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Race Relations In America: It’s All Black and White

Racist PandaThis is my 2nd and last post on this site, concerning the Trayvon Martin murder. In fact, I’m only going to loosely address the issue because there is a bigger point that needs to be made. Yesterday, one of my readers posted a comment on my site, and though I do not agree with 100% of what she said, the following portion of her response stood out.

“Funny, I didn’t see anyone caring this much, rioting, smashing windows, spouting self-righteous statements when Casey Anthony murdered her little white girl.” – Denver Chick

Let’s just be open and honest here and put aside our opinions on the outcome of the cases, and lets just focus on the reactions of blacks and whites. A white woman murdered her white baby (in my opinion), so why didn’t white people protest?

  1. White people organized and protested banks during the Occupy Wall Street Movement, white people organized and protested Obama, white people organized and protested Gay Marriage, white people organized and protested Abortion, white people are organizing and protesting Gun Control Laws, and white people have organized and protested Animal Rights. Why is it that white people didn’t organize and protest on behalf of a dead baby?
  2. Black people tend to only organize and protest when there is a perceived injustice that happens to another black person. Why don’t black people organize and protest the Banks, Obama, Gay Marriage, Abortion, and Animal rights?

I think both of these questions can be summed up with one answer: People protest things that they feel passionate about. Before I continue, let me point out that people of all colors can and do join in and protest all of the above issues, but in this article, I’m mainly focusing on issues that seem to be important to blacks and whites.

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Enter The Race Baiters

The Race Baiters aren’t the main stream media, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, or Obama. Think about it for a moment. Who keeps putting these people on TV? The media, which is controlled by white people. Even BET (Black Entertainment Television) is owned by white people. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of black people I’ve met don’t care what Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton have to say about anything. It is the white media that pitches them as “Black Leaders”.

The real Race Baiters are the people that are constantly talking bout Race Baiting and a mythological Race War. Why do I say that? Because those that actually believe in this nonsense are twisting the picture. In fact, look at the picture below and you will see people of all races gathering together to support Trayvon Martin, but Race Baiters would have you believe that the case has put the races against each other.

Trayvon Martin Protestors - White, Asian, Black

Take a moment to look at the picture. There is no racial divide. This case has brought races together and has exposed those that are racist. This is a lot bigger than black vs. white. Its about right and wrong.

  1. Does an armed grown man have the right to follow, confront, and murder and unarmed 17 year old based on suspicion alone?
  2. Should we take the word of the shooter without investigation when the only other witness is dead?
  3. Should a woman be able to get away with murdering her child so she can go out clubbing?

Trayvon Martin could have been any one of us. The real issue here is soul searching. If Trayvon was your son, daughter, niece, nephew, etc. would you be defending Zimmerman and saying that your relative deserved to die? Would you then try to slander your dead relative’s name by posting every past mistake they ever made? If you can’t look your 17 year old relative in the eye and tell them you would treat them EXACTLY like Martin if they were in the same circumstance, you’re a hypocrite and you’re basing your decision on something other than the facts of the case. If I’m wrong, go find any 17 year old relative and tell them that you’d do the same to them under the same exact circumstances. The only other option is to tell them that they do not have the right to defend themselves against a grown man with a gun that has been following them around. Let’s not pretend for one second that any of us are going to tell any of our 17 year old relatives not to defend themselves if they think an adult is coming after them.

We just finished watching news stories about a man that was stalking females in his car, kidnapping, and raping them for over 10 years. One of the girls was the same age as Trayvon Martin. She was offered a ride home and never made it. We live in a sick world where some people expect kids to wait until they are attacked first until they are allowed to defend themselves. We now live in a world where a 17 year old got the upper hand on his attacker and the attacker is allowed to shoot him.

Let me pose one last scenario: Your 17 year old daughter is walking at night, in the rain, and a man in a truck is following her. He then parks the truck and starts walking toward your daughter. Unknown to the man, she has a knife that she carries for protection. The man gets close enough to her to start an altercation and she stabs him several times out of fear. The man then pulls out a gun and shoots her. When the police arrive, he shows his stab wounds and claims it was self defense and gets to go on with his life. Is your daughter wrong for taking action or should she have waited until the man proceeded to rape and kill her before defending herself?

“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” – Matthew 24:12

It’s a shame that many people that call themselves Christians believe that it was Trayvon’s responsibility to keep walking, but Zimmerman had no responsibility as a grown man to wait on the police. Its a shame that some Christians believe that a 17 year old needs to wait for a grown man to attack him before defending himself. It doesn’t matter what he called himself or what sports interests he had. MMA is a martial art form, just like Karate, Wrestling, and Boxing. The fact remains that he was just a 17 year old kid in high school, just like all of us were at some point. One of my best friends had a black belt in high school and he’s white. He was confronted by a grown man under similar circumstances. The difference is that my friend knocked him out and that was the end of the story. He was scared, so he didn’t wait to be attacked, and just reacted out of fear.

There is absolutely no reasoning on this planet that says a 17 year old should not be able to defend himself against a strange armed man following him in a truck in the rain at night. We SHOULD expect a grown man to follow the instructions of an officer when they advise him not to follow. We SHOULD expect a grown man to know better than to get out of his truck to confront someone after being told not to follow. We SHOULD hold adults to a higher standard than a 17 year old high school kid.

The above picture shows that people of all races understand that what happened was wrong. It is only the Race Baiters that would have you believe that only blacks are protesting the verdict. Keep that in mind the next time you hear a Race Baiter tell you that there is a coming race war. I’ll close with the following:

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” – Isaiah 5:20

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  • Minister Fortson says:

    We only have Zimmerman’s word that Trayvon attacked from behind. Furthermore, if he attacked from behind, how did Zimmerman get his nose broke first before falling on his back? I never take the killer’s word for it.

    July 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm
  • Calina says:

    You stated that Trayvon attacked out of fear if that is so why did he wait till after Mr Zimmerman headed back to his car to attack him. Then also why did Mr Zimmerman wait so long to shoot him I have read the facts on this case and determined that due to the wrongs of both parties involved a young man lost his life and another man will live the rest of his life living with this. I did not get my info from liberal media outlets that are promoting racial strife which is non existent there is only one race the human race. Thank you for you time.

    July 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm
  • Minister Fortson says:

    Yes, on Facebook I said “most” not all. In my article I said “many” not most. If the shoe fits wear it, if it doesn’t apply to you, then you have nothing to worry about. I have no respect for anyone defending Zimmerman at all. I lost all respect for a lot of people during the last few weeks, but especially some Christians. The Bible says “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In that regard, the many Christians that I’ve seen dragging a dead kid’s name through the mud must want the same to happen to their dead relatives as well. I can’t respect that.

    Back to Republican racists for a moment. I can back that up with facts. Fact: The Mormon Church is a racist organization that wouldn’t allow blacks to join until recent history and blacks still aren’t allowed in their temple in some states. Mitt Romney was a high ranking Mormon with knowledge of this fact and when questioned about his church’s racism he said, “I am proud of my church.” Who did the majority of Republicans vote for? A high ranking man that is proud of his religion’s historical stance on race. So yes, I said most (not all) Republicans are racist. Back to the subject at hand.

    Zimmerman wasn’t in fear for his life. That is a rehearsed mantra that people are taught in the concealed carry class. I know because I’ve taken it. The single requirement for killing someone is the claim that you were in fear for your life. Using a mantra as an excuse to kill someone is a coward’s way out and I can’t respect that. Losing a fight is no reason to kill someone. If Trayvon had a knife or a gun, then sure, there is reason to fear for your life, but in a 1 on 1 fight with fists, its the coward that pulls the gun. I can’t respect any man that is afraid to fight 1 on 1 regardless of race. If Zimmerman was a woman or even an elderly person that was getting beat down, then I’d understand that as well, but he wasn’t. He is an able bodied grown man.

    Again, if you’re going to quote me, at least get it right. If it doesn’t apply to you, you shouldn’t be offended.

    July 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm
  • Trish says:

    On Facebook, you said most Republicans are ignorant racists. On this site, you said most Christians base our decisions on color and not on right or wrong. You’re wrong, and the respect that I have for you has taken a nosedive.

    July 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

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