Friday, March 30, 2012

America Needs To Go To Lunch

As the powder keg that is the Trayvon Martin "case" gets closer and closer to exploding, as more powder and fuel is added to the fire by the likes of the Black Panthers, Spike Lee,  and the Main Stream Media, another story involving sensitive racial relations took a more positive turn this week.

The MSM barely made mention of a lunch that took place on Tuesday. A lunch that involved Jeremy Lin, and Anthony Federico- the fired ESPN web writer, who infamously implemented the "Chink in the armor" headline onto the ESPN web page,  following Lin's Knicks' loss back in February. The two apparently met for an hour, and according to Federico, the meeting went well.

"The fact that he reached out to me," Federico said. "The fact that he took the time to meet with me in his insanely busy schedule. ... He's just a wonderful, humble person. He didn't have to do that, especially after everything had kind of died down for the most part." (via Fox Sports)

Now Federico's inappropriate play on words with his headline, and even Jason Whitlock's attempt at a joke with his infamous tweet, are a far cry from a 17 year old kid being shot and killed, but I do think the Lin-Federico lunch could be used as an example or catalyst in defusing the racial tension that has been created by the Martin case.

But it appears that the "lunch date" mentality is not where this story is going.

For starters, whatever happened to due process? This knucklehead George Zimmerman has all but been convicted in the Court of Public Opinion, yet he hasn't even been arrested. And where is the outrage from the Main Stream Media regarding the Black Panthers' bounty? I'm not sure how the MSM can so overwhelmingly spin and in many cases, state their opinion on the death of Trayvon Martin, yet there is not a peep when an organization like the Black Panthers issues a $30,000 bounty on a man who hasn't even been arrested.

And then there is Spike Lee,  Mr. "Do The Right Thing". He's the anti-establishment, "I'm not a 1 percenter" asshole, who dresses like a total douche while sitting in his high dollar floor seats at every New York Knicks' game. This nerd almost got an elderly Florida couple killed, because he opted to tweet out some random address over twitter, that some other simpleton claimed to be the address of Martin's shooter, Zimmerman.

No recourse there, either. No talking points about the recklessness of this action by any of the big three networks. No left wing snarkiness from Rachel Maddow or Lawrence O'Donnell. No "worst person of the week" awards given to Lee by Keith Olbermann (actually, is he still on TV?).

We live in a world now, where information is available (it seems) at the speed of sound. Couple that with a social medium like twitter- where anybody with a laptop can voice their opinions at the same speed, and an agenda driven media that is so caught up in what they're pushing, that they're too busy and stupid- quite frankly, to recognize the impending powder keg, and we have a real (social) problem on our hands, folks.

As a whole, social media and Main Stream Media should be condoning the actions of the Black Panthers and Spike Lee as loudly or louder, than they are the actions of  Zimmerman- you know, under the "two wrongs don't make a right" file. And if all things are equal, then names like Trayvon Martin should be as recognizable as James Kouzaris and James Cooper. But they aren't, as the latter two names don't meet the MSM's "agenda", and it's why the majority of you just had to do a google search, to find out who they were.

I'm not naive to the fact that a lunch date with the Martin and the Zimmerman families probably wouldn't be the best thing to do right now. However, as a whole, this country and the people who run it, and the media who report on it, and the Black Panthers and Spike Lees of the world, might want to start taking a cue from guys like Jeremy Lin and Anthony Federico- and the lessons learned and the progress that can be made by sitting down and talking things out, like responsible, civilized adults. And if not, you can set an egg timer until we have a situation that will look a lot like the '92 L.A. Riots.


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