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Travon Martin Case

Updated on August 10, 2013
Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman

Not A Racial Issue

This case continues to dominate headlines and has even spent lots of taxpayer money to hold a House Comittee meeting. The media has tried to portray Zimmerman as a white racist bent on killing this 17 year old kid because he was black. In my opinion this did not happen to Trayvon because he was black, this happened to him and by chance he was black.

Zimmerman was very vigilant in his neighborhood watch duties and in many ways over zealous and overstepping his authority. On the night in question according to information from the police reports Zimmerman was running an errand when he noticed a young man in a hooded sweatshirt walking through the neighborhood during a time when a spree of unsolved buglaries had occurred. He called 911 and spoke with the dispatcher the tapes are available online. I myself never heard any racial slur or remark during these 911 calls. Zimmerman then claims he followed Martin for a short period of time then lost him and began to return his truck. This is when he says he was attacked by Martin and feared for his life and shot Martin to death.

According to police, eye witnesses corroborated Zimmerman's story of Martin on top of Zimmerman beating him. I was not there I have no reason to believe or disbelieve any of this information, but according to the new "stand your ground" law in Florida the police did the proper thing at the time. They continued the investigation and invited federal authorities to review the case to see if they committed any errors in their investigation.

The media has continued to twist this and sensationalize it for their own personal gain. This was a tragedy in which a young man lost his life innocent or not, but it is not the racial issue many continue to push forward. Reverends Jackson and Sharpton I suggest instead of being down in Florida panhandling for donations to finance your lavish lifestyle (which is supported on the burdens and the blood of your own people) go help the ones in the neighborhoods in your own backyards that experience things like this everyday.

The media continues to print biased stories only portraying their opinions and beliefs in a positive light while slinging mud at the opposing view. This case was no more than a fight ending in a shooting death it should be investigated and proccessed through the laws in the state where the incident occurred not in the newspapers and on televison.

The Trial begins Soon

For the past several days we have been watching the pretrial proceedings in the 2nd degree murder case against George Zimmerman. The jury pool was whittled down from 90 people to 6 women who will be in charge of finding Zimmerman guilty or not guilty. The judge has been listening to hours upon hours of arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys trying to convince the judge to allow their particular evidence to be presented to the jury. So far there are a few inflammatory words that have to be stricken from opening arguments and the state's supposed audio experts will not be allowed to testify in front of the jury. Is this what our legal system has become? Thousands of dollars and countless man hours wasted in a pretrial circus?

All this is a waste of time, the media, the government and a majority of you have already convicted this man. People are marching in the streets outside the courtroom waiting to explode into a riot if he is acquitted. They have appointed a "special prosecutor" to prosecute this case. They bypassed a grand jury hearing to avoid having this case thrown out of court in accordance with the Stand Your Ground laws. NBC news edited tapes of the 911 call to make it sound more racist. Potential jurors have been threatened by racial activists groups. The Black Panthers offered a $1 million dollar reward for the capture of George Zimmerman. Spike Lee tweeted what he thought was George Zimmerman's address and was sued because it was the wrong address and the people were receiving threats.

The minute the media twisted this unfortunate event into a racially charged hate crime George Zimmerman never stood a snowball's chance in Hell. The entire African-American population rose in protest and to march for poor Trayvon Martin, and the whites who are so afraid that they will be labeled racist have joined right in.

Hundreds of young men and women die tragically everyday and no one blinks an eye, what makes this case any different? How many teenage boys are gunned down everyday in Los Angeles or New York? How many of our parents, siblings and children are dying everyday in some pointless war halfway around the world? Where are the protests for their deaths? How many of you will march for them?

What we as a nation have become makes me sick to my stomach, and things like this media circus of a trial are thrust into the national spotlight to keep our attention away from what our government is really up to.

This was not a hate crime it was a misfortunate set of events that led to the tragic shooting death of a 17 year old boy but it has been manipulated and distorted by the media and people who profit off of hatred and racism so much that we will never truly know if he is innocent or guilty.

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      Billy Joseph Ethridge 5 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

      Ok I agree that Zimmerman should not have followed Martin in the first place. The 911 tapes I listened to point to the fact that Zimmerman lost sight of Martin and was returning to his vehicle. So why did Trayvon turn around go back to Zimmerman to confront him instead of continuing on home? Both parties contributed to this incident and there were things both could have done to avoid it.

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      Billy Joseph Ethridge 5 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

      John how do you know it was Trayvon screaming for help were you there? How many times have you been on top of someone beating their head into the ground and you were the one yelling for help (according to police witnesses confirmed seeing Martin on top of Zimmerman)? Did Trayvon have the right to turn around and follow Zimmerman back to his truck after he said he lost sight of Trayvon and was going back to his vehicle? Why didn't Trayvon just continue on home instead of trying to confront Zimmerman? You say Zimmerman should not have followed him I agree, but in the same instance Trayvon had lost his pursuer and instead of continuing on home he decided to go back and confront Zimmerman. I am on no particular side in this case I am merely pointing out that there are two sides to every story and that there were things both could have done to avert this tragedy. From what little details I got from this both parties contributed to this incident, so stop acting like Travyon was on his way home from choir practice with a bible under his arm and Zimmerman was some racist maniac with a gun hell bent on destroying black America.

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      Billy Joseph Ethridge 5 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

      geordc, the police questioned several witnesses the night this happened, while Zimmerman was cuffed and in temporary custody of the police. The witnesses corroborated his story of Martin on top of him beating him. Martin is not here to tell his side, but these witnesses had no way to get their stories straight before answering police. The point is if 2 people saw something from opposite directions and did not collaberate before being questioned and both reiterate the same story then how can you not believe what the person is telling you? When this case goes to trial you people here that are posting this dribble like you were hiding in the bushes watching this happen may get a surprise. You have already convicted this man and none of the details of the investigation have been released and will not be until the trial so speculate all you want, but ask yourself if this was me would I want to be convicted before my trial? Or would you want your due process that is guaranteed to you by the constitution of the United States?

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      geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      As I heard from the 911 call Zimmerman made he was told NOT to follow Trayvon, yet he did . Does the law provide that Trayvon did not have that same law on his side? If Zimmerman had followed me He would have ended up bleeding out because I would stand MY ground in the same situation.

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      Princess MIckey 5 years ago

      It is a tragedy and its a difference between law inforcement and a rent a cop wanna be. he need to no his position Zimmerman is a racist and he deserve to rotten in jail. My heart is with the Martin family. Rest in paridise Travon martin.

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      J Stevens 5 years ago

      What does this teach our kids that I/we have addamently told to respect your friends, classmates, neighbors; no matter what color/race/size, ect... they are?

      This media sensation, in my opinion,with all respect to the family, seems has to have turned back time to the 1950's.

      If it had been my white son, or my neighbors hispanic son, would it have gotten this much attention?

      Can you imagine how many children/innocent people could have used this much attention?

      I'm not judging right or wrong, but think about it.

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      Billy Joseph Ethridge 5 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

      Yes this was a tragedy but the problem doesn't lie with the police department John, the problem is with the new law that allows a person to stand his ground and meet force with force , including deadly force to prevent death or serious injury.

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      John 5 years ago

      Wheather Zimmerman is a racist is irrelevant. The questions that should be asked are: Was it right or wrong to shoot an unarmed teenager who was screaming for help? Did Trevon break any laws by walking down the street to go home? Did Zimmerman have the right to follow him with a gun, given the fact that he is not a police officer?

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      jade taylor 5 years ago

      i think that the person who killed him should have been in jail!!!!