Fred Reed on Zimmerman v Martin

It’s not so much the trial as everything around it that bodes ill for America 3.0:

Never have I seen such sprawling, cacophonous, indignant ignorance
and frightful stupidity as that being exhibited by the American public.
We are doomed.  I am delighted. Curmudgeons love doom.

Has there ever been such focused inattention as the case has
produced? Nothing of importance is noticed, and everything lacking it
is. The crucial fact to come out of the whole adventure—crucial, and
therefore utterly overlooked–was that  Rachel Jeantel, a prosecution
witness and black girl aged nineteen years, can´t read. The grim
implication of this fact is confirmed by the illiteracy of tweets from
blacks regarding the case. “Ima kill dat dumass cracker be racis.” Here
we see as neatly displayed as if in a jewelry box why so many young
blacks will go nowhere in the remaining fifty years of their lives.
They can´t read, or barely can. In a fading techno-industrial
civilization—I use the latter word frivolously—this consigns them to a
life on charity. Is this not of more note than who started what?

No. The educational disaster that will leave Rachel and
millions of her confreres in meaningless lives on welfare pales in
importance compared to the question: Did Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman
have the proper racial attitudes?

It is interesting, is it not, that questions concerning proper attitudes are deemed so much more important than other, much less important questions such as “are multicultural and multiracial societies sustainable in the absence of the greatest credit boom of all time?”  I understand many people believe that they are.  What I don’t understand is the basis for their belief, beyond the prosaic observation that the previous straw did not break the camel’s back.

As for Fred, the old curmudgeon is quite clearly enjoying all of this.  As he should, considering that he’s doing so from the safety of Mexico.