Sunday, July 14, 2013

Trayvon Martin, the Antihero

The verdict is in: NOT GUILTY. Anyone who is surprised hasn't been paying attention. I remember reading the affidavit over a year ago for Murder in the Second Degree and thinking, "I don't get it." There was never probable cause for 2nd Degree Murder, but they made it stretch. This case is an example of what happens when you inject politics into our justice system. Trayvon's death is a tragedy, but what happened to George Zimmerman was an injustice. The Martin family "identified" the voice on the 911 call in a group setting in the mayor's office without police present. Their star witness was interviewed with the victim's mother, Sabryna Fulton, and her attorney sitting next to her. Sanford Police said they didn't have enough evidence to charge him, so they didn't. So why was he charged? He was charged because people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson were screaming racism and demanding justice instead of letting the system work. They demanded a rush on something that should have taken its time, and now Sabryna Fulton's darkest hour is their fault.

So why was George Zimmerman found not guilty? Race-baiters like Al Sharpton would have you believe it's because Trayvon is black and Zimmerman is half white, but let's be honest. The state never had a case. Murder isn't simply just killing someone, it's about state of mind. The prosecution argued that Zimmerman stepping out of his car and saying "fucking punks" and "these assholes" showed ill-will, hate, spite, evil intent, and malice. The problem was they couldn't prove it. They tried to argue that following and profiling Trayvon and ignoring the 911 operator was evidence of ill will. Neither of those is a crime. The defense argued self-defense and the prosecution couldn't refute it. They tried to say his injuries were insignificant, but you don't need injuries to claim self-defense. All they could do was play the emotional heartstrings of six female jurors, and in the end those ladies were smarter. Did they believe Zimmerman's story? Doesn't matter. The state didn't meet it's burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The entire trial was backwards. The defense presented a case and the prosecution played defense. I've never seen anything like it. Maybe they did believe him because another option for the jury was manslaughter, and self-defense is self-defense against everything. The state had a lot of theories and "what ifs," but no evidence to back it up.

Something that's being ignored by Trayvon Martin supporters, civil rights leaders, the mainstream media, and Black America in general is Trayvon Martin himself. The real Trayvon. The media loves to portray Trayvon as the innocent unarmed kid who only had skittles and an iced tea on him, but there's more to him and his actions that night. I watched a few minutes of MSNBC last night and they refused to mention what lead to the shooting. Not the following, but the fight. As I said, it's not a crime to follow someone, and it's not illegal for a private citizen to profile someone. It's certainly not illegal for someone to ignore the advice of 911. Trayvon Martin hit him. He slammed his head into the sidewalk. He could have killed him or caused permanent damage. At this point, it doesn't matter why he hit Zimmerman because there's no evidence he was justified in doing so. If he felt threatened by Zimmerman, then he had options. Violence isn't an option, it's a last resort. The evidence shows Trayvon had four minutes worth of options, but he chose to use his fist and that choice had consequences. That makes him far from being an innocent, unarmed kid.

Let's be honest about who Trayvon was. He wasn't an innocent kid. JonBenet Ramsey and Erica Green were innocent kids. Trayvon Mart was a seventeen-year-old young man who was only in Sanford because he was suspended from school for drug paraphernalia. A few months before that he was suspended for vandalism and he was accused of possessing stolen jewelry and burglary tools. Texts and video show Trayvon liked to fight. We also know he had a gun he was trying to sell. There were pictures of marijuana plants on his phone. If they were his plants, that's at least three felonies. Trayvon lived a life that would have led him to one of two places: prison or the grave. So-called leaders aren't doing him or his family any favors by ignoring this. Trayvon was everything you don't want your black son to be. He may have been minding his own business that night, but he still made a terrible choice.

I'm not saying Trayvon got what he deserved because no one deserves to die like that. Both men made mistakes that night, but only one, according to the evidence, committed a crime. If Trayvon had lived, he would have been charged with a crime as an adult. Is this the message we wish to send to young black men? Violence is the answer when every other option makes you look weak? There's a lesson to be learned from Trayvon: It could happen to you. Your reckless decisions could cost you your life. Concealed Carry is designed to empower the weak and helpless and make people, like Trayvon, think twice before doing something stupid. Benjamin Crump, the Martin Family Attorney, compared Trayvon to Emmitt Till and Medgar Evers, which is disgusting. Travyon isn't a great civil rights symbol, he was a future "The First 48" episode. This isn't a civil rights case or a race issue. It's a standard self-defense case, a simple misunderstanding that turned tragic. This is a cautionary tale for politicians who dare to insert themselves into our justice system and for young men who dare to think "It could never happen to me." People are going to look at you and make judgements, that's life. It's how you respond to it that matters.

7 comments:

  1. I am absolutely appalled at the ignorance some people have expressed about this case. For example, I came across this tumblr post which stated that Zimmerman shot Martin in the back of the head. Unbelievable!

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  2. Beautiful note.
    Zimmerman sent Trayvon into flight or fight mode and he fought. Zimmerman wanted to catch Martin doing wrong, if not he wouldn't have gotten out of his car. Trayvon wasn't an angel but what 17 year old kid is perfect? Zimmerman isn't a angel his self. He has had run in with the laws, a pending molestation charge from his cousin (whoa), and a domestic violence dispute.
    I want this not to be a race issue but in a way it is. Though Zimmerman is not fully white, he still gets to sip from the cup of white privilege (yum).
    Martin was being reckless and so was Zimmerman, if he was not able to grab his gun Zimmerman might be dead his self.
    Zimmerman shot Trayvon because he was getting his ass whooped by a 158 pound child. He could have shot him anywhere else and ran away. I worked as a crisis counselor for four years and the main thing I heard is "I never thought I would do that". Hindsight being 20/20 they both should have walked away but instead one is left dead. Maybe Zimmerman does feel bad but no one will never know except him and his God. My point don't pass judgement on someone that cannot defend themselves. Everyone needs to stop this God forgives, I don't mentality, regardless of who you think s right. Martin was not a fuck up, he was a kid. Now Rodney King that was a fuck up.
    Zimmerman needed to go on trial, and he should have been cross examined. No injustice was done to him because he didn't even get a slap on the wrist from this. But like you said the verdict is in and he is not guilty. Doesn't mean he isn't innocent though... Now Trayvon is dead and gone and Zimmerman is over 100 pounds heavier from all this.
    I am praying for both families, because neither of their lives will never be the same.

    Trayvon Martin, The heavy weight...

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  3. This is very well said. I agree that T Martin was the aggressor and Zimmerman was fighting for his life.

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  4. You make me wonder--again--if maybe SOME of the libs aren't simply choosing to ignore the facts. I think maybe they're just getting all their information from MSNBC.

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  5. I am so looking forward to what you have to say about the article in Ebony magazine.

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