Zimmerman-Martin: The Class Angle
July 09, 2013, 06:32 PM
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Having sprouted from British roots, I’ll admit I’m more susceptible than average to the notion that all social stories are about class.

So I liked Daniel Greenfield’s comments on the Zimmerman case.

Zimmerman is the latest Bernie Goetz . . . It`s not that the two men had anything particularly in common. Unlike Goetz, it is very unlikely that Zimmerman jumped the gun, so to speak, but they both fill a similar niche. They represent the embattled lower half of the middle class.

To understand the Zimmerman case, you have to live in a neighborhood that has just enough property values to keep you paying the mortgage and just enough proximity to dangerous territories to make you feel like you`re living on the frontier.

That puts it in a very American context, too:  back-country pioneers fighting off the aborigines.  (The Scotch-Irish were particularly good at this because, as Leyburn points out, they had spend a previous generation or three as settlers in Ulster fighting off the “wood-kerns,” i.e. dispossessed Catholic Irish.)

The chain of events doesn`t make much sense to the elites, which is one reason why they assume that the explanation must be racism . . . It`s doubtful that anyone in Zimmerman`s neighborhood who weathered multiple break-ins has much sympathy for the Martin family. And that`s one reason that the prosecution hasn`t found any useful witnesses.

I noticed incidentally that last night’s Pix-11 News here in New York was still showing the “angelic” picture of Trayvon Martin aged 12.  Full screen.  No others, just that one.