Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum’s Pathetic ‘White Minority’ Race Card

Ben Cohen – Editor, The Daily Banter.com Posted: 03/27/2012 5:04 pm

Nobody knows what really happened during the tragic shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida last month. As the facts stand, it doesn’t look too good for the shooter, George Zimmerman. Martin was unarmed and was on the phone with his girlfriend at the time of the shooting, apparently telling her he was being followed. Zimmerman has a troubling criminal history that includes an arrest for assaulting a police officer, an accusation of domestic violence, and a restraining order filed against him by his ex girlfriend. Martin on the other hand, had no criminal record, was a good student and was regarded as gentle by everyone who knew him.

Zimmerman should of course be presumed innocent, but the national outcry over his release is certainly understandable given the context of the killing.

Throughout the history of the United States, countless African Americans have been illegally killed by law enforcement officers and people in positions of authority. In Miami alone, 7 African Americans have been shot and killed this year by police, with several being unarmed and posing no immediate threat to the public. Nobody will ever forget the killing of African immigrant Amadou Diallo, who was shot 41 times by NYPD officers in 1999, or the unarmed Oscar Grant shot at point blank range in Oakland in 2009 by BART officer Johannes Mehserle. The fact is, the killing of unarmed black men in America is a common occurrence, and the resentment felt by the African American community towards the police is not only understandable, but justified.

President Obama spoke eloquently about the killing of Trayvon, saying ‘If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon’. Obama continued; ‘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.”

Sadly, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have decided to play the pathetic ‘White male minority’ card used by Republicans to appeal to their base. Gingrich stated that Obama’s comments were “disgraceful” and that “Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified, no matter what the ethnic background. Is the president suggesting that, if it had been a white who’d been shot, that would be OK, because it wouldn