Trayvon Martin ended up dead. George Zimmerman ended up free. And Zimmerman’s most vocal supporter, Frank Taaffe – the hero of the white right — has, evidently, switched gears. According to The Raw Story, Taaffe is belatedly claiming that he was wrong all along about Zimmerman, and that, in fact, Zimmerman is the racist we all know him to be:
What I know of George and his tendencies and also my opinion is that he racially profiled Trayvon Martin that night because if that had been a white kid on a cell phone, walking through our neighborhood, he wouldn’t have stayed on him the way he did and that’s a fact and I believe that in my heart… I can only ask for the country to forgive me and today I believe that he racially profiled him based on the color of his skin.
Reporter: Some people may wonder what does Frank Taaffe have to gain by doing this? Are you working on a book?
A TV show?
No. I’m just working on me right now and getting right with God.
Yes, of course, that’s why he still has a website that’s live, www.therealfranktaaffe.com (“opinionated, unafraid, and unapologetic”), where as recently as February of this year he was defending convicted murderer Michael Dunn. Identifying himself as a “Television Personality” on his website, he boasts:
“I am a fighter for due process, and am not afraid of the lynch mob media. So this wasn’t my intended career, but it’s what I’ve become. Let’s face it. HLN needed me during George’s trial. I went on there to give the truth and counter all these false narratives given out by the personalities on television, including people like Jenny Hutt and Miss Ali. But HLN’s ratings were night and day when I was there and when I wasn’t. That’s why other networks invited me on to their shows. They saw how I was boosting the ratings of Jane Velez-Mitchell, Nancy Grace, and Dr. Drew. Now they went without me for a couple of months, and their ratings sank to an all-time low… But as soon as George gets pulled over for a speeding ticket, they have me on speed-dial because they know I sell….”
Oh, and by the way, feel free to contribute to the Frank Taaffe Justice Fund and buy a couple of t-shirts from his store so he can continue to fight “for the little guy.” (Could it be that Taaffe has found himself off speed dial)?
This guy is Joe the Plumber redux. He’s already made himself (at least, up until now) a hero of the white right, just like JTP. He’s made the rounds of the talk shows, just like JTP. Next thing we know he’ll be running for office.
Yet there is a very serious moral crisis surrounding Frank Taaffe, and it falls directly on the shoulders of the media to cure: What the was he doing on all the talk shows anyway? During the trial, he was an almost daily guest on Fox, CNN, its sister station HLN, and others, being treated like some kind of expert and weighing in on the social (“It’s really sad that he has already been convicted in the public media and has already been sentenced to the gas chamber”), technical (were there grass stains on Trayvon’s pants?) and legal aspects of the Trayvon Martin case — and yet, as Mother Jones discovered, Taaffe “has a lengthy criminal record that includes charges of domestic violence and burglary, and a history of airing virulently racist views.” Just last Sunday, he appeared on The White Voice, a weekly podcast hosted by a man named Joe Adams, who has deep, long-standing ties to white-power groups and has authored a manual called Save The White People Handbook. (Sample quote: “A mutt makes a great pet and a mulatto makes a great slave.”) “Among Taaffe’s long-standing and unshakable views, blacks and whites have no business mingling, whites are essentially “slaves” and oppressed due to affirmative action and “crimes committed by that particular group of people,” and that “the only time a black life is validated is when a white person kills them.”
Let’s just say that Taaffe’s whole “getting right with God” thing holds about as much water as his sudden reversal on Zimmerman’s racism. This leads us all to the conclusion that either his particular brand of racism — along with his t-shirts — aren’t selling, and the justice fund is out of juice, or someone in the media finally vetted him and learned about his numerous (almost a dozen) criminal charges and at least two convictions, his DUI, charges of battery and “repeat violence,” domestic violence complaints against him by his second wife and son, stalking, child abuse and burglary. And, despite Taaffe’s scorn for absent black fathers, he was no prize as a father and had little to no contact with his own kids. Of course, to hear him tell it, none of the criminal stuff was his fault; instead, it was the fault of disgruntled co-workers and a bitter ex out for money. Of course, that doesn’t actually explain why one of Taaffe’s sons, before dying of an overdose in 2008, wrote in a journal:
[Expletive] you, Dad, I never thought a father could be so bad… I’m your son, the one you ditched.
I’m an ardent supporter of my friend George Zimmerman, and I have no apologies about it. George’s image has been warped by the media, and he’s been wrongly portrayed as a racist, a bigot, someone who doesn’t treat women properly, and someone who is reckless. None of these characterizations are remotely true. George is a good friend, a humble man, and a man of faith. George is not Jewish; he is (and has always been) Catholic. Of course, the media loves race cases. Why is this? Because they sell. So it pays — literally — to portray George as a racist. The truth of the matter is that the mainstream media is racist and they’re profiting from it.
And, at one time for Taaffe, it paid – literally – to portray George Zimmerman as an innocent guy who just bumbled into Trayvon Martin one night and was then beaten and victimized by a garden variety angry young black man. But we can forget Taaffe’s god crap and his false-flagging remorse and pleas for forgiveness for supporting that monster, Zimmerman. The money pool just dried up, and he’s now just a garden variety con man, working a different angle.