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What Will Dems Do This Week To Inflame Racial Tensions?

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | April 9, 2012 | 2:20 PM EDT

What publicity stunt will Democrats pull this week that will fuel racial tensions in America?

Instead of trying to quell racial tensions, Democrats seem intent on pulling publicity stunts that inflame them. Over the past few weeks, Democrats’ deeds have help sustain and incite, racial tensions in the U.S. following Trayvon Martin’s death.

On Friday, March 23, Pres. Obama proclaimed, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Then, as now, nobody knows all the facts of the case – yet, Obama saw fit to publicly embrace Trayvon with this controversial comment apparently designed to strike an emotional, sympathetic chord.

Then, on Wednesday, March 28, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) violated House rules, donning a hoodie and sunglasses in honor of Trayvon Martin on the House floor.  Rep. Rush refused to yield when repeatedly told by the meeting’s chair to desist. Eventually, Rush was removed from the floor.

Then, on Friday, March 30, the House Congressional Black Caucus sponsored a resolution passing judgment on Trayvon Martin’s alleged shooter, Georg Zimmerman – resolving that Martin was killed because of “racial bias.”

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), sponsored the resolution, which declares (emphasis added):

“Whereas on February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African-American youth, was horrifically shot and killed while walking from his local 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida, because he was viewed as ‘suspicious' by George Zimmerman …

"Whereas Zimmerman's unfounded assumptions and racial bias led to the use of deadly force ….”

How can this declaration that Martin’s death is the result of racial bias, made before all the facts are revealed, do anything but incite racial tension in America?

So, what Trayvon Martin case theatrics do Democrats have planned for us this week?

Perhaps, it’ll have something to do with Florida State Attorney General Angela Corey – a Republicanannouncing today that, while the investigation is continuing, she’s called off Tuesday’s scheduled grand jury meeting that would’ve considered whether Zimmerman should be indicted on charges related to Trayvon Martin’s death.

Or, maybe, there’ll be more unsubstantiated, inflammatory declarations, like those of Florida Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson (claiming Martin “was hunted down like a dog” and “we all know who the murderer is”) or Georgia Democrat Rep. Hank Johnson ("He was executed for 'WWB' in a 'GC.' Walking While Black in a Gated Community”).

Whatever the Democrats have in store for us next, it’s likely to be both theatrical and divisive.

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