Obama made an appearance at today's White House Press Briefing to weigh in on the Zimmerman trial, race and racism in America (text and video here Many on the left, such as the NYT, were laudatory of the President's remarks. Others, such as Charles Krauthammer were highly critical.
Dr. Krauthammer is on the right track, but he is not critical enough.
Obama spent the vast majority of his speech pandering outrageously to the racial grievance industry, justifying, sometimes directly, sometimes indirectly, their vile race baiting directed at George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin. Obama reached a disgusting nadir in his remarks when he claimed that if Trayvon had been white and Zimmerman black, the "outcome and aftermath might have been different."
The narrative of the grievance industry is that George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin, then stalked and murdered him because he was black. The narrative continues that the jury trial resulted in a travesty of justice. According to the NAACP and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, there is no difference between what George Zimmerman did and what happened in the savage racial murders and subsequent denial of justice to Emmet Till and Medger Evers, incidents that occurred over half a century ago in Mississippi. In the fantasy painted by the racial grievance industry, America of today is 1950's Mississippi writ large, and all non-progressive whites are as racist as the Democrat Bull Conner.
Obama used his remarks to bless off on all of it.
Obama made no attempt to correct the outrageous narrative. To the contrary, he justified it by saying that the "African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away." In other words, he explained the genesis of their fantasy without even the slightest criticism of it.
Obama then turned to "racial profiling," giving example after example of how people react with fear aand trepidation at the approach of black men that they do not know. The inference he left was that racial profiling is pervasive, that it occurred in the Zimmerman case, and that such fear is unreasonable.
Well, the reason non-whites and blacks, including such luminaries as Jessee Jackson, react that way at the approach of young black men that they don't is because it is a fact that blacks are exponentially more likely to commit crimes, and especially violent crime, including murder and robbery, than other racial groups.
In 2011, blacks made up 13% of the population. Yet according to FBI Crime Statistics, in not a single category of crime - with the exception of DUI - was the number of total criminal incidents committed by blacks equal to or below their proportionate representation in society. In 2011, blacks in the U.S. were responsible for 49.7% of all murders, 55.6% of all robberies, 32.9% of all forcible rapes, and 33.9% of all aggravated assaults. The FBI does not publish - or at least I could not find - like statistics for victims, but looking at the numbers, blacks were just as likely to be the victims of crime out of all proportion to their representation in society. In 2011, 49.9% of all murder victims were black.
So if the presence of blacks, and particularly young black men, causes such an unfortunate reaction in others, it is not because of the other's racism, its because of the reality of criminality. That is not a fault of whites, nor for that matter, of Jessee Jackson.
Moreover, in bringing up racial profiling as he did, in remarks on the Zimmerman case, Obama's unstated message was that the race baiters are right, that George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin. Facts and findings at trial don't matter to the racial grievance industry, nor do they matter to Obama who, even in his capacity as President, keeps one foot squarely in the racial grievance camp.
As to whether Trayvon Martin received justice in the trial of George Zimmerman, Obama threw the racial grievance industry this nugget:
The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws, everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.
So, Obama is saying that it is understandable that blacks would believe the verdict unjust, irrespective of the facts established at trial. He does this with no criticism, thus sanctifying this belief.
Later in his remarks, Obama made all this crystal clear. In his most outrageous moment, Obama claimed as fact that if Trayvon had been white and Zimmerman black (he actually is in part, and indeed, he is less white than is Obama), then the "outcome and the aftermath" of the incident would have been different. That is a race hustler's indictment of our nation and our entire criminal justice system.
Unfortunately, Obama did not take questions. One that should have been was whether he felt the same way about Roderick Scott and Christopher Cervini.. Roderick Scott's case was a photo negative of the Zimmerman case. Scott is a black man in Rochester, New York who came upon three 16 year old white boys whom he believed were stealing from cars in the area. Brandishing a gun, he ordered them to stay in place until the police arrived. According to Scott, one of the boys, Cervini, charged him, saying that he was going to "get" Scott. Before the boy so much as touched Scott, he lay dead of two gunshot wounds that Scott claimed he fired in self defense. Unlike Trayvon Martin, the person Scott shot had no history of any troubled past. Like Trayvon Martin, the boy's parents are inconsolable, believing their innocent son was murdered. Scott was acquitted of manslaughter charges within the past week following a jury trial.
Obama did pay lip service to the grossly disproportionate criminality in the black community/ He then said that his remarks were not "to make excuses" for the criminality. But then he launched into a litany of excuses, intimating that this violent culture exists because of historical white racism. Moreover, he justified the hysterical reaction of the racial grievance industry to the Zimmerman case on the grounds that non-blacks are insufficiently willing to drown themselves in guilt for past historical sins that they did not commit.
All of this was a preamble to telling blacks, in so many words, that there was not going to be a prosecution of George Zimmerman for a violation of Trayvon Martin's civil rights. I would be surprised if that is announced officially a day before the 2014 election.
That said, Obama did have other bones to throw the racial grievance industry, suggesting changes to laws on racial profiling and Stand Your Ground. Given that neither racial profiling nor Stand Your Ground laws were implicated in the Zimmerman case, this is Obama's way hoodwinking blacks into believing that he and the rest of the racial grievance industry are standing up for them. And therein lies the true irony of the racial grievance industry. The demands of Obama will, if pushed forward, have their most clear and negative impact on one identifiable racial group - blacks. The racial profiling laws would make another Chicago of New York City. Taking away Stand Your Ground laws would most hurt the black population, those most subject to violence and those most likely to rely on Stand Your Ground in defense. That pales in comparison, though, to the fact that while more black teens will murdered and more blacks put in jail for defending themselves, at least more money will flow into the coffers of the NAACP and the members of the Congressional Black Caucus will have a better chance of reelection. It's obscene.
Towards the end of his remarks, Obama said that the reality is that racism is on a decline, that there must be help given to black boys, and that our goals should be to judge "based on not the color of their skin but the content of their character." All laudable. But Obama did not stop there. He concluded his remarks by say "those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions." The hypocrisy left me speechless.
Obama ran in 2008 on a platform of "healing the racial divide" in America, and many a person pulled the level hoping that he would do that. The reality is the opposite. No President in the past century has played such a negative role in regards to race in America. That will be a large part of President Obama's legacy. It is tragic both for the black community and our nation.