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The arbitraging of Trayvon Martin's death has been relentless and shameless from the very start. But some in the African American community are beginning to take notice. Consider this Tweet, as reported by International Business Times:
"This whole Trayvon thing just making Skittles and Arizona richer - That's all y'all doing - The black dude gets killed and ppl make more $$," wrote Twitter user Adisa_SF2D.Indeed, numerous folks "in the name of Trayvon" have urged people to buy Skittles and a whole lot more, and it's just plain wrong.
But Skittles' and Wrigley's profits from Trayvon's death were completely inadvertent and unplanned. Whatever uptick in sales can be laid squarely at the feet of people like Spike Lee, tweeting the purchase of those products in the "name of Trayvon."
Equally outrageous, many people, in and outside the African-American community, are taking advantage of Trayvon's death to advance their own interests and agendas -- gleefully grave-dancing for their own personal gain. Who are they? Let's take a look.
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We've got Roseanne Barr tweeting the address of the
Only several days later -- after immense pressure -- did Spike Lee finally apologize to the harassed couple (who were barraged by the press and with death threats) and agree to reimburse them for their hotel costs.
Silly me, I thought liberals were our country's bedrock backstop behind the presumption of innocence, and the principle that justice was color-blind.
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Al Sharpton says civil disobedience should be escalated until vigilante justice is served, which Sharpton defines as the arrest of George Zimmerman. Ironically, it was Martin's family who called Zimmerman a vigilante, and Sharpton has
(As an aside, most lawyers would agree that if the police handcuff you, put you in the back of a squad car, take you to jail, and interrogate you for five hours, you have been arrested. But whatever. Lawyers don't know sh*t.)
But back to Sharpton and his helpful lesson: some vigilantes are good and some are bad. But only
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Meanwhile, Jesse Jackson says Skittles and Arizona Tea are being unjustly enriched by all the extra purchases of their products and so some of their profits should go to _________. For all the press, Reverend Jackson is no worse for the wear.
President Obama exhorts his followers via Twitter to buy his "Go Obama" hoodie so his supporters can show everyone which team they are on. Nice unifying move, Obama. How very presidential.
Next up, the "p*ssy *ss cracker" t-shirt modeled by a young Boy Scout; the offensive words frame a picture of Mr. Zimmerman. (And if you doubt this young man is a Boy Scout, you are super-duper racist.)
Then, there's that strip club in Greensboro, S.C. that planned to host a party "in honor" of Trayvon Martin. It promised that all those who showed up before 11PM with an empty Skittles bag would get in with no cover charge.
After a "sensitivity" backlash, the strip club cancelled the event. The club says it intended -- just as Spike Lee had instructed them to do, in his twitter -- to send a bunch of empty Skittle bags to the Sanford PD. Alrighty then.
But where was the anguish, where were the marchers, when a white child was set ablaze by blacks youths, or a little black girl was killed in a Chicago-gang cross-fire? Who cares, and more specifically, when do they care? Must the crime story always suit an etched-in-stone anti-white, racial narrative before it gets any coverage, or, better yet, action in the opposite direction?
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When Obama uses Trayvon Martin's death to sell "Obama 2012" hoodies, it is just politics, but when others do it, it's reprehensible? Help me out here, because I'm just not seeing the difference.
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