Once the president of the United States weighed in,
Zimmerman had a target on his back.
An ounce of election advantage to our privileged,
Ivy League president versus the ruination
of a Hispanic man’s life —
it was an easy choice for Obama.
Obama’s great appeal to voters in 2008 was his
self-presentation as a black man without animus
eager to move the country
beyond divisions of all sorts —
black and white, red and blue.
In reality, Obama is obsessed with divisions —
race, class, gender —
and is expert at fueling war between us,
to his political advantage.