Trayvon Martin, NBA brutality and a Catholic bishop's words distorted

I tuned in to CNN on Friday to get the news. Saw Rodney King being interviewed. The host asked: Do you think that race figured into the Trayvon Martin shooting? I turned off CNN.

There's King, the guy beaten by Los Angeles cops two decades ago, dragged out of obscurity (except for an arrest last year that led to a reckless-driving conviction) to plumb his thoughts about a case that you, he or I don't know much about except what the media have reported. Which is a whole lot of conjecture, speculation, rumor and baloney.

Continue reading on the Chicago Tribune op-ed page.

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