My thoughts on Trayvon


Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

Up until now I have not posted about the Trayvon Martin case. I was waiting on facts to come out and hoping for civility. But it seems civility is lost and facts are slow to come. The murder of Trayvon is sad, the murder of any young life is sad, but that does not mean the life of George Zimmerman’s is fair game. We have a nation of laws, and we must follow the laws and allow the laws to work. We cannot and must not allow vigilantly style justice prevail in the case. The American justice system, all-be-it imperfect, is the best system there is. And the death of Trayvon will have its day.

But the rhetoric of many of the left has to stop! We cannot allow the media to create a polarizing political social situation out of Trayvon. MSNBC knowingly edited the 911 tape to make Zimmerman sound racist:

What MSNBC reported:

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car.

 

What Zimmerman said:

ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]

ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.

Big difference, don’t you think. Look, I don’t know if Zimmerman is a racist or not, but what I do know is that MSNBC went out of there way to portray him as such. And that is wrong! The news is suppose to deliver factual reporting, not make it up to fit there narrative.

We have the New Black Panthers offering a bounty on Zimmerman’s head, dead or alive, we have Spike Lee tweeting an address to what he thought was Zimmerman’s house and others with in the black community adding there own fuel to the fire. How can any of this be helpful? How can any of this be in any way, shape or form, a good thing? We had students ransacking a Walgreens drug store, to show there support and solidarity with Trayvon, really, that’s how we want to keep his memory alive? That is how we want to honor this young mans life, by offering bounty and ransacking drug stores.

To me, a simple white man, I would have to argue that no, that is not the way to honor Trayvon, to me the best way to honor him, let justice prevail, and as a nation, let us look at how we can better understand violence. Let us set up the Trayvon center for understanding. Let us look into how we can help youth let us research ways to stop the youth on youth violence, Let us use Trayvon as a lesson in understanding.

I am not, in anyway suggesting that Trayvon was doing anything wrong on that night, nor am I suggesting that Trayvon was an angel. He was a 17 year old youth who, as it seems, was involved in drugs and as it seems, had issues in school. Does this mean he was a gangster no, but it does me he was not the angel either. Trayvon was a teenager, and like most he was discovering himself, but to show him as this pure and innocent youth is just wrong. Show him as he was, who he was.

Trayvon was 12 in this photo

 

Trayvon is 16 or 17 in this photo

In both photos he is Trayvon, he is a young man who’s life was cut short, and it is sad and I pray for him and his family. But to show the 12 year old Trayvon is miss leading, and it was used to make the narrative stronger. In the day and age of internet searches, it was only a matter of time before other photos of Trayvon show up.

This case will either divide America or unite her. We will either be a black vs. white America or we will be America. I hope and pray that Trayvon will heal America, bring us together and allow his memory to be used as a unifier and not a divider. But I fear it is already to late, I fear that the media and the activist have already created an atmosphere of hatred and revenge. I fear the nation will become more divided as this case moves along, that the eyes and ears of the people have already been tainted and our hearts and souls have been assaulted.

But this is America, and we can learn from this, we can grow and become a better nation, a better people, if we allow it. But the rhetoric, speculation and hatred has to stop! We cannot achieve justice if we close our eyes to facts, what ever they may be.

This is a defining moment in American history, will we move forward or will we move backwards? Will American justice be allowed to work, or will vigilant justice prevail?

One comment I heard that really struck me was this:

“You tell our justice department and Eric Holder and our President Obama to get off up their ass and do the work and the rest is done!” Muhammad went on to say. When pressed by Cooper on the legality, he responded that he could make a citizen’s arrest of Zimmerman, who has not yet been charged for anything, because the New Black Panther Party member doesn’t “obey the white man’s law,” but rather the “street people’s law.” (source)

White mans law? Street people’s law? What is this, I only know of American Law. This kind of statement is made for one reason only, to create hate to make people see red and to insight violence. This has to stop!

I will state here and now, if George Zimmerman is guilty of murder or hate crimes, than he should pay the price, but if not, than he should be left along. Time will tell, and we have to allow the system to work, we can not arrest Zimmerman just because Trayvon happen to be a young black boy, and Zimmerman white. By the way, when did the term white-Hispanic come it to our vocabulary? Oh ya, when it fit the narrative. If the politically correct term for black Americans is African-American, then should it not be  Hispanic-Americans for Hispanics, and not white-Hispanic? See how silly and dangerous this all is. We all allowing the media to create a new group of Americans, the dreaded white-Hispanics, who of course, because they are white first, must hate all blacks, and must be racist. SICK! Just Sick!

I, as a white male, do not hate anyone because of there skin color, in fact I really don’t think I hate at all. I do  very strongly,dislike some people, but not because they are black or yellow but because the are ass’s, they are evil  and hateful. Nothing to do with skin color, everything to do with character.

We need to stop this hatred now, we need to grow up and move on. All the hate talk going on concerning Trayvon is a disgrace to Americans, all Americans regardless of skin color. God willing it will soon end and justice will prevail.

God Bless and Happy Lent

Paul

Guided Insight Life Coach

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6 thoughts on “My thoughts on Trayvon

  1. You kinda missed the point my friend.

    He stalked a kid.

    That in any place I know of is a crime.

    Why is a guy stalking a kid allowed to carry a gun?

    Why not pepper spray or a stun gun?

    You would think the neigborhood watch guy would have a licence for a Taser instead of a handgun.

    I know the media has got a hold on this and made it seem crazy.
    Well it is crazy.

    If your kid was in a demographic (you can google keywords like youth and shoplifting)

    Would you mind if a strange man followed your son or daughter around?

    Just because they thought they looked like someone guilty?

    How to get out of jury duty by the way, say I can smell guilt on someone.

    If it happend to you would you confront them?

    Now if you were a teen would you mind it more?

    Facts are that Zimmerman outweighed and out aged that kid by yards.
    An gun should never have been a factor.

    Maybe Travon saw the gun and said, “crap I have to fight this one,” and lost.

    Fight or flight.

    The race thing is nonsense though, that is so boring.

    it was just a guy with a gun that killed a kid for stupidity

    and the cops should have locked him up, pending an investigaton,

    You know as a cop when someone’s been beaten up, I could send you pictures of me in fights with brain trauma with my head being beaten into concrete

    You got gravel and crap stuck in your face

    you have to go to the hospital because the cops can’t take a statement if you might have a concussion.

    This is just sad and wrong, think a moment and put all the political and junk away
    Just think as a human being for a minute, read the facts don’t look at the pictures.

    Think if it was your son or daughter.
    Not white or black.

    Also you are guilty till proven innocent in America.
    Until you get a lawyer.

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    • I got the point. I am not saying Zimmerman did the right thing. I am not saying that at all. But you last comment is the issue, in America all at innocent until proven guilty, but the media and others have found him guilty. As for stalking, that also is not proven, he was on a neighborhood watch patrol. Does that mean he can carry a gun, well in sages that allow it, yep..l do I agree, yes, I agree that sates have the right to make there own laws. You are, like the media, assuming Zimmerman followed him because he was black, would there be the same outcry if the boy was white, or Zimmerman black. That is the point. If Zimmerman is guilty, than he should pay the price, if not, than leave him be….

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  2. I must first commend you on a well written article and bringing forth the story of Trayvon Martin whereas the National Media did not want to address this story and pushed it on the back burner. Now with all the publicity regarding this story, the Social Media has shaped this case by portraying different versions of the victim and began to assassinate his character. As a nation we must maintain a level head and allow this case to be played out in the court of law.
    I was blessed to be able to attend the “I am Trayvon Martin” Rally at the GA State Capitol Monday, March 26th… in support of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. Thousands were in attendance. Everyone was urged to wear hoodies and carry bags of Skittles. Students from Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and John Marshall Law School joined with the Georgia NAACP and Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta to rally on the steps of the state capitol Monday evening. This was a historical moment and largest gathering at the GA State Capital of people coming together wearing a similar item- hoodies. The GA State Patrol was out in full force. I must say that this rally was well organized and peaceful
    The state of Florida has the “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law. In GA it is called “No Duty to Retreat”. When Activist Rev. Markel Hutchins. Said “Where there is no justice in Georgia, there will be no peace.” The crowd erupted in cheers, fists starting pumping in the air as everyone shouted…”No Justice-No Peace”…As I observed the faces in the crowd I was so full of emotions that warmed my heart to see that the Atlanta community came out in support of this rally and privileged to witness a beautiful site of people from all nationalities, backgrounds, parents with their young children in support to fight against Racism/Racial Profiling in this country. We were also there to make an appeal to the GA Law makers to revisit the “No Duty to Retreat Law”. As the rally was coming to an end, we were asked to join hands as we sang “ We Shall Over Come” I once again took another glance over this massive crowd, their faces were barely visible through the tears in my eyes and I noticed that there were other tear stained faces in the crowd besides mine as we sang one of the most memorable songs of the Civil Rights era. .It is a shame that racial division still exist today. We can’t allow Trayvon Martins death to be in vain. It’s time to find a solution and seriously educate our Nation on racial matters. Through education and prayers hopefully we will be able to move forward when we realize that all men are created equal.
    Unfortunately, clothing, etc. can be the death of you because of your race. At one point stocking caps were frowned upon, the color of head rags worn, sagging pants, now hoodies, where does it end? We have to educate our community, parents, and children that not all kids are thugs, a gang bangers, up to no good, or on drugs when they are just following the current fashion trend. Hoodies are worn by Monks, now it is a negative statement when worn by a person of color. We must face the cold hard facts that clothing is not the real problem-it is a conscious problem of this Nation. Whether Trayvon wore a hoodie or not.. it is the color of his skin that made him a target. He was guilty of (WWB) Walking While Black.
    Facts: Years ago I was member of a Neighborhood Watch Organization, then and now a licensed Hunter, have permit to carry a firearm and a member of NRA. While involved with the Neighborhood Watch Program. I never abused my position and know from experience that Crime Watch Groups or Organizations are designed to WATCH and REPORT to law enforcement. We Are Not To Be Armed and Certified. Zimmerman was a self-appointed armed watchman. Not certified by any Watch group or Organization.
    Zimmerman’s called the 911 and was asked to give a description of the so called perpetrator. Not only did Zimmerman give a description he also offered his closed minded assumption and proceeded to say that person was up to no good or on drugs.
    Police asked Zimmerman to stand down and not follow. Zimmerman ignored their instructions given to him by the police and began to Stalked this young man.
    In Zimmerman’s mind the perception of this young man was that of being a thug because of the clothing he wore. I can’t say whether Zimmerman is a Racist or not but his action’s speaks volume. Will Trayvons death be a moment or lead to a movement to start racial healing in this great nation. It is time to deal head on with Social Injustice in America. We should take this event and learn from it and move forward. We should also ask the question of what can we do as a Nation to resolve a problem that has existed for generations…we need to get involved, make a difference and be part of the solution not the problem… ”I AM TRAYVON MARTIN!”

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