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Toure has emerged, in many peoples’ eyes, as the most annoying of the punditocracy – mostly for his ramblings on the Trayvon Martin case. Toure was right about one thing – according to an FBI investigation George Zimmerman was estranged from his family before the shooting. Toure is vindicated in his argument against Piers Morgan on that point. Toure said that Zimmerman’s younger brother came out of the woodwork to defend George on national TV and that Morgan should have done more to press him on that count. But Toure has been wrong on so much more that it is only natural that he would pat himself on the back for getting at least one snippet of the narrative correct.
Because – though mysteriously absent from the news cycle – the FBI determined that George Zimmerman did not act with racial bias in his pursuit of Trayvon Martin, and we all know that this was the only reason that the Trayvon Martin shooting gained national attention. And, as I mentioned yesterday and which to me is a HUGE finding, Sanford PD’s lead investigator Chris Serino claims he was pressured by two black law enforcement agents and one white female law enforcement agent (who has a black husband) to arrest and charge Zimmerman with a crime. Team Trayvon had run with Serino’s supposed suggestion because it indicated some sort of chicanery in Sanford PD. But now it seems that the only identifiable racial bias might have been the one coming from these law enforcement agents.
But to get back to Toure, here is a TED video of him speaking on “the internal response to racial slights”. Among other things I noticed in the video, the ease with which “white boys” rolls off his tongue tells me something as does his immediate assumption that a Harvard poet asking him why he’s attending a writer’s retreat in Italy carries racial undertones.