Dan Riehl is Not a Racist, But He Plays One on the Internet

Our guest columnist is not Andrew Breitbart.

Among a few interesting items uncovered in trying to examine the facts behind the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin without drawing any conclusions, was that a widely viewed photograph of Martin appears to have been altered, somewhat.

Here [left] is what appears to be the original via the Miami Herald.

The one [right] has been observed in the media and at forums such as Democracy Now. Clearly, it has been lightened, or softened, somehow. Along with other possible alterations, he looks far more, perhaps innocent is the right word, in the altered image. For the record, that has nothing to do with the guilt, or innocence, of anyone involved, but more to do with the reporting of the story, which is why I’m bringing it up.

If you follow the Miami Herald link, the caption reads “A photo of Trayvon Martin wearing a hoodie was used on banners and signs carried by protesters in New York City on March 21, 2012. MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES”. Above is a typical photo from that set that might have been cropped by the Miami Herald instead of using the original. Dan Riehl’s eagerness to declare that one looks more “innocent” than the other by no means indicates that he a fucking bigot.

As Media Reports Conflict, Why Was Trayvon Martin Photo Altered? [Riehl World View, via Little Green Footballs]

Fucking Riehl can’t even spell “syphilis” correctly when he insults Johnson.

Aw, Jeez. It’s like what Time did to OJ in reverse. BUT in the day of graphic artists altering all photos, I really don’t see the problem. (Or I’m lying to myself.)

He still looks like a kid in the left. Ugh. Skin privilege. I haz it.

@JNOVw00tah: There’s a palpable desperation to vindicate Zimmerman by turning Trayvon into a Dangerous Hoodlum. But that only illustrates the attitude that got him shot.

And now there are some “gangsta” Trayvon Facebook photos making the rounds.

Two problems:

1. Gangsta Trayvon appears to be from Savannah, Georgia.

2. So fucking what?

@JNOVw00tah: Unlike the asshat Riehl, my first thought in seeing the pic on the left was “he looks like he has acne there, maybe they cleaned up some blemishes.”

@nojo: My point exactly. This kid could have been a teen Tony Montana and this still wouldn’t have been okay. It is not okay to summarily execute anyone in this country. Period.

Remember this guy: Joe Zamudio, the “hero” in the Gabby Giffords shooting.
A cop wannabe who nearly shot the man who wrested the gun away from the shooter?
The law makers who wrote the ill-conceived, poorly written law and the governor who signed it are responsible for wrecking these young men’s lives.
Even Jeb is ducking for cover

I have a old Happy Meal toy on a shelf above my desk. It’s Alvin the Chipmunk wearing a little red hoodie. My 81 year old Mother wears one. They’ve been around for as long as I can remember.

@texrednface: I have a gag video of me doing a hoodied Donnie Darko that I may have to resurrect before this is over.

As folks tried to explain to Dan at his post, the one on the right is the original. The one on the left is a photograph of blown-up xerox copy taken from a “one million hoodie” rally protest sign, which is why the quality of that one is so much worse and the shading is so different.

Wingnut conspiracy nontroversy #1,296 over and out.

@nojo: Please!

@nojo: Yes. The Outrage of over the picture is an attempt to spin reality and change the conversation to something that doesn’t matter.

@SanFranLefty: Yes. My thinking is how picture move people, at least they move me, and I wonder if making him have an angelic glow was the right course of action. That glow shows in the left picture as well. I dunno. Conflicted as per.

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