Upon learning that a jury in Florida had acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in the murder of Trayvon Martin, Al Sharpton called the verdict “an atrocity” and “a sad day in this country.”
But from where I sit, I think Sharpton couldn’t be more delighted with the verdict. The reason I believe this to be so is because an acquittal puts Sharpton in his element. An acquittal gives Sharpton an opportunity to be the center of the media spotlight to tell the world that America is still a racist country. A demagogue must have someone or something against which to rail. Sharpton couldn’t feign such outrage if there was a guilty verdict.
It’s much like how the Communists in the early 1920s viewed Sacco and Vanzetti. They were of more use to them dead than alive. In today’s terms this means George Zimmerman is of more use to Sharpton acquitted than convicted. By extension, it also means Trayvon Martin is of more use to Sharpton dead than alive.