The narrative regarding Trayvon Martin is increasingly being controlled by those who support
Zimmerman, just as the narrative of the events of that fateful night were controlled by him during the trial. They say Trayvon was a thug and violent. They say he loved to fight. They say a lot of things about him that are hurtful to his family and friends. But, there are things that they never say about him.
For example, when the defense team went into his phone, they only shared what they perceived to be negative with the public. They failed to share that, also within his phone were applications to college.
They focus on his suspension from school. But, Trayvon Martin had a 3.7 GPA, and was going to go to college on a full ride!
He loved horseback riding. His friends described him as calm and ‘chill’. Rachel, his friend said: “He’s the only person that didn’t make fun of me.” He loved his family. He loved education and loved to learn. He loved basketball. Here was a young man with promise, ready and able to pursue his dreams, and preparing to live his adult life. Unfortunately, his life intersected with another person, a man named George, who, for no logical reason, saw Trayvon returning home, and immediately decided that Trayvon was “up to no good”. Intersected with a man named George who had lost his way in pursuit of his own dreams, and, in a moment of attempting to fulfill those dreams to be a cop, extinguished the life and dreams of Trayvon Martin.
So when you hear people calling Trayvon Martin a ‘thug’, politely correct them and tell them about his GPA and his full ride scholarship. That does not fit the profile of a thug. Why didn’t the defense attorneys show this photo of Trayvon? You know the answer, so please share it.
Trayvon Martin shooting (Photo credit: ChrisWaldeck)
The word killer may seem harsh in light of the recent verdict acquitting George Zimmerman. But, the fact that he killed Trayvon Martin was never an issue. Why was he found not guilty? Because the jury was allowed to believe the defense team who were going on the word of a known liar. Many would question the term ‘known liar’, but all one has to do is look back upon the history of this case. Zimmerman sat by quietly and allowed his attorney to lie to the court about having no money. He had told his lie to the attorney, and the attorney repeated the lie. As it turns out, he did have money… lots of it. As a result, his bail was revoked. It was the first real look at George Zimmerman and his propensity to not only lie, but to allow his attorney to lie for him. Hence, the term ‘known liar’.
Anyone who believes that George Zimmerman got out of his vehicle, walked around a building looking for an African-American, (of whom he was admittedly afraid), without his gun drawn, needs to rethink it. He got out with his gun drawn, and went up to Trayvon Martin, which is why Trayvon Martin immediately punched him in the nose. The gun was out when he approached Trayvon Martin. Trayvon Martin was fighting for his life. Remember he said he thought it was a “crazy ass cracker”. The emphasis should not be on the word cracker, but on the word ‘crazy’. Admittedly, there are a lot of crazy people around, and his fear was based upon some of the crazies he had heard or read about in his young life. He was afraid. Now imagine his fear increasing when Zimmerman approached him with his gun drawn. What would you do? Punch them in the nose and try to get away? Zimmerman wasn’t having any getting away. In fact, in our opinion, it was Zimmerman who said:” You’re gonna die tonight m#@*rf$#@r.” And Trayvon fought for his life. He lost. Zimmerman thought he would be hailed as a hero for killing a trespasser and potential threat to the neighborhood. He wasn’t. But the police department treated him as if he had not even committed a crime.
He was given the gift of an all White jury, a defense team that did a lot of race baiting, and confusing jury instructions. And a prosecution team that never presented their own theory of the case. So, a killer goes free. The jury overlooked all of his lies and refused to hold him accountable in any way for killing another human being. 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.