Are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton Addicted to Racial Unrest?

By John W. Lillpop

After watching Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton do their level best to ignite a race war over the Trayvon Martin tragedy, one wonders:

Is a brutal, racially-motivated slaying something that these people secretly wish for? Are they so pathetically sick that the only thing which can bring excitement to their hearts is the stalking of an innocent, unarmed black man and slaughter of same in the streets?

In other words, are folks like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton addicted to the adrenaline- high achieved during a race riot or similar civil disturbance, regardless of whether or not the facts support such overreactions?

Do they secretly yearn for the “good old days” of the 60s and 70s when marches and riots could be counted on to add a little zest to one’s life, not to mention a little booty to one’s wallet?

Enter Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and an African-American who seems more interested in resolving racial differences than in generating free publicity for himself.

As reported at the reference, Herman Cain said the following about the Trayvon Martin tragedy:

“Fox News host Martha McCallum also asked the former presidential candidate for his thoughts on the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Cain said it was "a tragic, unfortunate death of a young man."

He then pivoted to the threats being made against the shooter, George Zimmerman, by the New Black Panthers, who have offered a $10,000 bounty for a citizen's arrest of Zimmerman. Cain said that people should be "just as outraged" by the threats as they are about the death of Martin:

“The first question is, where's the investigation? If Congressman Rush wanted to bring attention to the right problem, where is the investigation? All of the swirling rhetoric is not helping. This was a tragic, unfortunate death of a young man. The investigation should be the thing that would bring all of the facts and put them on the table before people continue with all of the swirling rhetoric.

The second bad thing about this -- where is the Justice Department relative to the threats being made by the Black Panthers, relative to this particular case? I'm not defending him or anybody else, I'm just saying, we have due process in this country. It generally starts with an investigation. We don't have the investigation or the facts. And secondly, when an organization or some people make some direct threats on any other citizen -- without having been tried -- that is illegal and the Justice Department ought to be doing something.

We should be just as outraged about that as we are about the death of this young man.”

Compare those words to the angry accusations issued by Jackson and Sharpton which accuse George Zimmerman of racially-motivated murder.

Of course it is easy for Herman Cain to be so reasonable. After all, he is not in the business of making his living by manipulating racial issues for profit!