Fomenting Racial Backlash: Media Manipulation on Race and Crime

By:  William F. Jasper
Fomenting Racial Backlash: Media Manipulation on Race and Crime

Though the mainstream media cast Trayvon Martin as the latest martyr in America's supposedly endless racial oppression, there is no sympathetic Trayvon treatment for black-on-white crime victims.

Chris Lane (shown in photo), Delbert Belton, Richard Daughenbaugh, Jason Taylor Paul, David Santucci. Names not familiar? How about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman? Of course, everyone “knows” Trayvon Martin was the poor “black teen” victim of “white Hispanic” George Zimmerman, also variously described as a “vigilante” and a “racial profiler.”

For the better part of a year, the so-called mainstream media rolled out a non-stop saturation campaign to cast young Trayvon as the latest iconic martyr in America’s supposedly endless stream of systemic racial oppression.

 For its September 2013 issue, Ebony magazine has produced a “We Are Trayvon” cover story, featuring a series of covers of famous African-American men and their sons wearing hoodies.

"To be 17, black and male, specifically, is tantamount to a crime, so said the actions of a certain George Zimmerman, Trayvon's killer," Ebony's editors wrote. "After an emotional trial in the state of Florida, so too, it seems, said a jury of Zimmerman's peers."

The magazine trumpeted its righteous cause with the headline, “JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON: EBONY Takes a Stand.” According to Ebony, apparently, “justice” in the case could be served only with the conviction of George Zimmerman for murder.

The writers and editors at Ebony, like reporters and commentators in much of the MSM and left-leaning blogosphere, are determined to find racism at the heart of the Martin/Zimmerman case, regardless of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Conversely, they are just as determined to remain blind to black racism that expresses itself in vicious, unprovoked attacks on white victims. And it’s not only the usual “progressive” media types that practice this double standard; national and local politicians and police spokesmen have also adopted the hypocritical practice of selective blindness and politically correct self-censorship when it comes to black perpetrators and white/Asian/Hispanic victims.

Of the victims mentioned at the top of our story, Chris Lane is probably the best known, owing largely to the fact that he was a foreigner, an Australian, here on a college baseball scholarship. The 22-year-old student athlete was gunned down while jogging in Duncan, Oklahoma. Due to considerable public outcry over President Obama’s weighing in with inflammatory statements on the Trayvon Martin case while ignoring the Chris Lane murder, the Obama White House felt compelled to issue a belated condolence to Lane’s family.

Three youths, two black and one biracial, have been charged with Lane’s murder. The MSM talking heads rushed to proclaim that there was no evidence of racial motive involved in the killing; they did it simply because they were bored. That is still the official narrative, even though tweets on the Twitter account of James Francis Edwards, one of the alleged killers, would seem to offer a serious challenge to that thesis.

Edwards wrote in one tweet, “90% of white ppl are nasty. #HATE THEM.”
In another, Edwards claimed, “Ayeee I knocced out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!:)”

“Woods” is a racial epithet for white people, and it appears that Edwards was also referencing his participation in “The Knockout Game,” a savage new “sport” in which young black males target white people — usually the elderly, women, or weak-looking men — for extremely violent attacks, attempting to knock them out. Many of the contestants even boast of their exploits in postings on social media.

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Photo of Chris Lane: AP Images

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