The Real Trayvon Martin Scandal: Minorities Have Bigger Problems Than Trumped-Up Hate Crimes. So Does America.
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Trayvon Martin, a black 17-year old, was shot in Sanford, Florida on the night of February 26th. George Zimmerman, the man who killed the boy, says it was self-defense.  The police did not arrest Zimmerman. [For the received version the facts, see The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained, By Adam Weinstein, Mother Jones, March 18, 2012]

The family of the dead youth and many local black residents have been claiming that if a black youth had shot a white man, the black teenager would be in jail. Maybe, maybe not. But that has nothing to do with the facts in this case. 

Because Zimmerman, as you can see below, is Hispanic—not white. 

George Zimmerman, Hispanic

Moreover, in a letter published by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel, Zimmerman’s father describes his son as “a Spanish speaking minority with many black family members…  who grew up in a multiracial family. [George Zimmerman's father: My son is not racist, did not confront Trayvon Martin, By Rene Stutzman, March 15, 2012]

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D.-MO), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, believes that this is a federal “hate crime” and that it should be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. There have been marches, petitions and demonstrations against Zimmerman’s supposed “racism”—and that of the Sanford police. Rev. Al Sharpton is making his presence known as well.

Apparently, no one has seen a photo of George Zimmerman or heard that he is Hispanic. Would they be crying, “hate crime” so loudly if they knew Zimmerman is Hispanic?

Law enforcement should, of course, investigate further, if for no other reason than the facts certainly seem to show that Zimmerman used excessive force.  

Beyond that, though, it’s clear that not many people are paying attention to the actual facts.  They probably also believe that whites commonly murder blacks.

Actually, blacks usually murder each other. Whites usually murder whites and Hispanics murder Hispanics.  We know this from the dead body count. 

To understand that blacks are, indeed, murdering blacks, one can examine the number of homicides for all age groups and find that blacks have a higher number and rate of homicides.  For example, here are the homicides deaths and rates for children, aged 1 to 4.


Non-Hispanic white

Non-Hispanic black










 Who murdered these toddlers?  Their parents.  The homicide death rate for blacks is double that of Hispanics and triple that for whites.

he National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a division of the Centers for Disease Control, publishes data from birth and death certificates.  The numbers are gathered at the local level, transmitted to the states and then to the NCHS.

In August 2011, the NCHS published, Deaths: Leading Causes 2007.  The numbers and causes of death are ranked and sorted by race, ethnicity, sex and age. [PDF

Here is the data for deaths by assault (homicides) for males, aged 15 to 19:

All homicides

Non-Hispanic white

Non-Hispanic black






In other words: 

  • In 2007, 1,931 males, aged 15 to19, died by homicide. 
  • Black homicides accounted for 1,181 or 61 percent of these deaths.

(Note that numbers do not total because race and ethnicity are sometimes unknown.)

In this age group, homicide was the leading cause of death for blacks; it was the second leading cause for Hispanics and the third leading cause for whites.

Even more telling, the rate of homicides per 100,000 males aged 15 to 19:

  • blacks: 69.1 deaths per 100,000
  • whites: 3.4 deaths per 100,000
  • Hispanics: 24.6 deaths per 100,000

Thus the homicide death rate for blacks is 20 times higher for blacks than for whites, and almost three times higher than that for Hispanics.

Lest any believe that the distribution for this teenage group is just an anomaly, here are the numbers for males aged 20 to 24:


All homicides

NH white

NH black












In 2007, out of every 100,000 young, black men aged 20-24, 3,388 died.  Of those, half, or 1,690 were deaths by homicide.

Need more evidence still? See more of the same on Table 2, here [pdf]. [Deaths: Leading Causes 2007, National Vital Statistics Report, by Melonie Heron, August 11, 2011]

It’s true that numbers for Hispanic males are not quite as dreadful as those for blacks. But they are still pretty bad. 

Among Hispanic males, aged 15 to 24, one quarter of total deaths were by homicide.

One of the causes of the high Hispanic homicide rates is gang activity.  These are an increasing problem in our country.

Here is Gang Identification Trainer Robert Walker’s web page about Hispanic gangs: Hispanic Gangs - Cultural Ties To Mexico, Cuba, Central and South America  See also the  YouTube video from his page—Latino Street Gangs a Major Law Issue in US.

According the National Youth Gang Center in 2005, almost half of youth gang members in the US are Hispanic. They come from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico. Thirty percent are black and the rest are white and Asians. [Latino Street Gangs a major Law Issue in US, Voice of America, July 22, 2005]

As a mother and grandmother, I am confident that black and Hispanic women weep for the loss of their children. 

But the first step in stopping the carnage is to talk about the facts: whites rarely kill blacks. And Hispanic "family values" often mean violent gang activity

Sadly, no one is talking about this.

Nor does anyone ask: where are the fathers of these young men?  They may well be absent from the family or be gang members themselves.  Often these lifestyles are handed down from generation to generation. [See Extended Families—And Their Crime—Coming To America By Steve Sailer]

That leads to another very important fact that no one in the Main Stream Media discusses: low income, uneducated people produce children who are low-income and uneducated

And low-income, uneducated young men are often criminals.

So why are we importing them?

Linda Thom [email her] is a retiree and refugee from California, now living in Washington State. She formerly worked as an officer for a major bank and as a budget analyst for the County Administrator of Santa Barbara.

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