From the 31 March 2012 issue of The Economist:
A shooting becomes an excuse for political point-scoring
(Highlights from the article)
Opening Sentence: It took a month or so, but the killing of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was shot in Florida in late February, has developed into a predictable political circus.
- Rush Limbaugh, Al Sharpton and The New Black Panther Party: Limbaugh is a “shrill right-wing radio host,” Sharpton is “equally excitable” and The New Black Panther Party is “a confrontational protest group.”
Maybe you didn’t know that:
- An online petition calling for the arrest of the gunman, George Zimmerman, has attracted over 2 million signatures.
- LeBron James wrote “RIP Trayvon Martin” on his shoe before a game on Mar. 23.
- The entire Miami Heat team “posed in hooded sweatshirts like the one Mr. Martin was wearing when Mr. Zimmerman decided to follow him . . . “
- The shooting took place in “a gated community.”
- Mr. Zimmerman “had recently started a neighbourhood watch scheme and he frequently called the police to report everything from potholes to people he thought might be involved in a spate of burglaries.”
- At the time of his killing, Mr. Martin “had been walking back to the house of his father’s girlfriend in the gated community, having bought some sweets and iced tea at a nearby corner store.”
- The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People . . . “has complained that the authorities neglected the case because Mr. Martin was black.”
- The President was quoted as saying: “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.