The real tragedy

Gangbanger couture

I‘m having fun watching all this hullabaloo in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s untimely demise.

It’s brought out the usual crew of race-baiters:

Spike Lee, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, et al.

Here’s some data to put the entire matter into perspective:

About 150 young black men are killed every week in the United States, and 94 percent of their murderers are other young black men.

But let a black guy get killed, especially in murky circumstances, by someone whose skin reflects a contrary color scheme and — Lordy! — the sky collapses.

Here comes Oprah!  Here comes President Obama!  No matter that the investigation is still ongoing, that it actually has been widened.

Oprah says that what happened to Trayvon is a tragedy and that “nobody is investigating!”  Huh? Nobody is investigating?

Wake up, girlfriend!

Obama says Trayvon could have been his son, or something like that.  Huh?  The president has no business taking sides before the investigation is completed. Doesn’t Obama have better things to do?

Hand over defense secrets to the Russians?  Raise gasoline prices?

Hone his divisiveness?

The real tragedies are the widespread cultural cracks in America’s black community that have them murdering one another, dissing “white education” and correct English, glorifying crime, and singing music that would make a Nairobi prostitute blanch.

When are Sharpton, Lee and Obama turning their attention to those things?

31 thoughts on “The real tragedy”

  1. Well, at least Geraldo Rivera had some insight when he mentioned that the hoody gangbanger outfit didn’t do good for the man.

    Too bad people cannot put things into proper perspective, as you say.


  2. i admit that seeing the word “fun” in your first sentence about the hullabaloo, saddened me. all i knew about the case was what i’ve seen posted on facebook, since, as i may have mentioned before, we don’t really watch much news here. maybe as they say, ignorance is bliss. just too much bad stuff going on in the world.

    great article by mr. sowell, i will have to start reading them on a regular basis.

    have a good weekend senor.

    yes, i know you always do.

    teresa in nagoya


    1. Teresa: What’s fun about it is seeing this oh-so-predictable gang of self-serving clowns come out of the woodwork in these rare situations when the far, far, far more serious problems of some (not all) segments of black America remain unsolved, unaddressed, un-everything, actually getting worse because if you point them out you’re a racist or some such thing if you’re not black, and blacks are not prone to pointing them out very often.

      One exception is the wonderful Bill Cosby.

      The pack of clowns also includes most of the mainstream media which have none-too-subtly convicted Zimmerman and declared Martin a 100% innocent victim. Both may be true, but we do not know that yet.

      The media also prefers to use a photo of Martin clearly taken some years ago (before his gangbanger-garb days) in which he appears a little angel dropped down to earth on a temporary basis and now has returned home to the Hands of God and the company of other little angels. That may be true, but we do not know it yet.

      I’d lay money that it’s not true.

      There are just so many aspects of this ridiculous drama that one can hardly avoid snorting in black-hearted (no racial pun intended) merriment. That’s the fun I refer to.

      One of my black heroes, and I have more than one, is the aforementioned Cosby who has a long history of being on the correct side of this issue, loudly pointing out the incredible dysfunction of much of black America and that the blame for most of it can be laid at their own feet.

      I have not seen Cosby grandstanding over Trayvon Martin. He knows the bigger picture, where the outrage should actually be directed, at the other 149 or so weekly murders of black men committed by black men that are just buried low in the crime columns of some newspapers unnoticed by Obama, Oprah, Spike Lee, HuffPost and MSNBC.

      They go unnoticed because whitey had nothing whatsoever to do with them.

      But back now to the pack of indignant buffoons mugging for the TV cameras. Here is a great quote by Dinesh D’Souza:

      Publicly inconsolable about the fact that racism continues, these activists seem privately terrified that it has abated.

      So, yes, these people like Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, the absolutely hilarious Al Sharpton and, lamentably in this case, Oprah and Obama, do give me some fun moments.

      But not necessarily in a good way.

      It is a sour mirth.


  3. Have been reading your blog for ages, this is my first time I feel a sense of disappointment.
    ‘fun’ this wasn’t.


    1. Shelagh: Don’t be disappointed, dear heart. I have addressed the “fun” issue at length in my reply to Teresa just above. The reply is also for you.

      Thanks for the feedback, all of which is appreciated.


  4. I thought in the United States we are innocent until proven guilty. Zimmerman may be guilty but we don’t know yet. You mentioned Bill Cosby whose own son was murdered. As I remember Mr. Cosby and his family waited for justice to be served. They acted with dignity throughout that horrible tragedy.
    Sad to say, but I have no doubt that Obama will use Trayvon Martin for political gain. Otherwise, he would be trying to calm the situation, not make it worse.


    1. Jackie: Obama clearly is not trying to calm the situation. He’s done precisely the opposite, and it’s outrageous, and that is a word I use rarely, finding it a bit girly.

      I don’t, however, think Obama will try to win political points over this. Race-baiting isn’t his shtick. Class divisiveness is what he plays. His reaction to the Trayvon event was, I think, a natural reaction for him but, as president, he should have kept his trap shut. That he did not is incredible, to put it mildly.

      I recall the murder of Cosby’s son now that you mention it. Cosby always comports himself well, a wonderful man.

      As for how Trayvon’s relatives are reacting, they are trying to trademark one of the T-shirt phrases that popped up, and that directs me back to the word outrageous again.


  5. Real tragedies indeed. Before this happened I saw how the hoodie was being used, and gave my Nike hoodie to Goodwill….


  6. My grandaughter, a US Marine, proudly wears her USMC issue hoodie when on leave from the Corps. She is black and she is proud and nobody ever mistakes HER for a gangbanger!

    De penelope en SMA.


    1. Penelope: And proud you should be. If your granddaughter is in the Marines, I salute her with a tip of my sombrero, and she can wear any old thing she wants to. It’s all right by me.


  7. Murder is never fun. The aftermath is not fun. Two parents lost a child. It’s not fun. You can explain it till the cows come home. The boy is dead. What’s so fun about that? Please don’t give me a long excuse. It’s no fun.


    1. Laurie: You, the two others above who reacted similiarly, and I imagine others who did not leave a comment, need to take a hanky to your reading glasses to get the dust off, don your thinking caps, and take a look at that first paragraph one more time. It would also help to read my lengthy response above to Teresa who was the first to utterly misinterpret what I said.

      I did not say murder was fun. However, I did say some aspects of the aftermath are fun because they certainly are.

      Now, let us pause a moment to look at the word in question here: fun.

      English is a rich language. It’s funny that Joe and Martha vacationed in northern Manitoba in January. It’s funny they would do that because Manitoba is under 20 feet of snow in January, you see, not because I am grinning from ear to ear at the idea.

      Back at the Trayvon case. Since I am not personally involved, it’s fun (and totally predictable, which is perhaps the fun part) to watch this usual gang of race-baiting buffoons (the worst of whom is Al Sharpton) come out of the woodwork to work people into a rage over this event before all the facts are in, which they do not because of any real interest in Trayvon Martin or what happened or did not happen before his untimely demise, but to make themselves more famous, which leads to money, TV appearances, another new Cadillac, more speaking engagements, feeling really good about themselves, all of that, which is precisely why they do what they do.

      And people, mostly black people, fall for it every time. It’s funny they would do that. Again. And again. And again.

      It’s kinda funny too that you and the others didn’t understand what I was getting at in the first place.

      Maybe you still don’t.


      1. Dear Felipe,

        Fun and funny are different words with differing meanings. I can think of no instance where fun means odd. You chose to define funny for me. I enjoy your writing, but in this case, I find cause to question your mirth. Let’s agree to disagree about the affair of Trayvon Martin. Write on, friend, but please, let Trayvon’s case rest without bemusement. Sincerely, your admirer, but not one without discernment, the ever faithful, Madame Gumbeaux.


        1. Laurie: It occurred to me later that one could draw a distinction between funny and fun.

          But, in any event, I do find it fun to watch the tiresome race-baiting of the clowns. I smirk. So predictable, and so old and worn-out.

          But it keeps their wallets stuffed.


      2. hi felipe,

        you are not the first to tell me i need to put a hanky to my reading glasses-heck, hubby used to tell me all the time because they always look dirty to him, but i can see just fine. i do want to clarify however, that i did not misinterpret what you wrote, i merely gave my opinion of how you used the word fun. you did not need to take so much time explaining, but i appreciate it. still feel the same though, but as laurie said, we can agree to disagree. as for me, i would just be critical of all that seems to be going on and perhaps a bit disillusioned. i hope justice will come out of this case. if that man shot an innocent child, then he should do the time that he deserves regardless of anything else.

        heading off on vacation tomorrow to the southern island of kyushu. looking forward to seeing friends from when we lived in sasebo 25 years ago.

        feliz pascua to you and the senora.

        teresa in nagoya


        1. Teresa: The only “justice” lots of black Americans will accept, especially after the fiery, outrageously self-serving speeches of Sharpton and Co., is that Zimmerman is locked up for life or shot. Just wait and see what happens if he is not prosecuted due to the apparently very loose laws of Florida in these situations. Batten down the hatches, especially the hatches that keep a WalMart shut at night. One has already been looted by Trayvon’s supporters. No outrage should pass without carrying home at least one hot, wide-screen, high-def television.

          As for the “child,” he was 17 and stood 6 feet, 3 inches tall. Certainly no reason to shoot him, of course, but I think your perception is common, likely due to the most publicized photo of him which was taken, it appears, when he was about 13. There is a lot of slanted press in this sad tale.

          Enjoy your vacation.


          1. thanks — we will enjoy our vacation.

            too bad about the looting-how is that going to solve anything? of course it won’t, and i could never understand why people do such things. you’re right about the picture i saw. i did think he was about 13.

            take care and keep up the good writing. i do enjoy it if even if i disagreed once with your word choice 🙂


  8. No outrage should pass without carrying home at least one hot, wide-screen, high-def television.

    no outrage should pass without an accused black boy being dragged behind a pickup truck.

    Give it a rest, please.


      1. I assume that you and Penelope (great name!) know that if you don’t want to follow along, there’s a button somewhere here that will let you unsubscribe to comments. You are not prisoners.


    1. Penelope: You seem to be referring to some unrelated incident. I’m not sure why.

      But, Penelope, I cannot give it a rest as long as people give feedback.

      Like yours, for instance!

      But since you brought up the matter of the looted WalMart which took place, if I recall correctly, last week, I must point out how it’s connected to the matter at hand.

      The looting took place by black kids who had, according to them, left their nearby school to protest the gross injustice of Mr. Zimmerman’s not already swinging from the highest tree limb with his tongue hanging out and his eyes bulging.

      They wanted to protest “injustice,” no doubt in some part prodded by hearing Spike Lee, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the usual suspects, but the students got sidetracked by WalMart and all the goodies inside.

      Which brings me back to the core point of my post. Why aren’t these black “leaders” raining fire and brimstone down on the many-fissured black communities throughout the land where killing young black men is almost always done by other black men. And where a protest against “injustice” ends up as a looting of WalMart.

      All of that, dear heart, is far more serious and self-destructive to black America than the isolated incident of poor Trayvon Martin.

      Where are the outcries from black “leaders” against these widespread problems? There are few (aside from Bill Cosby and some brave, brilliant, black conservatives) because there is no fame and money to be made for these charlatans by doing so.

      But take heart. Soon, perhaps later today, this item will be replaced at the top of the website list by something fresh and new, having nothing to do with Trayvon, Zimmerman or smoking WalMarts wiped clean of their merchandise by outraged “protesters.”


      1. The looting took place by black kids who had, according to them, left their nearby school to protest the gross injustice of Mr. Zimmerman’s not already swinging from the highest tree limb with his tongue hanging out and his eyes bulging.
        Really? tongue hanging out and eyes bulging? Why not just say arrested, charged and awaiting trial?
        Ok, I`m bored. And finished.
        tenga un buen dia.


        1. Penelope: Two reasons I wrote it that way.

          1. If we could probe deep into their hearts, I would bet big bucks that it is precisely would they would like to see.

          2. I have fun with words.

          Bet you’re still reading too!


  9. It is remarkable that a few of your readers would take any offense to your opening remark, “. . . having fun watching all this hullabaloo in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s untimely demise.”

    It is obvious to me that the fun is in the ridiculous baiting that some use to rile the troops. It has nothing to do or shows any disrespect for the situation as it relates to the death of a human being.

    I am amazed that this would be at issue. It makes me ponder, as I have been lately, the value in expending the energy to comment to the Internet at large – written opinions are diverse and responses more so. In the written word there is delicate language that seems to occasionally get bloated out of all proportion, causing upset that only the most diplomatic and politically correct might avoid (if such scribes truly exist).

    Truly I do not always agree with you señor –- in this case me thinks this is much ado about nothing — a very “merry war.” Did I just write, or rather quote, the Bard demonstrating my amusement -– there you have it. 😉


    1. John: Sometimes you take me totally by surprise. Not often, but sometimes, and when you do, it is a real doozy.

      As you note, we disagree on quite a number of things.

      But what you have said here is so precisely on the money it will be the last word on the matter. I’m closing the comments.

      First, however, I thank you.


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