school and/or worked with blacks all my life.  My comment was meant as a compliment to and recognition of the many black Americans who don’t dwell on race, and who don’t use it as a crutch or club against other people.  I think most of Burt’s readers’ reading comprehension skills are sharp enough to understand my comment that way, and that’s why I did not break it down into legalese.   

        “Please explain.”

        Please see above, and if you are just trolling here to pick a fight, I hope you brought your intellectual lunch. 

  • Glen

    These racial outrage games seem as irresistable to the usual offending black “leaders” as heroin to the addict.  They are all-consumed. 

    I get the sense that they would still scramble to any scene of racial unrest even if they found their own home ablaze.  Jackson and Sharpton will never stop, never change, never move onto constructive relations.  Neither will those who look up to them.

  • Andrew


    Please sign this petition for MSNBC to fire Al Sharpton.
    Please pass it on.


  • Bruce A.

    Good one Burt.  It would be nice if the MSM, politicians race baiters etc. waited for the facts to come in.

  • Chas Holman

    For anyone that is interested….
    I am an audio guy.. 

    I took the 911 call with the most audio informatiion regarding screams, compressed it, ran it at half speed and pitch corected it 100 percent.. even though it runs slower (just a tenth over half speed) anyone with an ear for music can tell not a note has been changed.. Digital affords you this luxury. In the analog days we had to physically slow the tape/medium down and you lose pitch and clarity.

    Anyway, what I find most interesting is the ghastly scream at about 1:12 right after the final shot.
    THIS AUDIO IS NOT ENHANCED per sey.. not like enhancing a photo.. the only enhancing has been to adust volume levels so you don’t hurt your ear listening to everything at relative volume levels. 

    There are a few swirling artifacts in this copy because I had to compres the wav file to a 128 kbps mp3 to fit on my  page so you had a player to hear it on.. These artifacts are slight and will not distract.

    The 911 call as you have never heard it before, draw your own conclusions. Listen for the scream after the shot.

    Again, draw your own conclusions, I am not here to change any minds tonight. This exercise  is just a way to access the call and hear things you would not of just listening to the raw recording.