Tuesday, April 3, 2012

No Angel. So What?

No, he still doesn't deserve to be shot.
This article from Salon has me hopping mad.  I cannot even begin to understand what the right-wing media hopes to gain by smearing Trayvon Martin's character.

Are they claiming that because he made mistakes - because he engaged in stupid, typical teenage crap like truancy and graffiti and giving people the finger - he deserved to be gunned down on an empty street?  Are they trying to validate George Zimmerman's right to feel threatened by the mere existence of a young black male?

So Trayvon wasn't a perfect angel.  Who is?  Even more importantly, what bearing does his past behavior have on the facts of the case?  How does it change what happened on that terrible night?

The answer, of course, is that it doesn't.  Trayvon was murdered not because he posted obscenities on Twitter, but because he had the audacity to be young and black and male in the wrong place, at the wrong time (of course, in our society, I doubt there is ever a right place and time to be young and black and male). 

I only hope the good, decent, fair-minded people of this country - both liberal and conservative - won't allow their outrage to be tampered or clouded by all this ridiculous noise.  Trayvon deserves justice - no matter how many hate-mongers feel the need to dig up irrelevant mistakes from his past.

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