According to AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker, the shooting death of Trayvon Martin reflects “The same folks who want to kill workers’ rights in the workplace are the same folks who want to kill voters’ votes … and now they are literally supporting legislation that is literally killing our children.”
Presumably, she refers to the “stand your ground” law in Florida that allows private citizens to use deadly force in self-defense. Does Ms. Baker honestly mean to suggest that this law is not meant to empower law-abiding citizens, but to give racists a way to kill black children?
Likewise, leftist pundits blame Republicans for perpetuating stereotypes about young black men, as was suggested on MSNBC, while statistics prove that crime among and between young black men is rampant, with homicide at the hands of a fellow young black male their leading cause of death.
There is so much wrong in this case — and so much not to get — that I can’t imagine how we’re supposed to raise up a generation of open-minded, optimistic, nonbiased Americans when the people leading them to adulthood cannot resist the temptation to label others “racist” at every turn.