Selective 'Race Baiting' Continues

Al Sharpton, et al. convicted George Zimmerman. The MSM, with NBC leading the way, also convicted Zimmerman. Fortunately, the U.S. is a country of law, so a trial by jury was held. Still, "race baiters" nearly got Zimmerman convicted. To say that Al Sharpton (and the MSM) is trying to keep the George Zimmerman acquittal verdict alive would be quite an understatement.

So, to make Al Sharpton and the MSM appear foolish (not at all difficult to do), to illustrate that they have a double standard, to show that "face time" and ratings and money are their primary motivating factors, consider the Roderick Scott-Christopher Cervini case from 2008-9. Never heard of that case? Well, I'm not surprised. The case did not make national headlines because it was not loudly trumpeted by Al Sharpton, or the MSM, or any other race baiter.

Yet the case was eerily similar to the Zimmerman-Martin case. Race was present, death was present, a call to 911 was present, the person killed didn't have a gun, the parents of the dead person said that justice was not served. All the factors attractive to Sharpton were present. Still, he declined to bring it forward. Why not?

Did I mention that Roderick Scott is black, and that Christopher Cervini was white? Could that be the reason Sharpton or the MSM didn't emphasize it? Could the fact that the Scott-Cervini case didn't fit the Sharpton/MSM template be the reason? Said very sarcastically, "Naaaah! Couldn't be the reason. Sharpton (and the MSM) just wants justice."

Roderick Scott "...testified that on the morning of the fatal encounter he observed Cervini and two other youths breaking into a neighbor's vehicle. Scott says he ordered the suspects to freeze and wait for the arrival of the police. He insists that he opened fire on Cervini only when the teen 'charged' him and was screaming that he was going to get Scott."

Scott was acquitted.

Where were, in 2009, all the verdict protests, the revenge beating of a lone black by a white gang, the stopping of a black family trying to get a little girl to the hospital, the cries of "No Justice, No Peace," the 100 city rallies, a call for a "National Day of Action, calls for the Department of Justice to look into civil rights violations of Cervini, or white parents leading verdict protests?

When did Sharpton et al. protest that Scott was acquitted, that justice for Cervini be attained?

Did I somehow miss all that?

Why was Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama quiet after the Scott verdict? Why did he not interject himself into that case? He was president in 2009, and could have spoken out. Why did he not say that Cervini could have looked like the son he never had, or that he could have been Cervini 35 years ago? He certainly has expressed his opinions about Trayvon Martin. Obama, on July 19, 2013, said, "...if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different." Why didn't Obama make a comment like that about Christopher Cervini? Could race have anything to do with his opinions? Naaaaah! We all know that Obama is a uniter of all races. He would never do or say anything that could be construed as divisive. Again, said sarcastically.

The Zimmerman acquittal forced Sharpton to change his tactics, to attack the "Stand Your Ground" law, even though Zimmerman didn't cite it. But there are two problems with Sharpton's tactic.

First, Obama himself, while an Illinois senator in 2004, sponsored SB2386, a bill to expand the 1961 law to protect a person who was attacked from being sued in civil court when the "stand your ground" defense is used.

Second, the state of New York, where Scott shot Cervini, has no "Stand Your Ground" law.

Does Al Sharpton have any credibility? Can anyone say "Tawana Brawley"? Unfortunately, he has enough credibility among enough brain-dead protesters to organize "Justice for Trayvon" rallies in 100 cities. Speaking of those rallies, I'll wager that the Scott-Cervini case is never mentioned.

But that's just my opinion

Dr. Warren Beatty (not the liberal actor) earned a Ph.D. in quantitative management and statistics from Florida State University. He was a (very conservative) professor of quantitative management specializing in using statistics to assist/support decision-making. He has been a consultant to many small businesses and is now retired. Dr. Beatty is a veteran who served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He blogs at