Never Never Shall Be Slaves

The shooting of Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman have divided the country along predictable lines: blacks and whites, “liberals” (that is to say, self-hating European-American leftists) and “conservatives” (or, rather, confused liberals).  The racial conflict is entirely without interest except insofar as it tends to confirm what everyone in America knows by now: that black political activism is synonymous with antiwhite racism.  However, the political controversy over “Stand Your Ground” legislation affords an opportunity for Americans to learn something about who they are—or, more accurately, used to be—as a people.

Most Americans know at least the leftist version of what happened in Sanford, Florida, on the evening of February 26, when George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in the chest.  They also know the broader context in which the left has set this morality play in black and white.  Zimmerman was incited to commit his “crime” by two laws passed by the Florida legislature under the inspiration of right-wing ideologues: the right to carry a concealed weapon and the right to stand one’s ground and defend one’s person and property with deadly force.  If Zimmerman had not been carrying a gun and had been taught by the law that he had a duty to flee from an aggressor, so the story...

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