Rahm Emanuel expressed the prevailing wisdom in American politics when he said, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” This sentiment is becoming the essence of modern politics. Nothing matters in and of itself. Crises are tools to be used to an end. Many politicians use the news not to form opinions or gather facts, but to bring attention to themselves and the changes they wish to make. If the first commandment is to never let a crisis go to waste, the second is like unto it: never let a tragedy go to waste.
Trayvon Martin’s death has captivated the American people. We all feel for a family going through the death of a teenager, and we all want to see justice done, whatever that may mean in this case. Because of the emotional impact of the case, it is fertile ground for manipulation and exploitation.
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Filed by: Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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