There were at least six extraordinary moves before the suspect, George Zimmerman, was brought up on charges.
An out-of-date photo, showing Trayvon Martin as a young innocent boy, flashed across television screens all over the world.
News stories asserted that a white man named Zimmerman killed a black child.
NBC-edited 911 audio between Zimmerman and a police dispatcher made it seem as if Zimmerman was voluntarily profiling Martin as black, when this was not the case. Several NBC employees were fired over the editing incident.
In the same 911 audio, according to CNN and other media sources, Zimmerman said, “Fucking coons.” This was corrected to “fucking cold.” Finally, this became “fucking punks.”
President Obama said if he had a son, that son would have looked like Trayvon Martin.
NBC and CNN weren’t the only the major network outlets that presented false information to the public. ABC obtained footage of Zimmerman at the police station on the night of the Martin killing. The network claimed there was no visible evidence Zimmerman had sustained head wounds. But then a still from the video surfaced which showed cuts on the back of Zimmerman’s head, supporting his statement that he and Martin had been in a fight. At that point, ABC broadcast the video, stating they’d “re-digitized” it and the wounds were now apparent.
These actions, taken together, defined the case as a black-versus-white hate crime.
The door was pushed wide open, letting in millions of voices to assert their positions and feelings on the matter of race.
The whole race issue was dealt a blow when it turned out that Zimmerman wasn’t white. His father was white. His mother was Peruvian. Her grandfather was African-Peruvian.
But by then, it was too late. Media forces and politicians and hustlers and private citizens on both sides of the race issue had already shoved in their chips and rolled the dice. They couldn’t turn back.
They couldn’t say, “Oh, well, this is the murder of a black boy but a white man didn’t do it, so let’s re-frame it as another tragic killing…”
Al Sharpton couldn’t say, “We thought we had the quintessential white-on-black murder of a young boy, but we don’t. Let’s fold our tent and go home and wait for another day and a better reason…”
Likewise, it was hard to put the genie back in the bottle after the press reported that Zimmerman said, “Fucking coons.” Ensuing corrections to the translation of his words didn’t affect the black- versus-white scenario.
Nor did that scenario dissolve when it turned out NBC had perniciously edited a section of Zimmerman’s 911 call, to make it seem as if he had put Trayvon Martin’s race front and center. NBC’s admission it had cooked the books was looked upon as a grievous media slanting of the truth, but the basic black-vs.-white storyline was still intact.
This is all quite astonishing when you stop and think about it.
The wave was building, it had already been put into motion, and nothing was going to stop it, not even the simple glaring fact that Zimmerman wasn’t white.
Obama weighed in. He took the wave to another level. If I had a son, he would have looked like Trayvon Martin. (Looked like Martin in which photo? The first one, or later ones?)
The race of the accused is the whole issue, and yet everyone can see, right out in the open, that his race has been wrongly identified—and it doesn’t matter.
“We’re going to go forward as if Zimmerman is white.”
None of the above is proof that Zimmerman is innocent or guilty. Taken together, it is all about establishing black-vs.-white as the context.
That context is patently false, but it functions as enduring symbolism for the issue of race.
It’s as if Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, OJ Simpson’s purported victims in the 1994 murders, had turned out to be black, after America was already riveted by a “black-on-white” crime and refused to let go of it.
How many people have ever heard of the 2008 murder of James Shamp, a black man, by Richard Bordelon, Hispanic, in Los Angeles? Two factors prevented nationwide publicity. Bordelon was a gang member—and it was a Hispanic-vs.-black case.
Zimmerman-Martin is part-Hispanic vs. black, but it’s not playing that way.
Claims that Trayvon Martin was stalked and profiled would not be enough to turn the Zimmerman trial into a national event, unless Zimmerman were still held up, even if only in false memory, as a white man.
Many media outlets and politicians, including the president, have been instrumental in forwarding this psyop.
But Zimmerman-Martin is part of a much larger program: identifying so-called racial characteristics and cementing them in the mind. White=certain qualities. Black=certain qualities.
At bottom, this is one more way of insisting that the individual no longer matters. It’s a way of claiming that what matters is the group an individual belongs to. In this instance, skin color defines the group.
The primacy of the group over the individual is the true devastating operation in America.
Individuals have freedom. Individuals have independence. Individuals have potential power. These elements are anathema to fascists.
Groups only have agendas. They seek fulfillment of those agendas through government. That kind of partnership increases, in the long run, the dominance of government.
Underneath it all, this is what we’re talking about here: individuals must go, only groups should remain.
The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com