Update March 29th: Parents of two white British tourists killed by 17 teen year old black thug in Florida last year haven’t heard from Obama about their kids, here. No hearings on Capitol Hill either come to think of it.
Update March 27th: As all news junkies know by now, there is much more to the story then Sharpton and Jackson want you to know. Looks like Martin (the black teen) landed the first blow, here.
Although some media claim the alleged killer of a black teen in Florida is white, his family (and his photo) tell us that the man alleged to be the shooter is Hispanic.
Between a rock and a hard place?
It is going to be interesting to see if Asst. US Attorney General for Civil Rights, Thomas Perez* (himself a Hispanic), will bring federal charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Perez and Attorney General Holder have been operating since day one in the Obama Administration with a presumption that racists are only white people and that hate crimes (and vote fraud, btw) are always perpetrated by whites on some poor minority person or some gay person. (See J. Christian Adams book on the racial agenda at the US Justice Dept, here)
Below is some of the story you will be hearing much about in the coming days and weeks.
“During the course of this meeting [with the family of Trayvon Martin], we listened carefully to the concerns of the family and their representatives,” the Justice Department said in a statement. “Earlier this week, the Department of Justice announced the opening of a parallel investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin. That matter remains open at this time.”
Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez told reporters in a conference call that the investigation is being carried out in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida.
We’re in the fact-gathering stage and we’re working collaboratively with the state’s attorney’s office and the local authorities to figure out what happened,” he said. “We don’t know what the facts are yet. We’re gathering the facts and as we gather the facts we will then determine whether or not the facts support a prosecution under the civil rights laws that we enforce.”
The meeting was attended by the special agent in charge for the FBI Tampa Division, Steven E. Ibison; U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill; and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division, Roy Austin, Jr.
The case has riveted the nation. Martin’s family asserts that race was a factor in the black teenager’s death.
Zimmerman has not been arrested. A police report describes him as white; his family says he is Hispanic and that he has wrongly been described as a racist.
By the way, this is not an isolated case of tension between Hispanics and blacks. I’ve written about those tensions elsewhere especially in meat packing towns where black African refugees have arrived to compete with Hispanic workers for jobs.
Come to think of it, here is just one recent case of a Hispanic thug killing an African refugee in Allentown, PA. Wonder where Perez is on that one?
* For everything you would like to know about Perez, here is our archive.