Racial Unrest and the 'Duty to Retreat'
In response to the second degree murder acquittal of George Zimmerman, pro-Trayvon Martin supporters are expressing their displeasure with the verdict by storming shopping malls and pilfering drive-in markets.The point of the "tear up the city" rallies currently taking place across America is to loudly proclaim that an innocent teenager died because he had a run-in with a trigger-happy racist itching to kill a black boy.
In honor of Trayvon, bands of whipped-up teens are "running in and out of traffic, knocking people over on the sidewalks and snatching their belongings." And so, rather than underscore Trayvon's supposed virtuousness, roving marauders angered over the acquittal are substantiating the validity of Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon broke his nose, threatened his life, and smashed his head on the sidewalk.
Sadly, as criticism is being directed toward the State of Florida, the duty to quell the anger of those wreaking havoc has taken a back seat to placating the race-baiters and convincing Americans that self-defense is never a viable option.
Meanwhile, in retaliation, innocent people are being preyed upon. Hollywood stars who employ armed personal bodyguards vow to boycott Florida because of stand-your-ground laws, the New Black Panthers placed a $10,000 bounty on Zimmerman's head, and Jesse Jackson is inciting further animosity by calling the state of Florida an "apartheid state." Civil rights leaders such as rape-hoax perpetrator Al Sharpton and Barack "Trayvon Martin could have been me" Obama seem more concerned with perpetuating a narrative of lingering racial bias than respecting established law.
Adding to the rancor, Eric Holder', the man ultimately responsible for the distribution of "Fast and Furious" weaponry to Mexican drug cartels and the shooting death of two U.S. Border patrol agents, is self-righteously stirring up more fury by expressing the anti-self-defense opinion that if your life is in danger, you have a "duty to retreat."
Someone should pull Mr. Holder aside and inform him that Ambassador Christopher Stevens was in the process of retreating when he was brutally sodomized and murdered.
Nevertheless, the explanation could be that self-defense is joining self-reliance as one more concept anathema in Obama's America, because according to the chief law enforcement official of the United States, if your life is threatened, lace up your running shoes because retreat is the only acceptable option, and if Holder gets his way, the only legal option as well.
And that makes sense, because retreat from individual responsibility and self-reliance has already been pretty well established. The next logical step in the dismantling of American society as we know it would be to convince those being attacked to retreat from preserving property, life, and above all liberty. In other words, to retreat from everything that being an American used to mean.
Still, racial injustice rallies remain irrational. The truth is that tacitly encouraging lawlessness further damages the theory that Trayvon was an innocent victim. The vigilante "Justice 4 Trayvon" group unintentionally gives George Zimmerman's story more credibility. Yet the Trayvon sympathizers who possess the authority to make a difference have chosen to allow rowdy protesters to act in a manner contrary to what they insist was Trayvon's demeanor on the night he was shot.
Indeed, protesters behaving in a manner similar to what the neighborhood watch captain claims he encountered on the night his nose was broken and his head cut up proves that, regardless of what Eric Holder says, Americans, now more than ever, have a "duty to [refuse to] retreat."
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