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Nugent lectures Trayvon’s parents for raising a ‘gangsta wanabe, Skittles hoodie boy’

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 15:57 EDT
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Firearms enthusiast Ted Nugent, appearing in a Discovery Channel special. Photo: Screenshot via Discovery.com.
 
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In a screed published by the right-wing conspiracy website WorldNetDaily on Monday, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent lectured Trayvon Martin’s parents for raising what he called a “gangster wanabe, Skittles hoodie boy.”

The musician and gun enthusiast went on to suggest that the people protesting George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict are just engaging in a “mindless hue and cry,” not taking into account that if their kids don’t “attack people, or hang out with the dopers or the gangsta crowd, this simply could not and will not happen to them.”

“If you haven’t taught your children that non-blacks shouldn’t be referred to as ‘creepy a– crackers,’ then you have exposed your children to trouble just waiting to happen,” he wrote.

He added prosecutors who brought murder charges against Geroge Zimmerman were, in the worlds of Alan Dershowitz, “prosecutorial tyrants.” But Nugent didn’t stop there: he went right after U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, suggesting he may “trump up some insane federal civil rights charges as he is being pushed to do by — you guessed it — the NAACP.”

“You see, according to our Justice Department, blacks cannot and will not be held responsible for their crimes (Chicago’s nightly gun-free slaughter zone),” he concluded. “Only if and when a black is victimized by a non-black will our racist DOJ get involved.”

Of course, Nugent’s depiction of the U.S. justice system as flagrantly deferential to African-Americans is wildly off-base. According to The Center for American Progress, minority populations account for just 30 percent of the American fabric, yet make up 60 percent of its prison population. A further one third of African-American men in the U.S. can expect to be imprisoned in their lifetime.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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