Author fails to acknowledge deluge of Twitter threats
Paul Joseph Watson
July 11, 2013
Time Magazine writer Marc W. Polite argues that despite a deluge of Twitter messages from Trayvon Martin supporters threatening to riot if George Zimmerman is acquitted, police preparations for potential unrest are based on little more than racism.
In an article entitled Preparing for Riots After Zimmerman Verdict Is Racial Fear Mongering, Polite states that the “pre-emptive call for calm (by police) runs counter to recent history, and may be akin to racial fear mongering” as part of an, “assumption of violence on the part of the black community, and of black men.”
Nowhere in his piece does Polite mention the plethora of threats made by Trayvon Martin supporters, primarily made on Twitter, that brazenly promise riots, looting, attacks on white people, and murder attempts on Zimmerman if he is found not guilty.
“No one seems to be concerned about the possible violence of Zimmerman supporters if Zimmerman is convicted,” adds Polite, failing to acknowledge that unlike Trayvon supporters, thousands of Zimmerman backers have not took to social media networks to openly announce their plans to riot if they don’t like the verdict.
Even if disorder is unlikely, the sheer volume of messages from Trayvon supporters threatening to stage violence and looting means it would be remiss of authorities not to at least prepare for some kind of unrest.
The race of the people making those threats should make no difference whatsoever. If thousands of white supremacists were making threats to riot, rob and kill, would Time Magazine publish an article labeling police racist for preparing to deal with it?
Polite’s article also fails to mention the fact that Trayvon supporters already staged disorder last year in response to Zimmerman not being arrested, when gangs of teenagers ransacked a Walgreens in north Miami, hardly a “sophisticated” form of protest, as Polite claims has been embraced by pro-Trayvon activists.
Polite argues that relatively recent murders where the victims were black men did not prompt nationwide riots. However, in none of these cases did the President of the United States insert himself into the controversy at the outset as Obama did when he stated, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
In addition, it has now come to light that many of the early pro-Trayvon Martin protests were actually encouraged by the Obama administration.
As Michael Snyder writes, “Judicial Watch has obtained documents which prove that the Community Relations Service, a division of the Department of Justice, was sent to Sanford, Florida in late March 2012 “to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman“. This included spending quite a bit of money, arranging meetings between the NAACP and local leaders, and providing police escorts for protesters.”
Numerous prominent voices, including former Chicago cop Paul Huebl have warned that the outcome of the trial will lead to riots that could surpass those seen in the aftermath of the Rodney King beating.
Sheriffs in several Florida counties have been preparing for the potential that the outcome of the trial could spark riots for weeks. Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith and other city officials are worried that a Zimmerman acquittal could spark “violence” and have crafted a “secret law enforcement” plan to deal with potential social disorder. They are also working with the Department of Homeland Security.
Meanwhile, authorities in Broward County are concerned about flash mob violence being organized via Twitter and are preparing to flood the social network with anti-riot messages when the Zimmerman trial concludes.