The Bonfire of the Vanities is a 1987 novel by Tom Wolfe. The story is a drama about ambition, racism, social class, politics, and greed.
A black man is killed by a car driven by a white Wall Street biggie. Wolfe deliberately makes the circumstances of the death murky, was it an accident, manslaughter, or an attempted carjacking? The case goes nuclear. Everyone jumps in with their own agenda. In the end, we don’t know what actually happened. Some careers and lives are mangled while others prosper and thrive from the tragedy.
I think that’s what’s happening in the Trayvon Martin death. And folks, this case is not a slam dunk or anything even close to that.
Zimmerman kicked out of college (before even being charged.)
Geraldo Rivera: “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was” (Could there be a stupider comment?)
Spike Lee retweets George Zimmerman’s home address… twice (Sorry, but’s that’s inexcusable regardless of your outrage and is almost inciting to violence.)
It’s time to stomp on the left (for attacking Zimmerman.)
Marches planned in Los Angeles and elsewhere in honor of Trayvon Martin.
Got matches for the bonfire?
Race, racism, and politics make for an explosive mix. This country is so polarized by race that the mere mention of it triggers massive reactions and counter-reactions and soon the original incident is lost in the uproar. We’ve yet to recover from the Civil War.