You know what's strange?
Okay, yes, I will grant you that taping a steak knife to the back of a rodent 'might be' classified as strange - but that's not where I'm going today.
Let's try this - Okay, you know what's REALLY strange?
No, I am not talking about the popularity of Lady Gaga as this is beyond 'really strange' and borders on the 'incomprehensible'.
Lady Gaga - Born this way?
No. Not rodents with knives, not Lady Gaga with, um, whatever it is SHE has (let's hope there's a vaccine for it). Not even Miley Cyrus 'twerking' covers the extent of strange I'm looking for here. (Note to self: See if 'twerking' is a real word or one of those social media 'things'.)
There's something else 'really strange' that I've been thinking about for a while now.
I'm sure that others have had a similar thought wafting about their head, but I need to once and for all get it off my chest (and lay it firmly upon yours - sorry... It's my blog - it's how I roll.)
So the thing that it 'really strange' is this...
The Selectivity of Outrage
Outrage: When a 'White-Hispanic' claims he shot a Black youth in self-defense, everyone within camera or microphone's reach is commenting and condemning George Zimmerman, the 'White-Hispanic', for his actions.
Every civil rights 'leader' who's ever uttered the phrase 'Social Justice' (either out loud or in front of a mirror at home), the Attorney General of the United States, and the President of the United States each interjected their opinions into this tragedy and the prosecution of a man, prior to (and following) a trial.
Nah, no outrage (a.k.a.: "nothing to see here"): When an 88 year-old (White-White) World War II Veteran is beaten to death by two Black youths (White-Blacks) there is no outrage. In fact, the severity of the beating which lead to the man's death is blamed on the victim's 'defense of himself'.
Per Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub via NBC.com:
"These are two young men who just spun out of control."
Belton was found wedged between the two front seats. His family said doctors told them he was battered so badly he would have sustained brain damage and had lost too much blood to survive.
"Our information is that the individual fought back and that may have made this a worse situation," Straub said when asked about the viciousness of the beating.
Moos Note: If ever visiting Spokane, Washington and I decide to kill someone, I'll simply explain to local law enforcement that I simply 'spun out of control' and that IF the victim had only been more - compliant... I would not have killed him / her.
No, it makes no sense to me either, but I'm repeating what the Chief of Police said to explain the death of 'Shorty'. What's most upsetting about the NBC article linked above is that they never mention the victim's full name.
The murdered man's name was Delbert 'Shorty' Belton.
He survived Okinawa. He did not survive the two (White-Black) youths who, according to Police Chief Straub, "just spun out of control".
Perhaps they were merely bored...
Yes, apparently, boredom now kills.
Outrage: July 23, 2009 - (CNN) -- President Obama said that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "acted stupidly" in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor last week after a confrontation at the man's home.
Obama defended Gates on Wednesday night, while admitting that he may be "a little biased," because Gates is a friend.
"But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 ... that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."
The incident, Obama said, shows "how race remains a factor in this society."
This event lead up to the hugely publicized Obama 'Beer Summit', hosted by the President to soothe racial tensions (which he stirred up) around the Nation.
Great job Mr. President! Thanks for reconciling hundreds of years of racial stress by drinking beer at the White House!!!
Drinking beer, a great American past-time! Huh, that's odd, I'm thinking that there is at least one other Great American past-time. What might it be?
- Filing for unemployment?
- Sitting idly by as the Federal Government strips your rights away?
- Taking stuff from one person who worked for it, and giving it to someone who feels like they deserve it (because they are disadvantaged?)
- No, no, no, the other Great American past-time is... Baseball!
Nah, no outrage (a.k.a.: "nothing to see here"): "At this point, the evidence does not support the theory that Christopher Lane was targeted based upon his race or nationality," District Attorney Jason Hicks said in a statement.
Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards, Jr., 15, have been charged as adults with first-degree murder. Michael Dewayne Jones, 17, is charged with using a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon and with accessory to first-degree murder. He is considered a youthful offender but will be tried in adult court.
Jones named Luna as the gunman.
Hicks acknowledged that social media posts allegedly made by some of the defendants are racial in nature, but he said "the evidence is insufficient to establish that race was the primary motive" in Lane's slaying.
The Daily Caller reported that racist tweets were posted on an account belonging to Edwards. One tweet from the account reads, "90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM." Another post read, "Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:)"
The Daily Caller's report noted that 'woods' is used as a derogatory term for white people.
Police Chief Dan Ford said the victim appeared to be chosen at random, and that one suspect told officers that he and the other boys were bored and they followed Lane and killed him for "the fun of it."
Moos Note: I have no words to adequately describe how I feel regarding someone getting killed due to... Boredom.
In the end, two White-Blacks and one White-White set out to kill someone because they have nothing better to do? They, of course, did not murder Christopher Lane because he was White-White... They simply murdered him because he 'was' and they 'were' bored.
No Presidential intervention on behalf of the young man whose life was obliterated by three bored teens, one of whom claimed that he had already killed five White-Whites simply because he '#HATE THEM'. No 'Big Al' Sharpton, no Jesse 'Sacred Blood' Jackson, nor any other Civil Rights folks have personally lined up to support the family of the slain boy and condemn the killing.
No marches in the streets, no appearances on television asking that we 'come on people now, smile on each other'.
None of the usual Civil Rights 'go to folks' have condemned the actions of the three thrill killers.
Although, Jesse Jackson did TWEET a stern warning after hearing of the murder of Christopher Lane. It was short. It was concise. It was typical.
It said simply...
Our Nation's moral compass is broken. I believe that a life, ANY life, lost due to violence, driven by hate - is an outrage. The fact that 'Civil Rights Leaders' and 'Professional Politicians' use the occasion of others' deaths to promote their take on 'Social Justice' ONLY when it fits their personal narrative is darkly offensive to me.
Jesse Jackson, speaking to the Politico on the eve of Martin Luther King, Junior's "I have a dream speech said this:
“The Tea Party is the resurrection of the Confederacy, it’s the Fort Sumter Tea Party." -- Jesse Jackson
Jackson says that he is “absolutely” convinced that Republican opposition to Obama has more to do with race than it does with actually opposing White House policy.
I say that Jesse Jackson is full of 'Hooey' and might want to get his vision checked. For if he can only see political opposition through the veil of 'Race', he's getting a single-dimensional view of the issues. For a 'Civil Rights Leader' who claims that he believed Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message, I can only infer that Jesse Jackson has a significant issue with his hearing also.
After all, how can a man who professes to follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Junior so completely forget the words spoken at the Lincoln Memorial fifty years ago this week?
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.
They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
Current 'Civil Rights Leaders' do, in fact, walk alone. The words Reverend King spoke five decades ago are lost to them. They pursue status in American History by dividing men rather than by uniting them.
Reverend King was a great man because he did not seek greatness, rather, he sought justice for all men - regardless of race.
Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, President Obama, Eric Holder, et al, may not hear, or see, too well, but the one thing I know for sure is this - regardless of how bad their vision is, they are most certainly NOT color-blind.