A Message to Trayvon Martin Sympathizers

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    By Romany Malco
    Actor

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/romany-malco/a-message-to-trayvon-mart_b_3612231.html

    I haven't touched on the Trayvon Martin issue because race matters in this country are the paralysis of the American people. To constructively discuss Trayvon would require empathy, introspection and an understanding of America's social and economic history. This is why the open forums we have seen thus far seem to fuel more ignorance and bias than reasonable debate.

    To be brutally honest, the only reason people are even aware of Trayvon Martin is because it became a topic within mainstream news and pop culture. Meaning: News directors saw it as a profitable, sensational story. Hundreds of blacks die annually in South Side Chicago without even a blurb. Trayvon isn't in the mainstream news for any reason other than ratings and profit. The news coverage on the Zimmerman case almost implies that the killing of this young black man is somehow an anomaly and I resent that.

    In this country, if it isn't streamlined through mainstream media and pop culture, it doesn't seem to warrant national debate. Our "government" continues to wreak havoc on our civil liberties and there is little to no protest from the black community because of media diversion tactics that keep such pertinent issues out of mainstream media. But if Jay-Z or Rihanna were to make mention of it, we'd suddenly be jolted out of our sugar comas and protesting on freeways.

    My point being, people are up in arms about Trayvon based on regurgitated pundits and manipulated facts aired to elicit emotion while fueling America's anger and division. That's how you boost ratings. No different from Piers Morgan's desperate rant over gun control when he knew his ratings were in the dumps. And from where I stand, anyone who still relies on corporate-owned media pundits to support an argument isn't equipped to offer worthwhile solutions.
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    Actor Romany Malco has appeared in such films as The 40 Year Old Virgin, Baby Mama, Blades of Glory and Think Like a Man as well as starring in the TV show Weeds. A former Marine from Brooklyn, he was a member of the rap group College Boyz which had a number one hit with Victim of the Ghetto.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/romany-malco/
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    Sir Charles weighs in...

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/19/charles-barkley-zimmerman_n_3622632.html

    "I feel sorry that a young kid got killed, but they didn't have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night...but if you look at the case -- and there was some racial profiling -- something changed the dynamic that night," Barkley said on the program "Closing Bell."

    While Barkley added that Zimmerman was wrong to have racially profiled Martin, he said he thinks Martin "flip[ped] the switch and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman."

    The NBA Hall of Famer continued: "The main thing I feel bad for, [is that the trial] gives every white person and black person who are racist a platform to vent."

    "I don't like when race gets out in the media because...I don't think the media has clean hands," Barkley said.
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    I get his argument, but at the same time, what seperates him from a "corporate-owned media pundit?" Indeed, here is a guy practicing punditry on a corporate-owned media platform.
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    But more to the point, who is anyone to tell people who are genuinely angry about a tragedy, however sensationalized, that your anger is BS, misdirected or unwarranted?
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    You can be genuinely angry, and ignorantly uniformed.

    I think those kind of angry people are fair game.
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    He wrote an opinion piece and it was published in a (liberal) online newspaper. He isn't a paid writer on HuffPo. Unlike Sharpton on MSNBC who doesn't seem to be held to any standard. Your statement doesn't hold water.
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    the reason why we know about the Martin case is pretty irrelevant

    people on the local level protested and it started becoming a national story, it became politicized for various reasons, and it became a huge story

    black on black crime isn't new, Chicago crime isn't new, the Martin case brought forth potential racial profiling, a dead kid, a gun law that has been often criticized, racial disparity in legal cases, etc

    we, the public, are allowed to digest this story while also acknowledging the crime rates in Chicago....it doesn't have to be one or the other
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    Why have they awakened to the killing of one young black male? Because the media, the race-baiters and politicians have stirred up emotions for their own gain. The truly dumb ones are still angry, refusing to see this for what it really was.
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    A fair point, but at the same time, most of the arguments in this vein seem to argue that there was too much information made available by the media or pundits on the TM/GZ affair, not too little.
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    Who is anyone? He or she would be called a leader. The problem is there is no one in a leadership position for decades telling people their anger is misdirected and/or unwarranted. You cannot go through life, generation after generation perpetually angry. How do you break the cycle? It takes leadership.
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    Well, wouldnt logic dictate then that the people and media arguing the opposite have something to gain too?
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    Who is Al Sharpton? Who is Jesse Jackson? Who is NBC?

    I expect he will be personally attacked for daring to say something other than the racist script - called an Uncle Tom, or something - but more from the racists Sharpton and Jackson, not you.
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    no different to why "they" would be awakened to the killing of one young white male had the exact opposite been reversed.

    there are many other story lines to this case then just a black male being killed
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    i don't think they get that folks like Sean Hannity are the real "race baiters" pushing white victimhood and making tens of millions from it
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    I don't see a big difference. Maybe its not a regular gig like Sharpton's, but the only reason his opinion is circulating is because he's a) somewhat famous, and b) a corporate-media entity decided to give him a platform. That's basically what a pundit is, a personality & opinion + a platform.
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    With regard to the media, yes. I'm sure all of the media outlets enjoyed the enhanced attention. But had NBC and the others who falsified the story early on not done so and instead reported accurately, this wouldn't have blossomed into the circus it became. Politicians stoking the embers or racial division for their own gain are the lowest form of slime, though.
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    Whatever quantity of information was made available was nevertheless unable to be thoughtfully processed by those who were apparently predisposed to superficial, reactionary-without-thought racial anger, or because they were urged to reactionary anger by the usual racial agenda folks, either of which leaves the angry crowd with no undergirding rational reason based on race, for the anger.

    As the FBI has indisputably determined.
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    In the generalized world you suggest, perhaps Hannity has visceral appeal among those of the white race who are simply tired of noticing what is wrong with the black race, and being blamed for it.

    I would call that that hypothesis pretty damn accurate, but not victimhood.
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    There is a double standard going on here and you know it. When we have double standards based on the color of someone's skin that is called racism.

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