Trayvon Martin – The Cast of Characters

On February 26th, I was no where near the shooting of Trayvon Martin so I have no idea what happened.  I don’t know Trayvon; I don’t know George Zimmerman.  I don’t know if Trayvon did anything to provoke George and I have no idea what went on in George’s head or heart so I have nothing to say about the actual incident because the investigation is still ongoing and we don’t have all the facts.

But that hasn’t stopped a whole lot of other characters from injecting themselves into the national drama.

I’ll leave the media to the experts like Bernie Goldberg whose article Trayvon Martin and Media Hypocrisy tells us all we need to know about the media’s bias and its reporting of the story.

I can’t begin to imagine what Trayvon’s parents are going through, but I also can’t imagine how, amidst all the grieving, his mother had the time, energy and composure to consult an attorney to file trademark applications for “I Am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon.”  Enough said.

President Obama was asked a question during one of his press conferences about the case.  Not having learned his lesson from the Gates situation at Cambridge, he went head first into the quagmire by saying that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon.  With that statement, Mr. Obama did more than just personalize the situation; he put a racial spin on it thereby excluding 86% of Americans.  A person with true leadership skills would’ve had us collectively thinking of Trayvon as one of our own young people rather than reminding us that he was a black young man.  I guess I have to give him some slack because he was speaking off the cuff without his teleprompter.

Enter poverty pimps, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, the race-baiting maggots who are genetically drawn to any opportunity for national attention.  Al Sharpton was calling for the immediate arrest of George before the investigation was completed and only absented himself from the controversy to attend his own mother’s funeral.  Jesse Jackson called Trayvon “murdered and martyred.”  Jackson told the LA Times that “blacks are under attack,” adding that “targeting, arresting, convicting blacks and ultimately killing us is big business.”  How irresponsible can two people be?

I’m not off base here particularly when you have the former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant accusing both Sharpton and Jackson of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”

Who can forget those lovable New Black Panthers whose spokesman, Mikhail Muhammad, called for vigilante justice, saying “an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth” and offering a $10,000 reward for George’s “capture.”  Not a word from President Obama or Eric Holder about this type of vigilantism but then again, it was Eric Holder who failed to follow through with the prosecution of the 2008 New Black Panthers’ voter intimidation case.

Then there’s the moron, Spike Lee, who decided to tweet George’s address but got it wrong and tweeted the address of an elderly couple whose lives were disrupted by this idiot’s need for revenge.  Since then, the couple has “settled” with Spike Lee (I hope they got plenty of bucks out of this bozo.)  He’s since tweeted an apology. Maybe someone should tweet his address. He is a perfect example of why I cannot and will not separate the man/woman/actor/actress from their politics.  As long as I know that one dime of my money will end up in his pocket, I will never see a Spike Lee movie.  Period.

Before this is over, we’re going to see a whole new bunch of unsavory characters coming out of the woodwork.  I’m sure there are plenty of publicity whores thinking right now how they can monetize the situation.

If there’s an arrest and George is put on trial, I’m sure Court TV will have a huge daily audience watching and picking apart every shred of evidence.  I will go out on a limb and say that, just like there was no way OJ would ever be convicted, there will be no way that George will not be convicted.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • Ron F

    There are also commentators to this column suggesting that blacks be expelled to Africa and another commentator wondering what it would cost.  There is racism everywhere.  None of us knows what happened that day.  I am willing to let the judicial system determine if Mr. Zimmerman is guilty of any crime.

  • http://www.mostly-right.com/ Jeff Metz

    I do not get it either but I do know that someone somewhere will call you a racist for not getting it.  I have been attacked on my site for simply trying to offer objective opinion.  Thanks for the post.

    Jeff Metz
    http://www.mostly-right.com

  • http://twitter.com/Trochilus Trochilus

    The State Attorney in the case, Angela Corey, stated today that she will not be presenting this case to a Grand JuryABC reported the story in which they still continued to use the family photo of Treyvon, one that is obviously several years old. It is a misleading photo, one that suggests that Treyvon was a little boy at the time of the incident.  And they also continue to use the photo of an unshaven George Zimmerman wearing what appears to be a prison orange jump suit. 

    ABC also showed their bias  when the released an extremely misleading story during the kerfuffle over this incident strongly suggesting that Zimmerman was being untruthful when he said that Treyvon was on top of him banging his head against the ground. 

    Their video story was an attempt to suggest that Zimmerman had no injury on the back of his head when he came into the police station.  Subsequent enhancement of the video, however, showed that Zimmerman indeed had a lengthy cut or slash on the back of his head  when he was brought in, and the video also showed that one of the officers actually took a moment to examine the wound right after Zimmerman stepped out of the police car before being led inside.  It is hard to imagine why the officer would have been examining Zimmerman’s head so closely if there was no injury.  But the network was so intent on undermining Zimmerman’s story that they ignored the obvious.

    ABC finally had to back off their earlier misleading story, but the damage was done.

  • Teddi

    I know that certain individuals in our society and most of the media will jump to conclusions early on about situations like this one.  I understand why they behave that way, but really find their behavior concerning.  The bottom line is a teen is dead!  I wish people would put aside their own agendas and let the investigation take its course.  It’s the respectful thing to do for Trayvon.

  • BurtPrelutsky

    Christian: I would be interested in seeing how much money it would take to get black Americans to agree to move to Africa.  I do agree that there is a huge racial division in America, and that it will take outside the box thinking to deal with the growing problem.

    Burt

  • Christian Chan

    From Asia: RATIONAL HUMANE FINAL SOLUTION TO AMERICAS SERIOUS NEGRO PROBLEM: Give  up to 85% of your American Negro’s fair and generous reparations then promptly and legally expel them to Africa with respect for INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS! Americans you must THINK OUT OF THE BOX  as your Negro problem is growing and destroying your social fabric and causing disharmony! Dr Christian Chan Singapore HK Philippines

  • BurtPrelutsky

    I think you’ve all have raised valid points, including Andrew, although I don’t sign petitions.  For one thing, I agree with Terry.  For another, Sharpton belongs in jail for his involvement with the Brawley affair.  But, short of that, MSNBC is probably the next best thing to solitary confinement.

    Ron F: The problem is that the question to Obama was a set-up.  As you may have noticed, he doesn’t take questions on the fly.  Otherwise, he would have to deal with questions about Solyndra, the Keystone pipeline and the $16 trillion deficit.  He wanted to go on the record about Trayvon Martin because he is trying to make sure that he once again receives 97% of the black vote.

    Burt 

  • Terry Walbert

    I won’t sign any petition to get MSNBC to fire Al Sharpton.  He’s on a cable network that is the next best thing to oblivion.  I hadn’t seen Pat Buchannon on TV in a while and thought he had died.  Then I heard that MSNBC had fired him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H6CMJ3DJPLPO25D7TNB7RCOSCI Andrew

     

    Please sign this petition for MSNBC to fire Al Sharpton.
    Please pass it on.

     

    http://www.change.org/petitions/msnbc-fire-al-sharpton

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H6CMJ3DJPLPO25D7TNB7RCOSCI Andrew

     

    Please sign this petition for MSNBC to fire Al Sharpton.
    Please pass it on.

     

    http://www.change.org/petitions/msnbc-fire-al-sharpton

  • JD

    Great article, keep up the good work.  For those who question why Zimmerman has not been arrested, they must keep in mind that an arrest MUST be based upon probable cause.  If probable cause has not yet been established, there can be no LAWFUL arrest.  Unlawful arrests, not based upon probable cause are frowned upon by the courts; and will result in the accused being exonerated.  Unlawful arrests also put the arresting officer and/or agency in civil/criminal jeopardy.  Simple facts which are tied to our Constitution….  

  • Roger Ward

    It’s very possible that Zimmerman will never be brought to trial and, if he is, it’s very possible he will not be convicted.   The Florida “stand your ground” leaves a lot of leeway for a Zimmerman defense in avoiding prosecution/conviction.  That said, I have no doubt that Zimmerman will lose big time in the civil suit which will certainly follow.

    –  I have no doubt that this matter was not racially motivated, despite what the “Poverty Pimps” would have us believe.
    –  I have no doubt that Obama’s gratuitous comments needlessly injected the racial component into the national dialogue.
    –  I have little doubt that Trayvon’s actions in possibility attacking Zimmerman contributed to his own death.  (I am told that Trayvon was 6′ 3″ tall;  can anyone confirm this?)
    –  I have no doubt that Zimmerman’s overzealous efforts caused a death that need not have happened.

    The whole affair, unfortunate as it may be, is being investigated.  We need to wait for the investigation to be completed before locking in our suspicions and assumptions.

    • Nancye

      Roger:

      My goodness!  How can you have so much sense and write so intelligently when most are running around spouting accusations about things they know nothing about?  Applause…applause…

    • http://twitter.com/Trochilus Trochilus

       Roger Ward,                                                                              

       

      You said the following, in part:

       

      –  I have little doubt that
      Trayvon’s actions in possibility attacking Zimmerman contributed to his own
      death.  (I am told that Trayvon was 6′ 3″ tall;  can anyone
      confirm this?)

       

      The Police Department of the City of Sanford did so. 

       

      When it started to become clear that the news surrounding
      this incident was going to go viral, the City of Sanford began posting
      information to their website, including all of the initial police reports.  Those police reports made it clear that 17
      year old Treyvon Martin was over 6 feet tall, several inches taller than Mr.
      Zimmerman.

       

      The promoters of this case as a “racially-charged” incident
      also contributed to the confusion.   I believe they did so intentionally.

      For
      example, all of the early MSM stories featured a family photo of Treyvon that was
      obviously taken several years ago when he was a little boy.  Clearly the effort was to protray him as a poor innocent lad with a bag of skittles, who was gunned down by a crazed vigilante. 

      More recent photos of Treyvon, ones he had
      posted on his Twitter account, had been carefully “scrubbed” from the internet, and only
      subsequently were recovered using “way-back” type technology.  They paint an entirely different picture of the more recent character of Treyvon Martin.

      Moreover, the photo of Zimmerman — the one that is unfortunately posted with this post — features him unshaven and in an orange prison jump suit, merely added to the intentional confusion. 

      Unfortunately, the police reports and 911 calls have also now been scrubbed from the internet.

       

      A “legal justification” given to the City of
      Sanford by the current State Attorney investigating this matter, is now listed
      as the reason for the City having removed the links to most of the
      primary documentation (copies of the actual police
      reports, plus links to recordings of all the 911 calls) from the City’s
      website. 

       

      An statement last updated on April 6th, and which
      is currently
      posted on the City website
      describes Corey’s request as follows:

       

      The office of the State Attorney, 4th
      Judicial Circuit, State Attorney Angela Corey has requested that the City of
      Sanford remove all reports, videos and audio pertaining to the Martin/Zimmerman
      case from the website. Their office has provided legal justification for the
      action and they believe further access to the information will have an adverse
      effect on their efforts to come to a resolution to this investigation.

  • Ron F

    I am not sure why this should surprise you.  There are always rushes to judgment.  We all believe Michael Jackson was a child molestor but there has never been a trial to my knowledge.  Most people believe O J Simpson was guilty of murder but I do not know anyone who watched the entire trial, saw all of the evidence and heard the jury instructions.  Recently, most people think Casey Anthony is guilty, but again, I do not know anyone who sat through the entire trial, saw all of the evidence and heard the jury instructions.  All of these people might be guilty.  I just do not have enough knowledge to know it for sure.  Are we rushing to judgment about Trayvon Martin and his parents.  the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s parents said regarding the trademarks: “I want to set the record straight, the trademarks were applied for so that no one can profit from or promote their own agendas using Trayvon Martin. Trayvon’s parents will never seek to financially profit from these trademarks, period. I can’t emphasize that point enough. They haven’t even been able to mourn his death because they are seeking justice for his death.”  Since someone attempted to trademark Trayvon Martin hoodies, it seems a reasonable thing for the parents to do.  Now I see people accusing Trayvon Martin of being a thug.  On the other hand, the rush to judgment in this case seems even worse because it is being used by these people for political or other gain.  I do not know if Reverend Jackson or Reverend Sharpton are gaining politically but they are gaining by the publicity.  I do disagree with your about President Obama.  I thought his response was appropriate given the question.  Finally, a tragedy occurred here.  A young man was killed and it seems that has been lost in the debate.  I think all sides should wait until the investigation, and trial if there is one, is complete.

    • Roger Ward

      Ron F,

      You are usually a reasonable and thoughtful guy but you need to stop equivocating.  Having a trial doesn’t establish guilt or innocence  – except legally  -  and there have been enough errors in court proceedings that I don’t put my full faith in their decisions.

      I am 100% sure that OJ Simpson is a murderer.
      I am 100% sure that Michael Jackson is a child rapist.
      I am 99% sure that Casey Anthony murdered her child.
      I don’t know yet about about the degree of Zimmerman’s culpability.

      • Ron F

        Roger, I agree there are a lot of errors in court proceedings but I am wrong a lot also.  I still have more faith in the jury system then in relying on opinions of guilt or innocence, even when we are 99% or 100% sure.  There are probably people who are also 100% sure that OJ Simpson is not a murderer and that Michael Jackson is not a child rapist.  I disagree that I am equivocating.  I did not see one minute of the OJ Simpson trial or Michael Jackson trial and do not trust news reports enough to believe that in the 5 to 10 minutes of coverage they could accurately reflect a day’s testimony.  In addition, I was not interested in either one.  Therefore, I do not have an opinion about either and recognize that if I did have an opinion it would not be worth much because of my lack of knowledge.  My main point is that in this case there seems to be a rush to judgment on both sides.