The New York Time Book Review this week includes a review by novelist Mitchell S. Jackson of Elizabeth Alexander’s book “The Trayvon Generation.” I haven’t read the book itself, but it’s goals and orientation are clear from the review by Jackson. Jackson is, like Alexander, a Black Lives Matter and Critical Race Theory endorsing activist. If I were editing a book review supplement, I would think it mandatory to assign a reviewer to Alexander’s work who wasn’t so obviously predisposed to agree with her views and praise them, but that’s just not how the Times rolls these days. But this isn’t the point of my post.
This is: in the middle of his review, Alexander wrote—and the Times printed—
Never forget — on Feb. 26, 2012, a hella overzealous volunteer neighborhood watch captain named George Zimmerman stalked and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Never forget — on July 13, 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman, an egregious verdict that fomented the Black Lives Matter movement into being.
What the reviewer tells readers to “never forget’ is false. Zimmerman did not “stalk” (or, as some mainstream media reporters similarly falsely put it “hunt”) Trayvon Martin. As was detailed at the trial, all evidence shows that Zimmerman, suspicious of Martin as a stranger within the gated community that Zimmerman served as a neighborhood watch captain (I had to look up “hella”), was trying to track his movements until police arrive. The “stalking” narrative was devised to justify charging Zimmerman with first degree murder, which the facts did not support. I have followed the movements of suspicious vehicles and individuals in the parking lot next to our cul de sac after calling 911. I have never “stalked” them.
The second statement of fact that we are supposed to “remember” is that George Zimmerman’s acquittal was “egregious.” “Egregious” means “conspicuously bad.” I’m a lawyer, a former prosecutor and defense attorney, and I have studied criminal trials for decades. Jackson’s experience with criminal law is that he was convicted of drug charges and sent to prison. He is not a lawyer. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan would say, Mitchell is entitled to his opinion, but not to his own facts. Just as Zimmerman did not stalk Martin, the not guilty verdict in Zimmerman trial was not “conspicuously bad” by any conceivable standard. In fact, there was virtually no evidence presented that would have sustained a guilty verdict beyond a reasonable doubt. The prosecution’s lead investigator even stated under oath that he believed Zimmerman’s account of the tragedy was truthful. That statement alone made a verdict of not guilty unavoidable. Jackson saying otherwise is like saying the moon is made of cheese. He doesn’t know what he is is talking about.
I presume that if he had written, in a non-satirical context, that the moon was made of cheese, the Times editors would have made him drop that claim.
The myth that Trayvon Martin was hunted down and murdered by a profiling racist playing cop is part of the rotten foundation of Black Lives Matters, and thus is constantly being injected into public consciousness to fertilize racial hate, division and suspicion. It is exactly the kind of “misinformation” that Big Tech, social media and sinister aspiring totalitarian censors like Robert Reich and Barack Obama want to keep from public ears and eyes, except that it is misinformation that they all want circulated. Therefore, though Jackson and the Times and Alexander all tweeted out or retweeted those two non-facts we are supposed to “remember,” none of their accounts have been suspended, and won’t be. Jackson’s false statements are good misinformation, you see.
It is misinformation that the Left benefits from having as many people believe it as possible.
In a related development, Twitter used Earth Day to begin a new policy banning ads that contradict “scientific consensus” regarding climate change.