“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”Those were the seemingly benign words that Obama carefully articulated on a very emotionally charged topic, yet Republicans still managed to argue that those words suggest that Obama is everything from a divisive race-baiter-in-chief to a person who condones the savage killing of Caucasian teens. While I can understand the political impulse of the Republicans to jump on every apparent weakness of a sitting Democratic president, it is not unreasonable to expect Republicans to be more discerning about what issues can be considered fair game politically, and what issues are unequivocally sacrosanct. If there are any issues that should not be used in the game of political brinksmanship, the death of a teenager would inarguably be one of them. However, Republicans have demonstrated with this Trayvon Martin case that there is literally no moral line. The sad fact is that whenever race is involved in any way that does not jibe with the preposterous colorblind narrative that some conservatives have injudiciously made a crucial pillar of their worldview, conservatives in the media will be deliberately deceitful in order to expunge race where race is relevant. Rather than acknowledging that George Zimmerman has demonstrated an irrational problem with young, black males, likely racially profiled Trayvon Martin on the night that he shot him, and that he used a racial slur on the 911 tape, conservatives are vigorously advancing the nonsensical theory that the case has absolutely nothing to do with race. As if that is not bad enough, due to the fact that Obama, Sharpton, and Jackson took the side of the black teen victim, right-wingers instantly took to their websites to begin a posthumous demonization campaign of the victim, which included posting fake “gangsta” pictures of the dead Trayvon Martin juxtaposed with a suited George Zimmerman. Aside from the bigoted imagery, even more egregiously, prominent conservative bloggers engaged in racist language by suggesting, falsely, that the liberal media lightened Trayvon’s picture to make him look more “innocent.” To suggest that lighter skin is emblematic of innocence, whereas darker skin is more threatening and reflective of criminality is shockingly bigoted. save for a few honest intellectuals—an entire party takes the transparently wrong side of an issue just to spite the incumbent president of the opposite political party, it turns off independents. Nobody wants to support a party that revels in the vilification of an innocent minor who was shot dead by a crazed, bigoted vigilante—even if that party’s economic policies are more efficacious than that of their opponents. Obama has been a disaster as president of the United States. Given that his signature policies have utterly failed, it is peculiar that Republicans have chosen to fixate on his perfectly tolerable comments showing empathy about the death of an innocent minor. Republicans may think they are being clever, but all they have done with such irresponsible political criticism is given life to the liberal characterization of Republicans as morally depraved people who eagerly politicize non-partisan issues to spite their political opponents. Chidike Okeem blogs at www.voiceofchid.com
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