Saturday, March 24, 2012
Doing so does not serve anybody, except those trying to capitalize on a tragic event for personal gain.
The death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida is now the subject of the current media frenzy and race hucksters, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Martin is dead at the hands of 28 year-old George Zimmerman and since Zimmerman has not been arrested, all hell is breaking loose down there.
Martin is Black and Zimmerman is being portrayed as White, stoking the flames of race in what is being made to look like a deliberate murder. Zimmerman claims self defense. Media and the race baiters aren’t having any of it and are once again, trying Zimmerman in the kangaroo court of public opinion they manipulate.
Let me say here that I am not defending Zimmerman or condemning Martin. I also am not defending Martin or condemning Zimmerman. Frankly, I have no more of an idea of what actually happened than those whipping the community down there into the lynch mob mentality. All that is actually known at this time is there apparently was some sort of confrontation between the two and Martin is dead.
But that doesn’t stop the race hucksters who descend anywhere they can get on TV and push their race baiting agenda as the cry of “The guy who killed him should get arrested. The dead guy was unarmed” echoes across the state.
The media one sided description even drew a comment from Barack Obama of “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” and “I can only imagine what these parents are going through, and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”
Black or White, what parent doesn’t think about their own children when such an event happens?
While media is portraying this as a cut & dried case, they seem to be omitting some details on it. Early reports show there was a witness to part of the altercation prior to the shooting.
The witness stated, "The guy on the bottom, who had a red sweater on, was yelling to me, ‘Help! Help!’ and I told him to stop, and I was calling 911.” Zimmerman was wearing the red sweater. After calling 911 and hearing the shot the witness said, “And then, when I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on the top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point.”
The what and why of the altercation is unknown at this time or why Martin was on top “beating” on Zimmerman. But it shows a bit more than Zimmerman just walking up and shooting Martin as is being portrayed. Those that knew Martin, who was in Sanford from his home in Miami during a 5-day suspension from school, supposedly for “tardiness” claim he was not a confrontational type of person.
It is also said that when Police played the 911 call to Trayvon’s father with the voice screaming help and he said that voice was not Trayvon’s.
Police reports also stated that when they arrived on the scene they found Zimmerman “bleeding on his face and the back of his head. He also has had grass stains on his back, confirming the story told by Zimmerman and the witness.”
Zimmerman’s father also released a statement letting us know his son isn’t “White” but is Hispanic raised in a multicultural environment.
This doesn’t make the shooting automatically justifiable nor does it mean Martin started the altercation. That part is unknown still. But it also shows that based upon initial evidence, Police had no cause to immediately arrest Zimmerman.
It also calls into question why the media chooses to omit these facts in their coverage. The race hucksters are noted for their extremely biased rants, while ignoring other crimes that show them for the race baiters they are.
But too, citizens across the country up in arms and demanding the arrest of Zimmerman, which might still happen once a thorough investigation into the tragic event is completed shows me something else. It shows me that we have gained a distorted view of criminals and Police work. Not every case is solved in an hour like we see on CSI or Criminal Minds. No, they take long intricate investigations, collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, family members, school officials and they may take months to solve.
Even forensic evidence collected does not always turn up the truth or guilty party within a half hour as seen on shows such as Forensic Files. This is brought to our attention by the site Criminal Justice Degrees Guide in their post 10 Forensic Myths Spread by TV. We can see that even DNA evidence isn’t as quick or cut & dried as television makes it appear. Nor are eye witness accounts always as reliable as we would like.
While their intent is to caution people entering the forensics field against the misperceptions of the field, it also gives us good cause to question distorted media reports and why we should ignore the race baiters like Jackson and Sharpton as they whip people into a lynch mob mentality.
Have we forgotten the damage caused by distorted media reports and the race baiting of the Jena 6 in Louisiana in 2007?
It is irresponsible of the media to issue such biased reports when they ignore even bigger more heinous crimes such as the torture and murders of Christopher Newsom & Channon Christian. Where were Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton then? Where was media now condemning George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion then? Where are they now as trials and sentencing go forth?
White people are not inherently bad any more than are Black people. Nor are we all inherently good either. All races have low life’s and all have exceptionally good hearted people and everything in between.
But the biased, distorted reporting and race baiting by the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton only serve to further divide us Americans, not hyphenated Americans. They draw in big dollars while you are out in the streets demanding a lynching without all of the facts.
We abhorred lynching’s a few years ago.
We don’t need that attitude to rule our country today.
Let’s tone it down and allow the Sanford Police and the other investigators we pay to do their jobs.
Above all, we should stop listening to the race baiters.
Lynching’s, whether actual or just an attitude never was justice and it isn’t now.
Posted by Lew Waters at 1:42 PM