A shooting rampage in Tulsa on Friday left three dead and two wounded. All five victims were black. As soon as I saw the news, I saw it coupled with claims of racist retaliation for the George Zimmerman case. I knew as soon as I read it that the claim was a massive jump to conclusions.
Wouldn’t you know? I was right.
Turns out the shooter is 19-year-old Jake England, a full-blooded Cherokee Indian whose father was shot to death by a black man two years ago. The shooter, Pernell Jefferson, only got six years for the murder. England and an alleged accomplice, 32-year-old Alvin Watts, were arrested for the shootings today. In the interim, the NAACP held emergency meetings and everyone started making assumptions. They’re STILL making assumptions.
Tulsa city councilman Jack Henderson, who spent seven years as a president of the NAACP, said, “Being an NAACP president for seven years, I think that somebody that committed these crimes were very upset with black people. That person happened to be a white person, the people they happened to kill and shoot are black people. That fits the bill for me.”
Now we’ve gone from making assumptions to telling outright lies. Not since Kanye got on a Katrina telethon and blurted, “Bush doesn’t care about black people!” have we seen such willful ignorance.
Ever since the Trayvon Martin shooting, I have heard some insane things. One Twitter user, @KennisTheMenace, claimed Trayvon was a “little kid”, and when I pointed out that 17 is hardly a little kid he got snarky and said, “he weighed 160 pounds. That’s very little!!!” No, actually, it isn’t…take that 6’4″, 160-pound guy, pick him up by his armpits and dead-drag him 50 feet, then tell me he’s still “very little.” Countless people are STILL claiming that Zimmerman went after Trayvon despite a police dispatcher telling him not to; this is a lie perpetrated by the media. Zimmerman had already lost Trayvon in the complex and when the dispatcher told him that they didn’t need him to follow Trayvon, he walked back to his SUV. Once the lie got out there, it was impossible to take back. Now it has formed a life of its own and millions refuse to believe the truth.
Now we have the New Black Panther Party going against Trayvon’s family’s wishes to put a bounty on Zimmerman’s head. We even have untold numbers swearing they’d kill Zimmerman on sight. Another incident occurs and, rather than wait for the facts, a black city councilman in Tulsa claims the shooter was a white man who was prejudiced against blacks. His excuse is that it “fits the bill” for him.
I have never in my life been so ashamed at how my country is reacting to such hatred. No president, not even Bill Clinton, made me nearly as ashamed as I am right now of Barack Obama. When we need leadership the most to stand up and calm both sides of an issue, they’re sitting on their laurels and enjoying what’s happening. Liberals are only too happy to yet again claim that all white conservatives are racists, regardless of the facts in these incidents. Rather than taking a step back and thinking clearly and rationally, we have reactionary, emotionally-charged politics ruling everyone’s behavior. The result will undoubtedly be another race riot, one where I’m sure we’ll see them looting their own neighborhoods and targeting Asian store owners just like they did in Los Angeles twenty years ago over a guy who got hopped up on dangerous narcotics, fled a traffic stop and fought with the cops, then later spit on paramedics who were trying to help him.
We’re not talking about Dr. King’s dream anymore. We’re talking about brutality and murder, all because one group has gotten professional victimhood down to a science. When Dr. King was with us, he refused to become violent, even in self-defense, and he chastised those who called for anger and violence. Were he here today he would weep for what his dream has been twisted into.
According to the news, England referred to Jefferson with a racial slur – one that blacks commonly call each other. There’s more to the story, too. England’s fiancee Sheran committed suicide in front of him just six months after delivering their child. Had a young black man experienced such intense losses, everyone would be talking about how he just went insane and he needs help. Instead, he’s being called a white racist. What England and Watts did was completely wrong and they should face the death penalty for it, but to call anyone who challenges the notion that all white conservatives are out to get all black people a racist is a sin and a damned shame. It is blatant character assassination, and the media has been all too happy to help it along.
Hey, anything that helps paint conservatives in a bad light. Even if it’s a lie, it’ll fit the bill.