For many in El Cajon, the case has drawn parallels to that of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot in Florida last month by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer in a killing that has also drawn outrage because of its racial undertones.Read the comments, though. Many are saying what was said here when this came out last week--lots of possibilities. That's because such a conclusion requires only a basic modicum of common sense or perhaps a few re-runs of "Columbo". The police are playing their investigation very cool, as they should. If it turns out to be a redneck xenophobe, let there be swift justice! If it turns out to be an acquaintance of the victim, let there be swift justice! Justice is supposed to be blind. It seems that too many kneejerks in the media have apparently become blinded to that concept:
"My condolences go out to the family of Trayvon," Alawadi's 15-year-old son Muhammed said at the vigil, as tears welled up in his eyes. "My candle goes out to you as well."
Some activists have begun linking the two cases on social media, spurring a popular #hoodiesandhijabs hashtag on Twitter. Martin was wearing a hoodie when he was killed. Students at several college campuses held "Hoodies and Hijabs" rallies on Thursday.
What is happening in San Diego?Well, a murder happened, one murder, and nobody knows yet whodunit. That doesn't stop the kneejerk from citing a series of harassment episodes since 9/11, such as verbal mocking and rude comments, to make the case that the El Cajon case might already be closed.
Why, though? What's the point of the media behaving so irresponsibly and without seeming regard to the possible consequences of their reporting? Ratings? Yes, perhaps, but one has to also consider their general quest to get Obama reelected. But how does such reporting accomplish such a goal? Well, the sensationalism gets ratings and sets a narrative, which tends to create stories that divert attention from a multitude of actual problems by focusing blame on the "true evils" like rich people, Rush Limbaugh, George Zimmerman, and xenophobes clinging to their guns and God. Hey, that Mitt Romney's a white rich guy, isn't he?
Speaking of the story about NBC News doing an internal investigation about the misleading edit on the "Today Show" regards George Zimmerman, is it any coincidence that none other than Sarah Palin will be filling in on the show this week? NBC and the major networks (and Fox) do that kind of editing all the time; suddenly NBC launches an "investigation" right before Palin shows up at the network to host a show. Maybe they were afraid she would attack the very show she was hosting.