The Value of Resembling the President
I wonder if Melissa’s Coon son looked like Pres. Obama. That’s the 13-year-old Kansas City boy who may have been set on fire because “You get what you deserve, white boy.”
As Robert Wargas notes, the story appears not to rate national attention in the eyes of the national media.
Wargas’s post, linked by Instapundit, comes at the end of a week that saw the President of the United States describe a young black man tragically shot in Florida as follows: “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
During the same week, movie director Spike Lee set off a series of tweets providing the home address of the Hispanic man who shot Trayvon Martin. Meanwhile, the New Black Panther Party issued fliers calling for his capture “dead or alive.”
Hope. Change. And very dangerous times ahead.
It occurs to me that I should specify my intention and concern with the above.
The facts in the case of Tayvon Martin are still in question. What appears known is that Martin was visiting his father and step-mother in a gated community in which he did not live. As he walked back from a nearby 7-Eleven, neighborhood watch “captain” George Zimmerman began to follow him, thinking him suspicious. Watson appears to have asked Zimmerman why he was following him. They wrestled, and Zimmerman shot Watson.
The unknowns bear on the range of factors that bridge an accusation of racially motivated murder to self defense, and it would be unwise to propound on them from a distance. Suffice it to say, for now, that human interactions are such that it’s very easy to imagine that tense situation escalating into a fight, sadly culminating in death, in this case.
The point of this post, however, bears on something that is known and available for comment across the country — namely, the shameless racial demagoguery that have poisoned our politics for far too long.
Apparently, even the right-leaning blogosphere is raising questions about the Kansas City story, wondering whether it may not be what it at first appears to be. On the other hand, an American Thinker piece expands the subject to raise deeper racial problems in the school district.
As with the Martin/Zimmerman case, though, the point of legitimate concern from a distance isn’t to get to the bottom of a local investigation and pass judgment, but rather to survey the national discourse.