After a week of free publicity courtesy of a sympathetic media, not to mention his low-rated MSNBC show, this is the best Al Sharpton can do?
In New York, about 200 people cheered as rapper Jay-Z and his wife, singer Beyonce, took the stage where Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, was expected to speak later. Some hoisted signs reading “Boycott Florida” and many wore T-shirts with a photo image of Martin wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
Two hundred people in New York? Like most Sharpton events, they were probably outnumbered by the media. Hilarity we much:
We are headed to the NAN NY vigil w/ Trayvon's mother. Jay Z and Beyonce is joining us there.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) July 20, 2013
Meanwhile, thousands allegedly gathered in Chicago, where just this morning a 17-year-old boy was shot. Nobody cares about him since he’s not politically useful. That came on the heels of yet another night of carnage in Obama’s hometown, where victims included a six-year-old girl. Curiously, nobody demanded justice for them.
In San Francisco, there was an intimate gathering of possibly as many as 75 people demanding justice, or something.
In San Francisco, an early morning crowd of about 50 to 75 people spent two hours condemning the ruling in speeches and homemade signs in front of the city’s Federal Building at Seventh and Mission streets.
If anything, nonstop grievance theater has produced the desired effect:
Also attending the rally was Rashaun Martin, a mother in her 40s from Hayward who was joined by her sons, Stephen, 23, Isaiah, 13 and Vincent, 7. She said that cases like the one in Florida reinforced her fear for her sons’ safety – she even drives them to and from school every day because she doesn’t want them to walk home alone.
“For Zimmerman to get free, it’s just horrifying,” she said. “It just reaffirms that it’s OK for a white man to kill all children – of all races.”
Lovely. Job well done, Reverend. Elsewhere “crowds” were similar.
— In Wilmington, Del., about 100 people — almost all of them African American — gathered outside the J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building as passersby honked their horns in support. Local resident Mary Gilbert was upbeat, saying the verdict in the case will eventually have a positive effect on society. “God is never wrong, so the verdict isn’t wrong,” Gilbert said. “It’s making people of all races realize that something is wrong.”
— In Asheville, N.C., where about 50 people gathered at Vance Monument to tolerance, 16-year-old Liana Murray collected signatures on a petition urging the U.S. Justice Department to file charges against Zimmerman. “He racially profiled and stalked a child and shot him because he was wearing a hoodie,” Murray said. “Wearing a hoodie and being a black young man in the U.S. is something seen as suspicious.”
Sounds like she missed the trial. Finally, we can’t help but mock some of the low-information attendees. If there’s going to be any demands for justice, the perpetrator that defiled the English language here should be brought up on charges. In a supreme irony, considering Sharpton’s lack of clout, is anyone surprised he’s less popular than George Zimmerman?