Tyrone Woodfork: Could Have Been Obama’s Son, Too

April 16, 2012 05:17

The biased nature of our cultural, media and intellectual establishment, from the White House on down, is revealed by what’s NOT being reported or talked about.


By Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D.


Have you heard of Trayvon Martin? Of course you have. He’s the young man who was killed by a neighborhood watch member. Martin was reportedly unarmed and the neighborhood watch person, George Zimmerman, claims he was acting in self-defense. There is some evidence to support Zimmerman’s claim. However, the media (aided by President Obama) is reporting this story not as a confusing and disturbing crime, but as a self-evidently racist incident, indicative of how America is inherently unjust and no doubt should start spending trillions more on worthless social programs – and pronto!  The biased nature of our cultural, media and intellectual establishment, from the White House on down, is revealed by what’s NOT being reported or talked about. Consider, for example, the news story I discovered on the Internet recently, prompted by a reader:

Tyrone Woodfork, 20, was charged in Tulsa County [Oklahoma] District Court with felony first-degree murder, two counts of robbery with a firearm and first-degree burglary. Bob and Nancy Strait were assaulted March 14 in their home in the 3300 block of East Virgin Street. Nancy Strait died March 15 from injuries related to the assault. She was also raped. Bob Strait is still recovering from multiple injuries and has been re-admitted to a hospital. Woodfork was arrested March 15 after witnesses reported seeing the couple’s stolen 2001 Dodge Neon in the 3500 block of East Fourth Street. He remains in the Tulsa Jail without bond.

Yes, we have all heard of Trayvon Martin. But almost none of us have heard of Tyrone Woodfork, or his victims. Doesn’t this tell you something? Isn’t it worth at least asking the question, and exploring it?

Not according to some people. In a recent column, I suggested that Trayvon Martin’s killing would not have been anything more than a local crime story, in Sanford Florida, if he had been white and his killer had been black. The hate mail I received for saying this was vitriolic. One critic claimed that I cheapened the life of a little boy (Trayvon was 17) by even suggesting such a thing. Notice that the reader did not attempt to answer my question, as to what would happen if the killer were black and the victim were white. He condemned me for asking the question. This is the essence of anti-intellectualism, including racism.

Remember that racism is not defined as white hatred of blacks. White hatred of blacks is one example of racism, but it’s not the definition of racism. The definition of racism is the elevation of race to the most important factor of an individual’s identity. By this definition of racism, a black, a white, an Asian – literally anybody – could be a racist.

But that’s not the conventional wisdom of today’s world. In today’s world, if a black man is killed by a man who isn’t black, you immediately condemn the action as racist. You call in the civil rights leaders, you get Oprah on the screen, and you dare anybody to so much as question the facts of the case. You treat it as a “hate crime,” a ridiculous concept suggesting that some murders are based on love, and you bypass normal legal procedures in order to ensure a swift and stern conviction.

If a white, elderly couple (such as the Straits in Oklahoma) is assaulted by a black man, and one of them dies from the assault – well, you just don’t talk about it. Why? Because this doesn’t fit into the accepted narrative, that black people are victims and white people are victimizers. This isn’t necessarily the narrative of most black or white people, but it most definitely is the narrative of people like our President and our other political/intellectual “leaders” who have a very personal stake in the perpetuation of victimhood.

I’m not suggesting that the killing of Nancy Strait by Tyrone Woodfork should be considered a racial incident any more than Trayvon Martin’s murder. They’re both terrible tragedies, primarily of interest, I would think, to the local communities in which they happened, and to the people who knew the victims. They should be judged and prosecuted according to the facts of the cases, not according to the prevailing racial narrative that pits race against race and holds one race up as superior to another.

The sad fact is, we live in a racist society. But the racism isn’t what most people think it is. Ayn Rand nailed the subject of racism quite well. She wrote: “Just as there is no such thing as a collective or racial mind, so there is no such thing as a collective or racial achievement.  There are only individual minds and individual achievements — and a culture is not the anonymous product of undifferentiated masses, but the sum of the intellectual achievements of individual men.” She went on, “Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism.  It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage — the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry.  Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors.”

Just as there is no collective achievement, there is no such thing as a collective crime, either. No crime committed by a white or Hispanic man against a black man says anything about the race of either the criminal or the victim. The same applies when a white woman is the victim of a black man. This is just common sense, and everybody knows it. But when “civil rights” leaders and leftist Presidents imply otherwise, we’re not even supposed to question it. We’re supposed to bow our heads and feel guilty, to accept the ideological narrative of those who dare not be questioned. Obama says, “Trayvon Martin could have been my son,” and that’s somehow supposed to end all discussion of the subject. Talk about manipulative!

I am getting sick of the intolerance for dissension that comprises the leftist establishment. I am sick of their racism and I am sick of their filtering everything through their pre-determined theories of personal convenience. Liberal Obama supporters can howl “racist” all they want.. The truth is very different. Liberals, heal thyselves.


See Tulsa (OK) World online, 3/27/12, for more details on this story.


Dr. Hurd has a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Psychology, Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, CA, November 1991. Degree awarded With Distinction. Master’s of Social Work (M.S.W.), Clinical, The University of Maryland at Baltimore, May 1988. Bachelor’s of Arts (B.A.), Psychology, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, May 1985. Distinguished Psychology Student Award, Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Hurd blogs at DrHurd.com

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  • Joseph Aronson

    The outrage of the killing of Trayvon Martin was not because he was black and the shooter was white. It was because the shooter was questioned by police, admitted to the murder, and was then released. If Tyrone Woodfork was picked up, questioned, admitted to the crime and then released, you can rest assured there would be a national outcry. Regardless of race.

    • Phil Bickel

      George Zimmerman was not, not, White!

      George Zimmerman, a Hispanic man will be found innocent by reason of self defense.

      Trayvon Martin was not an innocent little 12 year old buying skittle,and tea.

      Seek the truth, open your eyes.

      • Stacy Johnson

        Well written Phil Bickel !!! Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson need to have something to march or speak about in public, of course.

        • Stacy Johnson

          This Tyrone Woodfork is one of the reasons we shouldn’t get rid of the death penalty. He will just get out and do it again.

    • nyctreeman

      Absolute rubbish, Joseph, and provably so.

      Every day in America, people like Tyrone are questioned about crimes and released, I lived in NYC for 20 years and had inside access to NYPD for many years, and I can tell you that you are full of horse manure.

      If the elderly couple were black, and the killers were white, everyone knows (including you, I suspect) that this story would be on the front page of every media source in the world.

      You can lie to yourself, and perhaps you’ll even believe the lie, but that dog don’t hunt here in the real world.

  • Well said! The reality we are forced to live in.

  • James Dundon

    Question –
    It was made known that Trayvon Martin was visiting the area, as he was suspended from School for 30 days for having in his possession a bag that had contained Marijuana –

    Is not a 30 suspension a little stiff or does Trayvon have a history of juvenile activities.

    I am not saying Trayvon deserved to be killed, but it would be interested in hearing of his school record and scholastic achievements.

  • Thats because when a black person kills someone it’s such common occurance That it never makes the headlines. The Martin kid got so much headline because he was a black kid looking suspicious and they blame race…they had a field day since it was a white/Hispanic doing the shooting and not vice versa. Blacks don’t want equality they want supremacy. Slavery has been over and done with! Get over it!!! How many Jews are still pining over German natzi’s? Or going back in time where Jews were slaves. I’m not Jewish but I’m just giving the example…black people should not be granted a month of recognition….reparations…or any type of special treatment. They rob kill and rape more then any other race….they call white people crackers but it’s never thought twice about. Call a black person a negro and u will never live it down…if they had any shred of decency they would stop blaming race and just admit that they suck as a majority. Facts are facts

    • First off, you sound like a bigot. If you don’t want to perpetuate stereotypes, stop grouping every single African American as a common collective. You’re using a monolithic term for a dynamic group of people.

      Facts are facts, but you just sprouted ignorant opinions.

      FYI, the word is Nazi.

  • Louis Gilfedder

    I agree they should look at the facts not the assumptions, when you assume you make an ass of u and me.

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