“Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” – Abraham J. Heschel

Here is what President Barack Obama said when asked about the shooting of Trayvon Martin:

“I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure that we’re not impairing any investigation that’s taking place right now.

But, obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy I think about my own kids and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.

I’m glad that not only the Justice Department is looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place.

I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened. That means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.

But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon. If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Remarkable as it seems (or maybe not, considering the source) that relatively anodyne statement has been taken to heart by the likes of Tucker Carlson’s increasingly racist Daily Caller, The Drudge Report, and assorted other shriekers on the right as Barack Obama’s Baadasssss Song To Kill Whitey.

John Hinderaker:

President Obama has fanned the flames of hatred in the Trayvon Martin case, and has not said a single critical word about the outrageous actions of the New Black Panthers, who offered a $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman–the same New Black Panthers on whose behalf Eric Holder quashed a federal criminal prosecution; or of Spike Lee, who tweeted a wrong address for Zimmerman, presumably to facilitate harassment or even murder; or of the many liberals who have posted on the @killzimmerman Twitter feed; or of the many other Democrats and liberals who have indulged in an orgy of hate with respect to Mr. Zimmerman. President Obama’s interest in the victims of violence is selective: he cares if they look like the hypothetical son he doesn’t have.

To which, the Ole Perfesser adds:

In other words, he’s a racist hatemonger. Just to be clear. So much for hope and change.

Hope is what he promised. Hate is what he’s delivering.

Remember, Glenn Reynolds had nothing to say about Trayvon Martin but that all changed the day that uppity negro in the White House expressed sympathy to the family of a murdered teenager.

They’re not even bothering to dog whistle anymore.

(thanks to Blue Texan)