How Matthew Shepard Prefigured Trayvon Martin

In reading The Book of Matt, the stunningly honest new book by Stephen Jimenez on the life and death of Matthew Shepard, I felt as if I were reading the book I had just written on the life and death of Trayvon Martin, If I Had A Son.  The parallels are uncanny and the implications profound. In October 1998, Shepard was beaten to death by Aaron McKinney in Laramie, Wyoming.  Within days, the media, Democrat strategists, gay activists, and the White House managed to turn Shepard into a martyr to the cause of gay rights. In February 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot to death by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.  Within weeks, the media, Democrat strategists, black activists, and the White House managed to turn Martin into a martyr to the cause of civil rights.  Activists in both instances pursued their causes with utter indifference to the facts of their respective cases and the rights of the...(Read Full Article)

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