A Hispanic/black/white man with a German surname was attacked by a black/white young man with a French or German surname, in the which course, the young man repeatedly punched and slammed the man's head to the ground. The man shot the young man, killing him.
The U.S. President, who is 50+% white, wrongfully poked his nose into what is a local criminal matter, inciting tensions by claiming that the young man is like what his (the President's) son would be like if he had a son...except that his son, if he'd had one, would be attending Harvard. Perhaps there would be similarities, though:
In any event, reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird, the mob calls for the man's death. Unlike To Kill a Mockingbird, however, the jury acquits the man. What follows is a wailing and gnashing of teeth by the mob, including this comment from Anthea Butler blasting God as a racist:
Their god is the god that wants to erase race, make everyone act “properly” and respect, as the president said, “a nation of laws”; laws that they made to crush those they consider inferior.(Emphasis mine). Compare this to what Martin Luther King Jr. said in 1963:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.(Emphasis mine). Unfortunately, his dream is not that of Ms. Butler ... nor, I suspect, those mired in identity politics.
The sad part is that the obsession with identity politics has wedded blacks to political leaders that don't care about addressing the real problems facing blacks today. They would rather live in 1963, and face the relatively simple problems of that era, than acknowledge that progressive policies, including the welfare state, are slowly killing off the blacks of this nation. David Goldman notes:
The leaders of what used to be a civil rights movement want to talk about everything but the main problem afflicting black people in the United States. That is the breakdown of the black family.
Just 29% of black women over the age of 15 were married in 2010, according to the Census Bureau’s comprehensive Current Population Survey. That compares to 54% of white women. At all ages, black women were about half as likely to be married as white women. ...
The percentage of out-of-wedlock births has risen from 18% in 1980 to 40% in 2010. 29% of white births were non-marital, against 73% for black births. That’s nearly three-quarters of all black births.
Young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to be in jail than to be employed, reports the Pew Institute ...
The report also shows more than 2.7 million minor children now have a parent behind bars, or 1 in every 28. For African American children the number is 1 in 9, a rate that has more than quadrupled in the past 25 years.
The worst oppressors of young black men are older black men who abandon their children. And the second-worst oppressors of young black men are other young black men. 94% of black murder victims are killed by blacks. The accelerating decline of the black family portends a much worse situation in the future.
Why have civil rights organizations and black clergy wagered their reputations on the Zimmerman case? It is hard to avoid the conclusion that the issues that really concern African-Americans simply are too painful to discuss. ...