NAACP President Benjamin Jealous was in town on Wednesday for an event called, “Why Me? Racial Profiling in the Wake of the Trayvon Martin Shooting.” He took the opportunity to denounce racial profiling, but then immediately followed the event with some profiling of his own.
Via the Times Union:
Jealous focused mostly on the issue of racial profiling, which he said sits at the heart of the Martin shooting. He recently spent a week in Sanford, Fla., where the unarmed Martin, 17, was slain by Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch member. Zimmerman has argued he shot his gun in self defense. The black teenager’s family and civil rights activists are outraged about the killing, demanding Zimmerman face charges for killing the unarmed Martin.
The death has triggered questions about whether Zimmerman profiled Martin, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt as he returned from buying candy and a soft drink at a store near the gated community where he was shot.
“This case strikes a chord for two reasons in that community: one, there’s a widespread pain and frustration with racial profiling, and two, because of much more deeply felt, narrowly felt pain that the homicides, the killings of black men is just not treated the same way by the local law enforcement community as the killing of other people.”
Jealous spoke with reporters after the conference, and welcomed the news that George Zimmerman was now being charged with second-degree murder.
But while he may have denounced racial profiling in no uncertain terms when describing the Trayvon Martin shooting, Jealous tossed it around rather casually when describing the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg.
Jealous added, “We have Mayor Bloomberg jacking up Syrian-Christians thinking that they’re Muslims in New York City because they run a bakery with a Middle Eastern name,” he said, “and jacking up Muslims because they’re Muslims, not because they’re criminals, and throwing young black men up against the wall probably because the police are afraid to go after young white men. Why? Because in New York City there ain’t no poor white men. No poor white people in New York City anymore. Those movies are about the Bronx or Brooklyn. Little Italy is a movie set at this point. And there are very few young rich black men, boys in New York City, walking home from school. And yet they get thrown against the wall, too.”
So Jealous believes that the police will only go after young black men because they’re too afraid to go after young white men – because there are no poor white men in the city. Really? Not one? Aren’t you kind of…. profiling?
Also, noticeably absent from Jealous’ comments was a letter written to the NAACP which killed the media-driven narrative that Zimmerman’s actions were racially motivated. Excerpts from that letter include:
“You will recall the incident of the beating of the black homeless man Sherman Ware on December 4, 2010 by the son of a Sanford police officer. The beating sparked outrage in the community but there were very few that stepped up to do anything about it. I would presume the inaction was because of the fact that he was homeless not because he was black. Do you know the individual who stepped up when no one else in the black community would? Do you know who spent tireless hours putting flyers on the cars of persons parked in the churches of the black community? Do you know who waited for the church-goers to get out of church so that he could hand them flyers in an attempt to organize the black community against this horrible miscarriage of justice? Do you know who helped organize the City Hall meeting on January 8, 2011 at Sanford City Hall??
That person was GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.” — from a letter to Turner Clayton of the Seminole County NAACP written by “a concerned Zimmerman family member”.
But hey, that would ruin the narrative. Jealous is simply continuing the tradition started by his other race-baiting colleagues, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Their motto? Racial profiling for me, but not for thee…