Off the keyboard of William Hunter Duncan
Published originally here @ the Doomstead Diner, July 15, 2013
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I did not follow the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case very closely, except checking in occasionally, to take a gauge of American crazy. I did not even realize until the last few weeks, the degree to which the media had proliferated the spectacle of it. As time went on, I met more and more people who were transfixed, consumed by the menagerie. As though some dark magician were behind the scene, weaving the narrative web, catching victims regardless their political stance or socio-economic status, devouring them all, sucking out the soul, unbeknownest to the paralyzed victim. LOL. It don’t care to have my soul sucked, which is why I don’t have cable. Soul-sucking being de rigueur these days, whatever your media poison.
Whatever. This case was never anything to me but two young men attempting to model manliness, ideal or archetypal, as defined by the hideously violent culture they inhabit. As I said in the comments section of the Doomstead Diner :
“Zimmerman, the gun toting wannabe law enforcement muscle thug, Trayvon gold toothed tattooed tough guy. Like in a movie, meeting on a fateful, rainy night.”
Was deadly force necessary? I’ll let you know, the next time someone is bashing my head against the concrete. I would expect if there were anything on my mind at such a time, it would not be “I wonder if this will result in death or traumatic brain injury,” but rather, I might act from a deeper, more primal, unconscious place. Not carrying a gun, I have no fear of shooting anyone and becoming a touchstone for my culture to jerk off too with their fantasies about what Justice looks like. Nor do I necessarily worry about having my head bashed into the concrete, insofar as I mostly just garden and ride my bike, pick berries and build stuff. I don’t look or act like anybodies oppressor, or this culture’s definition of what a man looks like. Though honestly I have wondered if some black dude strung out on spectacle might take a potshot at me sitting in my house by the window or riding my bike, no thanks to my Liberal friends, or say, the HuffPost.
Huffpost’s favored image of the adolescent Trayvon
Of course it is very much true that if you are a poor or “ghetto” black man, you aren’t going to win many “stand your ground” cases. It may also be true that a few white dudes might get to thinking they can kill without accountability. Which TPTB are perfectly fine with, the black community simmering, the white community dividing up more or less in equal opposition to the black community and each other. I knew we were doomed when I heard a “panel” discussion on NPR the other day, in anticipation of the Martin/Zimmerman jury verdict, on what to do with the black community (basically), between three white panelists and the white host, all of whom were very sincere. Meanwhile I’m fairly certain Ann Coulter has had a continuous orgasm since the verdict, if we are talking about weavers of webs of deceit. Black fomenters of black rage are salivating.
Meanwhile, what is going on in the world, on planet earth? The Treasuries of every nation state are being looted. The banks are sustained by little more than 85 billion in free, just-in-time monthly deposits of cash money digibits (speaking of dark magicians). There is a full-on corporate press to exploit every square inch of the first mile layer of earth crust, grinding it up into one enormous planetary tailings pile, which they do to finance their (perceived) galactic escape hatch. Pollinators are disappearing in alarming numbers, as para-military contractors fan out across the globe to protect the defilers, and the NSA watches every move you make.
You’ld think people thought that was Trayvon’s or Zimmerman’s fault.
Like I also said in the forum:
“Now, both touchstones for a country divided, preyed upon by TPTB and their media while TPTB LOOT IT, and pollute it beyond redemption for Right or Left, gun toting hyper individualist fuck the earth exploiters in one fist, total control government lovers of totalitarian fuck the earth in the other fist; whatever, hands coming together, SMACK, in the direction of internal WAR, while their bloody, miserable scum bag government and corporations conspire to unleash para-military contractors upon ALL THE WORLD. Fucking stupid. RIP Trayvon Martin. You too G-man Zimmerman, whenever some other douche-bag decides he’s going to become the LAW.”
So I don’t know what you think about this media spectacle aka Court of Law, in this waning, declining empire, but I recommend caring less. Try looking out for pollinators instead. It will keep you occupied, and probably less likely of falling prey to any of the dark magicians out there, or any of their prey. Find some berries to pick. Build something. Sing. Dance. Share. 🙂