In a column titled "Attacking whites in Trayvon's name a dangerous, stupid game" Darryl E. Owens of the Orlando Sentinel inveighs against "the new sport that's caught on in the aftermath of the shooting in Sanford of the unarmed teenager":
What sport? Let's call it Trayvon Piñata.
How's it played?
Simple. Gather at least two or up to 30 players (usually black, but not always). Target some unsuspecting, blameless white person. Confront. Spout some racial pap. Stomp the stuffing out of him in Trayvon's name.
It's all the rage — these outrageous acts of vengeance born out of misplaced rage.
He mentions two incidents in Florida of which I know nothing, the beating of Matthew Owens in Mobile Alabama [and the Alton L. Hayes III beatdown in Chicago]. Then:
It wasn't difficult to understand the frustration over a man walking away scot-free after killing an unarmed high-schooler. I, too, questioned the justice of a law that appears to take the concept of self-defense to ridiculous extremes.
But thumping random white surrogates for George Zimmerman isn't justice. And invoking Trayvon's name as justification tars his memory and the high-minded crusade to wring justice from a system that was willing to dismiss the death of a boy killed under sketchy circumstances.
And yet, Sanford's recent visitors, the reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who rallied at a Los Angeles church Thursday marking the two-month anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death, haven't said squat about the beatings, at least not anything that I could turn up.
Because they command the microphone, their unnerving silence regarding Trayvon Piñata speaks volumes. Which is why other black leaders must punch through the hypocrisy and decry the violence.
Black leaders have an opportunity to play a useful role here, as Mr. Owens is doing. But the media generally, having splashed a lot of ink and filled a lot of air time promoting Trayvon Martin as the symbol of racial injustice, might want to reflect on why they are now mysteriously silent on the consequences of their misbehavior.