Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Deep Thoughts

The shooting of Trayvon Martin did not signify anything about race in America today.  It may have signified something about our increasingly sickening gun culture and Zimmerman's own pathologies, but I'm not sure it "stands for something".

The inaction of the Sanford PD says something about race and police power in America.  Basically, a black kid got killed in a white neighborhood, added to the idiotic stand your ground law, and, well, move along, nothing to see here.

I think the outrage over Martin's death is natural.  How do you not even ARREST Zimmerman?  How do you not even collect evidence or canvass the neighbors?

But the reaction of the right wing noise machine most definitely DOES say something about racism in America.

And it ain't pretty.

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