“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
These were President Obama’s words to the grieving parents of Trayvon Martin. We have seen the Obama family together, feel the love they share, and know that his deeply felt words to the Martin family were those of a loving parent to the stricken parents of a lost child.
Which puts it almost beyond belief that Newt Gingrich would use those words to attack him. Pretending outrage (his basic ploy), he charged that Obama was playing a race card, then attacked this nasty straw dog by asserting that race had nothing to do with Trayvon’s murder. This is a new low in Gingrich’s vanishing presidential campaign.
College professors like the word “conflate,” often used with a warning finger as, “You are conflating two distinct issues.” Professor Gingrich knows he is doing exactly that. The rage and despair all feel at a senseless murder and loss of a youth on the brink of manhood transcends race. But a bigoted hate-monger roaming neighborhoods with a loaded gun is racism incarnate. A cell phone recording captured the muttered “he’s up to no good or on drugs or something,” followed by a muffled but unmistakable racial epithet. Professor Newton Gingrich knowingly conflates these two issues. The sooner this ego-sick hypocrite disappears, the better.
But the dire matter of wrongful death, a depraved killer-at-large, and a law that becomes a license to kill will not disappear. Nothing can bring Trayvon back, but arrest of his killer, exposure of the racial bias that spurred the killing, abolishing the National Rifle Association’s evil “stand your ground” law in every one of twenty-one states, and voting the writers of these laws out of office can become a living legacy of the tragic death of young Trayvon Martin.