Of Michelle Goldberg Part 10: To Her Justice For Trayvon Martin Means Ignoring Facts, Inventing Myths – And Stirring Racism
Even before all the facts in the Trayvon Martin killing have come out, Michelle Goldberg, in her Daily Beast article has already pronounced Trayvon innocent on all counts, exonerating him of any wrongdoing he may or may not have engaged in that led up to his death at the hands of George Zimmerman. Perhaps they can use her article as testimony at George Zimmerman’s trial, if he is ever allowed to have one, and if he is still alive to testify on his own behalf before he himself is killed by an angry mob looking for “justice”. Michelle is more concerned about conservatives waging a smear attack against the reputation of Trayvon than she is for the safety of Zimmerman, who has a $10,000 bounty placed on him by the New Black Panthers – dead or alive, by the way.
Despite the evidence of Trayvon’s sordid past, more of which is coming to light everyday, Michelle, only looking at his youth, and the color of his skin, is positive Trayvon is guiltless. Sorry to disappoint Michelle, but one’s past does often have a bearing on one’s actions in the present. And looking into one’s past, to account for events as sketchy and mangled as the ones in this mystery is imperative to understanding more about Trayvon Martin himself. He does have past criminal dealings. Although that in of itself does not preclude guilt, it cannot be ignored either.
Michelle is quite comfortable when her liberal press is digging into the past of conservatives, politicians or otherwise, to find any dirt on them with which to smear their reputation. That the press would delve deeper into the life on Trayvon, to find out if anything in, or about, his past could have resulted in the events that led to his death, Michelle insists, conservatives are waging a “smear” attack. Michelle, much like the MSM, wants all of us to find George Zimmerman guilty of cold-blooded murder before any facts have been brought to light. How would she react if it was Trayvon who killed Zimmerman?
So why this desire to paint Martin, rather than the man who shot him, as the guilty party? Partly, of course, it’s just a reaction to his death becoming a cause célèbre on the left—it’s the same sort of impulse that leads some conservatives to delight in “Fry Mumia” T-shirts. Beyond that, though, some on the right are deeply invested in the idea that anti-black racism is no longer much of a problem in the United States, and certainly not a problem on the scale of false accusations of racism.
Michelle, perhaps because she harbors her own white-guilt, is willing to pre-judge Zimmerman, but finds any attempt to pre-judge Trayvon as racist. There is no desire to “paint” Trayvon as anything as of yet. Conservatives don’t jump to conclusions the way liberals, like Michelle, like to do. She pretends to be worried about the perceived racism being levied against Trayvon by conservatives all the while she is levying her own racism against Zimmerman, who is a white Hispanic.
I’m far from the first to notice the similarities between the way people talk about Martin and the way they talk about rape victims, whose clothes and histories are often subject to scrutiny no matter how cut-and-dried the case seems. Like a rape victim, Martin’s past is being excavated for evidence that he might have provoked the harm done to him. It hardly matters that even if Martin had gotten high every day, it would have had zero relevance; it’s not as if marijuana use is linked to violence.
What Michelle fails to take into account is that drug users have a habit of accosting people and robbing them for whatever money they can get to buy drugs with. That is not to say Trayvon was an addict, or that was what he was doing when he confronted Zimmerman. However, it is almost criminal not to look into that simply because Trayvon is black.
The one and only fact of this case that is known is that Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. He claims self-defense. Millions of blacks, and whites, including Michelle Goldberg, have jumped to the conclusion that he is lying; that because Trayvon is black, and was only seventeen, he could not have possibly been the aggressor in this case. As if there has never been another instance where a young teenager attacked an adult.
Says Trayvon mother:
“They’ve killed my son, and now they’re trying to kill his reputation,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, said after the suspension story broke.
We can sympathize with her. However, it is peculiar that in trying to protect her son’s reputation, she will see that his name lives on and that she profits from it financially. Blacks get a pass from this sort of behavior that whites don’t. Whether for right or wrong that is just the reality we currently in. We will see, in time, the full purpose of how Trayvon’s mother uses and “protects” her son’s name. We also have to wonder, but not too hard, why Michelle ignores this and the blatantly racist T-Shirts making their debut on Florida streets. Michelle Goldberg would not denounce Trayvon’s mother’s action, nor would she denounce the makers, and wearers of these shirts. But she would, so readily, so eagerly, denounce what she sees as a conservative “smear” attack going on against Trayvon Martin.
Michelle writes a very bizarre, very disturbing ending to her article:
On the surface, it’s odd that Martin’s image would become so politicized. No ideological capitulation would be required for conservatives to mourn his death—one can believe in gun rights and still believe that he shouldn’t have been killed. A real NRA fanatic, after all, might make a case that Martin himself should have been armed, so that he could stand his ground against the paranoid man who was stalking him.
She refers to Zimmerman as “paranoid”, thereby pre-judging him before all the facts are known about this case. Michelle does to Zimmerman what she accuses conservatives of doing to Trayvon, and for that we are supposed to accept her article as “professionally” written without any hint of bias or impartiality on her part?
- Common sense needed to understand the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case (redantliberationarmy.wordpress.com)
- Why Such Media Slant in the Trayvon Martin Case? (blogtruth.wordpress.com)
- Trayvon Martin case heading towards the political abyss (Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion)
- Karen Finney – If Only Rush Limbaugh Wasn’t So “Racist”, Trayvon Would Still Be Alive? (neosecularist.com)
- Even If Zimmerman Was Attacked By Trayvon, He Is Still Guilty Of At Least Manslaughter (angrydd.wordpress.com)
- Trayvon Martin Case: Will Justice Ever Be Served? (theprbuzz.wordpress.com)
- Report: Trayvon Martin Was the Aggressor, According to the Evidence (Patterico.com)
- Trayvon Martin – Basic Geography May Cut Against Zimmerman (Or Not – See UPDATE) (JustOneMinute.typepad.com)