Consider the following quote, from Mr. Paul Riddick, a city councilman in Norfolk, VA:
“I just couldn’t imagine the president of the Norfolk branch of the NAACP making a statement like that.”
Now consider this statement of the NAACP’s goals, from its original charter:
To promote equality of rights and to eradicate caste or race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; to advance the interest of colored citizens; to secure for them impartial suffrage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for the children, employment according to their ability and complete equality before law.
OK, now in light of all that, try to guess which of these was the “unimaginable” statement made by the Norfolk NAACP branch’s president, Mr. Tristan Breaux:
1. George Zimmerman’s not a person of color, so he doesn’t deserve the presumption of innocence.
2. George Zimmerman may be a person of some color, but not the right color.
3. Who is Trayvon Martin?
4. Please think logically and not racially.
In case you’re thinking that Mr. Breaux is some doddering old fool who’s held on to his job for 60 years or so while the world passed him by, the man is actually 25 years old. Obviously, he was previously viewed as a rising star. Now, for having said something utterly reasonable and race-neutral, members of his local chapter are demanding that he be fired.
The silver lining in the cloud that’s loomed over this case for so long is this: the split between reasonable people seeking race-neutral justice and rent seekers who want to benefit from the non-justice that calls itself “social justice” will be made very clear.
I hope that Tristan Breaux refuses to be cowed, and takes his rightful place on the national political scene.