- Jul 19, 2012
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The verdict that declared George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin was a traumatic event for America's civil-rights establishment, and for many black elites across the media, government and academia. When you have grown used to American institutions being so intimidated by the prospect of black wrath that they invent mushy ideas like "diversity" and "inclusiveness" simply to escape that wrath, then the crisp reading of the law that the Zimmerman jury displayed comes as a shock.
And so they double down with protests and so on in hopes that they can show everyone that they can bend and distort the law and American institutions whenever they want, but the White House and the DoJ have already signaled that that sort of thing won't happen. The best they could get was the promise of an investigation, an investigation that has already been done.
As the country moves on increasingly to a post racial future the civil rights elite sees their authority dwindling. They must keep racism alive or else lose their very reason for existence. Thus they desperately throw this fit of hysteria over Zimmerman killing Martin while ignoring the hundreds of black youth who are killed by other black youth.
Shelby Steele: The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment - WSJ.com