Shelby Steele on Trayvon MartinThursday, April 5, 2012
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Shelby Steele has published an excellent article, “The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin.”
The absurdity of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton is that they want to make a movement out of an anomaly. Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites.
…There is now a long litany of racial dust-ups—from Tawana Brawley to the Duke University lacrosse players to the white Cambridge police officer who arrested Harvard professor Skip Gates a summer ago—in which the poetic truth of white racism and black victimization is invoked so that the actual truth becomes dismissible as yet more racism.