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Gutfeld on Trayvon Zimmerman

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Gut Check: Fear of Facts

by Greg Gutfeld 25 Jul 2013, 2:03 PM

One thing I noticed throughout the Martin/Zimmerman story cycle: the “opinion/fact” mutation. As more facts are introduced into the mix, opinions don’t disappear after being proven wrong, they simply mutate.

We’ve seen this with other issues and debates: global warming, for example, mutated into climate change. When statistics revealed that the earth hasn’t warmed in a decade and a half, you then offer opinions about climate in general to maintain your point of view. We do this all the time, in our personal lives, too. After we exhaust all opinions, we are ultimately left with, “I really don’t want to go see your mother.”

Opinion moves like water–when one path is blocked, it finds an alternative route. If the bad guy is white, but it turns out he isn’t white, he becomes “white Hispanic.” When you find out that nearly every person involved in the matter says race isn’t a factor, then the story becomes about “stand your ground.” And even if you find that “stand your ground” may not play a role, then it becomes a “national conversation” about “self-defense” or about “the system” in general. Every time you change the turf, the opposing teams just pick a different strategy to push their point of view.

The only consistency is Al Sharpton, who never lets a fact get in the way of his persona-building outrage. I’ve repeated his sordid past many times on TV, but one fact needs to be highlighted: in 1995, Sharpton–angry over the eviction of a black-owned record store, used his radio show and rallies to foment rage. As Jonah Goldberg points out in his most recent NY Post column on Sharpton, one of the rally protesters entered a Jewish-owned store whose owner had been incorrectly blamed for the eviction and shot the place up, people included. He then set fire to it. He killed seven occupants, which Goldberg points out, were mostly Hispanic.

So, that tragedy outdid Zimmerman by a factor of seven. I don’t think Al organized a protest for that. It’s something you run from, not march toward.

My gut always tells me the Zimmerman story was about an altercation between two men: one could fight, and one had a gun. I’m no fan of Zimmerman (this was a guy in love with law enforcement, which can be dangerous when left outside of law enforcement), but I also don’t think the case is an indictment on society. Even the President agrees that race relations are vastly improved (the President IS black, after all).

Why the racial climate is better yet we still have thousands of black homicides a year is the issue he really could–and should–sink his teeth into. If those murders are not race related, then what is it related to? The “context” of poverty doesn’t uniformly fly. A lot of people are poor and don’t kill each other. I was dirt broke for a long time, and crime never crossed my mind (although I considered table dancing for elderly men).

I’d like to see Obama address that issue. Instead, he says that Trayvon could have easily been him. Maybe so, but Zimmerman could easily have been him too. After all, Obama and Zimmerman have more in common than race traffickers will admit: a white parent. Zimmerman might have been a victim of racism at some point too… I have no idea.

And believe it or not, I’ve had people lock their car doors when they saw me. Mainly because, at the time, I was young, drunk, and walking toward them. One such memory: As I approached a parked car one night, an older woman inside frantically throttled the lock and pressed down hard. I reached for the keys that were still stuck in the exterior lock of her car, removed them and dangled them. She rolled down her window, and I handed them to her. She thanked me, with a hint of embarrassment. She was white, and so was I (at the time). But I would have done the same thing if I saw me coming. I looked grubby and bug-eyed.

And so within this current hysteria–a mix of real anger, legitimate anxiety, and ratings-grabbing sensationalism–some truth is lost, or mocked. Geraldo Rivera was mercilessly reamed for his statement about hoodies; his advice–not to wear them–was taken as a simplistic dismissal of a teenager’s death. Although, if you want to stare a hate fact right in its face, a kid wearing a hoodie at night, in a neighborhood riddled by burglaries–no matter the race–raises eyebrows. Thieves everywhere wear them to conceal appearances, and so it becomes a part of criminal profiling…not racial profiling. Rivera made the mistake of stating a fact when people really just wanted opinions. Even his kids were mad at him.

We saw this opinion/fact shift also with guns. We know where most of the gun crime originates from. But after atrocities like Sandy Hook, the argument became about “assault rifles.” Not illegal handguns, or gangs, or mental illness, or broken homes, all of which arguably play a greater role in gun death.

When those facts came out, the argument switched from evil assault rifles to the insidious power of the NRA, then the Second Amendment. We cling to emotional opinions–they’re like religion and guns–even when facts point us in other directions. It was another moment when the President could have focused on specific scourges, but didn’t, for reasons I’ll get to shortly.

When the President brought up his kids and how they have such enlightened views on race, what he meant to say is: it never comes up. It’s true. He’s right. It’s met with, “What’s all this fuss about?” I see this with my niece and nephew. Race never, ever enters the picture. They think we are weird to obsess over it.

However, and it’s a big however, if teenagers have so little interest in this racial conflict, why does it continue to rear its ugly head later in life? What happens between the teenage years and young adulthood that turns the world into “us vs. them?”

College. Academia. It’s where race-baiting flourishes. It’s where, absent of competitive instincts that foster the learning of skills and desire for real achievement, we get divisive awareness raising that serves only to create agitation and pointless activism. A white or black kid seemingly unaware of the nature of “two Americas” when they’re seventeen is brainwashed by 21 into thinking that “white privilege” and “patriarchal oppression” are the true evils, propagated by the worst country ever.

This pernicious pit stop, called college, is where humanity is filled with racial outrage. It’s a gas station that serves anger, unleaded. College is a place where professors can make bank reminding the gullible that America is a bad bad place, and that things need to change–even if they hope it won’t. It guarantees them work and guest spots on Bill Maher’s Real Time. If someone, like the President, offered real solutions, they’d have to find real work.

There are glimmers of change. Look at Charles Barkley, Bill Cosby, Romany Malco, or Lupe Fiasco. None of them, I venture, are remotely conservative. I’d guess they all respect and admire President Obama. But all of them, regarding the Zimmerman trial, spoke truths that the President couldn’t or wouldn’t.

Why wouldn’t he? Because he is the product not of reality but of the teacher’s lounge. President Obama seemed to have such a hard time during that last press conference navigating the aftermath of the verdict, perhaps because he was parsing his words based on his ideological education. He could not say “gangs,” or “lack of fathers,” or “self-reliance,” because those words do not fit in the rhetoric of the polarity propagated on campus. There are times when he might refreshingly say “pull your pants up,” (which he did, once, I believe) but those moments are few and far between. Maybe he’s just not that guy.

My solution is, oddly, the same as Holder’s: an honest discussion on race. But herein lies the problem. Right now Obama exists in only one stripe of the race rainbow. He only talks to the Sharptons, but never the Steeles. Has he ever thought of sitting down and talking to Shelby Steele, or Thomas Sowell, or Larry Elder, or Ben Carson, or even Allen West?

Invite Lupe Fiasco to the White House for God’s sake!

As long as Obama relies on the Holders and the Reverend Al’s of the world for perspective, nothing will change. Cities like Detroit will continue to crumble, and prisons will become the closest to communities many young blacks have.

President Obama has three years and change to actually make change, to stand up and lead, to call those who consider him their leader to actually listen to ugly truths and positive solutions. If he did that, even I’d vote him in for a third term… and I didn’t vote for him twice.

Greg Gutfeld is a mainstay on Fox News as co-host of The Five and the host of Red Eye. He’s also the NY Times best-selling author of The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage.

For more from Greg check out his official site or follow him on Twitter.


Racist Bullets

Who knew?

“If a white male teen would have been involved in this scenario, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.” – President Barack Obama 071913

Apparently the bullet would have made a different decision based on race?

Or, was it the Gun that was practicing institutional bigotry?

Or, was it George… who would have allowed himself to be killed on the sidewalk had the attacker been a “white male teen”?

Or, was it Trayvon… who, under the Presidents scenario, being “White” would not have doubled back and punched George because the Creepy Ass Cracker had the Audacity to wonder what Trayvon was doing wandering around a crime riddled neighborhood on a dark rainy night? (According to Rachel Jeantel.  And, the Jury.  And, Charles Barkley.)

Even though I’m not smart enough to find the Racism present in the Self-Identified Hispanic George Zimmerman… or one of the above mentioned racist items, my Self-Identified African-American President say’s it’s there… so it’s there.

Previously, I just locked my doors regardless of who was approaching my car… because people should not be approaching my car, unless I could discern they were a Senator.

And now I understand that when I lock my doors due to a person approaching my car I either need to assess the color of that person’s skin… and feel like a bad, bad racist if they are Black, or not lock my doors and know that no matter what happens in regard to my, or my families, safety I will be an enlightened color blind pillar of society.

I learn so much about my innately racist ways when I listen to my President.

I’m also forever indebted to Attorney General Eric Holder for teaching me that It’s my duty to hand over everything I’ve worked for and Run Away when confronted by someone willing to do me harm.  I had it completely turned around.

I know… I’m a Self-identified Anglo, and I realize I need a lot of help.

But it goes without saying… although it’s said all the time…

I’ll NEVER understand.  If I did, what would those who make money enlightening me do?

That’s why I drink a ton of Tequila… to drown my insensitive ways.

I’m such a jerk.

I have to go sort out and throw away the racist bullets hiding in my closet.


Run Away! Run Away!

Apparently it’s no longer a laugh line from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

According to our Attorney General, Eric Holder, it’s “your duty” to retreat when threatened.

Your Duty… to Run Away.

du·ty
 [ dootee ]
  1. obligation: something that somebody is obliged to do for moral, legal, or religious reasons
threat
 [ thret ]
  1. declaration of intent to cause harm: the expression of an intention to cause harm or pain
  2. sign of something bad: an indication that something unpleasant or dangerous is going to happen
  3. somebody or something likely to cause harm: a person, animal, or thing likely to cause harm or pain

Please take a moment and think about this.

Our Attorney General, who is the legal mouthpiece for the President of the United States, has stated in no uncertain terms that you must retreat when threatened by anyone wishing to do you harm.  And make no mistake… taking your stuff, threatening your well-being, or both, is “doing you harm”.

According to Mr. Holder, you are obligated to give that person, or persons, whatever they want if they demand it.  Could be your Wedding Ring, could be your child, could be your body.

You have no right to protect yourself, or your property, if another individual is willing to harm you.

Sounds to me like it’s “Open Season” on all of us who are not inclined to break the law.  Sounds like a Thug empowerment seminar.  Sounds like pandering for the criminal vote.

The only legitimacy this idea enjoys is born out of the concept that we should leave such matters to the police (the government).  It is a flawed idea.

I respect the police.  It is a difficult and dangerous job.

However, the police are the SECOND line of defense against crime.  They exist to catch criminals AFTER they have committed the crime… as it should be.

YOU are the FIRST line of defense… as it should be.

Why is this?

Because you do not… do not… do not… want to live in a country where there is a police officer on every corner.  These places exist, and judging by the numbers, you don’t even choose to vacation there.

So, this leaves YOU.  And surprisingly unknown to our current leaders, our country was designed that way.  The responsibility to defend ourselves is integral to our freedom and liberty.  In fact, our ability to defend ourselves, and our property, is considered an inalienable right.  Does that phrase sound familiar?  It should.

As you age, and pay attention, it becomes disconcerting when you realize the level of ignorance some of us find acceptable in our leaders.

Or is it ignorance?

Could it be they know exactly what they are saying?

If so, does that make you feel better?


Countdown to the Race Card

It has been 5-days since all the new scandals have presented themselves.

First, the Administration will attempt a Clintonian assertion that these issues (Like Bill’s sexual harassment lawsuit.) are doing nothing but distracting from the business of Job Creation and Economic Recovery… yes the same Job Creation and Economic Recovery that has yet to materialize after 2-years of a Democratic Controlled House, Senate and Presidency followed by 3 more years of Democrat control of the Senate and Presidency.

And, since “It’s just sex” doesn’t sound quite like “It’s just tyranny” I’m not sure this will go over.

Second, expect to hear how no other President and Attorney General would be put under such scrutiny if they were not Black.  Expect Black and not African-American… the voicing most be of moral outrage from the Left in order for it to be effective.

The only interesting aspect of this will be exactly where these cries of racism come from…

So how long till we get there?

Should we start a pool?


6-Points Plus?

Obama’s 2008 win was labeled a Landslide, by many in the press.

It was also called “A Mandate for Change“.  (Well… we definitely got that.)

Keep in Mind, He won by a 6% point margin…

Anyway,  Media Bias is typically addressed only after the fact.  The screams come once the insult is suffered and then lives only briefly in the minds of those with other things to do.  This is a fact… and a complaint.

I have a suspicion however.  I think we are in for it this time around, or, as usual.  In other words, The Leftists will not go quietly.  And, they will certainly not admit defeat.

Here is a “Bias Prep” to ready your election night viewing come 10pm Eastern Time on Nov. 6th.

What will a Romney Victory of 6-Points or More be labeled by the Mainstream Media?

A Landslide?  A Mandate?  A Rejection of Socialism?  The Voice of the People?

Or will we here the Tired Bromide of Racism… or better yet, a “Temper Tantrum“…

I bring this up now because there is plenty of time before the election actually happens and because Romney by no means has this thing in the bag.  Even the clearly Republican engineered “Frankenstorm” designed to suppress the East Coast Socialist Vote may not help…  I knew there was a reason Republicans wanted us all driving SUV’s.

So file this post.  Let’s see how the press handles a Romney Victory should it happen.  (It will happen…)

The Drinking Game should revolve around the Excuses for such a victory.  (It certainly can’t be legitimate… what “journalist” knows anyone voting for Romney?)

I need to start roughing the game out… over a glass of wine.