Guest Commentary: The Left’s Racism Addiction

April 2, 2012


Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.)VictoryNH: Protect Our Primary / Foter

We should not hold our breath waiting for Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation into the very public death threats against Florida resident George A. Zimmerman. 

The threats from Spike Lee, Louis Farrakhan and the New Black Panther Party will not be investigated. In Obama’s post-constitutional regime, our federal government only prosecutes civil rights violations against blacks and “protected classes,” meaning friends of Obama and allies of the Democrat Party.

The ugly spectacle of mass media, Hollywood celebrities and dozens of Democrat politicians rushing to judge a man before be is even charged with a crime, much less given a fair trial, would be almost comical if it were not so typical of the deeply cynical demagoguery which now permeates our nation’s political discourse.

The really scary part is seeing the government itself join in the demagoguery, with the federal government’s highest law enforcement officer joining the chorus. When this happens, you can be sure there is more at stake than the fate of one lone Florida citizen. What is at stake is also more than the fate of one election cycle: we are witnessing, and in fact experiencing, the harbingers of a totalitarian state.

Internet petitions calling for Zimmerman’s prosecution are being promoted by celebrities in the film and music industry, while anyone who suggests waiting until all the facts are known is attacked as an “apologist for racism.” Little tidbits of supposed “facts” have been leaked by various parties to support a particular version of events. Headlines in the Huffington Post and other purveyors of leftist orthodoxy play up one set of “facts” while ignoring others so as to keep the pot well stirred and the fires well stoked.

The simple truth is, we do not yet know what happened that evening between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. We have bits and pieces and a lot of spin, but the unvarnished facts of the matter are still unclear. If Zimmerman is charged with a crime, he deserves a fair trial, and any judgment made outside that courtroom is based on someone’s political agenda, not the demands of justice.

But the American left is no longer interested in justice, racial or otherwise. It is interested only in power. And in practice, for the left today, holding onto power means playing the “race card” at every opportunity.

Led by the liberal media and celebrity surrogates, Democrat officials are quite openly attempting to use the tragic death of a seventeen year-old black man in Florida to create a massive “backlash against racism.” Their problem is, the “pervasive racism” they scream about exists only in their own fervid imaginations, not in American society.

Politically speaking, the motives in this ugly “rush to judgment” are transparent. Obama needs this “backlash” as a distraction from the real problems facing the country. College graduates can’t find jobs? Get them marching to Selma again!

The problem for more thoughtful Americans is that is that this cynical exploitation of a tragic event makes the quest for justice by local authorities and courts extremely hazardous. Have you heard the phrase “tainting the jury pool”? Well, think about the damage done not only to the jury pool but to the national psyche by the dumping of a quadzillion tons of raw political sewage.

In the hysterical lynch mob atmosphere engineered by the leftist media, you can be called a racist for suggesting that “white on black crime” is not quite a national epidemic. Never mind that by all objective measures, a black citizen is nine times more likely to be murdered by a fellow black than by a white person.

To these new totalitarians, if you suggest that this rush to judgment is irresponsible before all the facts are known, you are guilty of harboring racist views. If you insist that all citizens, black, white or brown, are entitled to due process and the protections of the Bill of Rights, you are a suspected apologist for racism.

This well orchestrated symphony of intimidation is a signal that our media and our cultural elites have lost their moral compass. (Hollywood never had one to lose.) Our liberal political establishment has become so invested in the precept that America is a racist nation to the core that every event and every crime must be interpreted through that ideological prism.

Are we on a very slippery slope? No, it looks more and more like a water slide fueled by the ideological sewage of “pervasive American racism.” Sadly, our President and our Attorney General are more than happy to keep the odious sludge flowing.

Tom Tancredo represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District from 1999-2009 in the U.S. House of Representatives and finished second to John Hickenlooper in the 2010 Colorado gubernatorial race.

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