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Actually, the word “odd” does not nearly suffice as a description of such actions and comments. “Ridiculous,” “absurd,” and “asinine” are much closer to the mark.
Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Shelby Steele has observed that “Trayvon’s sad fate clearly sent a quiver of perverse happiness all across America’s civil-rights establishment,” which is steeped in “nothing less than a stubborn nostalgia for America’s racist past.” That nostalgia will not dissipate anytime soon, however, because the contemporary civil-rights establishment is dominated by the left. And the left is unwaveringly committed to a worldview that divides society into two permanently hostile and competing camps: the dominators and the dominated; the oppressors and the oppressed; the devils and the angels. Notwithstanding its pained protestations against all manner of “injustice,” the left desperately needs those so-called dominators, oppressors, and devils. For without them, the left’s core mission—to radically transform our hopelessly flawed society—suddenly loses its urgency. Thus are leftists ever-reluctant to acknowledge that white America has made any appreciable progress against racism in recent decades. And thus do exceedingly rare events like Trayvon Martin’s killing take on such monstrously disproportionate significance as emblems of continued black victimization, the linchpin of the leftist worldview on race.
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