"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others," said Napoleon the pig, a key figure in George Orwell's ( Eric Blair ) 1945 novel, Animal Farm. This salient statement has rung true throughout the decades and is especially apropos in this time of social-racial stratification. Some animals are, apparently, more equal than others.
The rainy night of Feb. 26, 2012 will forever live in infamy in the minds of Americans, i.e., the night George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida...shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a black man whom Zimmerman claims attacked him with the intention of killing him. Zimmerman, claiming self defense, initially was not charged with any offense after local police investigated the incident. An open and shut case of self-defense, so Zimmerman and the Sanford police thought.
But enter the biased, agenda-driven corporate mega-media machine in tandem with the inveterate race-baiters extraordinaire, the Rhyming Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and the national office of the NAACP headed by Ben Jealous, an appropriate name for the leader of an organization whose forte is envy of others. The intervention of these corrupt entities caused a simple case of self defense to morph into a racial cause celebre that rocked the nation for over a year and a half. Every morning Americans awakened to biased accounts of the Zimmerman-Martin affair. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges earlier this year by a six-person jury of his peers. As of this writing, the U.S. Justice Department headed by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is persuing federal civil rights charges against him.
Fast forward to Friday, Aug. 16. Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old white athlete from Melbourne, Australia, was visiting his girlfriend, Sarah, and her family in Duncan, Okla. A health-conscious young man, Lane ventured out for a run, his last run. Three thugs ages 15, 16 and 17, two black, one white...targeted Lane for random murder. He was shot in the back by the black gunman with a .22 revolver. When questioned by police, the gunman told them that he and his cohorts were "bored, wanted some fun." The district attorney, Jason Hicks, insisted that this was not a racially motivated attack.
Fast forward again to the following week when Delbert "Shorty" Belton, an 88-year-old white veteran of the April, 1945 battle of Okinawa, one of the bloodiest battles of WW11, was sitting in his car in front of the Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Wash., awaiting a friend. While in his car, the elderly Belton, a recipient of the Order of the Purple Heart for a leg wound caused by a Japanese bullet while fighting in Okinawa, was attacked and beaten to death by two black teens who sought to rob him. This sordid story, like that of Christopher Lane, has received little media attention, unlike the saturation media coverage of the Zimmerman-Martin affair. Like the black-on-white murder of Christopher Lane, Belton's murder, too, is not considered to be a hate crime.
Orwell, an astute and prescient man, was right: "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." He was right, too, in his assertion that: "In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." How true.