Trayvon's Ghost: Rightbloggers Pleased Zimmerman Got Off -- But Still Feel Persecuted By Blacks

tomt200.jpgLast night George Zimmerman, who 17 months earlier had stalked an unarmed black kid, got into a fight with him and shot him to death, was found not guilty of murder.

There has since been a slew of commentary on the verdict, some of it actually thoughtful and conciliatory. Needless to say, this does not apply to that of most of our rightblogger friends, who have from the beginning considered the case a terrible injustice toward white people, and are currently pretty happy that someone got away with shooting an unarmed black kid to death.

But there's something spoiling their happiness. No, not concern for the dead kid's family -- come on, look who we're talking about. It's mainly the hate and fear that made them so crazy about this case from the beginning.

We hasten to acknowledge that some George Zimmerman fans nonetheless had the decency to express regret that the unarmed black kid was dead. Erick Erickson of RedState, for example, wrote that "there are no winners here save for Zimmerman's not guilty verdict. He will have to live with this for the rest of his life and, sadly, Trayvon Martin will never get that chance." As Erickson is ordinarily a world-class asshole, this is noteworthy, and shows that such a thing is not physically impossible.

Alas, these were rare exceptions. Most of the brethren expressed a mix of joy at the getting-off and resentment toward Martin, President Obama, and, really, black people in general.

The Conservative Treehouse said Trayvon Martin's parents went to court, not because their unarmed son had been shot to death, but because they were "seeking monetary justice, or more directly monetary gain." Also apparently involved in this conspiracy: Charlie Crist and "NBA All-Star Legend Oscar Robertson." The Conservative Treehouse also claimed that "the flames of racial tension have been stoked to a white-hot inferno in Sanford Florida, and arguably quite hot around the nation," not because Zimmerman almost didn't even get charged with shooting the unarmed black kid, but because of the money-grubbing Martins and their celebrity enablers.

This post appeared under the title, "A Nation of George Zimmermans Awakened."

Fox News reporter Todd Starnes issued a series of non-sequiturial tweets, including, "AP reporter on Zimmerman verdict: 'So we can kill all teenagers now?' No ma'am --- only unborn babies," "Let's just hope the DOJ-sponsored protests don't get out of hand," and "Where were Reid & Obama when this [black] baby got shot in the face? http://bit.ly/15FkK39 Where were the marches & protests, & investigations?"

This notion that black-on-black crime excuses the exoneration of the guy who shot an unarmed black kid to death was popular among the brethren ("So, as long as black kids are shot by other blacks, it's cool then?"), for reasons that hardly need to be explained.

Dan Riehl, for example, went multi-tweet to inform his audience that "Trayvon's family would have done well to be 'concerned' about Trayvon long before his confrontation with Zimmerman. The real tragedy for..." "...young black males is that it's politically impossibly to hold their family to account as parents." Also: "@annfriedman Chill out. Black kids kill one another by the hundreds every month and u couldn't care less. zzzzz @thegarance." Riehl's professed concern for African-Americans is touching, and we look forward to seeing him express it in a speech to the NAACP. (Oh, also: "And idiots like erick ericskon hand-wringing over this case is pathetic Bcuz it feeds into the myth. It's pathetic grandstanding." Is there some cash award for Asshole of the Week Reihl's going for?)

At Breitbart.com, Ben Shapiro got pissed about the #JusticeForTrayvon hashtag that started going around, so he pretended to give a shit about a black kid who'd been shot dead in Chicago, whose assailants are unknown but must be black because Chicago. "Members of the media including Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson focused on the 'not guilty' verdict in the George Zimmerman trial over Trayvon Martin," seethed Shapiro. "...President Obama has not commented on Green's death. Neither have any other politicians.." But this dead black kid has been adopted by Ben Shapiro, who has created a #JusticeForDarryl hashtag with which you can make fun of people upset about Trayvon Martin. Dan Riehl's really gonna have to work hard for that prize money.

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Break out the champagne, guys!

Others didn't even pretend to give a shit. Warner Todd Huston tweeted, "Just deserts: If you want to pretend to be a 'dangerous' thug, expect someone to take you seriously and put a bullet in you," and "Breaking: George Zimmerman NOT GUILTY! Let the race-baiters start their riots.... NOW!" I Own the World clogged its bowl with humorous gifs such as this one of Zimmerman captioned, "Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty, Free at Last." Among their kind, it's a very old joke.

"I bear no personal ill will to Trayvon," claimed insurrectionist Bob Owens, "but HIS OWN TEXTS confirm he was a drug abusing, gun-dealing, street-fighter, and his family knew." And that's a capital crime in Owens' klavern.

"Ooga booga," said Rush Limbaugh. "Ooooooga booga ooga ooga booga." "Heh," said Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.

The alt-conservative, libertarian response from Reason magazine authors was that whatever you thought about the verdict -- and the reactions of the Patrick Bateman impersonators who comprise their commenters show they were mighty pleased with it -- you absolutely must not connect it in any way with Florida's Stand Your Ground law. Radley Balko tweeted, "Media people: Stand Your Ground was not a factor in the Zimmerman verdict. Stop perpetuating this myth." "While it's true that Florida has eliminated the duty to retreat for people attacked in public," said Jacob Sullum at Reason, "that provision played no role in Zimmerman's defense or his acquittal." Though "stand your ground" was explicitly mentioned in the instructions to the jury, Zimmerman hadn't invoked this right in the pre-trial phase -- and, besides, Stand Your Ground is a pet cause of libertarians' greatest sugar daddies, the Koch Brothers, so shut up or Reason may have to move to a Blogspot domain.

As for the more Ron-'n'-Rand, stars-and-bars sort of libertarians, you can see their attitude in stories like "George Zimmerman's Brother Robert Just Eviscerated Piers Morgan in an Exclusive Interview" and "Am I the only one on [Daily Paul] that thinks Zimmerman was guilty?" (Answer: Yes.)

Speaking of the media, this was also their fault, said rightbloggers. "George Zimmerman Acquitted, Media Guilty," headlined Matthew Sheffield of Newsbusters, because "the trial of Zimmerman would likely have remained strictly a local news story had it not been for the antics of MSNBC's Al Sharpton who was advising Martin's parents on how to gain more publicity (and also calling for Zimmerman's arrest) while simultaneously serving as a commentator for the Democratic network." Sounds like these Martins are the real criminals; when's their trial?

"Will the jury's repudiation of the national media's Narrative cause any second thoughts about the press's prejudices that caused so many to get this story so wrong for so long?" said Steve Sailer, whose own prejudices take a different direction.

If you thought there was something disturbing about Zimmerman getting off for shooting an unarmed black kid -- especially since, when it's a black person who does the Ground-Standing, acquittals are much, much harder to come by -- rightbloggers will have you know that you're the real bigot.

Power Line's jubilant John Hinderaker named several people who were guilty, unlike the guy who shot the unarmed black kid, including "race hustlers like Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama and Al Sharpton who lied about what happened and tried to stir up riots." This POV was shared by Republican Congressman Steve King, who blamed the President and also, natch, "the media," who "turned [it] into a race issue."

Al Sharpton, who was not pleased by the verdict, became a target for many of the don't-see-race types. Aaron Goldstein of The American Spectator takes the palm, though, for suggesting that Sharpton was in fact happy with the acquittal, as it "gives Sharpton an opportunity to be the center of the media spotlight to tell the world that America is still a racist country." Imagine if Zimmerman had killed three unarmed black kids -- then Sharpton would be three times as happy!

Pre-verdict, the brethren had been telling each other that black people, abetted by the black federal government, were going to wreak vengeance on Whitey if Zimmerman got off. They told each other that when the Department of Justice sent mediators from its Community Relations Service to the scene of the incident, their purpose had not been to calm tensions, but to "Facilitate Anti-Zimmerman Protests." (Breitbart.com's Lee Stranahan tried to elevate this to a Big Rightwing Scandal by calling it "Trayvongate.")

And they predicted, as they are wont to do, that African-Americans, subject as they are to base animal passions, would naturally erupt into riots if Zimmerman were acquitted. When the verdict rolled in, many of them raced to the warning bell.


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scheidde
scheidde

The "media" also lied about what he had to "drink"...He was carrying a watermelon flavored drink..Those pussies didn't want to seem racist by pointing out that someone might like watermelon...Regardless, he was acquiring the ingredients for some "purple drank" or "sizzurp" as the low brow uninformed colored kids like to call it...His own actions got him blasted, you reap what you sow...

scheidde
scheidde

punk ass thug wannabe got what he was looking for....His girlfriend told him to confront what she described as a "gay rapist" and that is what got his ass shot....

CommieStomper
CommieStomper

Al_Swearengen, GeoX  and McSalmon all share a common liberal upbringing. When each turned 12, they were taken to their Rabbi, dressed provocatively, and auctioned off to the highest bidder, like Brooke Shields in Pretty Baby.  Al_Swearengen is still afraid of sparklers to this day, because one burned his little onion-ring.  The next day, they subscribed to the Village Voice.

Focus_North
Focus_North

Responsibility (blame) on BOTH Sides. -- So, knowing his community had an active Neighborhood Watch person(s), WHY didn't Trayvon's Father INTRODUCE Neighborhood Watch Captain Zimmerman TO his son Trayvon? -- That would have pre-empted all this sad mess. -- So, why was TM coming to live with his dad anyhow?  Because he couldn't behave himself somewhere else??  Hello?? doesn't take a rocket scientist to know to keep the neighborhood working TOGETHER, Dad should have introduced TM to GZ & probably avoided this mistaken identity of the young man.

Al__Swearengen
Al__Swearengen

"the Baltimore Bolsheviks"  Didn't they play in the Iron League?

I'm sure the rightwing shitstains will issue corrections for how completely wrong they got all the rioting.  Actually, "Rightwing Shitstains" would be a good team name for rightbloggers.  Their mascot could be a pair of tightie-whities with Cheetos-stained fingerprints and a prominent brown streak.

CommieStomper
CommieStomper

Suck it "Erroso" - Trayvoon was a punk who picked a fight with the wrong guy that day. I watched my neighborhood after it was wrecked by the hurricane. Cunts like Edroso want us at the mercy of a mob of Travons after something like that. Did some looters get fucked up ? Yes they did.

envirogirl3
envirogirl3

Nobody knows how the fight started, aside from TM and GZ. Since we only have one side of the story, it's pretty likely that piece of the puzzle is going to neatly fit with the rest of that person's story. There is no way to prove otherwise. However, to surmise that GZ was flanked, ambushed, blindsided, etc., is not only naive, but pretty darn stupid. It makes zero sense. I have to wonder if anyone would believe that same story if they knew nothing about TM, and if he looked like Obama, or Carlton from Fresh Prince. There is no logical reason to believe that it unfolded that way. It is much, much more likely that GZ followed TM and confronted him, and for whatever reason a fight ensued. IDK, TM may have thrown the first punch, who knows? But that sure makes a hell of a lot more sense, especially since we know that GM had been following him. And that version fits equally as well with the rest of the evidence, so why are people so opposed to believing it? Is it for the same reason that they don't believe that TM was a B student? Or that the pictures circulating on the internet of other black dudes who bare no resemblance (i.e., in saggers and flashing a gang sign, face tattoos, etc.) are him, even though they all have been validated as being someone else? One thing is for certain: People believe what they want to believe, despite the facts. News: Just because you believe it, doesn't make it fact. Please stop presenting it as such. It's ok to have an opinion.

Ryan MacBride
Ryan MacBride

Personally I've been reading racist yahoo comment threads to further lose my faith in humanity. Some scary shit on there.

JJ Blickstein
JJ Blickstein

Well they are right about the heavy rioting...oh wait, there wasn't any...

JJ Blickstein
JJ Blickstein

The deep concern about black on black crime is touching.

paula_gerardi
paula_gerardi

If you are going to be tasteless enough to run the picture of the deceased after he was killed, at least warn people. My heart goes to Trayvon's parents. A photo like that must cause even more pain.

mommadillo
mommadillo

 At present most of them are still high off the fact that Zimmerman got away with it.

And, as usual, completely oblivious to how their jubilation is playing to sane people.

MickeySedgwick
MickeySedgwick

Trayvon Martin is Tawana Brawley.  With Al Sharpton once again leading the parade. 

Tawana's story was false, and the narrative of Trayvon as a "child" with Skittles was just as misleading.  Travon had a history of getting into fistfights (as well as being caught with a bag of stolen jewelry and a burglary tool.)   His own friends asked him why he was fist-fighting so much and also called him a Weedhead (on his own twitter account "NO_LIMIT_NIGGAH").  This time, he just jumped the wrong guy. 

All this hoody-wearing nonsense is beside the point.  It was a just and fair verdict, according to the law, and according to the evidence.

nealxg
nealxg

"got into a fight with him..."? what you meant to write " was attacked by". Don't spew revisionist bullshit, or I'll call you out every time.

MattinNOLA
MattinNOLA

Libertarians. Christ. Give the guns a rest, guys, you're going to gum up the mechanism.

Andrew
Andrew

Thank you for doing this ghastly research, Roy.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@CommieStomper Um...not to be judgmental or anything, but first all the gay stuff, and now this...I'm really not sure why you're revealing your sexual fantasies to all and sundry.  Normal people find that weird and off-putting.

McSalmon
McSalmon

@Focus_North So, you know everyone in your neighborhood watch? In your neighborhood? Do you check in to see if they have new borders or relatives staying nearby? What happened to the presumption of innocence? As a 'Watch Captain', surely he would be familiar with something as basic as 'innocent until proven guilty'. Though he seemed unfamiliar with 'Stay in the car and let the cops take care of this' so it may have been too difficult.

You're blaming the victim for not doing something 99.999% of people do not do. A Neighborhood Watch Captain has no authority beyond that of a normal citizen, he's not deputized, and he sure as hell had no right to detain anyone. He had his instructions, he should have stayed in the car.

CommieStomper
CommieStomper

@Al__Swearengen - Can't wait till some Trayvons get a hold of you in the street. Lib pussies get a beating every time, can't protect themselves or anyone else. Fool enough to think they'll get mercy from the mob they foster and coddle for political gain.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@CommieStomper People like you only have one thing to say: "I'm a cretinous white supremacist goon."  It's like, okay, we get the picture.  You can shut the fuck up now.

ILPS9000
ILPS9000

@Ryan MacBride 

What's really frightening is that rwnj's even took hold of a thread at The Economist!

McSalmon
McSalmon

@MickeySedgwick 

Except for the minor differences that Trayvon Martin was not a woman, didn't accuse anyone, wasn't raped, and is dead, the analogy is apt. Wait, no... I mean, daft. 

Martin could have been twisting a waxed mustache and cackling about plot he had laid for Little Nell, and it still doesn't mean that Zimmerman had the right to stop him on the street. He had called the cops, they told him to stay put, and he instigated anyway. If some dude you didn't know followed you at night, I would guess you'd freak out yourself. We have a presumption of innocence in this country, and it was neatly jettisoned in this case.

kobie173
kobie173

@MickeySedgwick You know what the "burglary tool" was? A  flat-headed screwdriver. Clearly he's a kid who deserves death.

Andrew
Andrew

@MickeySedgwick Congratulations on remembering to irrelevantly name-check Al Sharpton, Mickey. I'd never have figured you were a disingenous, weaseling racist without that little clue.

Marcus
Marcus

@nealxg Wrong, asshat. That's mall-cops story to bolster his self defense claim. Fact is lard ass racially profiled Martin, stalked him, and then confronted him. He's the muthafucker responsible and all the right wing scapegoating about Al Sharpton won't change that asshole. 

roy84
roy84 topcommenter

That there was a fight is established. That Martin started it is Zimmerman's story. See the difference?

Andrew
Andrew

@nealxg Oh no! You'll call him out EVERY TIME! How scary!!

nealxg
nealxg

@Andrew @nealxg Hey, you're the one who has to deal with being the kind of person who thinks it's ok to assault another human being. Shame on you.

McSalmon
McSalmon

@CommieStomper@Al__Swearengen@GeoX 

Tiny brained racist

Imagines fellatio 

While reaching for lube

His disappointment 

Bleats like a weary trumpet

Bear farting sadness


Waa waa waaaaaaaaaa

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@CommieStomper @GeoX I'll repeat: we already know that pieces of white-power filth like you are moronic troglodytes.  You really, REALLY don't have to keep telling us.

McSalmon
McSalmon

@GeoX @CommieStomper  

Commie Stomper has

Feet like a Sasquatch, and a 

Small Brain like one too.

It's a Haiku!

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@CommieStomper @GeoX Ooh, lookit the scared little boy trying to sound like a big man.  Real impressive, sparky.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@nealxg @Andrew Why am I suddenly a "top commenter?"  No idea.  But it sure does feel good to be the king.

GeoX
GeoX topcommenter

@nealxg @Andrew Well, you're the kind of fuckwitted, racist sociopath who cheers on the murder of black children.  I'd say "shame on you," but I know you're incapable of shame.

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