The George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin issue has been manufactured by the left -- the black left and the white left -- and by the left-wing (mainstream) media.
For most Americans, their entire informational and intellectual universe is shaped by the left -- from elementary school through graduate school, and of course, in the news media. They rarely, if ever, encounter non-left viewpoints. As Diana Mutz, a professor of communication and political science at the University of Pennsylvania, has written: "Those with the highest levels of education have the lowest exposure to people with conflicting points of view."
Which brings us to the killing of Trayvon Martin.
With regard to race, the left's portrayal of America consists of the following postulates:
--The United States is a racist country -- meaning, specifically, white hostility to blacks.
--The reason black males make up a highly disproportionate percentage of the prison population is not that black makes commit a highly disproportionate percentage of violent crime, but that the American justice system is racist.
--All whites in America have the immeasurable advantage of "white privilege." This is taught to students in most American universities.
--When non-blacks score higher than blacks on academic or civil service exams, the exams are racist.
--Conservative opposition to Barack Obama is due in large measure to racism.
None of the above is true. But truth is less important to the left than advancing these postulates. Therefore, the left uses every opportunity to depict an event as evidence of white racism.
In Jena, La., in 2006, six black high school students, in the words of the Associated Press, "severely beat" a white student, who was left unconscious. They were charged with attempted murder, a charge that led to national demonstrations, instigated by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the NAACP, on behalf of the black students, thereafter known as the "Jena Six." Several months prior to the beating, nooses were found hanging from a tree on the Jena High School campus, and after the beating a national outcry by the media and left-wing groups ensued against the alleged racism of the whites of Jena. It turned out that the nooses had nothing to do with blacks or lynching. The nooses were a prank by three students aimed at white members of the school rodeo team.