Now, how again is this different from the classic official reaction to tree limbs festooned with black corpses?
It perpetuates an outlook that makes it a sin to be white (or looking white in Zimmerman's case..he's hispanic according to his family). I have taken a TON of crap in service and overseas because I have a southern accent.
My nose is crooked because of it. I got DOZENS of boxer fractures in my hands for being 'southern american'. I've had the race/racist card played on me DOZENS of times because the offender I pulled up was not white. I had to explain myself in front of a Master Chief for doing my damn job because some tool said I was 'racist'.
I hate to say it.. sometimes it's just a shooting. From what I have heard on the local news (Sanford is like an hour away from where I live), Zimmerman might have done the same thing to a white kid that didn't fit in (to his outlook) of people in the neighborhood.
It's a goddamn tragedy that Trayvon Martin got shot, and I personally think it was near criminally inept for the cops to drag their feet like they did. If they had a lick of sense they would have laid out a press conference to defuse the media situation and followed up with a more through investigation.
I think personally Zimmerman jumped the gun..and the poor kid paid the price. I also think the damn media is stirring things up. I was in Maryland when the Beltway sniper was around and the media there demonstrated how they could really FUCK up things.
And speaking as a southerner who grew up in the South, with a side trip to Europe, and who can trace my family tree in the South (aside from Native Americans) to the 1600s.. I find the 'quaint southern tradition' crap offensive. Most of us, media to the contrary, have grown up and matured.
FYI.. everytime I got called up in service for being a 'redneck racist' I've had someone who wasn't white stand up and call bullshit. And anything coming out of Geraldo's mouth is automatically flagged as 'trying to get a rise out of the audience' in my book.