Please stop acting stupid about Trayvon Martin, white people.

16 Jul 2013 02:09 pm
Posted by: Donna

Chris Hayes on MSNBC opened his Monday evening broadcast with a montage of clips of the Trayvon Martin killing and prosecution of George Zimmerman, which ended in clips of the verdict and the defense team’s press conference afterward. I watched defense attorney Mark O’Mara say (something along the lines of) “we’ll never know what motivated Trayvon Martin to attack George Zimmerman like that”.

Please. Just stop it. You are either lying or have developed a sudden case of stupid if you can’t figure out why Trayvon Martin fought George Zimmerman.

Rachel Jeantel gets it. On CNN Piers Morgan interviewed the prosecution witness, a friend of Martin’s who was on the phone with him before Zimmerman shot him. Morgan pressed Jeantel about his use of the phrase “creepy ass cracka” to describe Zimmerman. Jeantel graciously explained how young people in her community used such phrases (because it was imperative that white people’s fee fees over it had to be addressed) but she also (importantly) emphasized the “creepy” part of it. She said she believed that Trayvon Martin feared he was about to be sexually assaulted by Zimmerman. Zimmerman, who wore civilian clothes and had no badge or authority of any kind, followed Martin in his car and then got out of his car to tail him on foot.

What was Trayvon Martin supposed to think? What would you think if you were in his shoes? Trayvon Martin had no idea who George Zimmerman was and every reason to believe he was a rapist.

Honestly, what was Trayvon supposed to do?

There’s no excuse for ignorance on this if you were born anytime after 1965 or so, or have a child who’s attended school during the past 3 decades. I was in junior high school in 1981 when Adam Walsh was abducted and murdered. Adam’s dad is, of course, John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted fame. His son’s murder galvanized Walsh into action, on a nation-wide child safety campaign.

One thing that resulted was a concerted effort to teach kids self-defense in school. Prior to the Walsh kidnapping I vaguely remember some warnings to not talk to strangers but after it we started having cops and martial arts experts come into the school to teach us basic tips to escape creeps trying to grab us. Kids have been taught since then to run away from attackers if at all possible, but if they do grab you to make a lot of noise and fight like hell to avoid being taken to a second location. And for the information of white parents out there who may not be aware of it, kids of all races, not just yours, are being taught these things. Black and brown kids are also being taught the radical notion that strange adults don’t have the right to accost them as they are walking home.

I don’t believe Zimmerman’s bad B-movie plot account of being charged by Martin for one second. I think Zimmerman caught up to and grabbed Martin, and the 17 year old did what kids are routinely told to do by their parents, schools, community groups, etc. “Don’t let him take you to a second location.” If Martin decked Zimmerman it was likely because he was trying to stop the scary creep trying to subdue him and take him somewhere else.

The smear campaign against Trayvon Martin, where Zimmerman supporters and right wing media have assiduously painted Martin as a menacing thug, is aimed at rendering white parents incapable of seeing the murdered young man as someone who could be their own child. Mark O’Mara was playing to that by playing dumb and pretending it was such a mystery why Trayvon Martin would lash out at George Zimmerman. Please. Trayvon was a kid doing what he was supposed to do.

11 Comments

  1. Comment by Brittany on July 17, 2013 7:41 am

    Well said. I’m disgusted that the justice system is so slanted against blacks that even murdered kids are demonized. Successfully.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on July 17, 2013 8:07 am

    A 17 year old unarmed white kid in a hoodie is innocently wandering around a predominantly black neighborhood that has had some crime problems.
    A 30 something blackman who has wanna be cop issues is part of the neighborhood watch patrol. This man feels the need to carry a gun while patrolling.
    He spots the white kid in his neighborhood and gets suspicious and follows him. He calls the police who specifically tell him to back off and let them handle it. The black man decides he’s going to continue anyway and gets in a confrontation with the white teenager. They get in a physical struggle and during this tussle the black man shoots and kills the white teenager.
    The black man with the gun claims self defense because he felt threatened by the white teenager.

    I guess white kids in hoodies should be more careful otherwise they may be shot and killed by intimidated black men carrying guns.

  3. Comment by todd on July 17, 2013 4:56 pm

    i just can’t take the stupidity anymore. it is so depressing.

  4. Comment by Ron on July 18, 2013 4:40 am

    I think the real racist are the ones supporting trayvon.

    The evidence such as grass stains being on trayvons knees, a witness saw trayvon on top of zimmermann is congruent with zimmermanns account of the attack.

    If Zimmerman attacked trayvon then why are there no injuries on trayvon besides the gun shot wound?

    What about the I for that gives you an idea to what kind of a person trayvon was.

    Have you bothered to read the text messages from trayvons phone where he talks about fighting with people.about how a another person didn’t “bleed enough for me”(trayvon)

    This case wasn’t even about race. But the media and race baiters made it about race.

    Why refer to zimmermann to a white hispanic and not refer to barrack Obama as a white African American?. I think it was just a ploy to paint Zimmerman as a stereotypical white racist. Which is offensive to white people.

    Oh, and why does no one seem to care that Rachel jeantals community referes to whites as crackers. It’s blatantly racist but shes not being condemned as racist.

    How can she be allowed to make up her own definition of what cracker is. What if I said the n word ment ignorant and called a black person the n word. Nobody would believe my cock and bull story about my own definition of the word yet for Rachel they do.

    Of any of you had followed the case and actually looked at the court proceedings you wouldn’t have been surprised by the verdict.

    I’m not saying trayvon deserved to die. But you can’t convict a guy of murder when he killed in self defence.

  5. Comment by Donna on July 18, 2013 11:03 am

    You seem smart, Ron.

  6. Comment by Mike Slater on July 18, 2013 12:43 pm

    Gee Donna, you must have been there that night Martin was shot since you seem to have all the answers.

    This incident should have never gone to trial in the first place. The police department didn’t charge Zimmerman because there was no evidence to charge him.

    Of course the feds and the state had to get involved. Obama came out with a stupid statement that if he had a son it would look like Trayvon. I guess he meant he’d have a dope smoking thug for a son.

    The state by-passed the grand jury and filed 2nd degree murder charges.

    The prosecution team was inept as was their star witness Rachel Jeantel. They lost the case plan and simple.

    After the not guilty verdict the usual race baiters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton demanded a DOJ investigation into civil rights and hate crime violations even though the FBI had investigated the case and found no violations.

    The race baiters complained that their were no blacks on the jury. The little secret is there was a black in the jury pool but was rejected by the prosecution because the person admitted to watching FOX NEWS.

  7. Comment by todd on July 20, 2013 10:24 pm

    Mike Slater,
    Ah yes, the real problem was Black President said something about it.

    Typical right-wing racist.

  8. Comment by Mike Slater on July 21, 2013 3:46 pm

    Todd, He’s only half black.

  9. Comment by Scott on July 21, 2013 10:51 pm

    Please stop acting stupid about Trayvon Martin, black people.

  10. Comment by Truth on August 12, 2013 6:59 pm

    True story…I was 23 and a guy was staring at me in a porn store I went to to buy a video for me and my girlfriend. I got freaked out and left. He left and followed my car to the grocery store. I parked, got out and walked over to his car and asked why he was following me. He said he wasnt and sped off. I didn’t need to attack him because he was following me. I just needed to ask….hmmmmm.

  11. Comment by He's a good black guy now on November 4, 2013 9:26 am

    Face it, everybody knows now that traygone was a criminal thug and Mr. Zimmerman may have saved lives by killing this useless piece of trash.
    As traygon sits in hell, he’s crying how he did nothing wrong. His texts and facebook pages tells different. As far as the jabba the hut looking fat pig, How’s this grab you, I have a new meaning for the word nigger, A fat jabba the hut looking fat pig.

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