Jul 22, 201312:47 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Phil is flying high, we’re flying low (plus Trayvon and Martin)
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The Stately Manor on Sunday morning echoed with the cries of “PHIL!” Lefty’s surprise win in the (British) Open has lifted spirits here at World Headquarters for the Blaska Policy Research Center and Tanning Booth. The Squire and his doyenne popped champagne corks and granted the indentured servants an extra salt pill in their daily rations. Phil looks like he’s having fun. He plays the game of golf with brio; he fist-bumps his fans, he succors his family.
Tiger, forget your golf swing. Practice that smile! Have some fun!
A liberal website posted the question, what would Martin Luther King Jr. have said about the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case? I think he would have said, “Mission accomplished.” We, at last, may have achieved a society where a person is judged by the content of his character, as the civil rights pioneer hoped, and not by the color of his skin.
Shelby Steele of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, in the July 22 Wall Street Journal, seems to agree:
The verdict that declared George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin was a traumatic event for America’s civil-rights establishment, and for many black elites across the media, government and academia. ... They weren’t so much outraged at a horrible injustice as they were affronted by the disregard of their own authority. ... Consider the pathos of a leadership that once transformed the nation now lusting for the conviction of the contrite and mortified George Zimmerman, as if a stint in prison for him would somehow assure more peace and security for black teenagers everywhere. This, despite the fact that nearly one black teenager a day is shot dead on the South Side of Chicago — to name only one city — by another black teenager.
This would not be the first time that a movement begun in profound moral clarity, and that achieved greatness, waned away into a parody of itself — not because it was wrong but because it was successful. …
This leadership rather easily tolerates black kids killing other black kids. But it cannot abide a white person (and Mr. Zimmerman, with his Hispanic background, was pushed into a white identity by the media over his objections) getting away with killing a black person without undermining the leadership’s very reason for being.
[For] the purpose of today’s civil-rights establishment is not to seek justice, but to seek power for blacks in American life based on the presumption that they are still ... victimized by white racism. — “The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment.”
George Zimmerman, himself half Hispanic, is not Bull Connor. For those who say a black man can’t catch a break in the courtroom, please explain O.J. Simpson. Of course, the racial arsonists need victims to sustain their big-government project. Speaking volumes is this item from Sunday’s New York Times (July 21, 2013):
Correction: The Public Editor’s column last Sunday misstated the nature of the killing of Trayvon Martin. It should have been referred to as a shooting, not a crime.