Democrats Pimp Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown for Votes

Reports have surfaced about the Democrats setting up voter registration booths at rallies for Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teen who was shot and killed by patrol officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. In 2012 and 2013 I wrote columns about the Democrats exploiting the lynching of Trayvon Martin. The Community Party will add a provision to our 2015 Trayvon Martin Act requiring all state, county and local police in Connecticut to wear cameras. See our current bill language here.

David Samuels
Community Party

Trayvon Martin, Political Football

April 1, 2012

This column appeared in the April 5 – 12, 2012 edition of the Hartford News…

The World Socialist Website recently published a commentary entitled “Democrats Seek to Channel Mass Anger Over Killing of Trayvon Martin”. The piece included the following assessment of the political reaction to Trayvon’s murder. “Various politicians, both Democrat and Republican – including President Obama – have sought to express sympathy for Martin. Their aim is to forestall any discussion of the more basic social questions behind the killing, and to divert popular anger into safe political channels.” The piece went on to give the example of a Trayvon Martin rally in Detroit where several speakers used Trayvon’s killing as a reason for why Obama should be re-elected. This type of opportunism is not limited to the major political parties. Occupy Hartford, a group who I criticized in a recent column for ignoring the racial profiling bill which is currently being debated at the State Capitol, quickly climbed aboard the Trayvon bandwagon by posting articles about the shooting and promoting a rally in North Hartford which featured Mayor Pedro Segarra, City Councilman Kyle Anderson and Democratic Party operative LaResse Harvey as speakers.

“Activists” who have never cared about the killing of Black youth are suddenly showing tremendous interest in the Trayvon Martin case, a display of hypocrisy which can only be described as pathetic. While there are many people who are involved with the Trayvon Martin movement who are sincerely outraged and seeking justice, there are just as many who are simply using Trayvon as a vehicle to advance their own agendas. The social issues that the World Socialist Website alluded to certainly include racial profiling, police violence in communities of color, racist criminal justice policies, including the so called War on Drugs which is actually a war on low income urban neighborhoods, Black unemployment, racial economic disparity, racialized politics and racism in the mainstream media. This confluence of factors has resulted in a nationwide perception of young Black males as a threat who must be dealt with accordingly. The right-wing has capitalized on this stereotype by launching a smear campaign which portrays Trayvon as a foul mouthed, weed smoking jewel thief. Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report pointed out in a recent commentary that the racist policies of national and local governments gave George Zimmerman the impression that American society would approve of his actions. Ford noted that during his 911 call to police Zimmerman proclaimed that “assholes” like Trayvon “always get away”, a ludicrous statement given the facts about Black mass incarceration in this country. It should be noted that none of Zimmerman’s 46 911 calls since 2004 resulted in any arrests or the need for further action by police. Since the start of 2011 Zimmerman’s calls primarily focused on what he considered to be “suspicious” people in his neighborhood. Almost all of these “suspicious” individuals were Black males, including one whom Zimmerman descibed in a 911 call as being “7-9” years old. Democrat President Bill Clinton was instrumental in fueling Black mass incarceration through his support of racist criminal justice policies and the “welfare reform” law which has continued the cycle of poverty in Black communities. President Obama refused a 2009 demand by members of the Congressional Black Caucus that he initiate targeted job creation in communities of color, where Black unemployment has reached Depression-era levels. The unemployment rate among young Black males in some areas of Hartford is as high as 50%. Hartford has one of the highest poverty rates in the United States at 31.9%. These are the types of connections that the Democrats and their gatekeeper sycophants in North Hartford do not want you to make to the lynching of Trayvon Martin.

The lead homicide investigator in the Trayvon Martin shooting wanted to charge Zimmerman with manslaughter on the night of the killing, but was overruled by the Florida state’s attorney. The Sanford police reportedly tagged Trayvon’s body as a John Doe, despite the fact that a police report filed February 27th at 3:07 a.m. lists his name, city of birth, address and phone number. The cops did not contact Trayvon’s parents until his father filed a missing person report later on the 27th. Why did the police hide Trayvon’s body from his parents? Zimmerman’s father, a retired judge, told a Florida TV station that he talked to the police and the state’s attorney’s office after his son shot Trayvon. What did they discuss? Mary Cutcher, a witness to the shooting which took place in her backyard, told Florida TV station WFTV that Zimmerman was the aggressor, and that it was Trayvon who was screaming for help before he was fatally shot. Cutcher said that the police only took a brief statement from her and that they have repeatedly blown off her attempts to talk further with them about what she saw and heard. The police did not take a statement from Trayvon’s girlfriend, who was on the phone with Trayvon when the confrontation with Zimmerman took place. His girlfriend had offered to come in for a sit down interview. The Orlando Sentinel reports that voice experts have refuted Zimmerman’s claim that he is the one who is heard calling for help on the 911 tape. A legal analyst for WFTV says that Zimmerman disobeying the order from the 911 dispatcher to not follow Trayvon negates his self-defense claim. As I write this column, Zimmerman has not yet been arrested.

Trayvon Martin, Political Football Part 2

August 1, 2013 at 6:51pm

This column appeared in the August 1 – 8, 2013 edition of the Hartford News… Workplace Bullying Update: Activist Cornell Lewis will talk to the Community Party about his firing from the Department of Children and Families. Lewis has been an outspoken critic of racism at that agency. The interview will appear in this column in two weeks. Check out Lewis’ blog on DCF racism. CP will partner with Rep. Matt Ritter on a town hall about workplace bullying. Stay tuned for details.

The Democratic Party is using operatives such as Al Sharpton to contain the national Trayvon Martin justice movement, while simultaneously promoting the criminalization of Black youth which directly led to Trayvon’s death. As we have reported in this column, a Malcolm X Grassroots Movement report found that Blacks are killed every 28 hours by the police, security guards and self-appointed vigilantes such as George Zimmerman. The Trayvon protests which have involved Democratic politicians totally avoid the topic of police containment in Black/Brown communities, which includes harassment, brutality and murder as tactics. Zimmerman was studying law enforcement at the time he lynched Trayvon. The Sanford, Florida police did not arrest Zimmerman until global protests forced the hand of the State’s Attorney.

During a protest against the Zimmerman acquittal in Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra spoke vaguely about how “our government has failed us.” He added that a conversation must begin to “bring justice and peace.” Ok Mayor, let’s talk about President Obama endorsing New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly for the vacant Secretary of Homeland Security job. Kelly’s racist stop-and-frisk policy currently has Blacks and Latinos in New York under seige. The Atlantic Wire laid out the statistical proof of this racism in a May article on David Floyd’s stop-and frisk lawsuit against the City of New York. Floyd was subjected to a stop-and-frisk in 2008. “That stop was one of the 540,000 times that year that the police performed a stop-and-frisk procedure. It was one of the 444,000 times that year that the person being frisked was black or Latino. It was one of the 474,000 times that year that the person being frisked was not arrested for having committed a crime. For the next three years, those figures would grow.”

Obama said, “Ray Kelly’s obviously done an extraordinary job in New York.” The First Black President clearly supports Kelly’s law enforcement policies, which include stop-and-frisk. MXGM pointed out on their Twitter page that naming Kelly to the Homeland Security post would lead to nationalizing the stop-and-frisk practice. Obama is talking out of both sides of his mouth. While he talks about how Trayvon would have looked like his son and how he could have been Trayvon 35 years ago, Obama is giving his stamp of approval to the racist police tactics which created the climate that led to Trayvon’s murder. Black Youth Project blogger Mo Green discussed Obama’s hypocrisy in a recent column. “See, while Obama is busy telling black people that he feels their pain while simultaneously explaining that pain to white people, his administration is doing the work of ensuring that the white supremacy that led to Trayvon Martin’s death and his killer’s acquittal remains functioning. Now, Kelly may never be nominated, but the very fact that he has been linked to the administration in this way is once again a reminder, to me at least, that having a black head of state is insufficient for dismantling the very system that violently impacts black people’s lives on a daily basis. Kelly shouldn’t even be an option.” Black Agenda Report commentator Glen Ford weighed in. “The president has high praise, and possibly a powerful appointment in store, for Ray Kelly, the New York City Police Commissioner who has overseen and defended over five million stop-and-frisks since 2002, overwhelmingly targeting Black and brown men. Obama is looking for a new head of Homeland Security. ‘I think Ray Kelly is one of the best there is,’ Obama said. Kelly proudly justifies his management of the Mother-of-All-Stop-and-Frisk operations, as intended ‘to instill fear’ in young Blacks and Latinos that they may be patted down by a cop whenever they leave their homes. Kelly also created a massive program to spy on Muslims, not only in New York City but in other localities, and arranged for CIA agents to be embedded in the NYPD to conduct domestic surveillance – which is illegal.”

Will Segarra and Council President Shawn Wooden talk about the fact that the Democrats are using Trayvon’s death as a tool to recruit Black voters? The World Socialist Web Site reported on how the national protests that were organized by Sharpton turned out be a pep rally for the Dems. “Demonstrations were held in cities throughout the United States over the weekend in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, last year. There is popular anger over the acquittal, seen as a travesty of justice that also sets a dangerous precedent. Sections of the Democratic Party, however, have sought to exploit the tragic case for their own ends. The demonstrations were relatively small, with the largest in New York attracting more than a thousand people. Several hundred gathered in other cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Miami, Detroit, and Pittsburgh.

“The protests were organized by National Action Network (NAN), founded by Al Sharpton. Sharpton and the NAN are an integral component of the Democratic Party establishment, seeking to use racial politics to divert opposition over disastrous social and economic conditions back into the Democratic Party.

A primary demand promoted by the organizers, who cast the issues entirely in racial terms, was for Obama’s Justice Department to bring charges against Zimmerman on civil rights grounds. Sharpton, who spoke at the New York event, praised Obama for his remarks at a press conference Friday, when the president equated himself with Trayvon Martin.

“The lineup of Democratic politicians was so deep at the New York rally that the person introducing speakers felt compelled to state that it was not an election rally. In Detroit, mayoral candidate Krystal Crittendon took to the megaphone, saying, ‘One thing we can all do for Trayvon is show up at the ballot box and vote. We need to let them know that we will not stand for this. We can take control by voting.’ ”

CP is calling on Segarra and Wooden to publicly denounce the Democrats for pimping Trayvon Martin in an effort to increase the party’s voter base, and to call out Obama for his public support of Kelly for the Secretary of Homeland Security position. Kelly’s appointment would certainly lead to the federal implementation of stop-and-frisk. This policy and the feds’ “Secure Communities” anti-immigrant program are Black and Brown community containment tactics. CP’s Trayvon Martin Act is aimed at abolishing this law enforcement policy. A report on “Secure Communities” racism and details on the Trayvon Act are available in our Resources section. Ending police containment and racial economic disparity is the way to “bring justice and peace” that Segarra called for at the Hartford rally. Let’s see if Segarra and Wooden have the guts to spark this conversation.

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Malcolm X Grassroots Movement report on the extrajudicial killing of Black people:

World Socialist Web Site report on the Democratic Party using Trayvon Martin to recruit Black voters:

Atlantic Wire report on stop-and-frisk racism statistics:

Racism Review report on “Secure Communities” racism statistics:


4 Responses to “Democrats Pimp Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown for Votes”

  1. Joanna Says:

    Isn’t using the name Trayvon Martin in your act, a name that has no relation to Hartford, a name that has nothing to do with police brutality, but rather is associated with a racist neighborhood wannabe vigilante pimping Trayvon Martin’s name as well???? Isn’t it true that his parents were NOT interested in having an act regarding police brutality (which is NOT what Trayvon Martin’s death was about) in Connecticut (where Trayvon Martin DID NOT live OR die)???

    I am all for your anti-racial profiling act… however, you are pimping the name Trayvon Martin just as much as politicians are.

  2. David Samuels Says:

    Readers, see the Community Block Watches in Northeast & Clay Arsenal Community Facebook page for my response. I used to work on community organizing with Joanna, then I gave her the boot because I could see she was all talk. If she spent the same energy working to change the conditions in this state as she has today stalking me on the internet (God knows who she’s being a flunkie for this time), we would still be working together. One of my theories about “activists” who act like Joanna is that they must be down with the feds. If they’re not, they should be. I’m being absolutely serious. After I told Joanna to kick rocks, she started working with the lawmakers who are protecting the police. I’ll go back to doing actual organizing work while Joanna runs off at the mouth.

  3. Joanna Says:

    What lawmakers have I been linked up with?

  4. David Samuels Says:

    I’ll let Joanna talk her head off. I have more important things to do.

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