Why Are Black Leaders Exploiting Trayvon Martin?

 

Today, I spoke with my colleague WSJ Political Diary editor Jason Riley about black civil leaders and their focus on white racism in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict—rather than personal responsibility. Would Martin Luther King Jr. recognize this civil-rights movement?

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  1. billy Inactive

    Why are black leaders exploiting Trayvon Martin?

    This site has been covering the political maneuverings of the “civil rights” leadership regarding Trayvon Martin.

    This post in particular details how the racial grievance industry turns a profit.

    It is lengthy, the author tends to get in the weeds a bit, but it is worth at least a skim.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 1:02 AM PDT
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  2. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Why is the WSJ continuing to use an image that portrays Martin as a dewy-eyed middle schooler? 

    Yes, we know from last week that’s what they can get the rights to, but if that’s the case why use a photo at all since it materially misrepresents a key fact in the case?

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    • July 17, 2013, at 1:11 AM PDT
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  3. Jager Member
    Nick Stuart: Why is the WSJ continuing to use an image that portrays Martin as a dewy-eyed middle schooler? 

    Yes, we know from last week that’s what they can get the rights to, but if that’s the case why use a photo at all since it materially misrepresents a key fact in the case? ·

    Mr. Zimmerman is threating to sue NBC over its editing of the 911 tape. One wonders if Mr. Zimmerman could sue other news outlets like the Wall Street Journal for use of the Young Martin photo. The Journal would have us believe that Mr. Zimmerman got into a fight with and was losing a fight with a little kid. He then felt his only defense in this situation was to shoot a little kid.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 1:17 AM PDT
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  4. Lavaux Inactive

    Trayvon’s good for business if your business is whipping up hate for whitey. There may be not much racial oppression nowadays, but there’s never a lack of hatred.

    The Bull Connors of our country put up their fire hoses, brickbats and German Shepherds a long time ago. Now they’re peddling government-backed, subprime mortgages to low-income borrowers and doing far more damage.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 1:30 AM PDT
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  5. Hammer, The Member

    well, he should recognize it – what he saw in the 60’s was racism, and what we’re seeing today is racism. Only difference is that the roles are reversed. I wonder if he’d manage to be ideologically consistent and march against racists like Sharpton and Jackson.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 1:55 AM PDT
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  6. Brasidas Member
    Bob Wainwright: “Civil rights nostalgia” is a non-rational motive. When you actually want it to be the early sixties again so you’ll have a great racist enemy to fight, you’re likely to see racism everywhere. 

    Jason Riley makes an interesting point: “These perceptions of black criminality that perhaps played a role in this [Zimmerman] case are based on hard data on black criminality.” I also think the “civil rights nostalgia” that Bob mentions in his comment plays a large role in the black community leadership’s response to the verdict. As has been discussed quite often, too many black leaders seem to think that keeping perceptions of real racism alive is critical to holding on to their positions of authority. It is much easier for them to point at the enemy without instead of the real problems within.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 1:59 AM PDT
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  7. Miffed White Male Member

    The title of this post, “Why are black leaders exploiting Trayvon Martin” suggests the answer to the joke about why dogs lick themselves – because they can.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 2:24 AM PDT
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  8. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member
    Miffed White Male: The title of this post, “Why are black leaders exploiting Trayvon Martin” suggests the answer to the joke about why dogs lick themselves – because they can. ·

    I haven’t watched the video yet (must have a cupful of Maalox at hand first) but yeah, as far as intriguing headlines go, this is on the level of “Why is water wet?”

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    • July 17, 2013, at 2:31 AM PDT
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  9. KC Mulville Inactive

    “Having a conversation” across demographics is impossible if the demographic is the topic of conversation. Whether it’s race or sex or any other demographic, you can’t just talk about natural differences and expect that the mere expression of differences will make any difference. It always winds up at an impasse. It’s a woman’s thing. It’s a black thing.

    Well then why in hell should I care?

    Instead of talking about differences, the “conversation” needs to be about something in common; something objective, not based on demographically and culturally inspired perceptions. Those subjective perceptions can’t be reconciled, so if the conversation is worth the effort, it has to be about something that can be reconciled, something unchained to demographics.

    In this case, the conversation needs to be about justice.

    If you think that justice went wrong here, that’s where the argument has to focus. What, specifically, was unjust in the trial? It’s like any other argument. You can’t be outraged at the conclusion without being able to point to which premise was false, or how the logic was invalid. 

    All of this media wailing sounds to me like lawyers pounding the table.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 2:47 AM PDT
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  10. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member
    Jager

    Mr. Zimmerman is threating to sue NBC over its editing of the 911 tape. One wonders if Mr. Zimmerman could sue other news outlets like the Wall Street Journal for use of the Young Martin photo.

    Sue ’em all and let God sort ’em out.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 2:52 AM PDT
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  11. James Gawron Thatcher

    Mary,

    How come black leaders-Eric Holder-BHO aren’t interested in this story, or this, or this. I think Jason Riley knows why.

    How do we humiliate this Administration with its own hypocrisy.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • July 17, 2013, at 2:54 AM PDT
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  12. WI Con Member
    Jager
    Nick Stuart: Why is the WSJ continuing to use an image that portrays Martin as a dewy-eyed middle schooler? 

    Yes, we know from last week that’s what they can get the rights to, but if that’s the case why use a photo at all since it materially misrepresents a key fact in the case? ·

    Mr. Zimmerman is threating to sue NBC over its editing of the 911 tape. One wonders if Mr. Zimmerman could sue other news outlets like the Wall Street Journal for use of the Young Martin photo. The Journal would have us believe that Mr. Zimmerman got into a fight with and was losing a fight with a little kid. He then felt his only defense in this situation was to shoot a little kid. · 1 hour ago

    I was hoping the Zimmerman family would release a photo of George Zimmerman when he was twelve so that we could see two irrelevant pictures regarding the event side by side.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 2:58 AM PDT
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  13. DocJay Inactive
    James Gawron: Mary,

    How come black leaders-Eric Holder-BHO aren’t interested in this story, or this, or this. I think Jason Riley knows why.

    How do we humiliate this Administration with its own hypocrisy.

    Regards,

    Jim · 15 minutes ago

    How? The GOP needs to speak up. The new media needs to speak up. Lawsuits must be publicized. This Martin fiasco is a great opportunity as long as conservatives can get past fear, white guilt, or, in the case of the career GOPers, their obsession with their feeding trough.

    The racist democrats, the racist media, and the race profiteers must be met head on. The time is ripe to put these racists on the margins of society instead of letting them dictate main stream thought.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 3:23 AM PDT
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  14. Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Boa… Contributor
    James Gawron: Mary,

    How come black leaders-Eric Holder-BHO aren’t interested in this story, or this, or this. I think Jason Riley knows why.

    How do we humiliate this Administration with its own hypocrisy.

    Regards,

    Jim · 1 hour ago

    This violence is a national tragedy, no doubt about it. Here’s a recent Mona Charen post on a similar theme, powerfully written: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/352914/racial-morality-play-mona-charen

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    • July 17, 2013, at 4:27 AM PDT
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  15. Franco Member

    Here we go again *Our side* reinforcing the meta-narrative. The picture – yes Wall Street Journal readers/watchers need pictures. For years drawings were enough, now they are used for presige purposes to make the writers and editors look like they are special part of the WSJ legacy while the readers need flash and photos.

    The next meta-narrative is using the lazy term “Black Leaders” for various race-hustlers. None of these people lead “black people” . They may lead some black people (and whites) but to crown these extortionists with the term leader perpetuates the problem.

    I haven’t even watched the video yet. However I seriously doubt, after reading this headline that it will inform me of anything I don’t already know.

    Would MLK recognize this civil rights movement?

    The WSJ editor could have asked this question 30 years ago. Most of us here have already recognized that MLK’s values have long gone from the activist black community. Invoking his name, other than as cross-street is meaningless to black folk under the age of 45. They don’t know and they don’t care and actually, they don’t agree.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 5:10 AM PDT
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  16. DocJay Inactive
    Franco: 

    The next meta-narrative is using the lazy term “Black Leaders” for various race-hustlers. None of these people lead “black people” . They may leadsomeblack people (and whites) but to crown these extortionists with the term leader perpetuates the problem.

    I haven’t even watched the video yet. However I seriously doubt, after reading this headline that it will inform me of anything I don’t already know.

    Would MLK recognize this civil rights movement?

    The WSJ editor could have asked this question 30 years ago. Most of us here have already recognized that MLK’s values have long gone from the activist black community. Invoking his name, other than as cross-street is meaningless to black folk under the age of 45. They don’t know and they don’t care and actually, they don’t agree. · 8 minutes ago

    Nice.

    These mafia like fecal swizzle sticks have become very very rich off these games.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 5:21 AM PDT
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  17. BrentB67 Inactive

    ‘Fecal swizzle sticks’ – storing that up for future use when I get tired of typing ‘feckless crap weasels’

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    • July 17, 2013, at 5:42 AM PDT
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  18. Duwzzrd Inactive
    WI Con
    Jager
    Nick Stuart: Why is the WSJ continuing to use an image that portrays Martin as a dewy-eyed middle schooler? 

    Yes, we know from last week that’s what they can get the rights to, but if that’s the case why use a photo at all since it materially misrepresents a key fact in the case? ·

    Mr. Zimmerman is threating to sue NBC over its editing of the 911 tape. One wonders if Mr. Zimmerman could sue other news outlets like the Wall Street Journal for use of the Young Martin photo. The Journal would have us believe that Mr. Zimmerman got into a fight with and was losing a fight with a little kid. He then felt his only defense in this situation was to shoot a little kid. · 1 hour ago

    I was hoping the Zimmerman family would release a photo of George Zimmerman when he was twelve so that we could see two irrelevant pictures regarding the event side by side. · 4 hours ago

    Pics of young Zimmerman. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2360291/George-Zimmerman-trial-The-REAL-reason-George-Zimmerman-didnt-stop-night.html

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    • July 17, 2013, at 7:08 AM PDT
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  19. outstripp Inactive

    Racism is their Means of Production.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 7:39 AM PDT
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  20. DrewInWisconsin, Influencer Member

    :: Grabs Popcorn ::

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    • July 17, 2013, at 12:25 PM PDT
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  21. Blue State Curmudgeon Inactive
     Would Martin Luther King Jr. recognize this civil-rights movement?

     · · 9 minutes ago

    Of course not. The “civil rights” movement has been taken over by opportunists, charletans and race baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson who are only relevant when the races are at each others’ throats. These people are a disgrace to their race… the human race.

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    • July 17, 2013, at 12:37 PM PDT
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  22. Bob Wainwright Member

    “Civil rights nostalgia” is a non-rational motive. When you actually want it to be the early sixties again so you’ll have a great racist enemy to fight, you’re likely to see racism everywhere. 

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    • July 17, 2013, at 12:57 PM PDT
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