Sunday, April 8, 2012
I have intentionally avoided the Trayvon Martin story. The shooting of an unarmed, 17-year old African-American Sanford, FL teenager by a neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman, is a tragedy. The shooting also highlights Florida’s ridiculous and dangerous Stand Your Ground gun law. But the Trayvon Martin killing is a local law enforcement matter and the case now resides with the district attorney and Florida state attorney general.
But some media organizations — specifically CNN, is intent on pushing the racial aspect of the shooting. Not an hour passes that CNN isn’t spinning some real or imagined minutia about the shooting. One such segment offered an on-air interview with Trayvon Martin’s high school football coach, ostensibly, to comment on Trayvon Martin’s character. CNN isn’t interested in reporting the news — far from it, CNN’s goal is to fan the flames of a race war in Sanford, FL.
The Miami New Times reports:
Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are “prepared” for violence in the case of a race riot. The patrols are to protect “white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety” in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement. “We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody, but we are prepared for it,” he says. “We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over.”
“In Arizona the guys can walk around with assault weapons and that’s totally legal,” Schoep said, referring to the group’s patrols of the US-Mexico border. “What I can tell you is that any patrols that we are doing now in Florida are totally within the law.”
Asked if the patrols wouldn’t just make things worse — spark a race riot, for instance — Schoep insisted they were simply a “show of solidarity with the white community down there” and “wouldn’t intimidate anybody.”
Happy now, CNN?