Bonfire of the Vanities. Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman

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.

Witness: Martin was on top of Zimmerman before fatal shot.

: Zimmerman ‘never … tried to help’ Trayvon Martin.

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.


  1. I’m no longer following your blog.  I AGREE with publishing the addreses of racist murderers.  You fucking liberals SUCK.  You hate racism as a debate topic.

    • a) Zimmerman hasn’t even been arrested yet but it sounds like you’re already set to kill him. Yeah, that makes sense. There’s sure lots of justice there. 

      b) I discussed racism at the bottom of the post. Maybe you should read entire posts before spouting off.

  2. I think the biggest issue I have with this is that Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested or charged yet.  Sorry, but ANY time ANYONE kills someone, they should be arrested and charged with at least manslaughter.  Sure, if they don’t think he’s a flight risk they can release him.  But until a DA or grand jury decides there’s not enough to go to trial, there should at least be a charge against him.  The fact that the police (the chief of which has had racial-based cases brought against him in the past and he’s lost…) are letting him walk without a charge is problematic.  Even lawmakers, who made the “Stand your ground” law are saying this is not how it’s supposed to happen.  Indeed, there have been several other cases where this has been used as a defense in court.  It has until now never stopped police from arresting and charging someone with a crime after killing someone.

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