Updated Analysis: Not a bit like the vigilante posses in the movies, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s posse will be out in 100 cities this weekend. But although the mainstream media’s not admitting it, Al’s is a posse that is already flagging before it starts.
Missing from the the Rev. Sharpton’s planned “Justice for Trayvon” day, is the real spontaneity and consensus of the posses of yore.
Rev. Sharpton’s planned weekend protests in 100 cities, relies on the mainstream media and politicians of the day fueling the fire of racial unrest. All politicians and most mainstream media are in deadsville zone on weekends.
The feeding frenzy by both media and politicians peaked yesterday when battling-it-out- with-MSNBC-for-ratings, backbiting CNN’s prime racism charger Piers Morgan interviewed Trayvon Martin confidante Rachel Jeantel.
Ms. Jeantel, who gave lessons in lexicon setting us straight that “n—a” was a non-racist term that could be applied to any man, was supposed to be the spark-plug in taking the George Zimmerman acquittal right over the top.
Indicating that Zimmerman was really a gay sex predator didn’t cut it.
Instead of inspiring more hatred, Rachel inspired pity. Rather than the handful of viewers who watch CNN thinking of her as an ignorant bigot, a flaming liar, or worse, folk saw her for what she really was—CNN exploited.
By the time that Sharpton hits the street on the weekend, there will have been too many other stories for folk to mull over, the stories of too many assaulted Hispanics being thrown up on the left hand column of the well-read Drudge Report.
Nor can the Reverend count on the support of too many politicians, other than those aiding and abetting what George Zimmerman’s brother, Robert, calls Eric Holder’s “witch hunt”.
Eric Holder’s Department of Justice has solicited the public for information about George Zimmerman that could help a “federal civil rights prosecution” with the DoJ even setting up an email address for tips on Zimmerman at a time when millions of out of work Americans have no idle time with which to play unpaid detective.
Take Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of “What difference does it make” Benghazi fame, who spoke about the “heartache” of the Trayvon Martin case in D.C. Tuesday evening while speaking to an African-American sorority group.
“My prayers are with the Martin family and with every family who loves someone who is lost to violence,” she said in an almost 30-minute speech. “No mother, no father, should ever have to fear for their child walking down a street in the United States of America.” (AP, July 16, 2013)
Problem is it is happening all the time in Chicago, where during the 20-day Zimmerman trial alone, four innocent children were gunned down. Sharpton, Clinton, and not even the president whose hometown it is, do diddly-squat to save the lives of children in Chicago.
The problem for Sharpton and his posse riders is that they claim to speak for all African-Americans while not all African-Americans buy into his take. Many have the good sense to wonder why they waited for the tragedy of Trayvon Martin to get out riding on the trail of justice.
The only possible good that can come out of Rev. Al Sharpton’s posse is that exploited African-Americans will turn it around to use it against the non-stop shocking deaths of black children in hopelessly violent Chicago.
About the author: Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck. Click here for more from the Canada Free Press.Previous Tulsa Today stories on this subject include: