How Trayvon Case Devolved Into a 'Shouting Match'
Alex Pareene lays out reasons the right 'turned on' Martin
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2012 11:03 AM CDT
This undated family photo shows Trayvon Martin.   (AP Photo/Martin Family, File)

(Newser) – When Trayvon Martin's killing first erupted into a national story, the response from the right was uncharacteristically muted. But since March 23—the day Geraldo blamed Trayvon's hoodie for his death and President Obama made his first comments on the incident—Trayvon's death has become "another right-versus-left shouting match," writes Alex Pareene in Salon. He offers up a timeline of the media coverage, as well as four reasons the right "turned on" the teen:

  • "The conservative movement denies the existence (or prevalence or impact) of racism." As far as many conservatives are concerned, racism was abolished as soon as Martin Luther King said he had a dream, and any accusation of racism is automatically labeled a politically-motivated attack against conservatives.

  • "The president is extremely polarizing." Despite the fact that Obama commented only when asked—he did not prepare his remarks—and limited his sentiments to empathy for Martin's parents, "it is a simple fact that when the president takes a position on something, anything, roughly 50% of the nation then decides to take the opposite opinion."
  • It's easy to "politicize" the killing, because Florida's "stand your ground" law certainly played a role in why George Zimmerman was never arrested. "Conservatives feared, rightly, that outrage over the killing would lead to some pushback against their largely successful under-the-radar attempts to legislate gun control completely out of existence state by state."
Click for Pareene's entire column, including his fourth point.

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May 9, 2012 1:21 AM CDT
Apr 12, 2012 2:30 PM CDT
this boy was a simple bully thought he got the upper hand on a white guy and started beating him as soon as he saw the gun he went for it and got exactly what he deserves. i applaud zimmerman we all know that is what happened check the boys school records ask his class mates none of the ones he picked on are missing him.time to pony up you all know that is the exact way it happened. more people should be carrying guns. and as far as 17 years old all 17 year olds know exactly what there doing if he woulda just respected his elders he wo0ulda been alive today.
Apr 4, 2012 9:29 PM CDT
No! the case was not handled right,yes i do think people should be able to defend themselves,what Zimmerman did was not exactly what seemed to be self defense.why? because Zimmerman went after the boy,on the other hand why was the boy in a gated community area? at night.There are many things here you have to piece together,what time was it when this happened.Did the boy get upset with Zimmerman or scared and lash out! Has Zimmerman shot anyone before? What happened was very bad an justice should be done! Zimmerman should be locked up and tried correctly until the whole facts are found out.But people broadcasting dead or alive for Zimmerman is wrong also! and this is a crime and it makes them no better then Zimmerman.It is kind of like the Judge not ,for with what judgement you make on others you will be judged also. Okay,now there are vultures out there right now during this election time,that will use the horrible death of this young boy to their advantage if they can,because they do not care about the pain of the family.Please allow the family some time to grieve.It is not something you get over.People have been encouraging hate and discord instead of justice an peace an unity.And yes there are white people just as concerned.I just do not think that the family needs a huge parade of people surrounding them as they grieve over their son.Has any of these so called caring people even prayed with the family for comfort an support.