The first advocacy for “The Safari Principle” surfaced prior to the George Zimmerman trial, in the summer of 2012, when the professionally aggrieved first began the meme: “He shouldn’t have gotten out of his car”.
Historically we used to blame the victim by saying he/she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. However, politically it became too difficult to define where the wrong places were, and simultaneously legislators continued to struggle defining the right vs. wrong times people were allowed to be in these places.
In order to protect the criminal class a more specific rule was needed.
After various opinions were considered eventually the advocates settled upon The Safari Principle – A selected narrative used throughout 2012/2013 as a point of advocacy driving home the belief that George Zimmerman had no right to follow, then exit his vehicle, when he saw a suspicious Trayvon Martin peering through windows and casing houses.
The “Safari Principle” evolved to further claim ‘if you do get out of your car, you deserve what you get’ with the implication by the left-wingers’ that young black males cannot control their behavior.
Shortly after the grievance advocates of Ben Crump, Natalie Jackson, Daryl Parks and the congressional black caucus announced their own support for the Safari Principle – another incident surfaced in Virginia when two reporters for the Virginia Pilot stopped, and exited, after their car was hit by bricks.
The couple was attacked by a mob of somewhere between 30 to 100 young black males while shouting “justice for Trayvon”. After the reporters left the hospital the Virginia Pilot editorial team quickly apologized for not following the Safari Park rules, accepted the beating of their reporters was the fault of the couple who stopped their vehicle, and the newspaper promised they would join the advocacy movement.
Fast forward through several more examples to August of 2014 and Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson exited his vehicle after Mike Brown punched him in the head and tried to gain his service revolver. The meme of The Safari Principle was quick to surface again, LOUDLY.
Officer Darren Wilson had no right to get out of his car after the attack.
By exiting his SUV Wilson was to blame for Mike Brown charging him in the street. Again reaffirming the liberal belief that young black males cannot control their behavior.
Subsequently the grievance advocates pointed out Officer Wilson was ultimately to blame for shooting Mike Brown. If Wilson had followed the Safari Principle Mike Brown would still be alive today.
After Mike Brown was murdered by Officer Darren Wilson, the Safari Principle advocates applied the same meme to explain how Zemir Begic was guilty of his own murder, again in Saint Louis.
Zemir Begic exited his vehicle in the vicinity of three young black males who beat him to death with hammers. Begic would be alive today if he had only followed The Safari Principle rules.
So it comes as no surprise to see The Safari Principle meme now being used in South Carolina against police officer Michael Slager:
(Via Post and Courier) The North Charleston police officer who shot and killed Walter Scott after stopping him and a passenger for a traffic violation should have stayed with the car rather than run after Scott, a legal expert and former police officer said Monday.
“This is a matter of police practice, not a legal issue. Legally, there’s nothing wrong with an officer chasing a fleeing driver and leaving the passenger. It’s just not a great idea in most cases,” said Seth Stoughton, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. (more)
Officer Slager chasing Walter Scott was a clear violation of The Safari Principle.