Long ago, I wrote about how Trayvon Martin brings out the worst in people. The rabid hate aimed at the unarmed African American 17-year-old killed by George Zimmerman sullies the soul. The vicious internet campaign that peddled a photo of then-31-year-old rapper Game as an “up-to-date” picture of Trayvon was disgusting. But just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, enter Dinesh D’Souza.
I won’t waste time on the bio of the acerbic conservative who has made sport of criticizing President Obama and questioning his loyalty to the United States. You can read all that you need to know here. But I’m writing about him because of a wildly offensive tweet he sent at 2:35 p.m., this afternoon.
If you clicked on the link about you know that the malevolent missive was deleted. But we were able to snag a photo of it before it was removed. In case the photo doesn’t come up on your device the message is short and nasty: “I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!”
“Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” President Obama said after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in July. Meaning, a typical teenager who bears the heavy weight of other people’s suspicions because he is black. Unarmed Trayvon walking home in the rain while talking on the phone with a friend was viewed as “up to no good” and presumed to be “on drugs or something” by the man who would kill him with a single gunshot to the heart.
What D’Souza wrote and its racist implications are beneath contempt. America is big enough and great enough to tell him to…well, you finish the sentence.
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