Today would have been Trayvon Martin’s eighteenth birthday. Unfortunately for him and his family, there will be no celebration of his coming of age. Why? Because as I’m sure you know by now, Trayvon Martin is dead. Yes, no blowing out of candles; there’s no birthday wishes from loved ones; and, there will be no kisses, and warm hugs exchanged today. Today is also the one-year anniversary of the sudden death of my wife’s baby sister. The irony? somewhat like Trayvon, she too was just in her prime; and, she died suddenly only a week before celebrating another birthday. So when I tell you I know what it feels like on a day like today for friends and relatives of Trayvon, please believe, I really do.
However, I suppose for Trayvon’s relatives and supporters, though bittersweet, the small victory today came with the denial of his killer, George Zimmerman’s petition to delay the start of the trial. That said, as it stands now, the trial is scheduled to begin on June 19th, 2013 as planned; and, I think for many in the interest of justice for Trayvon, the day cannot get here any faster.
But of course where there’s good news, one can always expect the bad to come with it. As fate would have it, as it applies to the relatives of Trayvon, into their lives steps a former executive director of South Carolina’s Republican Party, Todd Kincannon. Apparently, while watching last Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, Kincannon felt the need to tweet: “This Super Bowl sucks more dick than adult Trayvon Martin would have for drug money.” After coming under fire, Kincannon defended this racist tweet by suggesting that it was just a joke.
This from Raw Story:
Former South Carolina GOP executive director Todd Kincannon on Monday defended a series of provocative, racially-charged tweets he sent out during the Super Bowl.
Kincannon told HuffPost Live that mocking the death of Trayvon Martin and “the poors” during Hurricane Katrina was just “high-profile trolling.” He said he didn’t understand why the killing of Trayvon was political and insisted joking about the Florida teen’s demise was fair because of all the people who said “insensitive things” about his killer, George Zimmerman.
“I think it is time for a conversation in this country about why a conservative isn’t allowed to state an opinion that other people happen to disagree with, without having death threats and being threatened with all kinds of various ridiculous things,” he continued. “This is real problem we have. People talk about political discourse in this country — you might think what I said was tasteless, you’re welcome to. But should I get death threats as a result of it?”
Okay, sp let me get this right: it was perfectly fine to be a racist because of the many insensitive things folks have said about George Zimmerman? Maybe I’m wrong — and yes, I’ve heard and read many negative opinions of Zimmerman — but isn’t using them as justification to be racist pure bullshit? I mean, did this asshole just get a whiff of the pixie dust from the South Carolina redneck racist fairy only after Trayvon was killed? I’m sorry, but my inner “cracker please!” meter went smooth the fuck off after I read the above justification today. And of course the fact that this troglodyte-backwoods-hick happens to live in Tea Party douche central, doesn’t help his case any. He can say what he wants, but the truth is he is as racist as the Tea Party and the rest of his knuckle-dragging right-wing cohorts. But hey, this is the mindset of many in the Republican party.
Sadly, this is who they are, and what they have become. Unfortunately for them, even if they have 1000 meetings at the homes of former slave-owning plantation owners to attempt to figure out how best to attract minorities, they’ll never get it. Why? Because like one of their own recently said as a matter of opinion that borders eerily on fact, they are indeed the party of stupid; and, Kincannon’s tweets and subsequent statements serve as evidence of that. Need more proof? This is what he tweeted during the power outage as football fans waited for the game to resume: “It hasn’t been this dark in the Superdome since all those poors occupied it after Hurricane Katrina.” Yep, he’s no comedian, he is what he is: a racist idiot. Yep, and you can expect to see, read, or hear more racist comments and tweets like this once the trial starts. Why? Because they can’t help it.
Kincanon is correct when he said doesn’t deserve death threats as a result of his tweet — yes, violence or his death solves nothing. However, one thing I am sure of as far as Kincannon, is that it’s quite possible that he too would shoot and kill an unarmed black teen wearing a hoodie that’s armed with a bottle of ice tea and a pack of Skittles. Why? Because plain and simple, as a white man, he is a racist coward.