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NAACP: Self-Defense & Gun Laws Not to Blame

See the video at Breitbart, where an NAACP spokesperson shifts the blame off gun laws and self-defense laws and back onto the racial issues. If I had to wager, I’d bet the NAACP isn’t too keen with the focus being taken off of race, and the unfair treatment blacks often get from our justice system, and put onto gun laws. This makes sense to me.

White elites are very uncomfortable talking about racial issues. Gun control and self-defense laws are a more comfortable topics. I think this became doubly true when it became known that Zimmerman is actually Latino, which is when the media pretty much dropped the racial aspect of this tragedy entirely. Minority on minority racism and violence is a particularly uncomfortable topic for white elites.

It goes go to show how far we still have to go in order to have a truly color blind society. In a better world, African Americans would be able to count on the legal system for justice, and white Americans would be OK saying all racism is equally bad, even when it’s perpetrated by minorities on other minorities, and not feel uncomfortable in discussing that.

17 Responses to “NAACP: Self-Defense & Gun Laws Not to Blame”

  1. terraformer says:

    Good. More incentives aligning towards placing the focus back on where the real problem here is.

  2. tony says:

    Did she really say a 250% increase in “gun killings” . These freaking people wouldn’t know the truth if it bit em in the ass. I think she said “stand your ground” 250 times in that 2 minutes. It must have been a directive in the daily MAIG talking points email the media gets.

  3. Sage Thrasher says:

    One quibble, I think since the press has started calling Zimmerman Hispanic, the racism charges have shifted focus a little on to the police for not taking stronger action against him. I am inclined to wonder about that myself, though I don’t think any of us yet know the answer.

  4. Rydak says:

    Good job to the NAACP for being honest and staying on target. I have a new found respect for this organization.

  5. The tragedy is that every day, 17-18 blacks are murdered in this country, and 90% of the time, it is by another black person–and it is a very rare day indeed when anyone gives a damn about that.

    Some years back, the NAACP did something really, really gutsy, and produced a PSA that showed some Klansmen burning a cross somewhere, and showed the number of blacks that are murdered by racists in a typical year–and it was a handful, usually a dozen or less. Then it showed gang activity, and the number of blacks murdered by other blacks in a year, which is in the thousands. They were trying to make the point that the biggest danger to blacks today isn’t racists, but other blacks, and this is something the black community needs to fix, now. The public outcry was so overwhelming that they backed off and stopped running the ad.

    And I would also point out that one of the biggest causes of racism against blacks in America today isn’t neo-Nazis spouting nonsensical “scientific” theories of racism, but the extraordinary levels of black violence (usually against other blacks). Remember Jesse Jackson’s famous admission that he had reached an age where, if he heard footsteps behind him in a city, it was a relief to look over his shoulder and see that the teenagers behind him were white.

    • Alpheus says:

      While such an ad would be no less controversial, when you mentioned the KKK, I expected the KKK members removing their hoods to be black, rather than white–with the point being, that black on black murder is far more common than white-on-black.

      One question I have, though, is this: which was more controversial, the KKK imagery, or the fact that black-on-black crime kills more people than racist-white-on-black lynching?

  6. Drifter says:

    One question? Whom did you mean by “white elites”? Did you mean “white elitists” by chance?

    • Sebastian says:

      A description would be the people that run national institutions, corporate execuitives, media personalities, hollywood moguls, politicians, etc.

      • Drifter says:

        Thanks. I guess I would say the people we have in those positions today are by and large elitists.

  7. John A says:

    Now, if the NAACP could talk with the Black Congressional Caucus…
    ——————-

    It may not seem so, as much more needs to happen, but a lot of progress has been made.
    As far as I know, my grandparents never shook the hand of an Afro-American.
    Both my parents not only did so, but worked [and sometimes met outside work] side ny side with a few.
    While I do not think any of my sisters dated inter-racially, they were cetainly friends.
    My nieces and nephews dated cross-racially, in one case living together and adopting a child.
    My great-nieces and nephews, as far as I know, don’t consider the matter unless a news article stresses it.
    The great-greats, well, the oldest is still a toddler. Perhaps ny the tme they get to sixth grade even the news will not be stressing “race.”

  8. Rydak says:

    Its appears that this has all but disappeared from MSNBC. Wouldn’t you think the NAACP’s views on this matter would be a major coverage issue for a news agency? Me thinks the liberals didn’t hear what they wanted to, so it gets buried.

  9. Bubblehead Les says:

    Meanwhile, the New Black Panther Party has placed a $10,000 Bounty on Zimmermans’s Head. It takes both sides to shut down the Extremists, and yet the denouncements of the New Black Panthers by the Black Community and the MSM are deafening by their silence.

    • Jake says:

      Which could be a felony under FL law (FL statute 777.04 – Soliciting a felony (kidnapping)). Whether this rises to that level would depend a bit on how “soliciting” is defined under FL law, but they’re offering a reward for whoever performs the illegal act of kidnapping Zimmerman.

  10. Richard says:

    The NAACP has figured out that the racism meme and the gun law meme are incompatible. If Zimmerman was standing his ground then Martin was the aggressor. If Zimmerman was the aggressor, then SYG doesn’t apply. Would that the MSM were this smart or honest.

  11. Archer says:

    You know, it’s funny. Not long ago I was required to take a cultural diversity class for work, and you wouldn’t think a work training class had much applicability to the real world, but two of the strongly pressed points (in regards to race/religious/cultural/etc. differences) were:

    1: Acknowledge the elephant in the room (even if just to yourself), and
    2: Become comfortable being uncomfortable.

    Race is a touchy subject – much touchier than it should be, in my opinion. But it is there, and we need to recognize when it’s an issue, and when it’s not. That the NAACP has come out and said publicly that it’s not an issue in this case speaks volumes.

  12. Arnie says:

    I just now saw an ABC Good Morning America segment where Zimmerman was eloquently defended as not being racist by his best friend, who was African-American. He claimed the epithet Zimmerman uses in his call to the police was not “coon,” but “goon,” a disparaging term for miscreants of all races that was popular in the high school they attended.

    His attorney was there also and both state it was Zimmerman howling and crying for help on the 911 tapes. The attorney also said there are more 911 call tapes we haven’t heard that will show it to have been self-defense.

    This tragedy just keeps getting more interesting by the day!

    • Arnie says:

      Forgive me; “interesting” was an inappropriate description for a tragedy. “Ironic” and “convoluted” are better.

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