Racism good for news ratings and politicians

Cory Thompson / Cory's Consensus political blog / Headline SurferBy Cory Thompson
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DELTONA -- Politicians and the mainstream media just aren't themselves if they aren't exploiting a tragedy and then facilitating the reaction that serves their interests. In a perfect world, we would only be seeking the truth about what happened the night Trayvon Martin died.

However, it just isn't good for business or re-election if the issue were to be handled in mature, responsible way. If it weren't for the Sharptons, Obamas, and the NBCs of the world, most people might not have ever known about this case.

Despite the fact that there was no evidence that this was a racial issue at all, the race-baiters of the world had to line their own pockets and would do so at any cost. Is it any surprise that we are now learning that the Department of Justice decided to use our tax dollars to help develop protests regarding the issue? Or is it any surprise that Barack Obama had to, once again, comment on a situation where he didn’t know all of the facts?

Despite the fact that there was no evidence that this was a racial issue at all, the race-baiters of the world had to line their own pockets and would do so at any cost. Is it any surprise that we are now learning that the Department of Justice decided to use our tax dollars to help develop protests regarding the issue? Or is it any surprise that Barack Obama had to, once again, comment on a situation where he didn’t know all of the facts?

The DOJ’s actions as well as the President’s comments on the situation all point to one thing; re-election issue. The president and the DOJ can take some of the blame on the racial tension in the Zimmerman case, but they had accomplices in the media. The race issue promotes emotion and passion. Promoting emotion and passion encourages viewership and encouraging viewership equals dollar signs to the mainstream media. It has gotten so bad to the point where Al Sharpton is pushing the race issue heavily in this case and CNN is even labeling George Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic.”

Another group that is just as culpable for racial tensions in America is the majority of celebrities who can always take the artificial moral high ground via a populist statement. Celebrities aren’t very different from politicians in how they have to act a certain way to please their desired audience. They know that there are a lot of people who hang on their every word and it can be terrifying to publicly take an objective stance such as the possibility that Zimmerman just may actually have been acting in self-defense based on the evidence presented. Celebrities everywhere are expressing their artificial outrage over this case.

The facts of the case do not matter with the likes of comedian Chris Rock warning people not to be black in Florida via twitter. I’d be very curious to know their thoughts about a white baby that was shot in the face by two black teenagers or the black teenager in Chicago that was murdered for refusing to join a gang. Are they equally as outraged? Is anyone in the media equally as outraged?

Not so long ago, even as recent as the 1970s, there were clear examples of racism. My father tells me that even as recent as 1972, there were separate drinking fountains for blacks and whites in certain areas of Florida. It was easy to see what was wrong with the way America operated in terms of racial relations.

There is a deep scar on this nation’s history as to how black people have been treated and there is no denying that fact. However, it's obviously not as prevalent today as it was 30-40 years ago. Blatant and open racism has been on a downward trend for a long time and it's a testament to how the American people can learn from their mistakes. I feel that, today, people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are living in the past. They try to see (and exploit for their own gain) every potential subtle act of racism even if it isn't really there.

There is a deep scar on this nation’s history as to how black people have been treated and there is no denying that fact. However, it's obviously not as prevalent today as it was 30-40 years ago. Blatant and open racism has been on a downward trend for a long time and it's a testament to how the American people can learn from their mistakes. I feel that, today, people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are living in the past. They try to see (and exploit for their own gain) every potential subtle act of racism even if it isn't really there.

If anything, it's created a toxic environment in an era where we should be celebrating our improvements in our relationships with one another. Look to history and you'll see there aren't many countries (if any) who can pull off such a multicultural background and be the greatest nation on the earth.

We, together, are a testament to God's vision and we should reject those who would further divide us against God's will. However, that wouldn’t be good for ratings or for the politicians.

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Cory Thompson, who lives in Deltona, writes an occasional column, "Cory's Consensus, for Headline Surfer.