Al Jazeera commands a global audience frequently subjected to verbal assaults on America. Most columns are written by Leftist ideologues. A recent column about the death of Trayvon Martin is a perfect example of a Leftist on steroids, a man in too great a hurry to bother with facts.
The writer is a lecturer in English at Yale University.
The Al Jazeera column Race and the paradox of America contained statements about Martin’s death that are so skewed I can’t imagine how the Yale lecturer wrote them. Here’s what he said about the death of the teen shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford (Fla.):
“The shooter, George Zimmerman, suspected Martin of wrongdoing, because he was a black kid buying candy in a small town in the Florida suburbs. Therefore, he was shot, because he was black.”
The man who wrote these words is a lecturer at Yale? By the way, the errant comma in the second sentence is the lecturer’s, not mine.
Zimmerman had no idea Martin had bought candy. Thus far not a single fact revealed by police reports or witnesses suggests the shooting had anything to do with race. Had the Yale lecturer done any research, even on an elementary level, he would know that the death of the teen was the result of circumstances far more complicated than race.
Furthermore, the community at large called for a more thorough investigation of the Martin shooting. We did that before Leftist media and politicos took to the stage to seize an opportunity to politically exploit the tragic death of a teen.
That the writer of that article lectures at a university routinely perceived as superior probably won’t surprise anyone. The lecturer in English perceives America as racist.
Said lecturer is typical of the “journalists” the academic establishment nurtures—his bio at Yale said he’s been “selected three times as a fellow of the Arts Journalism Institutes of the National Endowment for the Arts.”
Why should taxpayer dollars subsidize this sort of endeavor? For that matter, why should taxpayer dollars on the federal level subsidize art at all?
Regardless of your feelings about taxpayer dollars and art, one thing is obvious. Journalism's descent into pure muck is a direct result of what's being taught at the college level.
Archived articles on Trayvon Martin (at The US Report)
Articles on Martin's death and other issues (at Examiner/National Conservative)
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/April 6, 2012)
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