So help me Martin Luther King, I can’t understand why those persons most appalled by racial hate crimes do the most to stoke the fires of racial hate. Case in point, this sentence from a national newspaper story Friday: “The unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a white Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer…”
Is Barack Obama our first white black President? Like George Zimmerman, Obama was born of so-called mixed marriage parents … but those who see color first call Obama our first black president. Far as I know, nobody has ever called him “white black.” So why is Zimmerman “white Hispanic?” Only reason I can see is to stir up black vs. white animosity.
If the first news flash out of Florida reported that an unarmed black teen had been shot by an Hispanic man, would Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have led protests, and would the New Black Panther Party have put out a contract to kill Zimmerman? Would CNN, MSNBC and USA Today be running special features on the Rodney King riots of 1992 and the sad state of racial relations in America today?
One apologist for the racial hate mongering rhetoric wrote that it’s right to call Zimmerman “white Hispanic” because Hispanic is not a race. If the goal is to become color-blind and judge people solely on the content of their character (thank you, MLK), why not drop the racial identification entirely? Why is a “hate” crime punished more severely than the same crime in which prejudice is not a factor?
A man shot another man. If it was homicide, it should be punished as such. Racial bigotry has caused enough misery and injustice. The people who have suffered from it gain nothing by perpetuating it.