I’ve written very little about the Trayvon Martin case, and here’s part of the reason why. I’m always uncomfortable when the mob forms and begins demanding retribution over almost anything. That’s how witches get burned and dissidents set on fire. And it’s happening on both sides of this situation.
Twitchy.com, which is owned by Michelle Malkin, published a photograph that they initially claimed was of Martin looking all thuggish. Turns out it wasn’t of him at all and they had to correct it. The photograph is still there, though.
And on the other side, Spike Lee retweeted a post that contained the address of George Zimmerman, the shooter in this case. Except it wasn’t his address at all, it was the address of an elderly couple that has nothing to do with it, who have had to leave their home and go to a hotel out of fear. Spike Lee has since offered a genuine apology, as opposed to a notpology:
“I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address,” Lee tweeted on Wednesday. “It Was A Mistake.Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace.Justice In Court.”
Yes, the anger is entirely justified. Yes, anger absolutely has its uses. But just like fire, which can cook our food or burn us to death, it also has dangers and can get out of hand if not handled appropriately.
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