A group with somewhat shady origins — whose members fancy themselves the intellectual heirs to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and call themselves the “Dream Defenders” — is currently occupying the office of the Governor of Florida. They are protesting racial profiling and targeting, prompted by the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who they believe racially profiled and targeted Trayvon Martin — whose only mistake was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
With their deep commitment to ensuring that people are never again profiled and targeted, and ultimately killed, based on their race, surely the Dream Defenders will next move on to the Atlanta area, to launch a protest against the four teenagers of the same race who recently ganged up on a middle-age man of a different race, drove him into a highway, beat him unconscious, and watched as he was run over by a car — whose only mistake was that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
This happened to Joshua Chellew on June 30 in Cobb County, Georgia (near Marietta), less than 300 miles from where the Dream Defenders are currently protesting in Tallahassee. Will they take advantage of this opportunity to make clear that they stand on principle against racial profiling and targeting? Or will they pass on this opportunity and lead observers to conclude that they don’t care what happened to Chellew because of Chellew’s race?
To quote Dream Defenders ringleader Vanessa Baden (at 0:20 here) what they decide to do “will just speak volumes.” Jim Treacher put well the question currently faced by the Dream Defenders: “Why is Joshua Chellew less important than Trayvon Martin?”
Rush Limbaugh provided a good overview of the Joshua Chellew murder, and of why the liberal mass media do not care about Chellew, in his July 15 show. Below is a video of that segment, supplemented by photos of Chellew and of the gang members arrested in connection with his death, and excerpts from video reports by the local NBC station ( here ) and by the local Fox station (here and here).