I heard there was a reporter on the campaign trail who asked Mitt Romney to weigh in on the Trayvon Martin homicide. And, as to be expected, just like the badly programmed robot that he is, Romney offered no comment and brushed off the question. For someone with a track record for inserting his foot in his mouth, maybe it was best that he said nothing at the time. That is, until his campaign staff prepped him on just exactly who is Trayvon Martin, and what the case is about.

As a suggestion, one of you better give Romney a heads up that Skittles and ice  tea isn’t a “Black thing” before he starts pandering to us Black folk next week once he gets the low down on what’s going on. But speaking of what’s going on, our more slightly-in-touch president weighed in on the tragic death of Trayvon. One has to wonder just how his Conservative haters are going to spin this:

Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this; and that everybody pulls together– federal, state and local — to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.

I’m glad that not only is the Justice Department looking into it; I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place.

I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen. That means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident.

But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americas are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and that we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

President Obama has come under fire before for speaking up and out on racial profiling when the subject of said bias was a Black Harvard professor. So in the mind of Conservatives, right-wing talk radio, and especially the noise makers over at Fox News; the fact that he spoke up and said that it’s “absolutely imperative” that Martin’s death be investigated means only one thing: Trayvon Martin is Obama’s illegitimate son. You know, sorta like a Luke Skywalker-Darth Vader moment?

I know it sounds crazy, but this is the warped mindset of the knuckle-draggers who refuse to applaud president Obama for even an act of compassion such as this. Don’t be surprised if and when he’s criticized for this one; for this is the nature of the douchebagery we live among.

For once, Newt Gingrich makes sense; but don’t tell anyone I said that:

UPDATE (03/24/12): Well, just like I said yesterday, our friends on the political right are all weighing in on president Obama’s commentary on the Trayvon Martin case. The funny thing about it, is that they’ve all been quiet about it up until now. My guess is that this serves as more red meat to the people who support them. In particular, Newt Gingrich — a man who desperately needs a primary win — had this to say:

Newt Gingrich called Obama’s remarks about Trayvon Martin “disgraceful” in an interview with Sean Hannity, according to CBS/National Journal.

“It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background,” Gingrich said. “Is the President suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot that would be ok because it didn’t look like him?”

Earlier in the day Gingrich told reporters that he thought the case should be investigated and suggested the shooter was at fault.

“That’s just nonsense dividing this country up. It is a tragedy this young man was shot,” Gingrich continued on Hannity’s show. “It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian-American of if he’d been a Native American. At some point we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American. It is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.”

Yes Newt, president Obama pulled the race card; yes sir, you’re right. Besides, who knows better about divisive racial politics than Newt Gingrich. Personally, I like the idea of America’s first “food stamp president” taking some time to address the death of yet another no-work-ethic-having young black male who may have been alive today if he had a job working as a janitor at his high school. Yep, if only he had someone to show him the way.


  • CC Groovy

    One of the reasons that I appreciate this site, is that you always seem to bring something fresh to the table.

     ” Iknow it sounds crazy, but this is the warped mindset of the knuckle-draggers who refuse to applaud president Obama for even an act of compassion such as this. Don’t be surprised if and when he’s criticized for this one; for this is the nature of the douchebagery we live among.”

    I had not thought about it from this particular perspective, BUTT; you are absolutely CORRECT!!!”

  • Just watch, they’ll criticize PBO for speaking on behalf of justice for #TrayvonMartin.

  • Reggie

    It would seem that both Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich said what they should have said regarding this case.  For a minute there I thought that Newt might stand up and solidly declare that he was Trayvon Martin.

    I’ve heard a few idiots attempt to justify what happened that night and they come across as not people that even attempt to think deeply. Yesterday I was listening to talk radio and some idiot said in essence that a hoodie was the uniform of the thug.  There is no such thing as a thug uniform and it’s not like the young brother was wearing a ski mask.

    The simple truth is that if Barack Obama had a son, he would look somewhat like Trayvon.

  • Anonymous

    This whole thing is so wrong, so wrought with craven opportunism, so filled with “right on cue” race-baiting, and so perfectly descriptive of all that’s wrong with us. That a young, dead black man is simply a prop to be used by those who benefit in one from or another is not in the least surprising. Can anything other than racial/political opportunism explain why the many black victims of crime every week are of no note, yet a possibly racially spurred death is issue number one? The results are in: If you’re black and your murderer is hispanic or (hopefully) white, then strike up the band we got us a march to go to. If, however, you’re black and your murderer is also black, then you don’t count…just another day on the farm, move along. And everyone is OK with this.

  • It’s a sad reality; but, this is to expected with this country’s most polarizing subject which is race.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, but why is it the most polarizing subject? This road we’re on right now doesn’t lead anywhere good. Part of the problem, I think, is too many people of all stripes benefit from continued fomenting of racial strife. The only real, long-term solution is reconciliation. In essence, we have to mutually agree to form a new….tribe, if you will. In time, such things happen naturally without government meddling. The sad truth of white and black history in this country makes this sort of thing difficult at best.

  • The problem as I see it: is the fact that systemic racism is quite frankly alive and well. It’s easy to say that we’re long overdue for a Kumbaya moment moving forward. But the truth is: not everyone is accepting of the reality that is racial inequality and bias in this country. As such, many are still in denial and because of this, there will always be an ongoing struggle.

  • Anonymous

    While what you say may be true, even people of the same race, country, culture, and family have all manner of issues and conflicts. How much more so when they are dealing with others whom they perceive, rightly or wrongly, as having little to nothing in common with? Whether it’s due to denial or outright prejudice, people will always – at least initially – prefer those that they see as “one of their own”. Isn’t this the basis for gangs, clubs, sports teams, political parties, etc.? I would fully expect you to favor your family over non-family. Racial preference is, at it’s most basic level, a form of family loyalty – albeit a to very large, slightly inbred family. But that is really that all race and ethnicity are: a large, extended family. I suspect that this is why people’s and tribes have their own countries. Is it possible that, in the larger context, those of African and European descent are culturally incompatible? If so, how is a common culture to be formed?
    In what manner would you say that systemic racism is most obviously felt?

  • Nick Mangiaracina

      Daniel Adkins  not Obama son On
    Tuesday, April 3, 2012, around 7:30 p.m., unarmed 29-year-old Daniel Adkins,
    who appears to be a white male Hispanic who was mentally ill, was shot dead
    in Laveen, Arizona, by a black man in his car who said it was self defense. The
    man has not been arrested ye. where is the outrage