George Zimmermann may or may not be guilty of murder. I suspect not, as the evidence indicates that Trayvon attacked him and was beating him senseless when Zimmerman fired. But that’s what you have trials for.
Man Beaten By Mob, In Critical Condition
What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said “Now thats justice for Trayvon.”
So justice for someone who was killed while beating another man is to take the first honky who steps into your cross-hairs and beat him bloody.
STACY MCCAIN CHIMES IN: And points out that the victim is hardly a model citizen. We shouldn’t have any problem admitting that, as it makes not the slightest bit of difference.
Via Twitchy, the responses to Zimmerman being released on bail:
Ima kill zimmerman myself *loads semi* where he at
A series of some down, badass m*thaf#ckas make similar statements:
I WOULD KILL DA SHYT OUTTA DAT ZIMMERMAN DUDE IF I SAW HIS ASSS BOAAAAA
George Zimmerman Released From Jail 150,000 Bail! WTF! Nigga You Are About To Die, Start Writing Your Will! Justices Has Not Been Served
All of which puts me in mind of the Geto Boyz:
Damn it feels good to be a gangsta
A real gangsta-ass nigga plays his cards right
A real gangsta-ass nigga never runs his fuckin mouth
’cause real gangsta-ass niggas don’t start fights
And niggas always gotta high cap
Showin’ all his boys how he shot em
But real gangsta-ass niggas don’t flex nuts
’cause real gangsta-ass niggas know they got em
Office space is totally gangsta…
I kind of like Spike Lee as a filmmaker. Do The Right Thing is a complex tale that looks at racism and groupthink from all sides. Malcolm X is a damned interesting story about a fascinating figure who was larger than his times. And I mind a time when I really liked 25th Hour.
But in all his public pronouncements, Spike Lee has demonstrated a shallow, by-the-book liberalism that seems to undercut his art. It’s as though he can only think as an auteur, and never as a man.
So to hear that he posted what he thought was George Zimmerman’s street address surprises not at all. And that he refused to take it down even when the innocent man and woman surnamed Zimmerman begged him to correct it.
Because Spike Lee doesn’t have to moderate his anger or engage in self-control. He’s an Angry Black Man™, and his rage is righteous.
UPDATE: Via Ace, Spike Lee has apologized and made amends with the family. So never mind all that righteous rage business. His or mine.
Look: if I was black, I would probably be angry about Trayvon Martin, too. It would bring up all that ancestral memory of days when a black man could be killed out of hand for nothing.
However, I’m not black. So I’m free to say that this kind of thing:
More of that new tone we keep hearing about...
…is a bunch of racist crap. Because jumping to the conclusion that The Other has attacked us, without waiting for independently verifiable facts, at the behest of our official “race leaders,” sets alight lovely pyres of hate no matter what your melanin level.
It’s just how we crackers think sometimes.