Earlier this week, I stated that it might make sense for the family of Trayvon Martin to get off of the media circuit. I saw no meaningful value in all of the television and radio appearances, since George Zimmerman has now been arrested and charged. At this stage in the game, the only individuals who benefit from additional media coverage are those who make a living by highlighting (and at times exploiting) grief-stricken Mothers like Sybrina Fulton (the mother of Trayvon Martin).
After seeing that Fulton was somehow advised to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor,” I’ve become deeply concerned that someone is guiding Trayvon’s family reputation right off a cliff.
Ms. Fulton spoke on Thursday to none other than the most-famous bigot on earth, Bill O’Reilly. Why she appeared on the show, I have no idea. The appearance is not going to make her son look better in the public eye. The audience is not sympathetic to her cause. Bill O’Reilly has never shown any legitimate concern for the well-being of African Americans, especially Black men. She might have been better off speaking at a Klan rally, since there wouldn’t be more than two million people watching.
Being the racist bully that he is, O’Reilly pretended to sympathize with Ms. Fulton’s grief. He then did what he does best: go for the jugular and humiliate unsuspecting amateurs for all the world to see.
O’Reilly indirectly attacked Fulton for working with Al Sharpton, who has been accused of fanning the flames of racial hatred in America. Of course, Ms. Fulton hasn’t been playing this game long enough to understand the complications that come with defending Al Sharpton. Ms. Fulton’s close alliance with Sharpton has bolstered the media attention necessary to push for Zimmerman’s arrest, but surely undermines public sympathy for her cause. Since Zimmerman has been arrested, she’d be best not to address the Sharpton issue anymore in public.
O’Reilly then went on to accuse Ms. Fulton of conspiring with Black civil rights figures to “convict George Zimmerman on TV.”
So, right before our very eyes, the man who shot an unarmed boy in cold blood has been transformed into a victim.