Since I spent the Zimmerman/Martin explosion here at home, I talked to no one but my wife. Having returned on Saturday, I got a chance to hear how other people were viewing it.
Unsurprisingly, most folk thought Trayvon was about 10 years old.
I suppose I could go down my usual kneejerk path that starts somewhere around "Americans are stuuuuuuupid" and ends somewhere around "Americans are fat & stuuuuuuuuupid."
But I don't really believe that.
At least not totally.
I really think the average working person with a family just doesn't have the time to assimilate all the garbage the media spoon feeds us.
Instead, they grab quick bites here & there...news snippets...misheard news snippets...work conversations about other peoples misheard news snippets...filter it through personal prejudice & then form it into a little homunculus called an idea or a belief.
It all started me thinking about how abysmally easy it is to, if not completely control public opinion, route it along a desired path.
Now, every photo I've seen of Zimmerman is a variation of this:
Which is a fucking mug shot.
Here's another Florida mugshot:
On the other hand, every photo of Trayvon that I've seen is a variation of this:
I would be interested in seeing an updated photo, hoodie included.
I'm sure one exists.
I doubt if I will though. Everyone seems to have stuck Martin's corpse into a time machine & sent him back a decade.
More palatable, I suppose.
More Cosby show than convenience store robbery video.
It's an interesting strategy that seems to be very successful.
Maybe it's a little pre-election race guilt to bump Obama back into office.
Maybe it's a little pre-election race card fatigue/fear of the uppity Negro to bump up the Republicans.
Most likely it's just a continuance of the tried & true "divide & conquer" beastie the Brits so loved with their colonies.
I don't find it particularly hard to believe that the upper class views all of us "lessers" as little more than tribes of savages in need of control.
I lean this way because how one sees this affair seems to be predicated along lines proscribed by ones preformed opinions.
Liberals, always looking for another reason to spank themselves with collective guilt, go towards Trayvon, while Conservatives, sick of feeling guilty for shit they didn't do, go towards Zimmerman.
This all started me thinking about other, established boggarts, & how their reputations for pure evil would have been tarnished by the same treatment.
Imagine Helter Skelter if the predominant image of Charlie was this:
instead of this:
Or imagine how the efficacy old Uncle Adolph is employed with when some new dictator sitting atop a pile of natural resources we need is in need of toppling would be compromised if our predominant image was this:
instead of this:
"Reality" is looking more & more like one of those Lego sets that occupy whole aisles at Toys R Us. Sadly, most of us are those sad & stiff little humanoid/Lego hybrids with the badly painted hairdos. I don't foresee much good coming from any of it.