After George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, President Obama told the nation that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin. But Obama has not told us that if he had a son, he would look like 16-year-old Chancey Luna or 15-year-old James Edwards, the two black Duncan, Oklahoma thugs who along with Michael Jones, a white 17-year-old thug, killed a white jogger from Australia just for the fun of it. Furthermore, Obama has not told us that if he had a son, he would look like Demetrius Glenn or Kenan Adams-Kinard, both 16, the two black Spokane, Washington thugs who beat a helpless white 88-year-old WWII veteran to death. And Obama will never tell us that if he had a son, he would look like Luna, Edwards, Glenn or Adams-Kinard because they are not black victims, they are cold blooded killers of white men.
Columnist Bernard Goldberg posted ‘If President Obama Had a Son He Might Look Like …’ on the August 22 BernardGoldberg.com website. Among the issues Goldberg mentioned was Obama's address to the nation in response to Trayvon Martin's killing in which the President called attention to what it's like to be black in America.
Goldberg criticized the president's silence on the Duncan, Oklahoma killing and said, “Which brings us to the president, who still hasn't chimed in. But there's still time. And here's what President Obama still can say. He could use the tragedy to make some long overdue points. Here's what, in my most optimistic moments, I would like to hear President Obama tell the nation:
Recently I talked to the American people about what it's like being a young black man in this country. I said women clutch their purses on the elevator when a young black man gets on. I said people lock their car doors at a red light when a black kid gets too close. I said young black men are followed when they walk into a store.
I implied that their only “crime” was being black.
What I should have added is that there's a good reason for all of that. People — and not just white people — are suspicious of young black men because young black men give them plenty of reason to be suspicious.
I did note that black kids commit too much crime. But I should have gone further. Much further. I should have said there's something very wrong in black America when nearly three out of four black babies won't have a father around when they're growing up.
I should have said public schools are free yet black kids drop out at astronomical rates. I should have said, let's stop blaming “crumbling schools” and everything else for their failure. If you drop out — it's your fault. That's what I should have said. And I should have made very clear that without an education you won't get a good job. You'll live in poverty. And too many of you will try to find your manhood in a gun and wind up in prison.
And please Rev. Sharpton and the other members of the African-American elite — please don't blame a racist judicial system for any of that. You have been silent — just as I have — about the real problems plaguing black America — for way too long.
We are all co-conspirators. Almost every murder in New York City is committed by a person “of color.” And how do we respond: We scream about the racist cops who are profiling our poor, innocent black children.