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“Hate is Too Great a Burden to Bear”

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“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Zimmerman Verdict AftermathRemember when the media blamed Sarah Palin for a mass shooting in Arizona and the wounding of a member of congress, because she used the word “crosshairs” on a campaign map? This would be the same media that described the lawlessness of the Occupy Wall Street debacle as “mostly peaceful”. And now this same media is trying to persuade you the viewer that the anti-Zimmerman protests, some of which are being fanned by an NBC News anchor and MSNBC flame thrower Al Sharpton, as also being”mostly-peaceful.”

Here is a non-comprehensive list of acts of violence, vandalism, assaults, arrests, etc., which have been reported by various media outlets.

You’ll notice in many of these reports that the local media is very good at reporting the incident, but the national media is not so good at connecting the dots. You will not get the full story on the aftermath of this verdict. You will not see Brian Williams providing comprehensive coverage of the hundreds (and likely soon to be thousands) of incidents like these directly connected to the Zimmerman verdict.

That doesn’t fit the narrative that has been perpetuated, though thoroughly proven wrong by the trial, and pushed by the major media from day one.  And the media CAN’T be wrong…

I have a good friend who is sincerely troubled by the verdict. He is hurting, as a black male, frustrated and feeling like many other black men, that they too, at certain times in their lives, could have been Trayvon.  Although I struggle to see this court’s decision from his perspective, I have no doubt my friend is just as appalled as I am by the acts of some in the name of that young man.

I don’t believe these acts are being perpetrated or advocated by a majority in the black community, but they are happening none the less. I hope vocal leaders in that community will come out and denounce the criminal acts taking place and call for the methods of Martin Luther King, of non-violent protest.

The NAACP is meeting in Florida right now. Leaders, you have your opportunity.

How will you handle it?

1. July 14: Witness claims Hispanic man beaten by youths yelling, “This is for Trayvon.”
2. July 16: Jogger in Mississippi claims he was attacked in retaliation for Zimmerman verdict
3. July 16: Pennsylvania business graffitied with ‘Kill Zimmerman,’ set on fire
4. July 16: Wisconsin man claims he was beaten by teens shouting, “This is for Trayvon.”
5. July 15: Anti-Zimmerman protesters block freeway traffic in Los Angeles
6. July 15: Anti-Zimmerman protester raid a Walmart in Los Angeles
7. July 16: CBS reporter assaulted in Crenshaw during anti-Zimmerman protest
8. July 15: Anti-Zimmerman protester block major intersection in Newark, NJ
9. July 16: Thirteen arrested in Crenshaw for vandalizing cars and stores, assault
10. July 16: Waiter struck in head with a hammer
11. July 16: Windows broken at Men’s Wearhouse
12. July 15: Store window spray-painted with word “revolt”
13. July 13: New York Giants star threatens Zimmerman
14. July 14: ‘Wire’ creator David Simon says he’d bring a brick to Zimmerman courthouse
15. July 14: Singer attacked after dedicating song to Trayvon Martin
16. July 13: Teen arrested in Zion, Illinois for threatening violence
17. July 13: Gallery of death threats against George Zimmerman
18. July 15: “Kill Zimmerman” Facebook page removed
19. July 14: Man lights marijuana cigarette off burnt American flag
20. July 15: Dozen arrested in New York protest
21. July 15: New York protesters block traffic
22. July 16: Houston protesters block traffic

Now imagine the media coverage if this were the Tea Party or white Americans reacting to a guilty verdict with similar actions.

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Lady Justice Wears a Blindfold for a Reason

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I haven’t watched the George Zimmerman trial.

Geroge Zimmerman trial I, like most folks, have been following the trial via reporting from multiple media sources and from all slants. One common theme coming from reporters and pundits alike points to a very real possibility of violence should the verdict of not guilty be handed down by the jury.

After the OJ Simpson trial this kind of reaction to high profile, racially charged, court cases comes as no surprise, but that doesn’t take away from the sad reality that we live in a time where a sizable portion of the American public is not interested in the model our justice system was based upon. Too many people see vigilante justice as the way to go. The more interesting and ironic side to Zimmerman trial is that those who would have you believe they are the most compassionate, tolerant, and fair among us are the ones crying the loudest for this vigilante style partiality.

The side that will not accept any verdict but a guilty verdict. The side that has been inciting and threatening violence since the day after Treyvon Martin was killed. The side that wanted to hang George Zimmerman before any due process was provided or a day in court set. That side is the side of the liberal left.

Democrats, liberals, and progressives, in the public, media, and even governmental office, have attempted to label Zimmerman as White, conservative, and racist. I have yet to see any hard evidence of any of those claims. In fact, the evidence on Zimmerman’s race and ideology were put to bed when his voter registration stated Hispanic and Democrat. A local news report in Sanford, Florida confirmed Zimmerman as a self-described Democrat. Racist? NO pattern of such behavior has been shown that I am aware of.

The irony here is that those from the conservative or federalist viewpoint are defending one minority’s constitutional rights from another minority’s lynch mob mentality. The latter of which, the GOP freed from slavery 150 years ago. An interesting, but telling aside, is that zero democrats voted for the 14th Amendment back then. Today, there’s no major outcry of support for Zimmerman’s constitutional rights from the left. Let that fully sink in. Contrastingly, there has been no outcry, threat, or appeal for violence coming from the right if Zimmerman is in fact found guilty.

It’s as if things haven’t changed at all in 150 years within the Democrats’ ranks.

Here’s my point: true conservatives are so passionate about American liberty, they will staunchly defend the constitutional rights of those who don’t share their political ideology and they do it en masse. They believe that Due Process is greater than tyranny and lynch mobs. The behavior coming from the left is a stark example of just the opposite.

Not much has changed in the last 150 years.

Written by DCL

July 12, 2013 at 11:05 am