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Obama Blames America for Shooting Tragedy

Ronald Kessler By Monday, 26 March 2012 10:14 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C.— True to form, President Obama has used the tragic shooting of an unarmed black teenager to prejudge the case and blame all Americans.

Referring to the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida, Obama said from the White House Rose Garden, “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

Obama sent a message that he believes the shooting of Trayvon Martin was racially motivated.
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By drawing attention to Martin’s race, Obama suggested that the shooting was racially motivated.

“All of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen,” Obama went on, “and that means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.”

Now let’s say the shooter had been black and the victim had been white.

Picture President Bush telling the press, “Blacks are more than seven times more likely to commit murder than non-blacks. Blacks need to do some soul-searching to figure out why. You know, if I had a son, he would look like the victim of that shooting.”

As it happens, while Martin expressed fear that Zimmerman was following him, there is no evidence that the shooting was racially motivated. Quite the contrary, George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer who shot Martin, has served with his wife as a mentor to African-American youth.

“He and his wife were mentors to a single mother with two, a 14-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter,” Craig Sonner, Zimmerman’s lawyer, said on “CBS This Morning.” “They were mentors to them, took them every couple of weeks. What that program included was every other week, going for two or three hours going to the mall, to the science center, going to lunch, playing basketball, doing those types of things.”

“Obama is supposedly a constitutional lawyer but pronounces guilt before indictment and trial,” says John L. Martin, a former FBI agent who headed Justice Department espionage prosecutions for nearly 25 years. As a young agent, Martin was one of the lead investigators of the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964.

“There is no such thing as a presumption of innocence,” Martin says. “Instead, Obama accuses all non-black humanity of what may be the wrongful acts of one individual. There is no such thing as individual responsibility or individual accountability. We are all responsible for pulling the trigger.”

Obama’s comment on the shooting is in line with his claim that police in Cambridge, Mass. “acted stupidly” because they arrested a black Harvard professor who was being obstreperous. And it is consistent with Obama’s dark view of America, a view he shares with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., his minister and mentor for 20 years. Wright said America created the AIDS virus to kill off blacks. Never mind that a supposedly racist country elected Obama president.

As noted in my story “'The Obamas' Confirms Worst Fears About the President," confidantes of the president say he attributes criticism of his policies to prejudice against blacks. In his speeches, Obama routinely refers to children “no matter what they look like” to suggest that opponents of his policies are racists who don’t want blacks to succeed.

In much the same way, Obama has pitted the poor against the rich, undercutting the most basic American ideals. He has even endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement, which seeks to redistribute Americans’ wealth and encourages envy.

To those of us who have exposed genuine discrimination against blacks, what is heartbreaking about this public emphasis on race is how it has set back race relations. If this were a truly colorblind society, no one would mention race or notice skin color.

But Obama and many Democrats who follow his example by using any excuse to cry racism have turned back the clock to the 1960s, when the first thing we thought about when seeing a black man was the color of his skin.

Besides adding $5 trillion to the national debt since he took office, that is Obama’s shameful legacy.

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Read more reports from Ronald Kessler — Click Here Now.

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