Poster Boy

I hope it’s not the case, but it sure looks like George Zimmerman and/or his family is headed in the direction of making him the poster boy for the proposition that racism in this country is mainly generated by liberals and African-Americans. As you may have heard, Zimmerman has launched a website initially designed to raise money for his legal costs and living expenses; now it’s sporting signs of solidarity with “supporters” who spraypainted “Long Live Zimmerman” on the wall of an African-American cultural center in Ohio.

Meanwhile, Zimmerman’s family has fished in with the long-standing right-wing hysteria over the New Black Panther Party, which furthered its joint effort with Fox News and the wingnutosphere to pretend it’s a big bad menace by announcing a “bounty” for Zimmerman’s killing.

You can expect fever-swamp coverage of the whole saga, which is already pretty inflammatory (with the Daily Caller leading the pack), to metastasize.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.