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The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion - By Jonah Gold­berg

hite His­panic.” That’s how the New York Times, Reuters and other me­dia out­lets have opted to de­scribe Ge­orge Zim­mer­man, a man who would sim­ply be His­panic if he hadn’t shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The term, rarely if ever used be­fore this tragedy, is nec­es­sary in telling the Trayvon story in a more com­fort­able way.

What’s the com­fort­able way? It’s the way the blame for the teenager’s death be­longs squarely at the feet of “the sys­tem.” And “the sys­tem” is a white thing, don’t you know?

For in­stance, in a re­mark­ably un­crit­i­cal in­ter­view with the Los An­ge­les Times, the Rev. Jesse Jack­son ex­plained that with the elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Obama, “there was this feel­ing that we were kind of be­yond racism.” He con­tin­ued: “That’s not true. His vic­tory has trig­gered tremen­dous back­lash.” In­deed, “Blacks are un­der at­tack.”

Mr. Jack­son ap­par­ently in­cludes in this racist Obama “back­lash” record home fore­clo­sures for African-amer­i­cans and black un­em­ploy­ment. It would have been nice if the L.A. Times had asked Mr. Jack­son to work a lit­tle harder to con­nect those dots.

Mr. Jack­son also laments that “tar­get­ing, ar­rest­ing, con­vict­ing blacks and ul­ti­mately killing us is big busi­ness” in Amer­ica.

On the saner end of the lib­eral spec­trum, Reni­qua Allen of the New Amer­ica Foun­da­tion writes in The Washington Post that it’s harder to talk about race now that we have a black pres­i­dent. (Note: It’s not a “white AfricanAmer­i­can pres­i­dent,” a la the new Zim­mer­man stan­dard, although both men have a white par­ent.)

Ms. Allen is surely right that hav­ing a black pres­i­dent makes it hard to talk about race, par­tic­u­larly if you want to have the hack­neyed mono­logue that hus­tlers such as Mr. Jack­son and the Rev. Al Sharp­ton want to have. Weak­tea Marx­ist rants about a sys­tem that par­a­sit­i­cally feeds off black men sound ab­surdly an­ti­quated when that sys­tem is run, at the top, by black men. (At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric H. Holder Jr., let’s not for­get, runs the Jus­tice Depart­ment.)

But the ag­ing race in­dus­try that con­tin­ues to see the world through a half-cen­tury-old prism of Jim Crow, and still wants you to see it that way, too, is de­ter­mined to bum­rush Mr. Zim­mer­man into his as­signed role, heed­less of facts or the lack of them.

Mean­while, Mr. Obama, who promised a new con­ver­sa­tion on race, seems hap­pier in an elec­tion year to lend heft to the old one. He called for soul-search­ing — but ab­sent a full set of facts, why does this killing of all U.S. killings re­quire it? Mr. Obama’s com­ments mostly seem aimed at adding cre­dence to lib­eral con­ven­tional wis­dom.

Mr. Zim­mer­man may well de­serve to go to jail. Or this may just be a con­flu­ence of hor­ri­ble mis­takes with no crim­i­nal in­tent what­so­ever. That’s what a Jus­tice Depart­ment probe and a Florida grand jury will de­ter­mine. But for the forces de­mand­ing ac­tion, that isn’t good enough. Mr. Jack­son, as

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