Count Ted Nugent as one of those people who thinks the killing of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman had nothing to do with race.
In a column for the conservative site Rare, Nugent wrote:
Based on all evidence available to them, the professional law enforcement officers did not hold George Zimmerman on charges later that night. They saw it for what it was: cut and dried self-defense.
And so it was for a few weeks until the race-baiting industry saw an opportunity to further the racist careers of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers. President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route.
Of course, Zimmerman was able to figure out that Martin was a “17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe” by the way he walked home, Skittles and iced tea in hand, wearing a hood… in the rain.
Nugent is an obvious master of racial sensitivity, something he demonstrates by describing the first black president as a “Black Panther” running a “gangster” government.
On July 17th’s episode of Alex Jones’ radio show, Nugent predicted the Zimmerman verdict could lead to riots. He also kindly offered some advice to African-Americans. Media Matters‘ Tim Johnson explains:
Nugent said that African-Americans could “fix the black problem tonight,” if they would put their “heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding, [and] delivering excellence at every move in your life.” According to Nugent, “I would like to reach out to black America and tell them to absolutely reject the lie of Al ‘Not So’ Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson, and the Black Panthers and Eric Holder and Barack Obama. They are enslaving you and the real shackles on black America, 100 percent of the time come from black America.”
Nugent concluded by claiming that, “racism against blacks was gone by the time I started touring the nation in the late 60s” and by the 1970s, “nothing of consequence existed to deter or compromise a black American’s dream if they got an alarm clock, if they set it, if they took good care of themselves, they remained clean and sober, if they spoke clearly, and they demanded excellence of themselves and provided excellence to their employers.”
Nugent also said that Martin was “emboldened by a Black Panther president” to attack George Zimmerman, accepting the same premise the Zimmerman jury did: that Martin attacked Zimmerman, who had been following the teen with a gun though a 911 operator had told him, “We don’t need you to do that.”
The presumption that Martin was a wannabe criminal is a pretty blatant example of what The Atlantic‘s Ta-Neshi Coates recently described as “the banality” of racist profiling.
“Black criminality is more than myth; it is socially engineered prophecy,” Coates wrote. “If you believe a people to be inhuman, you confine them to inhuman quarters and inhuman labor, and subject them to inhuman policy. When they then behave inhumanely to each other, you take it is as proof of your original thesis.”
Before anyone takes Ted Nugent’s advice, they should keep in mind that he reportedly soiled himself to avoid the draft, fathered multiple children out of wedlock and received oral sex from Courtney Love when she was only 12 years old, according to Ms. Love.