Dems use strife to introduce new bills, like ‘race-sensitivity training’


In a nation in need of healing, the fringe picks at the scabs.

The ink barely had a chance to dry on the Zimmerman jury’s verdict form before the Congressional Black Caucus announced plans to file a flurry of bills in response, according to The Hill.

The proposals will deal with racial profiling and state “stand your ground” laws, neither of which had anything to do with the Zimmerman shooting. They’ll also consider legislation for the training of neighborhood watches, something probably better regulated by the states.

While even liberal legal scholars call the Zimmerman verdict the the only correct one in a case that should never have seen a courtroom, black Congressional leaders see things differently.

The verdict “seems to justify the stalking and killing of innocent black boys and deny them any avenue of self-defense,” said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), head of the CBC, decried “the presumption of guilt so often associated with people of color.”

The FBI conducted an investigation concluding that Zimmerman was not a racist and the shooting was not racially motivated, a finding confirmed by the jury in his criminal case. Congressional Black Caucus members strongly disagree.

“George Zimmerman targeted Trayvon Martin as a potential criminal because Trayvon Martin is black,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., told MSNBC Monday.

“Anyone who denies that racism isn’t alive today, particularly in the so-called justice system, is exceedingly delusional,” said Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill. Then-Rep. Allen West criticized Rush when he demonstrated against the shooting last year by wearing a hoodie on the House floor.

“This verdict points to the reality that there are far too many walking America’s streets wearing a hoodie, carrying snacks and soft drink, which can result in a ‘death sentence’ particularly if they are young, black and male.”

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., will be first out of the gate with a bill designed to prohibit profiling and require race-sensitivity training for any group receiving federal funding.

On the issue of profiling, Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Democratic CBC member representing the Florida district where the shooting took place said, “Until we pass meaningful laws against profiling, Americans will continue to be singled out and arrested for driving while black, shopping while black, walking while black and just plain being black,” she said.

“My own children, and nearly all of the young men I know, have been stopped by the police at least once, for no apparent reason,” she added.

As have I and most everyone else I know. Conclusion? I don’t think that’s necessarily a race thing.

We could have all seen this coming, but how refreshing it would have been had black Congressional leaders instead announced their acceptance of the verdict and called for calm. But such a scenario would have begun with the words, “Once upon a time.”

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