“There is nothing more painful to me … than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”
He’s the most prominent black “leader” to engage in racial profiling, but he’s not the only one. Columnist Walter Williams wrote yesterday:
Twelve years ago, a black Washington, D.C., commissioner warned cabbies, most of whom were black, against picking up dangerous-looking passengers. She described “dangerous-looking” as a “young black guy … with shirttail hanging down longer than his coat, baggy pants, unlaced tennis shoes.” She also warned cabbies to stay away from low-income black neighborhoods. Did that make the D.C. commissioner a racist?
n some cities, such as St. Louis, black pizza deliverers have complained about having to deliver pizzas to certain black neighborhoods, including neighborhoods in which they live. Are they racists?
The former Charleston, S.C., black chief of police, Reuben Greenberg, said the problem facing black America is not racial profiling. He said, “The greatest problem in the black community is the tolerance for high levels of criminality.” Former Los Angeles black police Chief Bernard Parks, defending racial profiling, said: “It’s not the fault of the police when they stop minority males or put them in jail. It’s the fault of the minority males for committing the crime. In my mind, it is not a great revelation that if officers are looking for criminal activity, they’re going to look at the kind of people who are listed on crime reports.” Are former police Chiefs Greenberg and Parks racist?
Fast forward to today, where The Race Hustlers of America (TM) are engaged inciting a public lynching of George Zimmerman in part because they say he “racially profiled” Trayvon Martin. Well, I suspect he “profiled” Martin more than “racially profiled” – considering the crime wave that had hit the Sanford neighborhood he lived in to the degree the neighborhood started a watch program last September:
Conversations with several residents, however, suggest that Zimmerman’s calls reflect a wider feeling of concern and distrust in the community. For years, Twin Lakes residents had been on edge—demonstrated by their decision last September to start a neighborhood-watch organization, which was initiated by Zimmerman himself. The burglary of Olivia Bertalan’s home was just one of at least eight reported over the previous 14 months—several of which, neighbors said, involved young black men. On Feb. 26, the odds were stacked against Martin: he was a young black man in a neighborhood that was feeling besieged by crime and blaming it—fairly or not—on people who looked like him.
Three weeks before Martin’s death another Twin Lakes resident arrived home to discover a kitchen window open and a laptop and gold necklaces missing. Two witnesses said they saw a young black man standing nearby, but they did not see the man break into the home, according to a police report. One witness said he believed it was the same man who had stolen his bike. The next day officers responding to a call confronted three black men and one white man on bikes near the neighborhood. The same witnesses identified one of the men as the same man they saw near the burglarized home. The officers found the laptop in the man’s backpack.
Last July a rental car was stolen from one townhome along with the car keys, which were inside on a dining room table. The resident awoke in the morning to discover her sliding glass door open. The car was eventually found abandoned. In August a PlayStation and videogames were stolen from another townhome. In September someone vandalized a townhome under construction. In December someone broke into a foreclosed townhome, stopped up a toilet and started the water running. According to a police report, the water flooded the bedroom and caused drywall in the garage to collapse.
During the months before he shot Martin, Zimmerman called police about once a month, said Kim Cannaday, spokeswoman for the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. He called about suspicious-looking people in the neighborhood, many whom, like Martin, he identified as black. Zimmerman also called to report a neighbor’s garage door open and children playing in the street, asking that he remain anonymous so as not to offend other neighbors.
There have been 8 burglaries and 3 simple assaults reported in the neighborhood since January. But yet liberals and their race hustler pals would have you believe that George Zimmerman had none of that in mind when he called 911 to report someone who he thought was suspicious walking around in the neighborhood at night.
The renewed debate on profiling in general, with a heavy emphasis on the “racial” component, has opportunistic liberals using the unfortunate killing of a teenager to stridently argue against profiling on the basis that people “stereotype” people who are different from them and target them on that basis and nothing else (whereas in the case of Zimmerman, the motivation to call 911 – in my view – stemmed from concern over the increase in crime in the neighborhood). While it’s true that people do stereotype – and black citizens in this country do that just as much as anyone else – there is a clear difference in “stereotyping” than “profiling.”
For example, my neighborhood is mostly quiet but has had issues with suspicious youths being spotted behind town-homes, appearing to “case” the homes – a fact pointed out in HOA emails/newsletters. I reported activity behind the building in front of mine after seeing a group of males, some white, some Hispanic, some black appear to be canvassing townhome units late one afternoon. There was no reason for them to be behind those units, certainly not looking onto people’s back porches. I called the cops.
In another incident, it was after dark and I had come home, went upstairs to the bedroom to get ready to change clothes and get comfortable for the night – as I prepared to close my bedroom blinds, I noticed a suspicious figure (in a hoodie, I should note) literally sitting behind my house about 15 feet away from the back door. I could see the back area because I keep my back porch lights on at night, as the HOA has advised us to do so we can spot activity if we’re paying attention. Shortly after I saw him, another person came out from behind the bushes of my neighbor’s house and joined him. My neighbor doesn’t keep her back porch light on so all I saw of him was that he was wearing what appeared to be a gray or white Tshirt and dark pants. There was no reason for them to be back there. I live in the back of the development. It is a dead end. Neither of these two “gentleman” lived in this building. One of them spotted me looking out the window and afterwards they both walked away towards a nearby creek. I called the police.
There was another time I called the police but I honestly can’t remember what it was about. Maybe a noise issue the first year I lived here.
For the record, liberals who are keeping count, that is THREE TIMES I have called the police in the 6 years I have lived here. That averages half a call a year. Sue me. RAAAAAACISM. Or something. Whatever.
And yet there are other times young men of all colors have walked around in this neighborhood and I did not feel remotely compelled to call 911. It’s called “gut instinct.” Sometimes it’s right. Sometimes it is not. But it is crucial to your well being.
This is what is referred to as “erring on the side of caution.” The difference between what I’ve done and what George Zimmerman did the night of February 26th was he got out on foot to find where Trayvon Martin went – and in my opinion he did so not to confront, but to keep track of him so he could tell the police where Trayvon was when they (the police) got there (Zimmerman giving 911 detailed info about the neighborhood and asking them to have police call HIM when they arrived in the neighborhood is what drives me to think that). When you have issues with suspicious activity and crime in your neighborhood, you are a little more aware of what’s going on and when something seems off you do what any HUMAN BEING would do and call 911.
Keep in mind that liberals aren’t just spinning their tops over the fact that George Zimmerman isn’t behind bars, they think it’s wrong – period FULL STOP – that he even called 911 in the first place. ”Trayvon Martin was racially profiled and then murdered and all he was armed with was bag of Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea!!” they’ll yell. Hindsight is 20/20, isn’t it? Had Trayvon Martin been in the act of breaking into a home and George Zimmerman been able to tell police exactly where Martin was, that neighborhood would be hailing Zimmerman as a hero and there would be NO discussion of whether or not he “racially profiled” Trayvon Martin.
We’ll never know if Trayvon Martin really was “acting like he was on drugs” the night he was killed. According to George Zimmerman’s 911 call, Martin was. Zimmerman also said it looked like Martin was “looking into homes.” We’ll never know if that’s true, either. But consider this: In all the times Zimmerman called 911 to report suspicious activity (re: persons of all “races”), he had plenty of opportunities to get out and mow someone down if that’s the kind of person he was (which is what liberals, race hustlers, the national mainstream media, and the Martin family attorneys want you to think). With that in mind, why “murder Trayvon in cold blood”, as he has been accused? Someone with an itchy of a trigger finger (something else The Usual Suspects want you to believe about George Zimmerman) would have struck way before last month – in my opinion.
It should also be noted that the night Trayvon Martin was killed, it was dark and when asked on the 911 call as to the race of the “suspicious person”, Zimmerman wasn’t sure – he said something to the effect of “I think he’s black.” He didn’t confirm he was black until Martin allegedly walked towards his SUV.
And just think, had Zimmerman also been black, we wouldn’t be talking about this right now, which is another tragedy in all this. Black on black violence in America is epidemic, in contrast to “hate crimes” (something ELSE George Zimmerman has been accused of), and that should be where the national discussion is focused – but the only people allowed to discuss it without being called “racists” are the very race pimps (Jackson, Sharpton, numerous black liberal politicos) who keep the violence going by pointing fingers in the wrong directions as to what the real problems are (let’s start with single parent families, for starters). It’s a vicious cycle, and one that won’t be reversed until the voices of people who REALLY care about the issues facing black youths drown out the Sharptons and Jacksons of this world, people who – in concert with pandering liberal politicos across America – have done far more damage to the black community in the last 50+ years than the “racists/Uncle Toms” they routinely shift the blame onto.