The cover of Tuesday's New York Post is dedicated to the Trayvon Martin story, but there's a twist: It's not about Martin (or his alleged shooter, George Zimmerman) at all, but about the tragedy being "hijacked by 'race hustlers.'"
This is by no means the first time the Post has run an article about the story, but as we noted Monday, this story has expanded to include George Zimmerman defenders and witness accounts (who these witnesses are, exactly, is not known) that seem to support Zimmerman, as well as tidbits that seemingly impugn Martin, like that he was once suspended for having a baggie that had contained pot.
This story in the Post is not quite the same as those, but it does represent a further stage in the media coverage of this story that, though possibly less tragic, is really no less inflammatory. Which is one reason it's getting the front page -- the story has national attention, and the race angle is bound to sell papers. Plus, we have some major New York characters figuring in at this point, including Al Sharpton and Mayor Bloomberg, who is using the shooting to criticize lax gun laws that allow for concealed weaponry. The story on the cover of the Post is this: Former NAACP leader Reverend C.L. Bryant has said that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, whom he called "race hustlers," are exploiting the Martin case to "racially divide the country" -- and they're using Trayvon, "this child," "as the bait to inflame racial passions." (The photo on the cover of the Post, however, is of New York State Senators Kevin Parker, Bill Perkins, and Eric Adams, who wore hoodies with their suits on Monday in tribute to Trayvon.)