Op-Ed: Exposing the real ‘TRAY-VESTY’

By Meg Storm

TRAY-VESTY. That was the quippy headline plastered on the front cover of the New York Post on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, so-called journalists and legal experts flooded the airwaves using words like “stunning,” “shocking,” and “surprising” to describe the jury’s decision to acquit George Zimmerman.

But the most “stunning,” “shocking,” and “surprising” aspect of this sensationalized trial is not that Zimmerman is now a free man (though it’s safe to say his life has been irreparably changed). The most “stunning,” “shocking,” and “surprising” aspect of this trial is the overwhelming hypocrisy of the media and the leaders of the black community when it comes to race and justice.

The disturbing trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, was almost completely ignored by the mainstream media because it was considered a “local crime story.”

Forget about the fact that Gosnell was primarily murdering minority babies. Forget about the fact that Gosnell operated two separate offices – one for wealthy clients, who were primarily white, and one for poorer clients, who were primarily not white. It took weeks of horrid testimony for “news” outlets like ABC, CBS, and NBC to even acknowledge the trial existed.

Likewise, we never heard a peep from President Obama about the Gosnell trial. Instead, Press Secretary Jay Carney told us, "The president does not and cannot take a position on an ongoing trial, so I won't as well.”


I could speculate for days about why the media and the president didn’t want to comment on a story that exposed the underbelly of abortion. Heaven forbid they appear to be waging a “war on women” – but that is another story for another day.

One thing, however, is certain. The “local crime story” and “the president can’t comment on an ongoing trial” logic was not extended to the George Zimmerman trial.

"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon,” President Obama said earlier this year. "I think [Trayvon's parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."

Yes, if President Obama had a son, he could look like Martin. But as President of the United States, he was out-of-line to insert himself into the national conversation.

So-called leaders of the black community, like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, were already rallying in the streets, demanding justice for a young black male killed at the hands of a middle-aged man of mixed ethnicity, and all the president did was add fuel to that fire. President Obama should have known better.

Looking specifically at the actions of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death, one cannot help but be discouraged by the state of racial politics.

“I think that this is an atrocity… It is probably one of the worst situations that I have seen,” Sharpton said Saturday night. “What this jury has done is establish a precedent that when you are young and fit a certain profile, you can be committing no crime... and be killed and someone can claim self-defense... we had to march to even get a trial and even at trial, when he's exposed over and over again as a liar, he is acquitted.”

He went on to add that Saturday was "a sad day in the country" and "a slap in the face to those that believe in justice in this country."

Jackson sang a similar tune. In an interview with KPNX he said, “[Zimmerman] pursued him. Police told him to not. He did it over their objections. Ultimately he killed him. Now he walks away free… Here’s an unarmed young man going home, attending his business. Zimmerman assumes he should not be in the neighborhood. He actually lives there – that’s what racial profiling is… I would think there might be a civil suit filed, no doubt. There will be justice department intervention, no doubt. So this case really is… is not over.”

As a country, we have come a long way from the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s. While tragedies like this expose that we still have a long way to go, we must be able to trust that our media will be able to provide an objective account of what is otherwise an emotional issue. And we must also be able to trust that our federal government will not insert itself into cases for political gain.

In the case of the George Zimmerman trial, this was simply not true.

One can only hope we learn from these mistakes.

Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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Following President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, Glenn Beck joined fellow BlazeTV host and author of the new book, "American Marxism," Mark Levin to expose what they called the "Liar-In-Chief's" radical plans for our country and to explain why the far Left's proposals and programs are really a "frontal attack" on our Constitution, our country, and our way of life.

"Substantively, this is a frontal attack on our Constitutional system of limited government. It is a frontal attack on our capitalist system. He's basically throwing out all the bromides for the radical left groups that now form the base of the modern Democrat Party. And I make the case that ... this is Marxist bullcrap in its broadest sense," Levin stated.

"Here we are, a country now where one man can get up in the middle of the night and make a list of everything he wants to do to the country," he added, speaking figuratively. "It's like an unreality where we're living in separate worlds ... the whole thing is a fraud."

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After months of delays and COVID-19 excuses, President Biden finally delivers his address to the joint session of Congress. It is a truly historic moment, as only a few hundred members of Congress received an invite. While some have compared this speech to JFK's moon landing challenge, it will likely be more like FDR's New Deal nightmare. Will Speaker Pelosi continue her tradition of ripping up the president's speech? Will VP Harris cackle to a quiet audience?

Glenn Beck teams up with fellow BlazeTV host Mark Levin, author of the new book "American Marxism," to take on the progressive plans that could completely transform our economy and our way of life. Steve Deace, BlazeTV host and author of "Faucian Bargain," joins to discuss why it's not enough for conservatives to just lament the dangerous Democrat agenda; we must activate against the woke infection of our institutions. Plus, a power panel to rival CNN talking heads: Stu Burguiere, BlazeTV host of "Stu Does America," and Jason Buttrill, head researcher and writer for Glenn Beck.

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