Soulless approximation of a human being Ted Cruz (R-Ted Cruz) showed up for work today at that business he tried to burn to the ground a few weeks ago and his first order of business was to sociopathsplain to Trayvon Martin’s mom that her son’s murder was more of a bug – a dead bug – than a feature of Florida’s Stop! Bang! Bang! Bang! Or I’ll Shoot law:
With Trayvon Martin’s mother sitting just across from him, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) claimed that Stand Your Ground is beneficial for African-Americans. At the Tuesday Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, Cruz claimed, “In Florida, the data show that African-American defendants have availed themselves of the Stand Your Ground law more frequently than Anglo defendants.” Indirectly citing a Daily Caller story that said black defendants were successful in 55 percent of fatal cases compared to 53 percent of whites, Cruz said this “isn’t about inflaming racial tensions though some might try to use it to do that.”
Hell yeah, Daily Caller! It’s not like they weren’t invested in taking Trayvon Martin and creating a portrait of a gangbanger as a young man while they’re subletting out some sweet beachfront online real estate to the NRA.
For added hilarity, the GOP invited noted data cooker and occasional online female impersonator John Lott to say some vaguely truthy sounding stuff in an effort to reassure Trayvon’s mom that, although things could possibly have worked out a little bit better for her kid, hey, the law is there for your own protection, so suck it up, lady:
GOP witness John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, also argued Cruz’s point at length. “Poor blacks who live in high-crime urban areas are not only the most likely victims of crime, they are also the ones who benefit the most from Stand Your Ground laws,” he said according to prepared testimony. Later, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he found Lott’s argument “compelling,” and that he did not see how the law “has a racial injustice about it.”
The same data that Cruz cited also shows that killers are far more likely to go free when their victims are black. In those cases with black or Hispanic victims, the killings were found justified by the Stand Your Ground law 78 percent of the time, compared to 56 percent in cases with white victims. The racial disparity among victims has also been confirmed by other studies, like the Urban Institute’s finding that in Stand Your Ground states, white-on-black homicides are 354 percent more likely to be ruled justified than white-on-white homicides.
So really, we wouldn’t be having this discussion If Trayvon Martin and his mom and all of the other black people who are so fortunate to have this law protecting them would just, if you’ll excuse the expression, lighten up…