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.