In case you have been living under a rock, the case of Trayvon Martin has spurred national interest. Trayvon Martin was killed in February in Florida following an altercation with a neighborhood watch captain in a Florida subdivision. The watch captain has claimed self-defense and has not been arrested. Trayvon Martin cannot tell us his side of the story, but the race pimps Jackson, Sharpton, and Farrakhan have all weighed in on the story.
The national news media is in full clamor, trumpeting any tiny, inconsequential movement on the story, keeping it at the forefront of our national consciousness. The police are investigating, but the elements of Florida law must be considered in any official deliberation. That's what police do. Bloggers are weighing in and after several days of watching this controversy, it's time for me to weigh in.
For me, the whole story looks like a tawdry tale of tragedy and sorrow. A seventeen year old kid is dead, a neighborhood watch captain will live a life of sorrow, and Sharpton, Jackson and Farrakhan will make money on this tragedy. That's what those three do, make money on tragedy.
I watched them during the Jena Six medial frenzy that roiled Milady's hometown. Both Sharpton and Jackson made appearances in Jena during that time. Reports from guys I personally know tell me that both Sharpton and Jackson used that tragedy as an excuse to raise funds and carrying armloads of cash out of the local area. The defense fund for the Jena Six was huge. They were later all convicted, as the media frenzy died down and the wheels of justice were allowed to turn. I note that the epicenter of the controversy, Michael Bell, has been in trouble ever since that episode with subsequent convictions.
Rivrdog weighs in with an essay on the effect of the hoodie in polite society. Appearances count in polite society. If you want to look like a thug, we're going to assume you are a thug. If you want to be seen as an upstanding member of society, dress like it.
I note that the District Attorney for Seminole Country has announced that a grand jury will meet on April 10, to review evidence in the case. This is the way the criminal justice system works. Police investigate, grand juries recommend, DAs prosecute, Courts deliberate. That's our system. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind finely as well.
When Farrakhan, Sharpton and Jackson weigh in on a case, it's about money. Plain and simple. They are in it to make a dime, to further their financial security, and they make their money by inflaming racial tensions. Don't let Sharpton, Jackson, and crew color (pun intended) your views on the case. They're only in it to make a buck. That's the only reason they came to Jena and that's the only reason they're going to Florida.