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July 13, 2013 - 8:57 am

In the immediate aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting 16 months ago, members of the Congressional Black Caucus had a field day in the press, pulling stunts, making outrageous statements, and pressuring officials in Florida to seek “justice for Trayvon.”

We now know that the Department of Justice intervened in the Sanford, Florida case by dispatching a crew of rabble rousers who ginned up outrage against George Zimmerman, virtually forcing local authorities to seek prosecution, after police and the local prosecutor had determined Zimmerman acted in self-defense.

But the CBC has gone silent on the matter, ostensibly because they want to allow the judicial process to move forward without their input. One wishes they had respected the process prior to the interference by the DoJ.

The Hill:

Rep. Bobby Rush, for instance, churned countless headlines last year when he was removed from the House floor for donning a hoodie like the one Martin had worn the night he was killed. Since the trial began, however, the Illinois Democrat has been much more reticent.

“Congressman Rush is reserving comment until the verdict,” spokeswoman Debra Johnson said Friday in an email.

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, was another vocal critic of the way the Martin killing was handled. In the weeks after the shooting, Conyers held a forum with the panel’s Democrats to examine racial profiling in America – a gathering that grew into a media circus upon the arrival of Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton.

Conyers has also declined to weigh in on the trial.

“He (and I imagine others) did not want to interfere with court proceedings,” Conyers spokesman Andrew Schreiber said Friday in a brief email.

Much of the silence can be attributed to the simple fact that the lawmakers already got much of what they were asking for.

The initial uproar occurred not only because Martin was shot and killed, but because Zimmerman was not immediately charged with any crime.

Indeed, one of the first congressional responses came in March of 2012, when then-CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Florida Democratic Reps. Corrine Brown, Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson – all CBC members – introduced a resolution referring to Martin’s killing as a “crime” and condemning “the inconceivable fact that his killer remains free.”

Cleaver this week said that, once Zimmerman was arrested, the responsibility shifted from Congress to the courts.

“Last year, as the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, we introduced a resolution calling for an investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin. The investigation has transpired and the courts are handling this matter,” Cleaver said Friday in an email. “I am hopeful that the jury will reach a decision based on the evidence before them, as is their task. Because we are lawmakers, we must respect the process of our justice system.”

What self-serving sanctimony. There was no “investigation.” A political decision was made in Washington to prosecute Zimmerman. The Department of Justice sent experts in “community organizing” disguised as conflict resolution specialists in order to put pressure on local authorities to act.

The Judicial Watch audio tape of a community meeting in Sanford released yesterday reveals just how serious the DoJ’s intervention was:

“When Trayvon happened, for many of us, it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back,” the man said. “We had grown up in a state and environment where race is a way of life … We’re not from Sanford, but what Sanford represented to us was the very real problems going around this state and this country. We wanted to figure out how could we stand in solidarity, and how could we make this about not just justice for Trayvon, but using this moment and using the opportunity to honor his memory, to honor his spirit by working to bring down the various structures and the various systems that allow something like this to happen.”

Does this sound like “conflict resolution” to you? Or pure, political advocacy? Conflict resolvers don’t “stand in solidarity” with people on one side of the argument, nor do they seek to inflame tensions by broadening the scope of the protest in order to “bring down the various structures and the various systems that allow something like this to happen.”

The CBC no doubt put pressure on both Obama (“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”), and Attorney General Eric Holder (“my people”), to send out their flying squad of community interventionists to agitate for “justice for Trayvon” by any means necessary — including ratcheting up racial tensions. I don’t suppose we’re going to hear anything about that from the CBC, who have done their part to intimidate and perhaps influence the jury long before George Zimmerman was put on trial.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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A conviction will move the country on step closer to the old South African style racial classification and hierarchical system that the Progressive movement desires. We have all seen people pose the rhetorical question that reverse the race of the Martin and Zimmerman. But I haven't seen anybody raise the case where Martin was white and Zimmerman was just who he is. In this case Zimmerman would have gone free because as a "person of color" he would get the benefit of the doubt. For purpose of a collision between white and "white" Hispanic Zimmerman would retain his special position. In the Progressive hierarchy Black trumps Hispanic trumps white. For the purpose of "privilege" Asians are white.

Now the real interesting what if is how which side would Progressives fall on if Zimmerman were gay?

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"Cleaver this week said that, once Zimmerman was arrested, the responsibility shifted from Congress to the courts."

Just out of curiosity, when was it ever the responsibility of Congress? The Sanford Police Department and the local Judiciary determined it was self defense so why did Congress stick their noses in it in the first place?
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..."using this moment and using the opportunity to honor his memory, to honor his spirit by working to bring down the various structures and the various systems that allow something like this to happen."

One of those systems is Stand Your Ground laws which enhanced existing self-defense law. SYG is 'racist' according to the anti-gun meme. However, this isn't true. I'll be writing soon about this.
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Indeed, one of the first congressional responses came in March of 2012, when then-CBC Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and Florida Democratic Reps. Corrine Brown, Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson – all CBC members – introduced a resolution referring to Martin’s killing as a “crime” and condemning “the inconceivable fact that his killer remains free.”

How on earth can it have been INCONCEIVABLE that Trayvon Martin's killer was free when the initial assessment of the Sanford Police was that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense? Or do they want to see even practitioners of self-defense go to jail?
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Now you're starting to get it. Yes, they want any self-actualized person who defends his right to life to go to jail. You are a threat to the state. CBC: Criminal Black Caucus.
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Just once, when these guys were calling for "Justice for Trayvon!", someone should ask them about "Justice for the Chicago 2670".
Yes, two thousand six hundred seventy people were murdered in Chicago in 2012.
Practically all this murders are black on black - so there is a Trayvon or a Dee Dee being murdered in Chicago 7 times a day, every day, year round.
Of course, there's no money or power in black on black crime, so rousing about the fairly rare circumstance of a white on black shooting, that's where these hustlers are.
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The last official count of Chicago murder victims was 2011, when there were 431 victims.

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table8statecuts/table_8_offenses_known_to_law_enforcement_illinois_by_city_2011.xls

In 2012, Chicago exceeded 500.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/chicago-grim-milestone-500-murders-2012-article-1.1229420

As far as the race baiters like Jackson and Sharkton, yes, they'd rather promote their anti-gun agenda.
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Exactly!
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The CBC is an org. of racial bigots. They stand for nothing but black advocacy while denying the same to whites as racist. The irony is that whites don't even do that, and I would support no one who did. The CBC are racial moral supremacists.

I support nothing they say, and oppose everything they do. They are depraved morons, and as long as not one congressman has the courage to call out the tri-racial caucuses as nothing more than racial advocates based on an assumption that whites are incurable racists, so are we. The tri-racial caucuses need to disband, or eventually face a white caucus.
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So, what we have here is reverse racial profiling? That is, the African-American could not possible be guilty of attacking an Hispanic neighborhood watch observer because....the attacker was black? Yep, that seems to be the case DoJ wants you to believe and that they made.
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