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Mark Steyn observes ‘a very unattractive descent into tribalism’ with Trayvon Martin case

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Jeff Poor
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On Thursday’s WLS 890AM “Don Wade & Roma” radio program National Review columnist Mark Steyn, author of “After America: Get Ready for Armageddon,” discussed a few unfortunate events that occurred ostensibly in reaction to the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Steyn noted one silly gesture, a “partying with purpose” event at a Greensboro, N.C. strip club. The gentlemen’s club advertised free admission if attendees arrived before 11 p.m. with an empty bag of Skittles. The event has since been canceled, but Steyn still offered it as an example of poor taste.

“I mean, I find this frankly ridiculous,” Steyn said. “There was a North Carolina strip joint — I think that it’s called the Lingerie Lounge, not that I’m a member or anything. But they were offering a night of naked dancing in support of Trayvon Martin.”

“On the whole,” he added, “that’s preferable to Spike Lee tweeting the wrong address and this poor elderly couple having to flee their home because this has-been movie director who hasn’t done anything halfway decent in a quarter century has posted their address all over Twitter.”

The noted conservative commentator said that he has witnessed a “descent into tribalism” as the Martin case continues to grab headlines.

“I mean whatever the facts of the case, nobody cares about them whatever side you’re on,” Steyn said. “What’s going on now is actually part of a very unattractive descent into tribalism, really.”

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