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Shapiro: Why the Media Doesn't Give a Damn About Black Kids

By Ben Shapiro

While the mainstream media lavished endless attention and emotion on the George Zimmerman trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin last weekend, the body of a 17-year-old black boy was discovered on basement stairs, face down, behind a boarded-up house in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. His body was so badly decomposed that local news reports originally suggested that he had died of blunt force trauma. An autopsy demonstrated that he had in fact been shot to death. His family blamed his death on his refusal to join a gang at school.

The boy's name was Darryl Green. Thus far, no non-local media outlet has told the story of Darryl Green. That's because Darryl Green was likely killed by another black person.

This is the world in which we now live: a Hispanic man kills a black boy, likely in self-defense, and the media portray the killing as evidence of a brutal white power structure looking to reinstitute Jim Crow. Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC laments that the not guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial means it's OK to kill innocent black children. Commentator Andrew Sullivan suggests that the verdict means a return to "the era of lynching." The cover of the New York Daily News links civil rights martyr Emmitt Till to Trayvon Martin. As John Nolte of Breitbart News tweeted, we now live "in a country with a twice-elected black president and the media acting like Mississippi is still burning."

The sad fact is that the media do not care about dead black Americans, unless those blacks are murdered by whites. Never mind the fact that blacks constitute 13.1 percent of the American population but 49 percent of murder victims. Never mind the fact that black life in the inner cities is plagued not by white people stalking down black kids, but by black kids hunting down other black kids.

Such facts don't forward the leftist narrative that America is a terribly brutal and racist country requiring endless government interventionism to fix. Such facts don't forward the leftist narrative that white folks, particularly conservative white folks who believe in judging people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, are the true threat to black success. Such facts undercut the liberal agenda of ignoring problems in the black community in favor of cobbling together a coalition of people dedicated to fundamentally changing the system.

The left is committed to changing America in basic ways. But in order to create enough support for changing the greatest and most tolerant nation ever to grace the planet, the left must portray America as an evil, nasty place. Doing that requires promoting the lie that non-black Americans hate black people, and would dig their old white sheets and burning crosses out of storage if given half a chance. Both the media and the Democratic Party are complicit in that propaganda effort. Building on the fact that America used to be a racist place, and ignoring 50-plus years of American transformation, the left has convinced many Americans, both black and white, that America is a grotesque and monstrous place.

For many Americans, it feels so good to buy into that notion. It provides an easy dose of unearned moral superiority -- "America is racist, but I'm not, because I believe America is racist." It allows Americans to ignore real and pressing problems in favor of moaning about vague and undefined ones -- "forget about Darryl Green, let's talk about institutional racism." Most of all, it carries with it an easy and dismissive solution -- "let's turn power over to a chosen few who can fix everything."

Meanwhile, more Darryl Greens will die. So will more Trayvon Martins, given the fact that Martin was the product of a broken home, had a criminal history and a history of fighting, and was caught up in drug culture -- all factors in his death, and all problems the media refuse to talk about. But the media don't care about those deaths. All they care about is the larger goal: fixing America, one fake racial scandal at a time.

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Ben Shapiro, 29, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio host on KRLA 870 Los Angeles, and Editor-At-Large for Breitbart News. He is the New York Times bestselling author of "Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America." To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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  1. mcrankComment by mcrank
    July 17, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    Well said

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  2. NewsWatcherComment by NewsWatcher
    July 17, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Commentary: “Such facts don’t forward the leftist narrative ..”

    No FACTS will ever forward the leftist narrative, only appeals to fictional, divisionist emotions. Facts are only meaningful to those who really care about this country .. and it is painfully obvious that the liberal “leftist” only cares about what is in it “right this second for me.”

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      July 17, 2013 @ 9:04 am

      Yes America it HAS come to this, it is OK to kill black American children and the perpetrators are led by the soul killing ideology of all black Americans who embrace the enslaving Liberal ideology of entitlement whose destruction of human child souls discriminates against no race when it’s deceptions are embraced and the child is allowed to fall into the snares of the immediate gratification candy these Liberal Progressives offer whose price is ALWAYS paid in lost wealth, lost lives, lost opportunities for a meaningful life and lost souls, lost in the confusion of where they went wrong and why their lives are not working, who when trapped in the ghettos of their own misguided minds can only lash out at each other and those who resemble themselves who they know in their hearts are their own worst enemies. Welcome to the new paradigm of a society reshaped by the likes of Obama and his party of social parasites who can only feed off each other and raise the murder rates in their own Chicago Community organized neighborhoods where they disarm you with their laws and disarm your minds even more with their words.

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  3. faaqComment by faaq
    July 17, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    The reason black youth killed by other black youth is not plastered all over the news, presidents and the DOJ don’t comment or go on witch hunts when it happens, Hollywood twits don’t tweet about it, is because they can’t inject racism into the tragedy. It’s only when a non-black person kills a black person in self defense or if they’ve committed a crime and are running from the police do you hear anything about it.

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  4. JDZComment by JDZ
    July 17, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Our country, with mainstream help by an unpatriotic and extremely liberal media, is heading down a path that is greasing the skids for a major decline in every positive aspect of America. Every major talking head and political pundit on every major network except FOX has embraced this socialist liberal matra that is the basis of the mass propaganda being broadcast on Americans. It is a 24/7 continual onslaught that picked up dramatically after Obama was elected to his first term and after key Black appointees like Eric Holder (AT) and Lisa Jackson (EPA) were put in charge of key government departments.

    The policies being propagated by the Obama administration have all taken the country into a direction that is undermining our country across the board. Everything is worse today then when Obama was elected in 2008. Real unemployment when calculated properly is over 14%, the GNP is not growing as predicted, we now have a record number of Americans on welfare (100 million plus) and food stamps, more Americans don’t pay federal taxes then are paying taxes, our national debt has almost doubled in the last five years, the EPA has been empowered to undermine our energy industries including killing the use of coal in this country, the cost of a gallon of gasoline has doubled, and the cost of everything we need for everyday living has significantly increased. Our national security is being undermined, illegal immigration is out of control, and America has slipped dramatically in terms of the view of the world at large. There are numerous government scandals that have been exposed with the use of the IRS for political purposes. ETC.

    What is sad is that this radical antiAmerican agenda hs been embraced by much of our federal government including the Democrats in Congress which have facilitated the passing of massive legislation like Obamacare which is a devastating train wreck in the making. The public service labor unions are complicent in this socialist antiAmerican takeover of our country and that is unfortunate. Where are the patriotic Americans that used to run our country?

    I am not going to live long enough to see the full impact of this major transformation of America into a new form of socialist based third world country, as it is well on its way and may well be past the point of no return even if clearer heads took back control, and I feel bad for my children and grandchildren who will never experience the America I was lucky enough to enjoy.

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    • rzraickComment by rzraick
      July 17, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

      It may happen faster than you think. I did not think I would ever live long enough to watch our country be destroyed from within, but I was wrong about that.

      I thought I would see the end to racism in my lifetime, but I was wrong about that as well.

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  5. vosjeComment by vosje
    July 17, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    The propaganda of maintaining the notion that america is full of hate and therefore needs to be “fundamentally transformed” may be more of a convenient side-effect than the purpose for why the left media and liberal elites sieze on a case like Martin/Zimmerman.
    I think it has more to do with voter turn out. Dems would not have won in 2012 without high black voter turn out. Turning out your base is what wins elections (that’s why the Dems are always telling the repubs to ignore their base and go after independents). The liberal elites must keep racial tensions high to agitate and activate their local operatives in black communities so they can stir up strong voter turn out. You must have a problem to activate people into voting for a “solution”. Look for Holder to maintain this issue until midterms, then it will disappear from the headlines.

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  6. faaqComment by faaq
    July 17, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    Even the DOJ sent a group down to Sanford to incite protests before the jury even went into deliberation. Did they do this for the OJ Simpson or Casey Anthony trials? You know the answer to that! I bet Holder is dancing on his desk because of the rioting and looting going on in various cities.

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  7. usafoldsargeComment by usafoldsarge
    July 17, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    Iluminatuo- I rarely comment about grammar, spelling and other things about composition on any postings, BUT Quote -”Yes America it HAS come to this, it is OK to kill black American children and the perpetrators are led by the soul killing ideology of all black Americans who embrace the enslaving Liberal ideology of entitlement whose destruction of human child souls discriminates against no race when it’s deceptions are embraced and the child is allowed to fall into the snares of the immediate gratification candy these Liberal Progressives offer whose price is ALWAYS paid in lost wealth, lost lives, lost opportunities for a meaningful life and lost souls, lost in the confusion of where they went wrong and why their lives are not working, who when trapped in the ghettos of their own misguided minds can only lash out at each other and those who resemble themselves who they know in their hearts are their own worst enemies.”
    —————————————————————–142 words is an essay not a sentence. By the time I got to the end of it, I lost your train of thought and was out of breath. Don’t take offence, your postings are always well thought out and written- except for this one.

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  8. genesalComment by genesal
    July 17, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    The media? Many many black fathers don’t seem to care about their black kids. Black women have aborted 10,000,000 unborn kids and some black women have 6 different black kids with 6 different fathers. But it’s a White or media thing, eh?

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  9. bowler1hatComment by bowler1hat
    July 17, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

    There are some who use their inner drive to pull themselves out of the ordinary into something special, while others look for the stepping stones to success and do their best to knock others off those stones for their own success.

    Media use to have a democratic function, but now would likely be happiest if the world was being destroyed as long as media was in front of the camera to report it to an audience of the dead!

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  10. KBBComment by KBB
    July 18, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    Reading about Darryl Green made me very sad – a boy trying to stay out of gangs is murdered because of it. A very disturbing story.

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