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Trayvon Martin Case: A Perfect Storm

March 29, 2012

To the many of you readers of this online blog who are not really familiar with the trials and tribulations of Bob Grant, let me bring you up-to-date without too much unnecessary detail. In reading all the accounts of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, I am reminded of many episodes in my long broadcast career. First of all, I was never guilty of the things I was accused of saying. My remarks might have seemed strident and angry because I was angry. I was angry when those California police officers were railroaded in the Rodney King affair. When the video of them pummeling of Rodney King was shown on every television network day in and day out, 24 hours a day, I too was upset that four officers of the law would brutally beat a man who was lying on the ground. Later I learned that the man they were pummeling was a giant of a man, who was a very strong and dangerous person by the name of Rodney King.

Those repetitious scenes aroused the black community to a frenzy and riots broke out in Los Angeles and other places. An innocent white truck driver was pulled out of his vehicle and beaten with a brick. Rallies were held throughout the country and, of course, here in New York. The screaming and chanting was deafening and did strike fear in the heart of white America. No white politician would dare to flat out condemn the wild and fierce demonstrators. People did not stop until they got too tired to do much more shouting and screaming and ransacking and vandalizing.

I was the only broadcaster, I believe, who did not shrink from denouncing these acts. Here is a quote from my broadcast back there in those frightening days, “I am sick of seeing these savage demonstrations whether here in New York or California or wherever else they carry on.” I know that many people were not only calling me on the air to talk about this explosion of wild anger and hatred, but were writing many letters and cards because they were frightened — as well they should be. Our political leaders were paralyzed with fear. Our mayor at the time was our first black mayor, David Dinkins, who could only mumble words like, “We must be patient and law abiding and not give in to hysteria.” That was the most he could say except to remind people to not break the law. Too bad he didn’t say that to those people who at that very moment were indeed breaking the law.

I must tell you when Fox News made such a to do over Rush Limbaugh saying the reason the Florida authorities didn’t arrest the Black Panther group in Sanford, Florida, was because they were afraid to arrest them, I knew Rush was absolutely correct. I had said those words long before most people ever heard of Rush. I am glad he has picked up the baton which was taken from my hands years ago. Maybe he will survive telling the truth. I wish I had. Nevertheless, I can be proud of what I did and afraid for our country. Eventually there may be a civil war along racial lines. If there is and I pray there isn’t, where will the white race be? Will there be enough basements for them to hide in? Unlike Glenn Beck, I am not flat out predicting a race war, but how long can we look the other way when the Black Panthers put out a call for George Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon Martin, to be brought in “dead or alive”?

Bob Grant

Straight ahead!


That slams the lid onthings for today

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