Riots risk becoming the lasting Trayvon Martin memorial

How is the left remembering Trayvon Martin?  WIth riots and pillaging.  Why are they doing this? Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 ― For the last two nights, there have been riots in Oakland and Los Angeles. In those areas, people have been injured, concrete blocks thrown at the police and property damaged or destroyed.

While we are seeing the worst of the riots in California, the violence is not confined there.  In a Memphis suburb, Senatobia Mississippi, three black men in a car stopped a white jogger and beat him, saying, “This is for Trayvon.”


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In other parts of the country, there were isolated incidents of violence. In Baltimore, a man was beaten by a group of “black youths” shouting, “This is for Trayvon.”

In Oakland, where the police were reportedly told to stand down, members of the media were attacked, as were drivers on the Interstate.

The Trayvon Martin memorial riots are in full swing. They should be a wakeup call for America. Liberalism’s chickens are coming home to roost.

For decades liberalism has worked against the one underpinning that made America a great nation. One hundred years ago, we were told that America was the great melting pot.  It did not matter where you came from, when you got to America, you became an American.


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That unified America and erased old divisions that had caused wars in other nations. In America, people of differing religions lived in peace as neighbors. People from different nations, often nations that had been at war, would live in peace as Americans.

The left’s constant chants about diversity have nothing to do with us celebrating our differences. It is a mantra to keep us divided. Twenty years ago, it became popular to call blacks, “African-Americans.” 

That is garbage. Either you are an American or you are not. There is no qualifying of your American heritage.

Unfortunately, the racial grievance industry thrives on this type of division and that is what we see in America today.


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In 2004, the Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards gave his famous “Two Americas” speech. Edwards was wrong about how he described the two Americas, but he was right, there are two Americas.

We have an America that is divided by race. And we can thank the hucksters for it.

Where would Jesse Jackson be today without the racial grievance industry? He never wants America to get over its racial problems. If America suddenly had not more racial problems, how would Jesse make his living? If America no longer had racial issues, the NAACP would have to disband. They wouldn’t want Ben Jealous unemployed, would they?

As we watch the riots in California and violence in other places, it is time we place the blame for the violence where it belongs: It is racism. It is the racism of the racial grievance industry. It is time we called out the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world and made them take the blame for what they have done.

And it is time we change the way we do things in America. We are all Americans. There are not subsets of Americas. For too long we have let the left divide us along racial lines for their power and profit.

What is the result of what the left has done?

It is the Trayvon Martin memorial riots.


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Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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