After the Zimmerman trial, a number of conservative types weighed in, particularly after President Obama’s statement. Of course, they’ll all state that the only racism is on the part of all those black people protesting and, of course, the President. The reality? Something quite the opposite, and that they can’t even see it is just how deeply engrained it is.
For example, Ted Nugent made this statement:
President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operandi of always taking the violent route.
According to Ted. apparently Trayvon Martin was just … “asking for it.” After all, his “bad decisions” were to do the evil gangsta thing of walking to the store to pick up some snacks and walk back home. It’s rather … hypocritical … for someone like Ted to say anything like that. After all, he’s a dope-smoking, child molesting, dodge drafter who constantly talks violence and guns. Except Ted is … a conservative. And white. So it’s OK.
Then along comes Sean Hannity:
“Now the president’s saying Trayvon could’ve been me 35 years ago,” Hannity said on his radio show. “This is a particularly helpful comment. Is that the president admitting that I guess because what, he was part of the Choom Gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow — I’m not sure how to interpret because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night.”
He doesn’t know that, he’s making an assumption based on there (apparently) being THC in Trayvon’s blood. But, those of us who know something about drug metabolism (I had to take classes in it) know that THC tends to stick around for quite some time. Not to mention that pot smokers aren’t notoriously violent, unless you’re still believing what was in the movie Reefer Madness.
The gist of all these, and hundreds more out on the conservative blogs and their comment sections is that Trayvon Martin was deserving of being shot. After all, he wasn’t “perfect,” and in their minds, because of that he “needed killing.” That he was a 17-year-old who wasn’t doing anything illegal, who was in a place he was supposed to be (except in their minds), doesn’t matter.
Here’s the other thing they miss: They weren’t perfect at 17, either. I know of a 17-year-old who used to drink alcohol (illegally), smoke cigarettes (again, illegally), committed some petty vandalism, hung out with a group of like-minded guys (a gang), talked a lot about guns and even shot them, got into a few fights, and was at times a disrespectful jerk. That was me, some 40 years ago. About the only reason I didn’t smoke pot was that it wasn’t around my area at that time. I grew out of it, and most of us did. But no one ever thought we deserved to be killed because of it. After all, we were … white. For us, people thought it was “just a phase.”
That’s why they’re being racist. They can tap dance all around it, they can say they were just “trying to state facts,” but it all comes down to the stereotypical assumptions. If Trayvon had been white, those things would have been written off as his “being a little wild,” or “just a typical teenager.” But because he was black, well, then those same things meant he was dangerous, a threat, who got what he deserved. No, he didn’t, and their “efforts” to make it seem like that just show them to be the racists they are.