“Trayvon Martin was a teenage boy literally walking in his own neighborhood doing what most teenagers do: Wearing a hoodie, buying snacks and talking on his cell phone. His family and Trayvon would not know that his life would end that night because a white vigilante would be empowered by his own racist beliefs and murder a 17-year-old boy in cold blood.”
Cullors’ op-ed is, quite simply, a lie on multiple levels. Nevertheless, NBC News allowed it to be published on its website to mislead readers and the public, to be passed along as fact on Facebook, and to further the racist objectives of Black Lives Matter, which is built on a foundation of this lie and other false narratives, like the assertion that Mike Brown was shot by a racist cop as Brown cried “Don’t shoot!” with his hands up.
Black Lives Matter is still officially supported by the Democratic Party, meaning that the party is complicit in advancing the hateful and divisive “alternative facts” that Trayvon Martin was “murdered in cold blood.”
A jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Martin, ruling that based on the evidence, Zimmerman acted in self-defense. All the evidence supported that conclusion, as even one of the prosecution’s own witnesses admitted. Forensic experts concluded that the larger Martin was bashing Zimmerman’s head into a concrete sidewalk when Zimmerman pulled his gun and shot the 17-year-old. No evidence pointed to Zimmerman instigating the attack on Martin: Martin attacked him, and knocked him to the ground. Zimmerman certainly shared culpability for the episode, but “murder in cold blood” is pure fantasy under any analysis of the facts.
Never mind: Cullors is engaging in an example of the unethical device of repeating the same false narrative until people believe it. (Martin was not “walking through his own neighborhood,” either; he was walking through a gated community where he did not normally reside. Compared to the rest of Cullers’ lies, however, that description is relatively accurate.)
Last night I watched a new episode of “Chicago P.D.,” one of Dick Wolf’s trio of Chicago procedurals on NBC. (“Chicago Justice,” which I erroneously called “Chicago Law” in the first version of thiss post, has expired) The story involved a rising young black basketball player with NBA hopes, who has been made ‘woke” by his girlfriend, the daughter of a retired black cop. Needing cash, the player agrees to shave points in a big game so a neighborhood gang member can win his bet. But the player’s girlfriend walks into the gym just as the National Anthem is being played. He emulates Colin Kaepernick and the NFL Kneelers to show her his devotion to her cause, and as a result is benched by his coach. He can’t shave points if he doesn’t play. In the end, his NBA dreams are dead and so is the cop’s daughter.
I wondered: has there ever been a more useless, destructive and interminable protest than the kneeling during the National Anthem? Not only did it align the NFL and other athletes with Black Lives Matter (See: The Cognitive Dissonance Scale), but it was incoherent, divided the nation, devastated the popularity of pro football, and accomplished nothing positive or beneficial to anyone.
And it got that nice young girl killed on “Chicago P.D.”…