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Trayvon Martin and Five Other Racial Flare-Ups Since Obama's Election

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Trayvon Martin's Feb. 26 killing has reopened racial wounds in this country
​So much for post-racial politics. The tragic shooting of Miami teenager Trayvon Martin last month by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has once again exposed America's deep racial fault lines. Jesse Jackson quickly announced that "blacks are under attack." White supremacist websites circulated bogus pictures of the teenager in an attempt to discredit him. And when president Obama pointed out that if he had a son "he'd look like Trayvon," Rush Limbaugh accused him of playing politics with Martin's death.

But the Trayvon Martin killing is, sadly, just the latest in a series of race-related controversies since the 2008 election. Here are five of the most inflammatory.

5. Jeremiah Wright's "God Damn America" Sermon
Occurring a good eight months before the '08 election, this controversy was an early clue that Obama's election wasn't going to turn a country with centuries of slavery and racial inequality into a nation of colorblind BFFs overnight. Some of Wright's comments were way out there, in particular his claims that the government gave black people AIDS. But the media didn't help by reducing him to enraged, out-of-context soundbites. In fact, at the heart of his sermons is a distrust of government not unlike what fuels the Tea Party:
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people," he said in his 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."
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O'Keefe on Fox News
4. James O'Keefe Punks Pimps the Media
Conservative activist James O'Keefe wasn't actually dressed up like a pimp when he sauntered into an office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in 2009, but his selectively edited videos made it appear that way. And when he secretly recorded several ACORN employees giving him advice, it created a firestorm of criticism that ended in Congress pulling the plug on the 40-year-old organization. Many liberals saw the manufactured controversy as an attack on the mostly poor (and Democrat-leaning) minorities aided by the organization. To conservatives, O'Keefe was a hero of Andrew Breitbart-like proportions. O'Keefe was later arrested for trying to sneak into the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana.


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anAmericanMom
anAmericanMom

--White supremacist websites circulated bogus pictures of the teenager in an attempt to discredit him. --And you and People magazine don't show the current images..  Don't think Traynor is sympathetic enough, with gold teeth,  gang sign,  and nasty business he rants on about shooting someone..Hello?Keep fanning the flames, most average grit your teeth and bear it citizens have HAD it with ONE side over another.This is the UNITED states to most. Division is coming from a tiny fraction.Oh and what about Get in their face Punk in chief.I lost all sympathy for this entire episode a long time ago this is a Democrat shooter and a Democrat poster boy. Keep elderly white, Hispanic, Black, or Asians out of your racial enticement.  

eddyjames
eddyjames

Gonna go commits us sum voter fraud again for the messiah.Just liken they do at dat NAACP place. The Boma gots to wins so we can be gettin dem Obama bucks,and food stamp cards so we can go to da casino and buy lotto tickets an such.

Bob M
Bob M

The police see a man breaking into a home. They stop and ask that man what is going on and the man basically tells them to pi** off. The man is arrested until it can be determined what was going on. President Obama says that that is "racism".Trayvon Martin was walking behind peoples houses(That's where he was shot.) and a neighborhood watch captain stops him and asks him what is going on.In both cases, if it were my house, I'd want the person stopped also. And I don't care what the color of his skin is.

dancethefrug
dancethefrug

"White culture"? Glen Beck is the WORST.

anAmericanMom
anAmericanMom

Under Obama those food stamps, welfare, disability checks, utility payments, cell phone usage, cruising gas costs, and drug buying EVEN costs more, then they have coming in.

Now we know why he hates a budget,  hard to keep your base happy with less to spend.He will not have the vote or enticement, he lost it.Hence inciting and advocating racial division and  violence.  Now his Hench men.. Van Jones and the freaks Dorn and Ayles ( they look like the type that has young people chained in THEIR basement)  have been rallying the lay abouts at occupy pig stys. OWS losers, scare me.. NOT!

For every desecration they make they need to be fined and start paying for their existence.

eddyjames
eddyjames

 "White Culture?" You mean the employed! The productive! The culture that makes it possible to sit at home and watch the TV and drink those 40 oz beverages.

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