Control the present -> control the past

As the white establishment desperately continues to spin the Zimmerman/Martin story, a new article emerges titled “George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting.” Zimmerman’s defenders are rushing to praise the article as a ray of light shining into the darkness of our black-controlled media.

The article is published in Reuters, a reputable news service, by Chris Francescani. It starts out with an unsourced claim that Zimmerman’s reason for buying guns was fear of a scary pit bull.

Yes, this piece of writing that purports to be news concludes that Zimmerman is… not a racist!

During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old.

But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman’s past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

I’m sure most journalists like to think of their work as ‘more nuanced,’ but it seems a little tacky to include that sentiment in your own article—unless you want to create the impression that you’re gathering objective facts from somewhere else.

After going through the hoops to humanize Zimmerman by saying he was a pure-hearted rosy-cheeked altar boy, etc., the article defends Zimmerman’s actions with the argument that Twin Lakes had become “A NEIGHBORHOOD IN FEAR” due to an onslaught of black burglars. (Never mind Zimmerman’s much longer record of 911 calls which came to nothing.)

In particular, the article suggests that Zimmerman was primed to shoot Matin because of an incident that had happened only a few weeks earlier. Apparently, Zimmerman had called the police to report a black burglar named Emmanuel Burgess.

Francescani writes:

"Ten days after his father was hospitalized, Zimmerman noticed another young man in the neighborhood, acting in a way he found familiar, so he made another call to police."

"We’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood, and there’s a real suspicious guy," Zimmerman said, as Trayvon Martin returned home from the store.

The last time Zimmerman had called police, to report Burgess, he followed protocol and waited for police to arrive. They were too late, and Burgess got away.

This time, Zimmerman was not so patient, and he disregarded police advice against pursuing Martin.

"These assholes," he muttered in an aside, "they always get away."


What’s incredible (but not surprising) about this reporting is that “acting in a way he found familiar” is such an obvious stand in for “having dark skin in public.” This isn’t a speculative judgment about the motivations of Zimmerman and the neighborhood watch, although given everything we know about American history, this wouldn’t be unreasonable speculation—no, it’s an explicit racist fear coming from within Twin Lakes.

So, Francescani is accepting, normalizing, and repeating this racist fear, and using it to justify this murder of a 17-year-old. Who is this guy, anyway? What do we think about some of his prior coverage of the Martin case? Are we impressed with his expose of the black-controlled media? How come the only issues he’s covered for Reuters are Trayvon Martin and Occupy Wall Street? Anyone surprised that he portrays OWS as unruly but ineffective terrorists? (Real estate in the Hamptons does seem to be the major side interest.)

Well, that’s the kind of edge you get if your occupation for the past decade has been “Producer.” I’d like to think that they couldn’t find any sufficiently dishonest journalists from the rank-and-file, so they had to bring this guy back down to sling some more bullshit. But maybe he just enjoys it.

Again, this story is all over the place, under different titles. It’s up at The Atlantic with the title “Why George Zimmerman Got a Gun.” …

Stay focused, people!

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