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Washington Post Airbrushes Racist Trayvon-Related Headline

June 29th, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Ann Althouse, with an assist from Michael Barone, describes George Zimmerman’s racial background:

George Zimmerman is “one-fourth black, four times as black as Warren is Indian, though the New York Times describes him as a ‘white Hispanic.’”

Writes Michael Barone, noting that Elizabeth Warren asserts that she is “1-32nd Native American [and] George Zimmerman, the Florida accused murderer, had a black grandmother.”

If we’re doing plain old arithmetic here, Zimmerman is 8 times as black as Warren is Native American. (At the genetic level, it could be a lot more complex — were the identified ancestors 100%? — but that doesn’t explain the error.)

As Althouse concluded, if you “feel a little queasy about doing math, maybe your queasiness will carry over into wondering what the hell are we doing calculating racial percentages! It really is quite disgusting.”

Much more disgusting are the racial games the MSM are playing with this trial; keep the above details from Althouse and Barone in mind, as we’ll be returning to them momentarily. On Thursday afternoon, Washington Post-owned Slate ran an article on Zimmerman with the following headline and lede:

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You’ll notice that’s a Google cache, as the headline was changed at some point today by Slate after they were reminded that Zimmerman is Hispanic. (You can see a couple of heads up to Slate in the comments to their Facebook page below.) The headline and subhead now read, “I Don’t Feel Your Pain — A failure of empathy perpetuates racial disparities.”

As of the time of this post, the original headline, ”Why White People Don’t Feel Black People’s Pain,” is still visible in Slate’s Twitter feed:

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As well as its Facebook page:

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At Newsbusters yesterday, Paul Bremmer noted in a post written before Slate changed its headline that the actual article has little to do with the incident involving Zimmerman and Martin, once it gets past its original racialist headline and lede:

Zimmerman and Martin were only mentioned in the opening paragraph, but that prominent placement indicates that Silverstein was trying to tie them into his larger point about the “racial empathy gap.” Here is that opening paragraph in its entirety:

“George Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin because he perceived him as dangerous. The defense argues he was, the prosecution argues he wasn’t. No one, of course, argues that Zimmerman approached Martin with kindness, or stopped to consider the boy as anything other than suspicious, an outsider. Ultimately Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. A lack of empathy can produce national tragedies. But it also drives quieter, more routine forms of discrimination.”

There’s no direct mention of race in that passage, but the implication is clear when you read the rest of the article. Silverstein believes Zimmerman felt no empathy for Martin because Martin was black. But keep in mind that Zimmerman, as a Hispanic, is also a minority. Most of the studies that Silverstein cited dealt only with white participants. So Zimmerman’s connection to the racial empathy gap is highly questionable.

As Bremmer concluded, “Slate shouldn’t be using the Zimmerman trial to accuse all Americans of a lack of empathy for blacks.”

Well, yes. Especially when Zimmerman is of a diverse mixed ethnic background himself.

But then, as John Hayward writes at the Breitbart.com “Conversation” group blog, when it comes to the left, “The focus most certainly is race at the Zimmerman trial.” The Washington Post owns Slate; it has the same relationship with the Post that MSNBC has with its parent company — it’s the place where both agencies can really go to town with their “liberal” bias. And reading Hayward’s description of the trial, they’ll likely have plenty more opportunities to let it all hang out in the coming weeks:

Everyone from the Martin family’s lawyers, to the professional grievance industry, to characters like the New Black Panther Party was busy whipping up riot conditions and treating Zimmerman as a fugitive from racial justice, which led to filmmaker Spike Lee endangering the lives of an innocent couple that just happened to be named “Zimmerman.”  And there’s a good reason the media referred to Zimmerman as “white” until photos of him finally leaked out, and they had to change it to “white Hispanic,” a very special demographic of which George Zimmerman seems to remain the only high-profile member.

As the likelihood of a not-guilty verdict grows, the machinery of racial unrest is getting pumped up again.  Death threats against “creepy ass cracka” George Zimmerman are flying around Twitter.  An acquittal might be the best thing that could happen for certain political and cultural actors, as Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit suggested: “Obama and the Democrats would actually prefer an acquittal here.  That’s because the whole point of the ginned-up Zimmerman affair was to inflame racial sentiment to boost black turnout in 2012.  With any luck, they can turn an acquittal into another racial rallying cry, which will help in 2014. It’s not about Zimmerman; he’s just one of those eggs you have to break to make an Obama omelet.”

As George Orwell once said, “Yes, but where is the omelette?”

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"A lack of empathy can produce national tragedies. But it also drives quieter, more routine forms of discrimination."
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Ah yes - 'routine' discrimination! Spoken in 'code words' around the water cooler with only 'the few' who actually understand 'code' - practiced in evil corporations by non-promotions for 'them' - and of course the 'quiet' racism practiced by anyone not a democrat. And it seems only the MSM and democrats really know its happening yet they are unable to actually publish code words or produce systemic practices in those evil corporations.

Why would it surprise anyone that the MSM and the conjoined democrat party has zeroed in on race as it pertains to this trial? Race car drivers are always thinking about racing - thieves always have thieving on their minds - rapists are always thinking about rape - and the MSM and conjoined democrat party - racist bastards that they are - focus on the one thing they are best at - race baiting. Maybe it eases their racist minds?

42 weeks ago
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Look, the minute the Sanford PD was forced to arrest Zimmerman for political/racial reasons the rule of the mob, not the law was in effect. The initial investigation determined that it was self defence. Then the race pimps like Crump, Sharpton, Jackson etc. piled on, but they screwed up. There is no doubt in my mind that what was sold to them, especially Sharpton and co., was a guy named Zimmerman[jewish] popped a black kid in a "gated" community in Florida, complete with the pics of Trayvon at 12 yrs old. Oh the horror and the opportunity to strut for "justice" to a national audience, but as the details emerged, suddenly the trial was delayed over and over. I believe it was to allow time for the race baitors with a national, ie. MSM connection to put some distance between themselves and the truth as it emerged. Does anyone believe for one second that if a guilty verdict was in the cards that Spike Lee, Al [Tawana Brawley] Sharpton, and Jesse [the extortionist] Jackson wouldn't be giving us a blow by blow, minute by minute indictment of racist America. Where are the satellite trucks? The breathless recounting of "damaging" testimony? No? The damage having been done, George Zimmermans' life ruined, the circus has left town...destination unknown, but intent [race baiting] undimmed.
42 weeks ago
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It seems very clear that the leftists and blacks are the ones unable to feel empathy as the evidence at the trial has made it very clear that Trayvon was the aggressor. But no one is ever allowed to point this out. A narrative is never allowed to exist where a white person is a victim... not even a "crazy ass cracker" as Trayvon calls Zimmerman before confronting him after laying in wait.
42 weeks ago
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Blacks would feel less pain if they got off welfare.
41 weeks ago
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Wow so Zimmerman is just as much a 'brother' as the USURPER and being born and raised in the USA has far more in common with his 'African-American' 'brothers' than the USURPER , who was 'born???' in Hawaii into a RICH WHITE family and spent his FORMATIVE years being raised and schooled as a MUSLIM in Indonesia.
41 weeks ago
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First: This case is/was nothing to be compared with any "national tragedies," except that certain interests seem to desperately wish to make it one.

Second: What is "Hispanic" about Mr. Zimmermann? Certainly not his name, which is *Germanic*, though it might be borne by Ashkenazim. Did he grow up speaking Spanish? Are some of his ancestors Mestizo or Criollo? As we are occasionally reminded, "Hispanic" is officially an "ethnicity"; it certainly is not a race. Nor is any race to be condemned or acquitted in this trial--though every stripe of collectivist may wish & act otherwise!
41 weeks ago
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Black-on-white crime occurs about 30 times more often than white-on-black crime does. maybe whites are too busy feeling their own pain to worry about blacks. Just as one who watches "Law & Order" probably believes that the average income of a NYC murderer is above $200k/year, so an MSM watcher likely believes that whites attack blacks 500 times more often than vice versa. That the lying SoS quoted in the article is named Silverstein is too perfect. Anybody want to donate to the nukes-for-alQueda fund?
41 weeks ago
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A side by side comparison between the employment and educational history of Martin and Zimmerman will show they both were given benefits that are NOT available to white applicants.
And the ethnics of each prevents them from being discriminated against because they are not white.

From the increased participation at my local gun range, it looks like they are preparing for a race war.
Watch the ammo situation loosen up real soon, thanks to the racist regime at the helm of the U.S. government.
41 weeks ago
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Just think Paula Deen made her famous racial slur before GZ was born! You would think that her life since would be the yardstick by which she would be measured but you would be wrong! Yet sweet "Little" Trayvon and his black fat friend can use ugly anti-white epithets TODAY and not one peep by anyone in the msm or Hollywood about bigotry. It makes me want to move into a gated community that requires everyone to own and carry an AR-15 while in their homes. The hatred and evil that exists in the race hustlers today rivals that of any earthly monsters that we have ever known like Hitler and Stalin.
41 weeks ago
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"Zimmerman and Martin were only mentioned in the opening paragraph, but that prominent placement indicates that Silverstein was trying to tie them into his larger point about the “racial empathy gap.”"

"Silverstein", huh?

While he's pointing out everyone ELSE'S ethinicities and the failure of CERTAIN ethnicities that exist largely in his own fevered mind, does Mr. Silverstein enlighten his readers to his own ethnic heritage?

Seems like "playing to the stereotype" is a game that all of us li'l ole folks can play, huh?

That gripe aside, there is a more specific and immediate reason for the Zimmerman Show Trial that is not being articulated...

In the dock with GZ is the Florida laws on self-defense...and specifically their "Stand Your Ground" law.
The railroading of Zimmerman into this judicial lynching, while it serves other purposes, ALSO serves to exert that "chilling effect" upon law-abiding citizens who are concealed carry permit-holders.

The idea is to make people think long and hard before using deadly force to defend themselves at a time when thinking long and hard might be PRECISELY the wrong thing to do.

But those who despise self-defense couldn't care less about how many innocent lives THAT takes...
41 weeks ago
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The Left has adopted the most paranoid and radical racism of the black political Left. They don't even try and hide their contempt and racial bigotry against whites. There will be a backlash.
41 weeks ago
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Fact is we are not all Americans. We are hyphens. The west and America in particular has been the target of socialist-leftist agiprop for 100 years. The only way to defeat freedom's center mass was (is) to fracture it.
Multiculturalism means that even though your culture is truly inferior (Islam?) you get a place at the table.
I saw elsewhere that the 19 yr old creole 'woman' lived in a segregated community. Have you been to Miami lately? Segregation there is by Cubans to all others. Can Hispanics segregate others? Of course not.
Yet others are STILL EXCUSING BLACKS FOR THEIR LAPSES. How does this help, them or us.
41 weeks ago
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You're all Americans -- why is color and heritage an issue?
41 weeks ago
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There's no profits to be made in unity.
41 weeks ago
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Because the Left wants them to be.
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