Race-baiting Press from Zimmerman Shooting Sows a Deadly Harvest in OK
The death of Australian, Christopher Lane, at the hands of three teenagers last week in Oklahoma has brought to the forefront of the American conscience a distinctive brand of violence that smacks of a Mafia-style retaliatory hit. Drive-by shootings, most often associated with criminal street gangs, became prevalent in the 1980′s and 90′s during the rise of cocaine-trafficking in the United States. The birth of the infamous Crips and Bloods gangs, gangster rap music, and a spike in the homicide rates were the legacy of that cocaine boom.
I have attempted to convey, in focusing on the recent Oklahoma shooting, that this specific homicide smacked of something blatantly sinister. However, the mainstream press has generally ignored it. In my view, the race of the victim and two of the three suspects appeared to be a relevant factor in the shooting incident. Why? Because it reasonably moves to the motive and intent behind the shooting—a retaliation for the racial hatred stirred up by an irresponsible press in the George Zimmerman shooting incident, which ended with an acquittal in Florida earlier this year and several public protests and a few riots (cause and effect.)
All the hype and media frenzy that was fabricated and focused upon a racism-driven agenda by our press, fell apart in the weeks that followed the Florida shooting. Public outcry, outrage, and indignation followed in vitriolic reaction to initial press coverage, which was assumed to be true and factual. You may recall that the press portrayed George Zimmerman as a hate-filled racist who targeted Black youth with a hateful agenda.
Members of Congress and our own president injected themselves into the very public discussion about the shooting. Some in Congress made very inflammatory and derogatory comments about Mr. Zimmerman on the floor of the House and Senate. He was vilified nationally as if he were a Ku Klux Klansman. Some made death threats against him. Mistaken identification of Zimmerman's private information caused unsuspecting citizens (who received death threats intended for Zimmerman) to fear for their own lives. An angry mob demanded his arrest. Some threatened to take matters into their own hands and offered rewards for his capture, absent a criminal complaint being issued. The media circus surrounding the shooting and George Zimmerman forced the Florida authorities to arrest Zimmerman and try him criminally. And the case quickly fell apart in court as witnesses and evidence convinced the jury that the shooting, though terrible, was justifiable as self-defense.
Now, perhaps the press would like everyone to forget what their irresponsible lambasting of George Zimmerman has wrought. The storyline in the Oklahoma shooting posits three teenagers who were merely bored and thought gunning down a passerby might be good sport. But that does not appear to be the case where at least one of the suspects, who happens to be Black, is concerned. The Twitter tweets recently made public (from one of the suspects) show a retaliatory intent linked directly to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
And that is one of many unforeseen consequences stemming from the Zimmerman “trial by press” outcome from our own mainstream media. In my opinion, there is a cause and effect that the press should be held accountable for, but will not. Other than the calling out of NBC for doctoring the 9-1-1 tapes in their tainted coverage of Zimmerman on the night of the shooting, has anyone heard the national press apologize to Mr. Zimmerman for ruining his life over the death of Trayvon Martin? I cannot recall so much as an “oops” popping out after the verdict was reached.
So let me clearly connect the dots in my premise…the press was wrong about Zimmerman. He was not an overzealous White guy with a gun intent on killing an unarmed Black teen on the night of the shooting. George Zimmerman was not engaged in racial profiling. He believed he was defending his neighborhood and himself from a prowler and potential burglar. Trayvon Martin is dead and that is a terrible loss. But the press admits no wrongdoing, won't repeat the message, or diffuse the tension the whole awful affair has created from the outset. Zimmerman was mistaken in his assessment of the threat posed by Martin and has paid a terrible price, personally and publicly, throughout the process. What price has the press paid for its part?
Yet for some, incited and inflamed by the press agitators (who got the story wrong), the Zimmerman shooting and subsequent trial continues to be harbored in their hearts as a miscarriage and travesty of justice. Some are not satisfied with the verdict—they want a pound of flesh and blood to be spilled on the altar of their own hatred. It would appear at least one of the three teens involved in the Oklahoma shooting was NOT merely a bored knucklehead with a gun who randomly killed a White (Australian) adult passing by. Perhaps he devised his own brand of justice in the killing of Christopher Lane.
I doubt the press will call the Oklahoma incident a cold-blooded and intentional retaliation for a perceived injustice stemming from the Zimmerman not-guilty verdict. That would be, at the very least, an acknowledgement on the part of the press for their culpability in stirring up racial disharmony (via Zimmerman) in these United States. The press was adamant during Zimmerman; now they are fairly docile (almost mute on the matter of any connection to the Christopher Lane homicide.) The winds sown in Zimmerman have reaped a bloody harvest in Oklahoma.
Perhaps it is better if the press pleads the Fifth. Quite frankly, I am frustrated with the whole lot of them.