The President stopped by the White House Press Briefing room last Friday to make some remarks about the Zimmerman verdict.
Let’s not kid each other. He’s in a very difficult political position. Right between his ultra liberal base and reality. Were it not for the fact that he has absolutely no spine, this would be a very simple thing.
He could and should tell his base that they are, quite simply, wrong. That the fact that he is standing there as PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA should tell you that the folks in the 50s and 60s who fought for equal rights for black people WON.
Instead, he dissembled and tried to be all things to all people and became nothing to anybody.
The truth is that we learned something back when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s.
We learned that you could legislate equality and rights, but you couldn’t pass laws to change attitudes. That takes the passing of time and generations.
If the President was correct, it was in one area.
His kids and my only slightly older stepdaughter don’t even seem to think in terms of color or race. (They all seem to like the same crappy music.) And that is the future of race relations in this country. Old habits and prejudices die hard. But in a democratic republic such as ours with a strong culture of assimilation, they do die. It takes time and experience.
Now, with all that said, let’s look at history and why we should nip this nonsense about the Zimmerman verdict right in the bud.
When our forefathers wrote the Constitution, it is a fact that they wrote slavery into the document in two places. The first was in determining population for the purposes of setting Congressional districts, where they excluded Indians but gave slaves credit for being 3/5 of a person. The second was a paragraph which said that slaves could not escape to a different state but would be delivered, as a matter of law, back to their owners.
It was not our founding fathers’ finest moment.
From a historical perspective, it was that or the nation would not have been founded—a compromise between the plantation owners and the city folks.
It took a bloody civil war less than a century later to change it.
And then it took about another century to legislate what we said in 1776, which was “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Not the finest part of our history, but the facts nonetheless.
The final push to change the laws was a period from about the end of World War Two until the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Those laws were the most important blows struck. The subsequent enforcement of those laws was the second most important blow against the stain that compromise left on our Constitution in 1789.
But as difficult as changing the laws and the subsequent enforcement of the new laws was, it was a walk in the park compared to changing the deep-seated attitudes of perhaps 40% of the United States’ citizens.
Fortunately, we have a culture that encourages generational changes in attitudes. And the President was absolutely correct in pointing out that his daughters were different—and not because they are his daughters, but because of a generational change.
Unfortunately, a whole lot of people made a very good living off the civil rights battle. And they don’t want it to end.
So, it doesn’t matter that we have a black President. That no matter how loud they yell, they are equal in a land of great opportunity. They have a living to make.
They are race-baiting poverty pimps.
They need to get a real life and a real job. The battle is over.
The truth is that the Zimmerman trial was manna from heaven for these clowns. It got so bad that when they found out that George Zimmerman was actually Hispanic, CNN took to calling him a “white Hispanic” (as if that would make a difference.)
But facts are a pesky buzzkill for people like this.
And the facts are that a jury of George Zimmerman’s peers (Trayvon Martin’s too) said it was self-defense, not murder.
The jury system WAS one of our founding fathers’ finest moments. And the polling (Rasmussen said 48% agree with the verdict while 34% do not) appears to show that real citizens no longer take the race-baiting poverty pimps seriously.
They accepted the verdict and are moving on with their lives.
Harry Reid, Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson should, too.