July 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM
Zimmerman trial garners national attention
Disparity in coverage, outrage with other crimes
For the past year, the national media have obsessed over the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin, a young black man, by George Zimmerman, a white/Hispanic man, during a confrontation stemming from Zimmerman’s role in a “neighborhood watch” program.
The Times’ editorial board member Lynn Varner has recently described the ensuing trial, about to go to the jury, as “the trial of the century.” [“Blog post: George Zimmerman vs. Trayvon Martin: The trial of the century,” seattletimes.com, July 5.]
Meanwhile, also in Florida, Miami police have just arrested a man — Zackary McGriff, a black man — for fatally shooting Juan Lorenzo-Gonzalez, a Hispanic father of three who was sitting at a bus stop with a couple of bags of groceries.
So far, the latter shooting has garnered no national attention, sparked no protests, no comment from the White House, and no indignant editorials. And I doubt it ever will.
Please explain to me this disparity of coverage and outrage.
Stephen Triesch, Shoreline
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