Trayvon Martin and The Ox Bow Incident
With the Trayvon Martin case, many rules of thumb come to mind. A personal favorite, based on one particular event of long ago:
- The first report from the field is always wrong.
And in the Martin case, many rush-to-judgment analogies from both life and the arts also come to mind:
- Duke lacrosse.
- Manmade Global Warming.
- 12 Angry Men.
- To Kill A Mockingbird.
- And most of all, The Ox Bow Incident.
Once inaccuracies have hardened in one’s mind, like reinforced concrete, it becomes it more difficult to extricate one’s thoughts from false “truth.” Why is that?
The solution? As in the Mississippi State killing (or any other criminal case, for that matter), let justice run its course. While the wheels of justice may move slowly, that seems to me to be far better than high-speed injustice.