So why this desire to paint Martin, rather than the man who shot him, as the guilty party? Partly, of course, it’s just a reaction to his death becoming a cause célèbre on the left—it’s the same sort of impulse that leads some conservatives to delight in “Fry Mumia” T-shirts. Beyond that, though, some on the right are deeply invested in the idea that anti-black racism is no longer much of a problem in the United States, and certainly not a problem on the scale of false accusations of racism. You might call these people anti-anti-racists. They are determined to push back against any narrative that would suggest that a black man has been targeted for the color of his skin.
The Daily Beast’s article is largely a response to a Daily Caller piece that published a series of tweets from an account owned by Martin. We think it has something to do with Obama taking an interest in the story — kinda like how Rush Limbaugh found a way to criticize Michelle Obama’s trip to Target, the mere association with the president is enough to make Martin a target.