The Trayvon Martin Case: Newt Gingrich Did It Again

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich

NEWT GINGRICH, the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is on the wrong side of the debate that surrounds the killing of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Black high school student from Sanford, Florida. In a statement made over the weekend, he literally went after President Obama for saying “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

“What the President said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe. Period,” Gingrich said. “We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background. Is the President suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot that would be okay because it wouldn’t look like him? That’s just nonsense.”

Basically, what the former Speaker is implying is that Obama is trying to interject race in this issue. If this is not about race, what is it about, really? His argument is that it does not matter the color of the skin, killing any human being -White, Black, Yellow -is wrong; we all should be safe regardless our ethnicity. I do agree with him in that no one should be killed like Trayvon regadless the color of the skin. However, that’s ideal, not what the reality entails.

Trayvon was unarmed and did not constitute a threat to Zimmerman -who still felt threatened, followed the boy (in spite of a direct order from the dispatcher at the police station to stop following him), and shot him dead on grounds of self-defense. Self-defense? Are you serious?

If this case goes to court, I do not think the “stand your ground” law will sustain as a convincing defense as Trayvon was unarmed and did not do anything that could be considered a threat to Zimmerman, per the police report. The only thing that seemed to be a threat to Zimmerman, I would say, was Trayvon’s skin complexion, nothing more and nothing less. In fact, Trayvon was not following Zimmerman with a weapon; it was the other way around. So how could it be acting on self-defense? Defending the self against whom and from what -from the bag of skittles and the iced tea that Trayvon had in his hands?

The president is right on target in his statement, though guys like Speaker Gingrich are trying to blame him for saying it. Yes, indeed, Obama is the president of the United States. But let his daughters walk outside right now, they would be Black girls, and that alone would be grounds for them to be shot dead, raped or lynched.

What we ought to be asking ourselves in this whole saga is this: What if it was the other way around, what would have happened? What if it was Trayvon who shot and killed Zimmerman -given the circumstances we all know -would he be allowed to walk away free with his weapon in his hand as if nothing happened? I strongly doubt it. There would be an arrest, and he would be fighting tooth and nail to use the “stand your ground” law in his defense in court.

Newt Gingrich -a Southern White male -will never understand the daily dire reality of living Black in America. I understand he is so desperate right now trying to make a comeback in the GOP presidential primary as things do not look good for him at all, but that does not mean he has to lose his dignity and say these irresponsible and reckless things. He is known for making these types of remarks. He is someone who wants to fire school janitors and hire their kids to replace them. So you can have an idea who this man really is. President Obama pretty much knows what he is talking about because he is a Black man; he can relate to Trayvon. There is no playing politics in this. And Newt Gingrich must be ashamed of himself.


America is heading in a very dangerous direction with the right-wingers –NEWT GINGRICH, SARAH PALIN, RUSH LIMBAUGH, GLENN BECK, SEAN HANNITY, ANN COULTER, etc… -polluting the minds of the people. Here are some facts:

Just a year ago, GLENN BECK called President Obama a racist. He said on Fox & Friends on Fox News: “This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for White people, for the White culture… this guy is, I believe, a racist.”

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RUSH LIMBAUGH, the voice of the American Right, is among the 25 – 30% Republicans who strongly and wrongly believe that President Obama is a Muslim. On his show on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, he said: “How can America be Islamophobic? We elected Obama, didn’t we? If this is a nation that is Islamophobic, how do we elect a man whose name is Barack Hussein Obama?” Click here to listen to the sound bite

NEWT GINGRICH, one of the Republican presidential candidates, had associated Muslims to Nazis. On Fox News, just a year ago, reacting to the controversy surrounding the building of the Islamic Center in the vicinity of the World Trade Center site, he stated: “Nazis don’t have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington. We would never accept the Japanese putting up a sign next to Pearl Harbor. There’s no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center.”

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Their agenda is twofold: 1. Use the attacks on September the 11th to demonize ISLAM and push for a WAR on the religion; 2. link the president to Islam by spreading misguided information about his faith. The logic behind the strategy is that if they can get the American people to have a negative view of Islam, calling President Obama a Muslim will automatically get the people to have a negative view of him. This is what you call incrimination by association.

On Tuesday, August 24, 2010, Michael Enright, a 21-year-old American film student, asked 43-year-old Bangladeshi cab driver Ahmed Sharif if he was a Muslim before slashing and stabbing him in the face, throat and arm in broad daylight in New York. You should ask yourself how this young student got to espouse such bitterness against Muslims.

On Wednesday, August 25, 2010, an intoxicated man, identified as Omar Rivera, entered a mosque in Queens, New York, urinated on prayer rugs, stuck up his middle finger at everybody happened to be inside and called them terrorists and all types of names.

Now, folks, this is America we are now talking about -the country that values freedom of religion and free speech. How did we get to where we are today? Since when being a Muslim was a crime? How did we get to hate people of the Islamic faith? Are we going to be walking around identifying Muslims and slashing and stabbing them?

Mr. Enright, Mr. Rivera and others got their Islamophobia from the anti-Islamic sentiment coming from these aforementioned right-wringers. You don’t walk around hurting people and expect yourself not to be stopped BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. You find peace of mind by making peace with yourself and others, not by bullying and clinging to violence.