by Chris Stevenson
Since the George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict whites in parts of the south have become fear-happy; manifesting some new-found fear of blacks that they never recognized before. None of us should be surprised since letting George go free would naturally send a signal to many that it’s okay to shoot blacks no matter how petty the disagreement. There is even an incident some consider a reverse Trayvon Martin shooting that can safely be considered backlash from the verdict and/or news of some previous post-verdict racial incidents. This latest shooting of what I call a white Trayvon Martin by comparison; i.e. someone shot while in the process of minding his own business, that you can lay part of the responsibility on the Zimmerman-6 jurors. Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old baseball prospect was shot and killed by 3 teens ages 15, 16, and 17, 2 black and one white Friday 8/23/13. Reportedly Lane of Melbourne Australia was out jogging in Duncan Oklahoma, and was shot in the back because as they already confessed, they were bored and wanted to have some fun.
Lane was in town visiting his girlfriend and was just about to start his senior year at East Central University in Ada, Ok where he played catcher. A report by Fox News says “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.” The reason I mentioned the Zimmerman Jury is because of ongoing statements made by one of the gun-boys on social media. Edwards is on record with a Twitter page where he made statements like:
“90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM.”
“Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:)”
‘With my n****s when it’s time to start taken life’s”
“Life’s?” Really? That 2nd statement seals the deal with me, a conservative court’s dream. Strangely enough District Attorney Jason Hicks is not going to try this as a hate crime. Duuuh… The balls in their court, perfect chance. What would possibly prevent a white conservative republican DA, member of the National Rifle Association and endorsed in his 2010 campaign by none other than local Hero J.C. Watts, to not make this a racially construed charge is beyond me. But even if someone as dimwitted as George’s brother Robert Jr., can figure out if this was a hate crime, then what’s Hick’s problem? “If you read between the lines there, that’s a black young person saying, that they are not happy with the verdict and they are directing violence, hostility towards people who are white very specifically.” Robert knows best.
What Robert doesn’t know (among tons of other things) is Hicks is going to need a snitch somewhere down the line, and who better than the white driver with the black-sounding name Michael Dewayne Jones, the oldest of them. He is the only one not getting charged with murder-1. His comparatively low charge only sees him doing a ridiculous 2 years-to life. National pundits are already putting words between his mouth, making assumptions he said y’know, stuff like “hey don’t shoot that guy” while he was behind the steering wheel and powerless to stop him LOL!!! There is a prevailing notion that hate crimes don’t happen to white people, so this is just one of several attacks on whites by blacks or Hispanics sans robbery that police do not classify as a hate crime. Hate crimes extend a sentence another 15 years or so, but perhaps they feel blacks-already serving bloated sentences mostly as non-violent drug offenders-would really create some outcry over what is essentially seen as a crime of thought. Strange but true. In this particular case another reason for the reluctance is as one of Edwards’ longtime friends Serenity Jackson said that Luna’s mother, Edward’s mother, and Jones are white. From a logical standpoint that should be true, but since when have racism and logic been partners? Adolph Hitler was neither German, nor had blond hair and blue eyes.
The logic in this situation is clearly stated in the FBI training manual: “the mere fact the offender is biased against the victim’s actual or perceived race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, and/or gender identity does not mean that a hate crime was involved. Rather, the offender’s criminal act must have been motivated, in whole or in part, by his or her bias.” Part bias, part boredom will be enough to send them away until they are fully dead.
This writing goes over the heads of many whom are too busy waiting for a response from two men who truly bruised some white American egos during the Trayvon/George Zimmerman saga to make such a clear contrast between Chris Lane and Trayvon Martin; Al Sharpton, who is seen by them as having made the case national (the black press latched onto it first, Sharpton just followed in kind), and President Obama who made statements on 2 separate occasions likening Trayvon to himself or his son, if he had one.
Now that I have correctly identified a white Trayvon Martin v. Another Mixed-Race Monster (this one with 3 heads), lets see how the media, courts and public interpret this. Will Ok District 6 DA Hicks stray from his 2010 campaign claims? “What I’ve heard most is that people want to feel there’s a sense of fairness in the justice system. They don’t seem to feel that exists now in the DA’s office; there’s a public perception that one person gets sentenced a lot more harshly than another. Changing that [perception] can begin in the district attorney’s office,” said Hicks in the 10/20/10 Duncan Banner.
There are no activists ready to march for any of these 3 bums, nor will Obama acknowledge them or claim Christopher Lane reminds him of his son. You’ll also notice the police arrested the 3 immediately after their urgent investigation (not 44 days later, ahem). Many on the white right have been drawing false parallels, as if this case were a Godsend to them. The only difference to me is Trayvon had a shooter fancying himself some kind of neighborhood protector, and Christopher shooters were just riding around looking for a target.
Some whites are emotionally wound-up, and it’s not at all understandable, after all, their guy walked. That’s like blacks rioting after a black suspect was ruled not guilty of shooting a white Police Officer, but as it is the night of the Zimmerman verdict the first incident was perhaps the most absurd example. A member of a classic rock band from the ‘60’s was attacked during a performance at an outdoor concert by a young white FEMALE for nothing more than dedicating his next song (a rendition of The Impressions’ “People Get Ready”) to Trayvon Martin. This broad climbs up onstage and takes a swing at Lester Chambers of the Chambers Brothers. According to the San Jose Mercury News:
“HAYWARD — A woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly jumping on stage at a music festival and attacking a legendary musician after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin, according to police and eyewitnesses.
The woman, who police identified as 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter of Barstow, apparently yelled, ‘it’s all your fault’ before shoving 73-year-old Lester Chambers, his family said Sunday.
‘She had a crazed look in her eye,’ said Kurt Kangas, a friend of Chambers who ran to his aid. ‘I saw the devil there.’” Last I heard local police still haven’t decided whether or not to charge Potter with a hate crime either. My armchair Psychiatrist side tells me that in these complicated times there are people who have dwelled upon hate or intense issues for so long, that they actually make themselves go from stupid to insane or close to it. Obviously this is the case with Ms. Potter.
Those 6 mothers verdict caused untold ramifications down the line for blacks and Hispanics in the future. A murder totally absent of reciprocity, giving whites in these Stand Your Ground case license to shoot blacks as soon as look at them. Less than two weeks after that awful ruling another such incident, this time a full-blown shooting on the Gulf Coast took place when a man named Merritt Landry shot a 14-year-old boy in the head reportedly for standing next to his car. Would Landry have felt the nerve to try this had Zimmerman been declared guilty? Now at least Landry (33) was arrested and booked on attempted 2nd-degree murder (the young victim is still alive but in critical condition as of this writing), he’s a building inspector for the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission in New Orleans. According to the New York Daily News: “Homeowner Merritt Landry, 33, who lives in Marigny, allegedly shot Marshall Coulter after fearing for his safety, and told friends and family he thought the teen had a gun. Louisiana’s Castle statutes — which carry subtle differences from the now-notorious Stand Your Ground laws — allow the state’s residents to use force, ‘deadly or otherwise, to protect oneself on his or her property.’”
In Pennsylvania another shooting took place after reportedly a verbal altercation between a black youth and a white man, with the white shooter accused of literally mentioning Trayvon and Zimmerman in such a way as he honestly believes the verdict of “not guilty” gave him full rights to pull the trigger. According to “ABC WTAE” in Pittsburgh:
“Jamal Dixon was shot around 7 p.m. Thursday (8/15/13) outside his Elizabeth Street home in Mount Oliver after an argument that began when he noticed a scuff mark on his car, apparently caused by a basketball. Kaelin Bubonovich says her fiance asked a group of teenagers playing nearby if they were responsible for the mark, but they denied it.
‘Then the other gentleman came over and just completely cut off their conversation and said ‘He’s only 15, leave him alone,’ Bubonovich said.
The two argued for a short time, and the other man walked away. But he came back a short time later to see the mark for himself. Somehow, the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, which received nationwide attention after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida, came up and the argument turned heated.
Dixon is black; the shooter is said to be white but at the time police have not released his name.
‘He just basically said ‘F you, F Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman made this right,’ said Bubonovich. She said the other man pushed Dixon, who then took a step forward and was shot multiple times.
A friend of the shooter who didn’t want to be identified said the shooting was justified. ‘(Dixon) was yelling at him,’ the witness said. ‘He attacked him, my friend pulled out his gun because he was getting attacked, and he defended himself.’
The friend said the shooter is licensed to carry a gun. ‘He even said the reason he’s being so aggressive is to make sure it never happens again,’ the friend said.
‘He set the weapon down on the table, called the ambulance and told them someone is injured, we need an ambulance, and he said, ‘Tell the cops I’m going to come out peacefully.’
Allegheny County homicide detectives and Mount Oliver police have been investigating the shooting. Dixon’s family is angry that the shooter has not been arrested. They say Dixon never touched the man before being shot.”
If any of you believe Stand Your Ground was not meant to be a law of convenience for whites, then nothing will convince you (Need I mention the 8/1 shooting of Everett Gant by Walton Henry Butler in Port St. Joe Florida, after Gant knocked on his front door to confront him about calling young black children racial epithets. Butler allegedly opened the door and shot Gant between the eyes, called the police, finished cooking and when they arrived to arrest him he responded with “I only shot a n****r”). If police don’t arrest the shooter, that’s all the proof you need. As with the Merritt Landry/Marshall Coulter incident, this blood is more on the hands of the 6 Zimmerman jurors, the “not guilty” sent out a message of open season on any black for even the slightest infraction like a football bouncing off a car. Dixon’s girlfriend Kaelin Bubonovich says after the man shot Dixon the first time, Dixon tried to crawl under a car but the man went after him and shot him several more times. This appears to be another Zimmerman-like example of not announcing he had a weapon beforehand. After several days of withholding his identity the Mount Oliver Police figured out that just because they chose to keep the name secret doesn’t mean the world outside their precinct building would do the same. On 8/23 34-year-old Matthew Henkel was charged with aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person in the Aug. 15 shooting of Jamal Dixon. It’s not that Dixon was completely blameless, but Henkel sounds guilty of watching too much TV. He gave a multiple choice of reasons for his shooting; “self-defense,” “fearing for his life” and he was “sticking up for kids.” Whatever Dixon’s words and actions that day on his part were immediately erased from witnesses minds as soon as Henkel uttered the magic words Trayvon and Zimmerman.
Just imagine a man spending 7 free days trying to think up an alibi for his shooting an unarmed teenager, and the best he can come up with is “I’m sticking up for kids.” The police know his history, Henkel couldn’t even stick up for his own brother a decade ago. A news report showed him testifying against his own brother in a previous murder case a decade ago just so his worthless white behind can stay out in the world, free to watch Court TV and CNN and absorb the tough rulings of air-headed jurors.
That’s the climate the 6 jurors produced with their extremely flawed 7/13/13 ruling, some white Joe-Six-Packs literally think you can shoot a black if you say “less filling,” and he says “taste great.” This may sound funny, but we’re not far from the truth.
Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, Political Affairs Magazine, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice and The Network for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the link below.