|A view of the Zimmerman-Martin case from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.|
According to my sources, in order to reach one million readers, I am still supposed to be writing about the Zimmerman trial. Okay, so here goes:
The line that has been pushed in the media from the beginning is that Trayvon Martin was killed because he was black: that it was all about race. This is certainly incorrect, according to the facts. Who is pushing this lie so aggressively, and why?
The real truth seems to be that George Zimmerman's prosecution is all about class. He has been demonized in the media, and prosecuted beyond reason, not because of his race, which is completely unclear, but because he is working class--technically, lower-middle class. Worse, he is lower-middle class trying to get ahead. The ordinary working stiff was acting “uppity.” To read the comments and commentaries, those who want to see him hanging from the nearest tree are most enraged because he supposedly acted as if he were a figure of authority, watching and following Martin as a suspicious character.
Of course, this is more or less what the police would do; and it is obviously not a hanging offence when they do it. The problem is that Zimmerman, though in fact legally entitled to do this, was not formally qualified. He was acting above his station, in the minds of the professional elite, including “professional” journalists.
One can see how this would ring all kinds of bells, if subconsciously, in the typical newsroom. What professional group is more threatened by citizen volunteerism these days than the media? Zimmerman and those like him are to them an existential threat. It was in their vital interests to take him down by whatever means necessary.
“Racism” is a preferred and time-honoured stratagem in this regard. According to the professional elite, the Pharisiate, the working class is racist by nature. That's why they must be kept in their place. The black mobs now raging through Oakland, et al, and the “low-information voters” generally, are useful idiots for these purposes. “Low-information voters,” pretty much by definition, are people who want to be taken care of, and are happy to have a ruling elite do their politics for them.