BLACK BIAS IN THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE

The racial bias by blacks in the Trayvon Martin case is about as glaring a bias that can be perpetrated by any single race of people. A majority of Blacks in this country have taken up the cause of Trayvon Martin for one simple reason, he is black. Yes, based on the facts of the case, blacks have surmised the guilt or innocence of the parties involved based solely on race.

How do I draw this conclusion? Because I am a black male who views this case in a racial context. You see I am guilty of judging Trayvon Martins actions on that night as reasonable. I see Trayvon Martin as the victim, both in life and in death. I am guilty of judging Travonne Martin as though he is a normal everyday sixteen year old, not a black sixteen year old as so many of his detractors. I see this young man as a victim of an overaggressive neighborhood watchman who violated every rule of the watch along with every direction provided him by law enforcement. I draw this conclusion because I was raised in the inner city and can still remember what it was like for a sixteen year old alpha male.

I can imagine myself walking down the street minding my business when I notice a adult male following me in his car. My mind quickly shifts into defensive mode. Who is this creep? Why is he following me? Is he some sort of pervert? My first reaction as a alpha male is to approach the predator, hoping this will discourage his advances. I approach his vehicle and ask if he has a problem. He replies with a question of his own; where are you going? My mind responds, why do you want to know where I am going? I start to think, this guy is a weirdo. I go on my way and happen to look back to see that he has departed from his car and begun to follow me on foot. My emotions are racing somewhere between fear, disgust, and anger. I duck between some houses to see if I can either discourage his advances or lose him all together but he continues to follow.

I am now faced with the ultimate decision, whether to have him catch me on his terms or mine. I circle around to see if I can sneak up on him. I approach and in defense of myself or any other child he may encounter that evening I attack. Not out of some random desire to fight but out of my desire for survival. My alpha male instincts have kicked in and I respond like any other alpha male would, I will take him out before he takes me out.

This is the biased account that must black Americans deal with in this debate. You see, to us Trayvon is a sixteen year old kid who simply went to the store to purchase snacks. However, to you he is your worst fear, a young black male. A thug with no sense of human decency or regard for others lives. To you Trayvon was the aggressor even in defense of himself. If Zimmerman had turned out to be a predator seeking out kids, Trayvon would be nothing short of a hero, but even in his death there are attempts to paint him as a thug. Over and over he is portrayed as a violent predator that was simply looking for a fight that night. After all, we all skittles are the food of thugs.

You see our bias is based on seeing both parties as equal., while others tend to regard Trayvon as less than human. How else can one justify labeling a sixteen year old who greatest discretion was experimenting with marijuana while at the same time label a man (Zimmerman) a victim when he has a record of violent behavior, including resisting arrest by violence and spousal abuse. If the racial makeup of the two parties were reversed, and the criminal backgrounds were the same who would you label the aggressor?

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my_girl_sara 3 years ago from Georgia

Wish I could buy your side of the story... In this first link, the Dailymail has a story about Trayvon Martin being suspended from school 3TIMES in 1 month!! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120504/Tr...

The Miami Herald claims that in October, he was caught with a 'burglary tool' - a flathead screwdriver - and 12 pieces of women's jewellery. Martin insisted that they did not belong to him.

This 2nd story by the NY Times has texts where Martin talks about marijuana use, getting kicked out of his house, as well as looking for a gun. Yes, Trayvon is a "model" teenager. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/us/zimmermans-la...

Let the whole race thing go, please.


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

Let's try some common sense @ my girl sara. Trayvon was found with burglary tools and a booty of jewelry yet nothing was done. He was not detained, questioned, or arrested by police. Does this make any sense to you? This leaves the fact that he smoke weed, like many young kids in the US black and white, and that he was looking for a gun. The part about the gun I find extremely enlightening because he sounds like a naive kid talking about something he knows nothing about. He was amazed at the fact that his friend claims his mother let him touch it. Not quite a hardened criminal.

I think the problem most of you are having is that you are clueless to the difference between a black kid in urban America and a out and out thug. Zimmerman would have never gotten out of his car had he truly encountered the person you are trying to make Trayvon out to be.


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

Oh, and one more thing my girl sara....thanks for the comment you are welcome on my hub anytime.


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texshelters 3 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

Smearing the victim of murder does not make Zimmerman innocent.

PTxS


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mike102771 3 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

I have to admit I have not followed this story, but it seems to me that Trayvon’s biggest crimes were being a teenager and WWB (walking while black). Most if not all teenagers have attitudes. It is built into the culture. I mean would Zimmerman have followed him or called the cops if Trayvon had been white or Hispanic?

Being suspended in an American High School is as easy as wearing the wrong shirt to class. And for most marijuana acts as a depressant rather than a catalyst for violence. Burglary tools can be as simple as a brick or screwdriver. And if he had stolen jewelry on him he would have been arrested (pulled right out of school) because most schools have zero tolerance for everything. Tardiness or skipping school is not a capital offence (not yet). Heck, pot is slowly being legalized in the US.

Someone pulls a gun on me and I’ll fight back too.


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

@texshelters You are correct, the truth is that the smears have little to no bearing on the events of that night.


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

@mike102771 - The truth is that Trayvon Martin had no idea that Zimmerman was carrying a gun when he stood his ground. He didn't no anything about Zimmerman. Zimmerman defenders try to approach the shooting as if Trayvon Martin knew who or what Zimmerman was prior to their altercation.


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mike102771 3 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

I just don't see how an armed man could feel he had justification in shooting an unarmed anyone (even if he was attacking him)? It's like that saying that a person carrying a gun will find a reason to use it.


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

@ mike102771 It is the entire premise behind "Stand Your Ground". If you feel threatened and have a gun you can use it.


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mike102771 3 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

Scary, it makes me glad I'm in Ohio and not Florida.


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Superkev 3 years ago

When someone is banging your head against a sidewalk and telling you you are going to die, deadly force is more than justified.

And here is why he was never charged with burglary, more PC crap:

http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/05/01/m-d...


Ralph 3 years ago

I suggest some of you folks, like Mike, watch a little of the trial. Every witness put up by the prosecution has benefitted the defense. This trial is an absolute sham.


Ralph 3 years ago

"@ mike102771 It is the entire premise behind "Stand Your Ground". If you feel threatened and have a gun you can use it."

This also is not about the "stand your ground" law. This is about whether a concealed carry holder was in fear of his life or extreme bodily injury from an attacker.


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

@ Superkey are you saying that if someone approaches me and starts a fight but I just happen to be a better fighter, he then has the right to shoot me? Really?


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

@ Ralph - So concealed carry holders have the right to run the streets and start anything they want but if they run up against someone who can kick their butt they have the right to shoot to kill.


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

You said, "A majority of Blacks in this country have taken up the cause of Trayvon Martin for one simple reason, he is black. . . How do I draw this conclusion? Because I am a black male who views this case in a racial context"

I think that Blacks take the defense because they know that law enforcement mostly assume that Black boys are always guilty as accused. Even Trayvon's hoodie was downsized as gangster wear. I have about 8 hoodies and have not worn them since. I didn't want anyone to think that I was a crook. I am a grandmother.

Blacks have sat in courtrooms and witnessed Whites with the same offenses as some Blacks walk free while Blacks were locked up. Blacks do not trust justice to stand balanced between the races. I have seen unfairness. Once my son called and asked me to pick him up at his cousin's house. I did and was stopped by police after we drove onto the highway. The officer said, "Why did you swerve?" I said, "I swerved? I am not aware of it." I am the one who supposedly made a traffic error, but he ordered my son out of the car, searched him, threw his pocket contents on the ground, and walked back to his vehicle. My son said, "You search me unlawfully, disrespect me by throwing my things on the ground, and walk away?" The officer returned, picked up his things and returned them to him, gave a tough guy stare, and walked to his vehicle and drove away. My son was targeted because he was Black. The officer created a probable cause in order to search a Black boy who is always considered guilty before a trial. The races stereotype and distrust each other.

I do not know what happened with Martin and Zimmerman because I was not a witness. Martin might have ignored Zimmerman's command, but Zimmerman, likewise, ignored the command and authority of the police. They told him to leave Martin alone. They would take care of it. He should have followed orders. If Zimmerman alread had a spousal abuse charge, then, he must have had anger management problems. My point is no matter what these guys did prior to that night, what happened that night is all that matters. They both have rights.

After Zimmerman was killed, Whites went to work overtime to build a guilty case against Martin. Since he had negative things in his past, he must be guilty of pushing Zimmerman. Likewise, Blacks went to work overtime trying to build a case against Zimmerman. He disregarded police orders, he had past records, etc. Blacks and Whites building cases to support their Martin and Zimmerman cases are planted all over the internet.


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mike102771 3 years ago from Lakemore, Ohio

@Levertis Steele

I have to disagree (and agree) with you on that, if Martin had killed Zimmerman it would have been just a 5 minute story on the news (with the words black, teenager, and killer used more than once). Most "whites" would not have cared at all about Zimmerman being killed. I doubt this story would have reached Ohio.

And as for me from what I am reading and hearing Zimmerman violated every directive and common sense measure thus removing his ability to use the stand your ground law. He followed Martin not the other way around. Zimmerman should be convicted for what he did not set free for what Martin did in his past.


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

@ Levertis Steele - Thank you for your insightful comment.


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S Leretseh 3 years ago

It was Zimmerman's neighborhood, not Trayvon Martin's. Martin was visiting. Your neighborhood ... you got a right to approach any person and inquire what their up to. If you're not the police, the person can, of course, walk away. However, If we're dealing with today's black male BULLY, then there are a different set of rules, and particularly if the person being set upon is a white guy - or , as Martin said "a cracker". After 17-year-old Martin SUCKER PUNCHED the 28-year-old adult , who was walking away from him, Martin then jumped on him and began his oh-so-popular black male BULLY beat-down, including ramming the adult's head into the concrete. And remember, Martin thought Zimmerman was a white male! Martin also ignored a white male who had come outside and yelled" I'm calling the police!" Martin was going to KILL Zimmerman! PERIOD. Zimmerman, however, beat the black male BULLY at his own game.

Blacks have in fact EARNED their mistrust in America. Since White people granted the black man integration rights in 1964 (Civil Rights act) and 1968 (Fair Housing Act), black males have used these laws to come into white communities and rape, rob, murder and massacre. No question whatsoever about this. And white people are suppose to just ignore all that?! Not me. That's why I've created one of the biggest blogs on the INTERNET exposing black violence against white people since 1964. I want white people to be informed about the explosion of black racism and hateful violence against them --and PUT UP YOUR GUARD. If the black man doesn't like you not trusting him, well, he can always go live among the Chinese, or the Mexicans, or Arabs, etc. Can't he? You, Mr. white male/female, have a right to defend yourself from the black male BULLY.

Oh, and because I'm a fair-minded guy, I've also created a blog concerning white-on-black violence (or lack thereof).

http://theinjusticefile.blogspot.com/2010/09/white...

My extensive two year investigation on black-on-white and white-on- black violence shows blacks commit more than 35 times the violence (where there is serious injury or death) against white people than whites commit against blacks.

Any of you heard these racists black male BULLY beat-downs in the media?

http://theinjusticefile.blogspot.com/2011/08/black...

I truly believe blacks and whites would be much better off with a homeland for the black race in America . Blacks would then be given - for the first time in their history in America - a chance to be masters of their own destiny.


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

Gotta love it. Blacks have not earned distrust by whites, it is ingrained into their subconscious. Normally by scared inferior parents who's understanding of the world normally extends no further than the fence surrounding their yard. Its funny how you conclude that Trayvon had to sucker punch Zimmerman. S Leretseh, you seem like a very analytically minded person so answer me this one question. Based on the story that you hold to as the truth, Trayvon Martin was straddling Zimmerman, slamming his head to the ground, while covering his mouth with one hand. Have you seen Zimmerman? The mans upper body mass would make this an impossible feat for a 148 pound six foot (skinny) you 17 year old. It is a natural reaction for one to lift their head in such a situation. That combined with the weight of Zimmerman's torso would make it tough enough for Martin to achieve the feat with both hands while sitting on this chest, much less one hand. The lies by Zimmerman may be enough to make you believe him but the more intelligent of us have the ability to view the situation, put ourselves under the conditions and determine its feasibility. Its called simple logic.

Your vent is nothing more than the ramblings of a white man full of fear. Afraid that he may lose his position of privilege due to the social advances of a society. You attempt to demonize others in order to justified your hatred which is rooted in your lack of self esteem birthed through fear.


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S Leretseh 3 years ago

SOBF, I did not "ramble", nor did I "vent". I'm exposing BULLYING and violence by black males. I do NOT fear the black man. I understand the black man better than 99% of blacks understand their own race (I've written many blogs on the INTERNET regarding the black race, just google my name). I also I'm NOT attempting to demonize the black race. I believe, in fact I know, the vast majority of blacks are fine and decent people. However, enough aren't. I'm going after this "enough" like a steamroller! Particularly where the victims have been white. Finally, I do NOT fear white people losing their "privilege", whatever that means. BTW, care to explain this "privilege" ? I am interested. Black victimization code for something...

Regarding Trayvon Martin, he was the oh-so-typical black male BULLY of today. In my very extensive research on black -on-white violence, I've seen so, so many of these beat-down scenarios on white people (again, remember that Martin thought Zimmerman was a white guy). Here's how it went down, and right from the brain of T. Martin.

First, I believe Trayvon Martin was fully aware of the black Hip-Hop sites that feature loads of black male BULLY beat-down clips on white people. Martin wanted to do one himself. And yes, I know, just speculation. But his actions demonstrate the full scope, from beginning to end, of the typical black male BULLY beat-down scenario: the white guy is seized up; he's sucker punched; then the beat-down (if more than one black male is involved, it will entail stomping and kicking him in the head). And the end result is always the white victim winding up dead or unconscious.

17-year-old Martin was 6 ft and weighed not 148 but 158 lbs. Zimmerman was a short 5'8" and a pudgy 194 lbs.

When Martin was first approached by Zimmerman, from a distance Zimmerman asked him what he was doing. No question in my mind, the black teen BULLY was already seizing up Zimmerman. He had NO fear of Zimmerman. All Martin's action from the first words the short & pudgy Zimmerman spoke to him demonstrate he was in NO fear for his own personal safety. When Zimmerman turned his back on 17--year-old Martin and began to walk away, this was Zimmerman's BIG mistake. He showed fear. To a black male BULLY looking for a beat-down victim, this is an attack pheromone. 17-year-old Martin charged up to 28-year-old Zimmerman and got in his face (something I NEVER did to an adult when I was 17-years-old). A 6 ft guy standing in front of 5'8" guy. Zimmerman was now seized up as a cupcake by black male BULLY Martin. Then came the infamous black male sucker punch; and then the beat-down. Zimmerman would be dead or still in a coma today if not for the use of his weapon. I know this because , like I've mentioned a few times, I've seen so many of these black male BULLY sucker punch beat-downs.


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

S Leretseh - I have been entertained by your work in the past. Your warped philosophical approach to research at times boggles the mind. I have rarely seen statistics bent in the most fundamentally unsound manner. I have enjoyed your work on the historical account of dominant races. Even if it tends to address periods in time where race was not an identifier.

S0 allow me to take on your most recent claims regarding Trayvon Martin. First in your standard MO you fail to address direct questions by replacing legitimate answers with faulty philosophies. On this I will let the reader be the judge. You offer you uneducated, completely biased opinion to the world as though they are fact based. Only the weakest of minds would fall for such an approach. A perfect example of your opinion trying to be passed as fact can be found in your previous comment. How do you know what Trayvon was thinking, feeling, visioning. or doing? How could you possibly know? Notice the stark difference in our approach to addressing the issue. I put myself in a similar situation and draw my conclusions based upon what would be my own reaction. You on the other have provide a oratory as though you witnessed the event from box row seats. The makings of one who has no true understanding of the art of research or the difference between fiction and non-fiction. The fact that your direction for verification of your credentials are blogs you have written, tells a great deal about your ability to separate the two.

So, lets take a stab at what I consider nothing short of opinionated facts. First you make the mistake of claiming that your recap of the events leading up to the shooting were, and I quote " right from the brain of T. Martin". That sir is a tremendous accomplishment, the ability to reach into the mind of the deceased and pull out their last thoughts. Bravo! Then you offer a scenario that pretty much paints Zimmerman as a meek almost girlish character that while wanting confrontation in no way, approached a black male who could have been armed, in the middle of the dark street. Oh, but wait he had a gun. That great equalizer, the motivation for a weakling who had already called the police to continue to follow the big, bad, black, KID. You would have us to believe that even with the knowledge that he was armed, and with the knowledge that he had some type of police training that he approached the situation in a timid manner? Your fantasies simply don't hold water. But, that's right you got them straight form the brain of Trayvon Martin.

Here sir is a suggestion. Maybe you should spend more time studying the habits and behaviors of white men to allow you to make a more complete observation.


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S Leretseh 3 years ago

“You offer you uneducated, completely biased opinion to the world as though they are fact based.”

SOBF, you do write rather eloquently and seem to possess a good deal of smarts. However, when it comes to opposing points of view, your comprehension level needs work.

Regarding the Trayvon Martin case, what I offered was an expert witness viewpoint , not an “eyewitness” viewpoint. I have the most extensive collection of black-on-white crimes on the INTERNET (also white-on-black crimes); and also the only person to dedicate a blog exclusively to the black male SUCKER PUNCH. I have also created two threads on the HubPage’s forum Bias&Hate, devoted - with many links -to the black male SUCKER PUNCH & Beat-Down. Because I have watched so, so many of these black male sucker punch beat-downs on unsuspecting white people, I do believe I am an expert - as one can be- on this subject matter. I do also try to understand the motive(s) behind these unprecedented in human history ambush attacks (as well as why white people sit back and take this appalling BULLYING behavior). I'm not going to go into theories here on motive however. It would be long... And what good would it do?

Regarding Zimmerman being a “cupcake,” I watched his interview when he was being interrogated. He came off as extremely soft-spoken and totally nonthreatening. There wasn’t ONE word that came out of his mouth that was hostile or threading. And, yeah, your position is that it was all just an act. Right? Well, the FACT that black teen BULLY Trayvon Martin charged up to Zimmerman and got in his face clearly demonstrated that not only was teen BULLY Martin very interested in a confrontation, he also had no fear of Zimmerman. And who would sucker punch someone he's in fear of?! And what were Trayvon Martin's words to Zimmerman just before the sucker punch? "You got a problem now." Then , POW! The infamous black male sucker punch.

By belief that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense is based on the known facts. The guy who uttered the only racial slur (“Cracker”) : black teen BULLY Trayvon Martin. The guy who threw the sucker punch (on a 28-year-old adult): black teen BULLY Trayvon Martin. The guy who jumped on top of a prone guy and began beating him and ramming his head into the concrete: black teen BULLY Trayvon Martin. The guy who said “You gonna die tonight mother****” : 6 ft black teen BULLY Trayvon Martin. The guy who sustained 100% of the face and head injuries: 28-year-old adult, 5’8” George Zimmerman.

There is a long and sustained pattern to black male BULLYING (actually, and ironically, ever since compulsory integration was granted to the black man by the white man [1964]) .

America NEEDS to accept the fact that the black male BULLY is here and striking at innocent white people. And don’t expect the black community to condemn this BULLYING behavior -- it’s counterproductive to their illusion of being victims of white racism. In fact, and most appalling to me, so many defend the behavior (as SOBF is doing in the Hub).

http://www.ironicsurrealism.com/2012/04/14/baltimo...


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SOBF 3 years ago from New York, NY Author

@SL No where in my blog do I pretend to offer any facts. Please take a moment to read the blog again. Maybe you should begin to keep records on white on white crimes. Because if you really had a true concern about the safety of white Americans, you will find that white on white crimes far outnumber black on white crimes in every category. For example in 2010 there were 3,327 whites murdered in the US. Of those 2,777 were murdered by whites. How many of those murders were blacks responsible for 477. Who should you actually be more concerned about?


brian 3 years ago

SOBF,

But is it not also profiling to assume that all cops and security guards who are white are racist. All I know is if I was a security guard right now I would probably dye my skin black! No joke!

I can not help but to wonder if george zimmerman were black and approached trayvon if things would have went more smoothly.

Please understand why this case is famous. The only reason why the media jumped on this case is because a white killed a black. If zimmerman was black you would have not have heard about this case. If trayvon was a white 17 year old you would not have heard about this case. It is just race hustling.


Mklow1 3 years ago

brian,

I agree. It would have been interesting the public response if no pictures or physical descriptions would have been given. I would almost guarantee a different response. I think what happens is that the way it was presented, you either had to be for one race or the other, when it should have been that each person judged if Zimmerman was guilty or innocent based on his and/or Martin's actions.


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

Whites and Blacks Americans love to play the game of "You Did More Wrong Than We Did." This is childish and typical. If anyone would look at the 2010 US FBI Report of Crimes by races, you would see that both Black and White races have a goodly number of crimes to their credit. When either race sees one with a higher number or percentage, they grab it like a dog grabs a bloody steak and run to the media to make their happy report.

Once a report came that the average serial killer was a White man. Blacks just loved it! The grits hit the fan! Later, it was happily reported that Blacks kill more that the law allows. O, happy day for Whites!

S Leretseh said that Blacks kill many Whites. No two races can reign as killer winners at the same time unless they tie. So, they must take turns. Whites have held the records, too. Whites have killed more Blacks from the beginning of slavery centuries ago until 1964! Lord, what have they done to us! Oh, have mercy! "We shall overcome someday-ay-e-a-a!" I am using S Lretseh dates. He said that Blacks hold the record from '64 to present. That's about 49 years of killing for Blacks and several centuries for Whites. Dang! I am not a statistician, but I can add, multiply, subtract, and divide. So, Whites win by centuries at the number of years of killing Blacks, right? I think I am expected to be happy about that, but this really takes getting used to.

S Leretseh, you said, “Because I have watched so, so many of these black male sucker punch beat-downs on unsuspecting white people, I do believe I am an expert - as one can be- on this subject matter.

“so, so many”? How were you in many positions to see so, so many? Why didn’t you help?


Mklow1 3 years ago

And BTW SOBF,

3,327 whites murdered in 2010? The total murders that year were 12,996, so that would mean 9,669 of those murdered were non-white. That sounds a bit off, right?

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2012/12/how-p...

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