Obama Speech, Trayvon Protests Lure Rightbloggers Into Another Week of Hilarious Minority Outreach
As the planned demonstrations came up, many of the brethren predicted race war, just as they had right after the verdict. "With Saturday's spate of protests across the country organized by Al Sharpton," said Ben Shapiro, "the unfortunate possibility of significant violence by protesters against Hispanics rears its ugly head." "Obama Splashes Gasoline on Trayvon Violence," said Moonbattery. "By whipping up mobs that are already out of control... Obama appears to be setting up a row of dominos that will inevitably fall when one of the sociopathic punks he so openly identifies with attacks someone with a gun who defends himself."
Alas for them, the formal Martin demonstrations that took place this weekend in dozens of cities were mostly peaceful; even the bloodthirsty blog Fire Andrea Mitchell couldn't find enough violence to maintain their hard-on. Not that they didn't try. For example, they reported from San Bernadino, "thugs attack an innocent police horse"; they described a minor incident in Stockton (which the local paper described as "one man was arrested Saturday after demonstrators disregarded police instructions to stay out of the streets") as a "riot"; and, hearing that there were four people shot in Brooklyn last weekend, speculated, "there also happened to be one of Obama/Al Sharpton's Trayvon Martin protests going on in Brooklyn. So is the shooting related to it? The media will hide the facts, so it's not known yet." They might have first looked at a map showing how large Brooklyn is, but instead added, "Keeping ginning up these race riots you race hustlers." These guys get Ooga Booga extra credit!
Ann Althouse made her own valiant effort in the world of pure imagination: She read about one demonstrator who "came to the rally remembering her 14-year old brother who she said was killed by a police officer several decades ago," per the Chicago Tribune. The demonstrator said, "We need solutions; we need something concrete; we need change," Althouse chirped, "We need something concrete... Speaking of concrete, does anyone at these rallies mention that Martin bashed Zimmerman's head on the concrete?" Althouse is a professor of law.
Yeah, um, hmmm, okay...
Other rightbloggers tried to wave away the demonstrations, but always with some snarling that betrayed their bewilderment and hurt. "My sense is that the 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies that were held in various cities today didn't amount to much," snorted John Hinderaker at Power Line. "The salient point is that the people who sponsored the 'Justice for Trayvon' rallies are the same tired leftists who have organized all the other protests in recent years... As always, leftists are trying to capitalize on others' tragedies to advance their worn-out agenda."
"TRAYVON MARTIN PROTEST LEADERS REVEALED" hollered Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily. Dream Defenders, he reported "was spawned by activists employed by a who's who of the race-hijacking radical left." These organizations included the union SEIU -- 'scuse us, the "socialist-oriented SEIU" (because unions, right?), the now defunct but forever-alive-in-rightblogger-hearts ACORN, and "a litany of George Soros-funded organizations" including -- prepare to tremble in your boots -- the United States Student Association. Plus one of the organizers worked for The American Prospect! Amazingly, the article didn't mention Saul Alinsky, though they did sneak in Bill Ayers at the end; it's sort of WorldNetDaily's signature move.
Referring to the "I Am Trayvon" slogan some supporters were using, Daniel Greenfield of FrontPageMag assured readers that "I Am Not Trayvon Martin," because if he were shot and killed, "lacking the Black Skin Privilege that turns a death into an opportunity for race baiting, I would just be another statistic. There would be no rallies for me and no t-shirts with my name on it. No one would be talking about how they are me or aren't me." We can't understand how white people survive day after day under that kind of oppression. Maybe Greenfield could have his skin darkened so he can enjoy some of that Black Skin Privilege. It worked for John Howard Griffin!
But a few pretended to be sympathetic, explaining to black people in a gentle, reasonable tone how stupid they were to get worked up about this dead kid.
At Legal Insurrection, Andrew Branca started his "Stand-Your-Ground: Gun Control Zombies Exploit Grieving Black Community" post by warming up the crowd with jokes about the demonstrators: "As the racialist wing of our body politic suffers through the Kubler-Ross seven stages of grief at the 'Not Guilty' verdict in the Zimmerman trial, we find that they are currently transitioning from the 'Anger' to 'Bargaining' stage." Come on, folks, this got big laughs back at the klavern.
Later Branca offered an olive branch to whatever black people might be reading an Andrew Branca post: "First, it must be acknowledged that the grief and anger in the black community is real and genuine," he consoled. "I'm not, of course, talking about the ring leaders who are fostering this grief and anger for their own personal benefit. I'm talking about the average black person on the streets who obtains most if not all of their information about these matters from those ring leaders and their willing enablers in the mainstream media." See, he doesn't think you black folks are evil, just ignorant! "The fault with this misplaced outrage of Zimmerman's perfectly appropriate acquittal," he went on, "lies not with the typical black person in the community, but rather with their racial leaders..." Keep talking, pal, you're making friends by the minute.
At IJ Review, Kyle Becker tried to win hearts and minds with a slideshow called "Trayvon Martin: A Life and Tragic Death in Pictures." People like valedictory slideshows, right? How about one that's introduced like this:
"Trayvon Martin lived a tragic life and died an unfortunate death. Of all the thousands of murders of young black men every year, the media seized on one case of a 'white Hispanic' shooting a young black man, even after the former was allegedly assaulted, in order to make the point that America is still racist. Blacks are thus presumably in need of the left's brand of 'social justice' to liberate them..."
Yeah, Buzzfeed can rest easy. Still, Becker tried to pitch it: Later in the intro, he said, seemingly sympathetically, "The picture of Trayvon Martin as a drug-addled 'gangsta wannabe' was spread by 'right-wing media' to show that he had to be guilty of picking on the upstanding citizen George Zimmerman." See, he's on your side, folks! But when you went through the slideshow, you found exactly those "spread by 'right-wing media'" photos, with captions like these: "Trayvon Martin was involved in sports and appeared to be physically stronger than most of the media's cherry-picked photos implied... Trayvon Martin seems to be a skinny runt in many mainstream media pictures. Obviously, the young man was developing some physique." Bizarrely, a picture of Martin flipping the double bird was captioned, "Like many other teens, Trayvon liked to be flippant with his friends. Tragically, his health is somewhat in question here."
And there was the usual stuff about how most black people are killed by black people, so why you crying? Investors Business Daily explained the high black murder rate in Chicago thus: "Chicago, like Illinois, is overtaxed and overregulated, a climate that attracts neither businesses nor people... Progressive liberalism does not teach the values of hard work and reaping the fruits of one's labor. It gives men fish instead of teaching them how to fish... among blacks, 72% of births are to unmarried women. Yet President Obama focuses on gay marriages..."
The best of this lot was by Pat Fucking Buchanan ("Black America's Real Problem Isn't White Racism"), simply because it was Pat Fucking Buchanan. Really, it's like having an essay on the Jews written by, oh, Pat Fucking Buchanan.
When Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin at Yankee Stadium, tens of thousands of fans showed their appreciation by holding up lit cellphones, but NewsBusters' Noel Sheppard seethed, "Much as Fox News's Greta Van Susteren asked after Atlanta Falcons wide receiver tweeted a vile comment about the Zimmerman jurors last week, one has to wonder how much of the trial either of these geniuses actually watched." One might be more inclined to wonder why Sheppard saw a song offered in tribute to a dead 17-year-old, the lyrics of which had nothing to do with the trial, and got so pissed. Maybe a black guy filling Yankee Stadium had something to do with it; come to think of it, Sheppard seems like he wouldn't have liked Reggie Jackson, either.