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Congresswoman Corrine Brown Plays Politics With Trayvon Martin

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 31, 2012

There have been many disturbing examples of the Left using Trayvon Martin’s tragic death for political gain.  Earlier this week this Blog posted the tail and video of Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois putting on a hoodie on the floor of Congress and suggesting that Martin was shot because of the color of the skin (Congressman Bobby Rush Takes Race Baiting to the Congressional Floor).  Our president went so far as to suggest that if he had a son, he would look like Martin.  One look at the way Obama’s daughters dress indicates the President is being disingenuous.

Not to be outdone by her male colleagues, Representative Corrine Brown did her share to elevate race- baiting in the national political discourse.  In the video below, Brown was asked by CNN’s Brooke Baldwin whether she would show such outrage if the victim had been white.  Brown indignantly answered “yes” and further indicated she showed similar outrage when a white girl was murdered in her district.  However, when asked the name of the girl, Ms. Brown acted like a schoolchild caught in an untruth.  She then lost it and started traveling down the path of her real concern.  Her rants indicate that her goal is to take money from those that have and giving it to those who do not, with the crocodile tears for Trayvon Martin seemingly forgotten.

One indication of Rep. Brown’s disingenuous outrage, as well as others from the Left including the mainstream media, is the story of two British white students murdered by and African-American in the same state of Florida.  James Cooper and James Kouzaris were murdered last April by 17-year-old Shawn Tyson.  The Telegraph reported that Tyson, who has “Savage” tattooed on his chest, crept up on the victims and shot them multiple times.  He has since been found guilty and given a life sentence.  While Pres. Obama has interjected himself into Martin killing, he has said not one word about the vicious murderers of the two British students, even though victim Kouzaris’s father wrote the President three times without response.  Either Obama is showing a racist side or at least is playing politics of the lowest form.

Unlike the above- politicians, liberal talk show host Juan Williams recently published a thoughtful op-ed concerning the Trayvon Martin killing in the Wall Street Journal titled  The Trayvon Martin Tragedies that is a must read.  Williams lead in comment is: The recent killing of Trayvon Martin needs more investigation.  But where’s the outrage over the daily scourge of black-on-black crime?  In addition, Williams says:

  • “But what about all the other young black murder victims?  Nationally, nearly half of all murder victims are black.  And the overwhelming majority of those black people are killed by other black people.  Where is the march for them?”
  • “Where is the march against the drug dealers who prey on young black people?  Where is the march against bad schools, with their 50% dropout rate for black teenaged boys?  Those failed schools are certainly guilty of creating the shameful 40% unemployment rate for black teens.”
  • “How about marching against the cable television shows constantly offering minstrel-show images of black youth as rappers and comedians who don’t value education, dismiss the importance of marriage, and celebrate killing people, drug money and jailhouse fashion—the pants falling down because the jail guard has taken away the belt, the shoes untied because the warden removed the shoe laces, and accessories such as the drug dealer’s pit bull.”
  • “The race-baiters argue this case deserves special attention because it fits the mold of white-on-black violence that fills the history books.”
  • “While civil rights leaders have raised their voices to speak out against this one tragedy, few if any will do the same about the larger tragedy of daily carnage that is black-on-black crime in America.”
  • [From the last Justice Department study on black-on-black crime]  “Almost one half of the nation’s murder victims that year were black and a majority of them were between the ages of 17 and 29. Black people accounted for 13% of the total U.S. population in 2005.  Yet they were the victims of 49% of all the nation’s murders.  And 93% of black murder victims were killed by other black people, according to the same report.”
  • “This year 22% of blacks live below the poverty line and a shocking 72% of black babies are born to unwed mothers.”

President Obama had an opportunity to use the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin to begin a discussion on the serious issues facing the African-American community.  Instead, he once again punted.  Juan Williams displayed real emotion and concern for his people, an important part American.  For that, he will likely be viciously attacked from those on the Left that will feel threaten by this dose of reality coming from one of their own.  Mr. Williams, get ready for the onslaught.

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