On March 7th, Glenn Beck and General Jerry Boykin discussed a phenomenon dubbed the "Bubba Effect," in which Average Joes -- or "Bubbas" -- band together (even siding with someone who has committed a crime), against the government when they feel they have been wronged by that very government.
Beck, who learned the term from a former Special Ops agent, described a scenario where, in the wake of an Islamic terror attack and subsequent government inaction, Bubba, pushed to the brink, shoots someone who appears to be Muslim. When the authorities come to arrest Bubba, however, citizens rally to his defense, blaming not the murderer, but rather the government for causing the problem in the first place.
Even if they know Bubba is wrong, the citizens will not allow him to be apprehended by the authorities. The reason being that citizens believe government has only exacerbated the threat of Islamic terrorism by allowing borders to remain porous while the Transit Authority focuses on making innocent, everyday travelers remove their belts and shoes and feel as if they have been "sexually assaulted" -- a move most argue does not make the public any safer.
Once citizens' tolerance level has reached critical mass, they will no longer blame Bubba when he reacts to the extenuating set of circumstances. According to the member of Special Ops, the military is indeed concerned about such a scenario taking place. Backlash surrounding Islamic threats, however, is also only one example of the way in which the effect can be manifested.
This, in essence, is the Bubba Effect explained.
On Tuesday's Glenn Beck Program, the Bubba Effect theory was tested against the current case of Trayvon Martin and his shooter, George Zimmerman.
Beck said the current dynamic among citizens is so on edge, so divided, that it would not take much to "set off a chain reaction that spirals us into chaos."
For reference, Gen. Boykin and Beck talked about the Bubba Effect in detail:
Where Trayvon Martin comes in...
Beck clarified that he is not defending Zimmerman and believes there is a probability he is guilty, but urged viewers to take the New Black Panthers and Louis Farrakhan at their words as "they are killers."
Now there are two "bad guys" and possibly Zimmerman as well. If someone comes to kill Zimmerman, what does Bubba do?
You may recall from The Blaze's extensive coverage that Farrakhan appears to be inciting violence through provocative tweets and speeches where he talks about applying "the law of retaliation" to the Martin case. Following suit, the militant New Black Panthers posted a "want ad" offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of Zimmerman -- a man who, thus far, is not on even on the lam.
And if there were any doubts as to what the Panther's intentions are, it might be worth noting that one of the group's leaders responsible for the ad, Hashim Nzinga, was arrested Monday outside Atlanta for possession of a firearm when he is a convicted felon.
The following is a partial statement by a member of the New Black Panthers revealing its call for an "eye for an eye" and a "life for a life":
"Trayvon's Martin's father said we don't believe in an eye for an eye...We love Trayvon's father but we are military. We are military. We're here to support that family... We're here to make them [government] do their job... We will support Trayvon's family, but we are military."
He warned that Zimmerman "should be fearful for his life," adding: "You cant keep killing black children...We're going to force our government to do their job properly and if they don't, we will."
It perhaps doesn't help that the president said if he had a son he would "look like Trayvon," while members of CAIR and Al Sharpton continue to call for justice.
Add to the mix controversial director Spike Lee, who tweeted out what he assumed was Zimmerman's home address. Frighteningly, the address turned out to be incorrect and it is fortunate, Beck noted, no one has been unnecessarily injured as a result thus far.
The situation could, according to Beck, very well boil over amid the whirlwind of tension and instigation.
Now, Beck argued, entertain the possibility that someone will actually kill Zimmerman, and in retaliation for that, "Bubba" will kill a Black Panther or other member of a black militant group. Bubba's friends will likely consolidate in his defense and blame the Department of Justice for turning a blind eye to want ads that essentially called for a man's (not yet proven guilty) head, dead or alive. Beck suggested that while Bubba's friends won't necessarily agree with Zimmerman, they will blame authorities, above all else, for creating the problem.
"Aren't we seeing the Bubba Effect now?" Beck asked. He suggested that Americans are in fact seeing the beginnings of the effect manifest itself now, as the government creates chaos and remains part of the problem. "Creating chaos," of course, is a core component of Phase II, which I covered in detail previously.
If the Bubba Effect scenario is played out and Zimmerman falls prey to vigilante justice, an incredulous Beck asked the government if the carnage really couldn't be seen coming and thus prevented.
Yet the Black Panthers, who have explicitly been going against the wishes of Trayvon's parents are revealing their cards.
Government is "just as bad as they are" and is "part of the problem!"
Creating a movement:
Reports have just surfaced revealing that Martin's mother has filed two applications to trademark her son's name and the phrases "I am Trayvon" and "Justice for Trayvon." Beck noted the move highly unusual unless one is planning for their son's name to become part of a giant "movement."
"You do that if you are Disney, Rosa Parks or MLK," he said.
Martin's mother claims the family was not motivated by profit at all but only sought to protect the intellectual property rights for "projects that will assist other families who experience similar tragedies."
"I really feel for this mom," Beck shared. "Not only has she lost her son, but she has to deal with his death being argued out in the public square like a political hot potato."
Former NAACP leader speaks out against race-baiters:
Delving deeper into the heart of the matter, Beck also cited a poignant article written by black pastor and "Runaway Slave" producer C.L. Bryant, who is appalled that "race hustlers," like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are "circling like vultures" and are "exploiting" Trayvon Martin's death.
Bryant said he wishes civil rights leaders were protesting those problems instead and asked why both leaders of the African American community are “not be angry about the wholesale murder that goes on in the streets of Newark and Chicago?”
“Why isn’t somebody angry about that six-year-old girl who was killed on her steps last weekend in a cross fire when two gang members in Chicago start shooting at each other? Why is there no outrage about that?” he wrote.
Bryant noted that while a polar-opposite picture is painted pitting whites as the agressors' of young black men, it is in fact black men who pose the greatest danger, statistically, to other black men.
He also said he worries “people like Sharpton and those on the left” will make Martin’s death a campaign issue in the presidential race.
Another indicator the situation may be reaching a fever pitch is when Martin's alleged "champions" are walking the streets of Florida in Zimmerman "Cracker" T-shirts. It seems irrespective of Zimmerman's ethnicity being Hispanic, agitators would prefer the narrative to read that a "white" man "gunned down an innocent black youth."
Beck said he was unaware that Hispanics are now called "cracker."
But violence is violence, and most rational people would argue racism is not a trait reserved solely for Caucasians. If racism did play a role in Martin's death, why is it difficult to believe a Hispanic could be guilty of racism against an African American?
Is this our Bubba Effect?
At the end of the day, Beck asked how Zimmerman's story will conclude. If he is innocent, he may still fall victim to vigilante justice. If he is guilty and convicted, he will go to jail and potentially face the death penalty. Either way, it appears the odds against Zimmerman are stacked.
The latest news may only make matters worse, however, as police are now confirming that Zimmerman's story "is consistent" with the evidence in the Martin case. Reports have also surfaced calling Martin's character into question.
Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother, has not taken kindly to the reports: "The only comment that I have right now is that they killed my son and now they're trying to kill his reputation."
Beck cautioned that as additional reports are released, the division will only increase.
And while Sanford Police Captain Darren Scott attempted to bring calm to debate by urging "everyone to let the system take its course" many of the extremists are calling for the exact opposite and do not want to wait.
Beck urged Americans to let the system "take its course" before a rogue decides to actually listen to the words of the Black Panthers and exacts "an eye for an eye."
"That's not how America works."
If something happens to Zimmerman, all it does is take America one step closer to greater chaos.
"Is this where our American Spring" chain-reaction starts? Is this "our Archduke Ferdinand moment?" Beck asked. Is this the story of Mahmoud Bouazzi, the Tunisian push-cart worker who set himself ablaze and started the movement of the Arab Spring?
"What if these guys get what they want?" asked Beck. Does someone then take vigilante justice against the vigilantes because government is incompetent? Does Bubba stop the Black Panthers? And if you crack down on Bubba and not the Panthers, how does cycle stop?
"How does this not turn into a race war?" Beck asked.
Only if "we are much better than what we are told or expected to be."