Obama’s Racial Hypocrisy: Trayvon ‘Could Have Been Me’ But I’m Nominating Ray ‘Stop And Frisk’ Kelly, King Of Racial Profiling

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Why would President Barack Obama nominate a man to a top security post who, by the President’s own standard, would have profiled him as a potential criminal on the streets of New York City as a younger man? And by implication, why does he endorse the idea that it’s fine for cops to randomly stop and frisk people based on their race, but that it’s a civil rights crime if a private citizen on neighborhood watch patrol might have done the same thing?

The President’s nomination of New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to replace departed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano came only days before Obama joined his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, along with friends in the entertainment industry and the NAACP, in the public immolation of an exonerated George Zimmerman.

For the Left, Zimmerman is a dead-horse straw man target, an involuntary Bull Connor figure who ought to be receiving royalty payments from people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Jay-Z — and now Obama – who have ridden his unassuming coattails to a re-emergence as race-baiting firebrands whose relevance depends on how successful they are at bringing out the worst in the characters of uninformed people. Obama seized an opportunity to do just that, telling the Nation: “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

The President’s July 19 comments are actually remarkable for the extent to which they betray Obama’s dismissal of black-on-black violence (blame history), his self-identity (our President is, first and foremost, a “hyphen”-American who’s been feared by white women on the street) and, most tellingly, his propensity to group people into a racial category and proceed to speak for their behaviors, beliefs and feelings (“black folks interpret…understand…get frustrated…”):

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

Now, this isn’t to say that the African American community is naïve about the fact that African American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system; that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact — although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context. They understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.

And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.

I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied.

Like Sharpton and Jackson, Obama is now speaking on behalf of American blacks, a gesture he knows automatically implies a divisive wedge that exempts one American from believing he shares — and that he should share — common ground with another. That’s vile, especially coming from the elected leader of the free world.

Equally vile is the brazen hypocrisy of burnishing the reputation of Kelly. With vocal support from otherwise-liberal New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kelly has expanded the NYPD’s “stop-and-frisk” practice into a racial profiling juggernaut, requiring street cops to randomly pick out black and Hispanic individuals because they’re black and Hispanic and to frisk them without probable cause that they’re involved in anything criminal. Bloomberg notoriously said last month that the cops were stopping too many white people and not enough minorities — even though minorities comprise nearly 90 percent of all NYPD stops.

For Reason’s Jacob Sullum, something in Obama’s Janus-like positions on Zimmerman and Kelly doesn’t gibe:

The juxtaposition of [the President’s] comments suggests Obama would rather attack an easy target than confront issues with much clearer implications for equality under the law.

In contrast with Zimmerman, who has never been credibly accused of shooting Martin because of his race, Kelly is named in a federal lawsuit that charges the NYPD with routinely violating the Fourth and 14th Amendments through a program of street stops that target blacks or Hispanics 87 percent of the time. The number of such stops septupled during Kelly’s first nine years as Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s police commissioner…

… As Obama noted on Friday, “there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws—everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws.” In New York City under Ray Kelly, that history is still being made.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Don 2

    If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. And then Barack said, “If I had a city, it would look like Detroit.”

    • HueyDude

      Change city to country, and you’ll be spot on.

  • IHateLibs

    Couldve been Me you say ?? Too bad He WASNT

  • Warrior

    And the “blame tour” redux continues. This guy is nothing more than the equivalent of bad “shop steward”. Not a single redeeming quality. Absolutely pathetic!

  • JThaddeustoad

    I find this to be a very interesting choice in light of the fact that his MOP has been to appoint a black man or women…. Perhaps a higher authority has stepped in to the process …..

  • Phillip Bari

    So dose that mean we can’t make a citizen arrest, any more? Just let every wrong doers just walk away. if that happens In Boston, just stand by and do nothing you can be arrested. either way you lose. as the old saying, Be dame if you do, Be dame if you don’t. what ever happened to ” cover your S”

    • billybob

      There are many proponets for just that. Don’t get involved, If you see a crime walk or run the other direction, It reminds me of a preditor looking for prey and all of the animals running away until one get caught. Then they all sit a watch the preditor eat the prey. Thinking boy I’m glad that wasn’t me! When people act like this they lose the ability to walk the streets or go out at night. They learn to sleep on the floors so they don’t get hit with wild bullets. They keep their mouths shut when the see a killing even though they are right in front of it. Another words they have been tamed by the gangsters.

      • foxxybey

        As a cab driver one night I heard gun shots and did a U turn and went where the shots were, one gang, the crips set up the leader of the bloods and nailed his car so it looked like swiss cheese, two guys got out and headed into the hood, the driver and leader of the bloods stopped the car and got out and was shot behind his right ear, about 10 guys were reloading to shoot him again. I spun the cab around and nailed two of the guys and they took off running, all I had was a tire iron and confront the others that stayed and told them I was tired of brothers killing brothers and no body was going to die that night, they all walked away, the cops couldn’t believe it and asked why they didn’t shoot me and told them I had them out numbered and they said, What? I said yes they saw all my angels and knew they were out numbered. The young man lived and got out of the gang and moved to another state. That was the third time he had been shot, use to work the black neighborhood and nobody gave me a problem after that and found out his parents were Born Again Believers and I’m sure that is the reason God had me go to his aid, would do the same today.

    • foxxybey

      I use to tell my armed guards at banks and drug stores, if a crook come’s in and you have to confront him or her and you feel you have to shoot, then empty the gun and make sure they are dead, if not hold the door open for them and hope you live to see another day, never carry a gun unless your prepared to use it. Taught classes on self defense and state laws concerning weapons. Use to tell any guard I had not to carry cuffs, if you detained someone in that way in my state the crooks lawyers would get it thrown out for illegal detainment in my state, so shoot or open the door for them.

      • Phillip Bari

        They told us the same thing in Tampa, as long it.s not a black person then you’ll have Al sharpton, and Jesse Jackson on your back. See what is happening with Zimmerman. been a Security officer for 10 years used my gun twice but had to wait till i was shot at first. To call it as self defense. and had few witness’s.
        The good lord was watching over me.

        • foxxybey

          I would have quit, never give a person a free shot or you maybe dead, that’s not for me, I assure you and screw Sharpton, Jackson and obozo if they think I will hold up just because someone black wants to harm my family, friends or myself. I don’t see color, I just see danger and I can still shoot as well as I did in the Marine Corps. Last time at the range I shot two clips, 13 rounds each at a doll target at 50 feet out doors and one clip in the heart and the other beween the eye’s, could cover the rounds with a half dollar on the heart and head shots, so they don’t want to come for me or someone will die with me for sure. As I tell people rather be judged by one then carried by six. God Bless Friend:

  • Alan

    I cant help but notice the profiling of blacks and hispanics but not muslims. They are the people behind terror attacks, but I suppose profiling them is just not PC.

    • billybob

      Sometimes they are one and the same! Conversion to the Muslim religion is the fastest growing religion for the black population. I don’t know the exact numbers, but you can look it up on the internet!

      • Alan

        Most conversions probably come about in prison.

  • ToniStimmel

    He’s a natural born hypocrite, why would you expect anything but hypocrisy.

  • DBrown

    Exactly who Dennis Michael Lynch predicted he’d nominate. Kelly will want to lock down the border, Lynch predicts Obama will allow it, at least temporarily and get the Immigration bill passed. The Immigration bill is Obama’s goal, and holding back on Obamacare mandate for large employers has nothing to do with the 2014 election, it has everything to do with Immigration. These illegals, when they become documented aliens will not be elegible for Obamacare for 13 years. Employers will hire them over Americans, because they will not be required to provide them with health insurance and they will not be taxed for not providing it.

  • Lou Cifer

    Being a stranger in a GATED COMMUNITY is all the reason a resident or any kind of security person needs to be curious about what exactly that stranger is doing there. The whole idea that Zimmerman was only checking out Martin because he was black and wearing a hoodie is based on what? Stupidity. They have gates to keep random people from wandering around, Martin was a guest, not a resident, he was unknown to the area and was automatically someone who needed to be checked out, since he wasn’t with his father’s fiancee, who the security people probably would have known. Being checked out in a private neighborhood is nothing to get in a fight over. It should be expected if you don’t live there.

    • foxxybey

      I use to work armed security and had many projects I patrolled and when I saw someone lurking around cars or scoping out the area I confronted them, caught a lot of thief’s that way and if I had been attacked I was ready to shoot if need be. Those I caught came in all colors and races so it wasn’t profiling but doing what I was paid to do, keep people and their property safe. Once caught some guys drag racing in a project parking lot, when I arrived most took off but one guy aimed his car at me and was going to run me down, I drew my gun and was going to shoot as he had a deadly weapon, the car, the only reason I didn’t is his girl friend was shocked and I knew if I shot him both might have died, so I jumped out of the way and he took off when he couldn’t hit me. His girl friend saved his life that night. Zimmerman did his job and nothing more. When dispatch asked where he was he didn’t know the address to give the cops, so he got out to get a address and was sucker punched on the way back to his car to give the address to the police which makes sence, he didn’t disobey a order to stay in the car or he couldn’t have given the cops the address. I would have shot Trayvon in a second if the same happened to me or anyone who would attack me from behind, the right verdict was given and that is that and the illegal president and the race baiters are the real problem.

      • CintiCB

        If some gold toothed ghetto punk told me that I was going to die tonight and started beating me I would do ANYTHING to save myself-even if it meant killing the sweet little angel!!!

        Zimmermans’ action of ridding the Earth of a ghetto ganger, very possibly (probably) saved, at least, one life (whoever the little angel might kill, in the future).

        • foxxybey

          I grew up with them and they bleed like anyone else and they don’t scare me a bit and if push comes to shove I’ll shoot anyone of any color who tries to hurt my family or myself and that is a promise.

  • Smee

    O says it’s ok for the cops to stop and frisk random folks? He’s ok with cops getting their jollies feeling folks up? I guess he’d like to help.

  • Phillip Bari

    • CintiCB

      Good video. At first, I thought, ‘Oh great, more ghetto logic’. This black preacher was VERY realistic in his views/opinions. I sure hope that one of these perpetual ‘victims’ don’t shoot him because he dares to say ‘dat I ain’t be’s no victim and dat I be’s da reason foe mines’ situation!’
      Think of how much better + more effective it would be if our ‘do no ACTUAL work’ foreign fake liar president would stop dealing with the symptoms and fix the underlying problem. I know, this sounds a bit too much like work. None of the other Welfare recipients have to work, so, why should the richest Welfare taker have to? I don’t see any other Welfare recips. taking vacations using millions of the tax payers money!!

  • JUKEBOX

    It is amazing to me that Obama is supporting revocation of the “STAND YOUR GROUND” law, when it was never used in Zimmerman’s defense, and it was one of the laws he actually voted FOR in the Illinois Legislature.

    • Bob in Florida

      After the past four and a half years you still expect the man to be reasonable and consistent??

  • Neil Carpenter

    I wish Obummer *was* Tray-Von Martian.