Chuck Rudd does a little hand-wringing over Trayvon Martin. My comments don’t show up there for some reason, so I’ll say my piece here.
Sympathy for evil people is a disease in our culture. Pseudo-Christian universalism is deeply ingrained. Sympathy for the weak and wayward is good. Sympathy for those who embrace and glory in evil is foolish- cast not your pearls before swine, we are admonished. Not all sins are forgiven, not everyone is saved. A just God, if he exists, hates evil and punishes it without mercy.
Trayvon was no misguided youth. He bought the thug persona sold by the usual suspects like a cheap Halloween costume and made it his own. Wear a mask long enough and it quickly becomes fused to your face. His ordinariness in no way excuses him, it only makes the ordinary more disgusting and frightening. Young blacks like Trayvon- mostly boys but including girls- attack, abuse, humiliate, shame and degrade people everyday. The human cost is huge. There is no excuse. They are not, as Martin Luther King quoting Victor Hugo would have it, under a darkness made by others, but in a darkness they have created and chosen.
Every day more ugly things about this foolish and loathesome youth come to light. It’s like the spiderweb tattoo you used to see on bad people. They think they are the spider, but they’re the fly.
Trayvon thought he was a spider. But he was a fly. It was going to happen sooner rather than later.