This past week a Neighborhood Watch volunteer in Florida, George Zimmerman, shot and killed 17-year-old African-American, Trayvon Martin. William Bigalow of Breitbart.com points out, “CBS News, on its Crimesider website, immediately called Zimmerman a ‘white neighborhood watch volunteer.’ Trayvon Martin’s parents accused the police of racism for not arresting Zimmerman. There’s only one problem: Zimmerman is Hispanic.”
George Zimmerman’s father says he isn’t White. Robert Zimmerman released his response to the Orlando Sentinel: “George is a Spanish-speaking minority with many black family members and friends. He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever.”
News media continually described George Zimmerman as White. In an about-face, the media subsequently referred to Zimmerman as “white while some claim he is Hispanic.” The focus targeted Zimmerman because of the color of HIS skin.
Two days ago a “serial killer with neo-Nazi ties” shot dead three children and killed a teacher outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. Again the news stated the shooter had “neo-Nazi links” and was “a disgraced neo-Nazi soldier.” One headline said “Killer A neo-Nazi Military Man With Grudges Against Minorities.” But we have another problem. The shooter is a 23-year-old Muslim identified as Mohamed Merah with links to Al Qaeda. Merah was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time. So where did the “neo-Nazi” claim originate?
In July of 2011, Anders Breivik murdered 76 innocent victims in Norway. Breivik was initially described as a “neo-Nazi”. Breivik had said he wanted to save Europe from a Muslim takeover and send a strong signal to Norway’s Labour party — who he accused of betraying the country with “mass imports of Muslims”. Breivik was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia by the court-appointed psychiatrists. The media back-pedaled and labeled Breivik as “extreme right” despite his mental illness.
The fact is that Nazis or “National Socialists” no longer exist. They were resurrected to use as a stereotype to pathologize Whiteness. The intended message in the above cases is “Whites are killers” and “Whites are evil.”
In todays culture, the White person — who is always “a racist” or “neo-Nazi” — has become the most crudely stereotyped stock villain. White people should loudly object to these characterizations and Euro-phobic accusations. Don’t expect the situation to improve on its own.