The teen shot by Ferguson, MO police is being assembled into a new version of the Travon Martin case. “Protestors” from other areas, many with criminal records, are appearing in Ferfuson to loot and riot. The President, wo ignores police shootings in general, has made a statement. The Attorney General has sent the team that is accused of fanning the Travon fire to Ferguson and it seems that the Ferguson victim’s family has hired the attorney who handled Martin’s case: All the pieces that have something to gain, are in place. Al Sharpton, with a vulture’s nose for an appetizing death, has already appeared.
In the Marin case, the apparent government-supported railroading of Martin’s killer ran head-on into a jury. No matter how much or how loud the fuss, the prosecution seemed unable to get the jury past the scene of larger Martin sitting on smaller Zimmerman, pounding him, when Zimmerman shot him. Or at least, that is the scene the media presented. Nevertheless, from the President on down, Zimmerman has been branded with the Mark of Cain for the rest of his life, which remains at considerable risk.
In Ferguson though, the killer is a presently anonymous police officer. As we watch the lynch mob assemble, we assume that, the victim being a black man (he was past high school age, apparently) the police officer is a white male. Were he a she or black, we somehow doubt the lynching would be under way as it evidently is now. The officer remains anonymous because there are already the death threats usual in these cases.
The same Attorney General has been investigating the Albuquerque, NM police for a recent history of apparently, overexuberant shooting of often unarmed ‘suspects.’ Unless you live in Albuquerque, we’ll bet you haven’t heard abut that. And it is a fact that none of these decedents were black …
But in Fergusan, where the decedent was black as Travon Martin, the set is assembled, the players are speaking their parts and the lighting and cameras of the national media are all that is needed. They will likely oblige; lynchings are good stories unless you are the lead role.
If one steps back a pace to review Zimmerman’s treatment by his government and watching what is taking shape in Ferguson, this becomes a cautionary tale. It is about a government that feels no qualms about using its power against political opponents as in the RS persecuting the Tea Party, against citizens as seems to be developing in Ferguson and is a regular feature of drone assassinations. The only effective protection against government now seems to be concern about public outrage being remembered at elections. That’s among the slipperiest of slippery slopes.
Meanwhile, the merry-go-round spins on in Ferguson, MO.