Obama professes outrage when there’s little evidence of bias against blacks, but ignores attacks on whites.
Gainesville, Fla.: A white man was beaten by a group of black men yelling “Trayvon.”
Oak Park, Ill.: Two blacks repeatedly punched a young white man; one of the two attackers told police he beat the victim because he was upset with the Trayvon case.
Toledo, Ohio: A 78-year-old man was severely beaten by a group of black youths while they shouted “this is for Trayvon.”
Washington, D.C.: Three black men robbed and beat a white man, stealing his wallet and iPhone. One of the black men said, “This is for Trayvon Martin” as they approached the victim.
Mobile, Ala.: A white man was attacked by 20 black adults who hit him with chairs, pipes, brass knuckles, and paint cans. As the group left, two witnesses reported one assailant said, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”
Baltimore, Md.: A group of black youths beat a Hispanic man while saying, “This is for Trayvon.”
Chester County, Pa.: Firefighters responded to an arson started at a white-owned business with the words “Kill Zimmerman” painted in red on the front wall.
Similar revenge attacks have reportedly occurred in Memphis, Tenn.; Norfolk, Va.; and Sanford, Fla.
For President Obama’s part, it is hardly the first time that he has interjected race into law-enforcement issues. Remember, the “Cambridge Police acted stupidly” comment?
Obama’s election brought hope that he would bring Americans of all colors together. In fact, the opposite has occurred. Criticisms of the president are often framed as based on racism rather than legitimate policy disagreements.
A recent Pew Research Center poll finds that compared to 2009 almost twice as many of both blacks and whites think that race relations have been getting worse. While Obama’s comments might hearten blacks who feel discriminated against, is anyone surprised that polls show race relations have been getting worse since his election?
Obama has kept mum on violence by blacks against whites, even when there is evidence of racial animus, such as in Christopher Lane’s death. In fact, when Obama’s deputy press secretary was asked about Lane’s murder on the 21st of August, he claimed, “I’m not familiar with it, actually” and said that he couldn’t comment on it anyway because he “wouldn’t want to get ahead of the legal process here.” That’s hardly the approach the White House took to the Martin or Gates cases.