April 07, 2016

From O.J. Simpson to #BlackLivesMatter: How did we get here?

Justin TobinRebel Blogger

The ten episode FX series, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is now over. It’s a show I highly recommend watching.

It is very objective and shows the trial for what it was: “A circus,” as assistant District Attorney Chris Darden put it. The series accurately illustrates that the trial was more about alleged racism in the LAPD than it was about OJ Simpson.

While watching, I was reminded of two recent events which lead to the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement:

The 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a black teen, by a Hispanic man named George Zimmerman, and the 2014 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael brown, a black teen, by white police officer Darren Wilson.

The social justice warrior and leftist media consensus of the Trayvon Martin shooting was that a white man had targeted a black teen because of the teen’s race, and shot him to death.

But the evidence strongly supports the opposite. Zimmerman was driving when he saw a suspicious looking person in a residential area that had a history of break-ins. He called police to report this, but was later attacked by Martin while outside of his vehicle. Martin repeatedly pounded Zimmerman’s head into the ground until Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder.

 All of the evidence in Zimmerman’s defense went largely ignored. NBC aired an edited version of the phone call to make it seem like Zimmerman said, “He looks suspicious, he’s black.” In reality, the dispatcher asked for the race of the suspicious individual. NBC would later be sued for this act of blatantly irresponsible journalism. President Obama inflamed the passions of the black community, saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”

Two years later, the regressive left media and social justice warriors framed Michael Brown’s death as the shooting of an innocent, unarmed black teen by a racist white police officer. Some insisted that Michael Brown had his hands up in surrender, resulting in the protest mantra “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

But again, the evidence strongly suggests the opposite. Brown had robbed a convenience store just before the altercation. Wilson approached Brown and told him to walk on the sidewalk instead of the middle of the street. Brown became belligerent, punching Wilson’s face, even grabbing for Wilson’s gun. Brown took off on foot, and after a short chase, Brown turned around and charged at Wilson who fired several shots in self-defense.

It’s important to note the size of Michael Brown, who stood at 6 feet, four inches and 285 pounds: Not the harmless and defenseless teen portrayed by the mainstream media and social justice warriors. In fact, describing his struggle with Brown, Wilson said he felt like a five-year old grabbing onto Hulk Hogan.

A grand jury exonerated Darren Wilson in the wrongful shooting accusation of Michael Brown. The jury’s decision not to bring the case to trial lead to mass rioting in Ferguson, Missouri and protests throughout the United Sates. Businesses were looted, bullets were fired, buildings were set on fire, and millions of dollars in property was destroyed. This was all in the name of expressing grievances because of a supposedly racist police force.

Ironically, most of the businesses were black owned.

Why didn’t President Obama address the nation with hard facts? Why didn’t he mention that the shooting was in self-defense? Why didn’t he mention that along with multiple eyewitness testimony, forensic evidence supported that Michael Brown did not have his hands raised in surrender and that he was charging toward Officer Wilson when he was shot?

In the cases of George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson, the evidence strongly supported that they were not guilty of murdering innocent young black men. Yet, social justice warriors rioted and protested.

Now go back to 1994 and 1995, and we see the hypocrisy when we look at the case of O.J. Simpson. An almost entirely black jury found Simpson not guilty, but to any sane person with an average IQ, the prosecution’s evidence overwhelmingly supported that contention that he murdered – nearly decapitated – both his ex-wife, Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

The blood trail at the Rockingham property matched O.J., the blood found on the glove found near the murder scene matched O.J., and the blood found in O.J.’s Ford Bronco matched not only him, but the victims as well.

Furthermore, photographic evidence showed O.J. wearing the same make and size of the gloves found, and even wearing the same make and size Bruno Magli shoes that matched those bloody footprints.

Defense lawyer Johnnie Cochrane kept playing the race card, making the trial more about Detective Mark Fuhrman, arguing that Fuhrman’s use of racial slurs in the past supported the notion that O.J. was framed by the LAPD.

Why wasn’t there any rioting over a black man who obviously slaughtered two white people and got away with it? Why weren’t there any accusations by social justice warriors that there was a racist black jury? Instead, there was mass celebrating in the black community.

Tuesday night’s finale of “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” showed a split screen reaction of people after the not guilty verdict was read, with black people cheering, and white people in a state of disbelief. There were exceptions though, with Oprah Winfrey wearing an impassive, disappointed expression.

I believe this show came at a perfect time, and serves as a reminder that humanity is becoming more divided when our choices are governed by emotions rather than logic.

With people like Al Sharpton calling the Sanford police department racist, and Obama refusing to address the nation with hard evidence, and the circulating of hashtags like #blacklivesmatter, a society is being created in which white people are seen as the only people capable of racism.

This only-white-people-can-be-racist nonsense and accusing innocent police officers of being racist is only creating more racial tensions and more militarized police forces. There is nothing progressive about this. If anything, this is causing western countries to become more divided.


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commented 2016-04-11 08:46:09 -0400
re: Frank Mann :“Your folks were not slaves and your folks don’t suffer from bigots who consider you and your folks sub-human. I mean, still.”

Your folks were not slaves either. If I want to go back far enough I also have ancestors who were slaves. The Barbary Pirates (Muslims from Libya and Morocco etc.) enslaved thousands of Europeans and sold them. I have great respect for George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglas, Martin Luther King. I don’t respect those who made nothing of the advances made by great Afro-American heros and who have reverted to blaming others for their problems. If you act human you will be treated as a human…but if you throw away your great culture of people like the above brave Americans then you have no one to blame but yourself.
commented 2016-04-11 08:36:20 -0400
“Black lives matter” is a racist comment.
commented 2016-04-09 03:02:46 -0400
That’s all very “righteously indignant” sounding Frank Mann, but up to WW1 my “folks”, and millions of others in Russia and Eastern Europe were serfs and kulaks ruled by their German, Russian and Austro-Hungarian overlords…The also couldn’t own land, get educated, openly practice their language or traditions, and were reminded daily of their inferior status… Yet they somehow pulled themselves out of the dirt… And lumping all black persons in North America under the same “victim” label shows both a naivete and stereotyping on your part…
commented 2016-04-09 00:12:06 -0400
JT, the story is even more profound than your young years indicate.
The trial must be on Youtube in its entirety. Take a gander, see what damnyankee bigotry looks like.
Take a moment to place your (presumably) white prejudices in the shoes of any black person in North America. Can’t do it, can you?
Your folks were not slaves and your folks don’t suffer from bigots who consider you and your folks sub-human. I mean, still.
commented 2016-04-08 03:26:41 -0400
David Bartha… I presume you are referring to South Side Chicago, where blacks are murdering other blacks in record numbers?…
commented 2016-04-07 20:54:03 -0400
Dave, It’s “black lies matter” these days – but then again radicalism being the accepted wisdom these days all lies matter – to the political class
commented 2016-04-07 12:20:34 -0400
Black Lives Matter? Since When?
commented 2016-04-07 10:26:18 -0400
Enlightening movie!! The MSM needs to be purged of all SJWs. Here is a story reported by the CBC that is – I think- a heart warming one – but believe it or not, this 9 year old journalist is being attacked by MSM SJWs via Twitter & FB: http://orangestreetnews.com/about/
We should all be buying this little lady’s news!