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The other day,  John Hinderaker, on the Powerline blog , wrote in “George Zimmerman, Not Guilty” about the mounting evidence apparently exonerating Mr. Zimmerman.  I wrote a comment that generated a positive response.  I am still trying to figure out what Postmodernism is and so wonder what the postmodern response to the Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman case is.  Are we allowed to choose our own victim, as in decide for ourselves who the true victim is in the case?

I wrote this:

Is Mr. Zimmerman ever going to be able to live a normal, unprotected life? Even if he is found innocent in a court of law, the prejudice against him, by the kind of people who are beating white folks on the street in the name of justice for Trayvon argues that some members of the public are not going to be mollified or convinced and his life is forfeit. He was declared guilty by the press. It was on TV. It has been a Tweet-fest for weeks. “Everyone knows” and a 12 person jury who finds Zimmerman innocent will also be individually at risk. Mob justice is terrifying. We have always had mobs, but seeing what modern media can do with a mob is horrifying.

I could be wrong.  I despaired of Chen Guangcheng ever leaving China and here he is, in the good old U.S.A..

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