When one removes the liberal-sounding label from the so-called, “Stand Your Ground Laws”, we find that they are merely laws regarding “self-defense” in situations in which the individual feels that his/her life is in endangered, these laws help to protect the innocent from prosecution. In effect, Jay Z, Kanye, and Wonder are calling for the States to strip away all laws which would protect their own self-defense in such a situation….sounds rather stupid on their part, does it not?
Taking away such laws leaves us with the situation in which, using the Zimmerman case for example, Trayvon Martin could have beat Zimmerman’s brains out on that concrete and Zimmerman would have had no recourse under the law. Now, keep in mind that Zimmerman never cited any of the “Stand-Your -Ground” laws in his defense. The only reference to them came from a juror in discussing the basis of the verdict. Basically the jury felt that Zimmerman had the right to defend himself against what he perceived as a life-threatening circumstance in his confrontation with Martin. The next time a concert crowd of unruly gang-bangers hopped on crack crowds Jay Z or Kanye, they might be thankful that the court sees things that way.
How much do we want to ignore in this case in terms of evidence to get to the decision that these artists would like for the court to have rendered? Perhaps a few visits to their gated-community compounds by hooded individuals might arouse their senses to the point of them asking, “What business does that person have in this neighborhood?” There is a reason the community is gated…a desire to keep out the public and reduce the potential for crime in the area. Just the act of “gating a community” is an act of self-defense to some degree although a very primary level of it. Locking one’s door at home is an act of self-defense although our current Vice-President, Joe Biden, would suggest firing your shotgun off the balcony to establish your ground. Is that not an act of “standing your ground” in the sense that it sends the message, “I am here; I have a gun, and I am not leaving”?
But let us get back to the entertainment side of this scenario. Do you really believe that Wonder, Jay Z, and Kanye West are so community-minded that they have taken this stand in the interest of their “dead brother” and solely for that reason? Please…this is about publicity, greed, and manipulation for gain. The present crowd of young concert-goers and music buyers probably do not have a clue as to who Stevie Wonder is thus he carries little weight with them but has everything to gain each time his name comes up nationally. West and Jay Z can only gain from increased music sales by their perceived stand in valor. Keep your eye on this list as it will grow in leaps and bounds and contain a litany of otherwise washed-up singers and entertainers looking for a way to capitalize on this situation.
Of course there will be some response to these announcements, especially by the younger generations. They will respond in ways which will reward many of these artists financially and potentially cause trouble that otherwise might not have taken place. What a shame they pay little or no attention to an entertainer like Bill Cosby who continuously raises his voice and points out the elements within the black community which does more to oppress black people than anything else. Basically, Cosby says, “We have seen the enemy of the black people and it is us.” Instead of listening and becoming motivated to move forward in life, the black youth of today turn a blind eye, fire up their gang-banger music, and keep on doing exactly the things that Cosby is warning against. Maybe if West and Jay Z had any real intelligence they would see that there are much better ways that they could be helping those of their race than taking some publicity-grabbing stand against self-defense laws across the country.
Here again, we need to turn our eyes toward Washington D.C. and thank this “excuse for a president” which we have for continuing to stir the flames of racial friction with his comments. In his impromptu meeting with the press last week, he insinuated that Trayvon Martin could have very well been him some 35 years ago. Really, so where are the tattoos on the side of your face Mr. President or the gold teeth that you sported in so many of your photos while so fashionably “flipping the bird” to no one in particular. In truth, Mr. President, other than race, you have nothing whatsoever in common with Trayvon Martin but you were selling it as such and purposely so. Adding to that sway, you insinuated that people who lock their car doors when a young black man walks by are “racist” just by that very act of caution. What if they locked their doors when a strange white boy comes on the scene like so many of them surely do. No so racist in that light…just caution against harm, huh?
Where are these so-called leaders from the entertainment industry when it comes to defending the justice system of this nation? Where are they when it comes to the Constitution and the right to be considered innocent until proven otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt? Where are they on the gang violence which plagues the streets of cities like Chicago and accounts for the on-going slaughter of young black men? Where are they with their music which is so chocked-full of racial commentary, sexual innuendo, and suggestions of outright violence? Where are they in their caring for the young people of their race when the product they put on the shelf that lines their pockets with money comes from the manipulation of young black minds that think it is so cool to join up with gangs, listen to that hip-hop-crap-rap music, and perpetuate violence against their own people? Where are they? I will let you decide that point.
For my two cents, Wonder, Jay Z, and Kanye West are no better than a president who is willing to use “race-baiting” and praise those like Jackson and Sharpton who continue to use it in manipulating their own people. Opportunity exists in this country for every person but the aforementioned cannot afford to have you believe it lest they lose some of the audience which keeps the friction high and the money rolling into their coffers. Opportunity does not fall out of trees for most of us…we have to apply ourselves, work hard, and stay focused on what it is that we want in life. When we throw up our hands and say, “That’s it for me, I can never get ahead because of my race” then we do not deserve much from life. Bill Cosby would be the first to tell you that. But, in the eyes of his black brothers, Cosby is exceptional and cannot represent any true members of the black race. You see, they look upon Cosby as a “cracker” now that he has achieved his success while not blaming white people for the struggles that he endured on his way up the ladder. They miss one important point about Bill Cosby. He is intelligent in calling things what they are and he relies on no one but himself to make sure that he achieves what he wants from life. That is not a “black thing” or a “white thing”…it is a “human thing” and we all have it if we are honest with ourselves.
The George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case is a racial divider which has been hyped up by the media to sell soap and salted to the teeth by our president, the Department of Justice, and the race-baiters of our nation to further drive a wedge in the process of human relations in this country. Sadly, it is working and for only one reason…sheer ignorance. No matter how much we invest in education in this nation, it seems that we cannot do away with the DNA of ignorance which is passed from generation to generation perpetuating the same old tired ideas that someone is doing something to oppress one group or another because they cannot find any other viable reason to justify their giving up on making something of their lives. What a sad thing that we cannot focus on that element and do something productive about it rather than allowing ourselves to be divided by some trumped up case of racial friction. It speaks volumes about us as a nation.
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