The not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial last week has been a godsend for the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world. The verdict just proves that there's that there's well, that there's no justice for blacks in America.
And so "racism" is the narrative for the mobs that are attacking people and property across America this weekend in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old black who was shot while beating the crap out of Zimmerman, a Hispanic, in Sanford, Fla., the night of Feb. 26, 2012.
The rub, however, is that the Sharptons and the Jacksons are wrong. They say they see fire, but there's no smoke.
The FBI investigated Zimmerman's background and found that he doesn't have a racist bone in his body. And as for the trial, anyone with half a brain who paid attention knows the jury was right to acquit. Even former President Jimmy Carter says it was the "right decision."
Nevertheless, "racism" remains the narrative. Maybe it reflects the cockiness in an entitlement culture. Maybe it serves a hidden agenda in our increasingly divided nation. Whatever the cause, it is wrong.
Within days of the shooting, the Martin family started nudging the narrative forward. They hired civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump to pursue legal action and persuade the news media to cover the case. He was joined by attorney Natalie Jackson, attorney Jasmine Rand and publicist Ryan Julison. Rand recently revealed that she has "a greater duty beyond being an attorney, and that's to be a social engineer."
(Crump filed a wrongful death claim against the neighborhood homeowner's association, and in April, two months before the start of the trial, the parties announced a $1 million-plus settlement.)
President Obama had a role, also. He nudged the case into the public consciousness even before Zimmerman had been charged. The president: "When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids." He added, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." The shooting victim thus became an Obama son, sort of.
Sharpton and Jackson started circling, and the only question on most people's minds at that point was who would be the more inflammatory, the more outrageous. Pictures show them walking side-by-side, but Jackson has moved ahead by a nose.
On Monday, he called for the "United Nations Human Rights Commission" to conduct "an in-depth investigation of whether the U.S. is upholding its obligations under international human rights laws and treaties." No kidding.
Enter the media. Circulation and ratings are important, after all.
Four days after the president's comments, NBC News aired a doctored version of Zimmerman's conversation with a 911 operator. Double-shame on NBC News. Some viewers then knew all they needed to know. Out came the Sharpies and poster board.
A week later, Reuters signed up. The news service put out a sympathetic story saying the shooting "has riveted the nation, largely because of race." ABC News closed the loop. It falsely reported that Zimmerman had no visible injuries after the shooting.
When the trial started, the circus slowed, and the tents should have been put away when Zimmerman was found not guilty. But the tents remain standing. The race baiters still have programs to sell.
Obama could have silenced them, but no.
In a statement a day later, he mentioned the tragedy of the shooting, the "strong passions" and the fact that we are a "nation of laws." He even put in a plug for more gun controls. But he didn't address the false racial narrative, and on Friday, he reinforced it. Double-shame on President Obama.
So the circus continues, celebrities and all. Competing ringmasters Sharpton and Jackson continue speaking out, and Attorney General Eric Holder, in an adjoining ring, is asking the public for tips so he can build a civil rights violation or hate crime case against Zimmerman.
And Lady Justice sits in the stands. Weeping.