Portland’s own Shift is one of the most underrated and brilliant writers on the Web-Internet-thing, and he’s got a great post up at Street Carnage addressing one man’s crusade to get an asteroid named after Trayvon Martin.
William Lowell Putnam III, a weird old lily-white nutjob with the Lowell Observatory somewhere in Arizona, has petitioned the Minor Planet Center, an organization apparently in charge of naming errant space rocks after minors, to name an asteroid after Trayvon Martin, the “unarmed teen” shot while innocently slamming someone’s head into concrete in Florida in 2012.
Does he expect those of us who’ve actually met a black person to tell them about this?
I’m sure there are about as many African-American astronomy enthusiasts as there are black Bruce Springsteen fans or black Hardball With Chris Matthews viewers.
Portly provocateur and Trayvon idolator Michael Moore of Stupid White Men fame has about as many black followers as Lawrence Welk did.
Let’s “honor diversity” from outer space, but not in our own breakfast nooks and gated communities here on Earth.
Let’s “honor diversity” by tipping our doorman.
On a related note, Street Carnage contributor Lasse created this goddamn humdinger of a solidarity asteroid: