Trayvon Derangement Syndrome
My print column is up.
UPDATE: Jim Treacher lists a few of the new details coming out about the case.
It's turning out that Trayvon may not have been the fresh-faced young innocent he was originally portrayed to be. That does not mean, by any stretch, that he deserved to die that night. What it means is that the media is playing catch up and doing its job of reporting everything it learns about the case and its participants in it.
For instance, another thing revealed is that George Zimmerman is a registered Democrat. Basically, that means nothing. But can you imagine what some Democrats would say if it turned out he was a registered Republican?
UPDATE II: Trayvon Martin protesters ransack a Walgreens. Any comment, Mayor Nutter?
UPDATE III: Jonah Goldberg weighs in: It's a
White Hispanic.” That’s how the New York Times, Reuters, and other media outlets have opted to describe George Zimmerman, a man who would simply be Hispanic if he hadn’t shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The term, rarely if ever used before this tragedy, is necessary in telling the Martin story in a more comfortable way.
What’s the comfortable way? It’s the way the blame for Martin’s death belongs squarely at the feet of “the system.” And “the system” is a white thing, don’t you know?After all, our president is not referred to as a white African-American, right? Maybe it would be more accurate to designate him white/African/American. But then, who really cares, except for the most race conscious among us.