Oprah: Meet the White Emmett Till

I know I’m treading on sacred racial ground to compare anything that happens to a white person to an unspeakable evil that happened to a black person, especially when that someone is 14-year-old Emmett Till.

But these days it seems it’s necessary to make stark comparisons in order to get the attention of some people.

Three teenagers were charged with killing Australian student Chris Lane last week “for the fun of it.” The alleged attackers are black.

“With a motive that’s both chilling and simple — to break up the boredom of an Oklahoma summer — three teenagers randomly targeted an Australian collegiate baseball player who was attending school in the U.S. and killed him for fun, prosecutors said Tuesday as they charged two of the boys with murder.”

By now you know that Oprah Winfrey has compared the self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman to the bludgeoning death of Emmett Till that took place in Mississippi in 1955.

Black actress Stacey Dash criticized Oprah for the comparison and then quoted a line from Malcolm X:

“If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

As I’ve mentioned before, there is a lot of sympathy among whites when it comes to issues in black communities across America. But that sympathy is being tested when high profile blacks continue to stir up the racial pot by claiming that it’s all about race.

There is greater crime among blacks. Most of it is black-on-black crime. In some cases, as we’ve seen the past few months, there’s been a lot of black on white crime. These stories don’t get much national attention because there is no political capital to be gained.

How can black voters get stirred up by stories of young black men killing other young black men or three black teenagers shooting a white college student “for the fun of it”?

People should be judged by their actions, not their skin color. That goes for whites and blacks. Racism, bigotry, and prejudice come in various colors.

We will not make any further racial progress in America if we keep blaming groups for what individuals do. There is a race problem in America, and it’s kept boiling by racial opportunists who see political power in turning up the heat every chance they can.