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Why Did NBC Paint Zimmerman as a Racist in the Trayvon Martin Murder?

Updated on April 2, 2012

NBC has reported that George Zimmerman in the 911 call, said the following: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”. It seems NBC did some manipulation of the sequence of what Zimmerman actually did say when compared to official released recordings. What NBC had edited out was a follow up question asked by the operator.

The REAL recording and transcript is as follows:

Zimmerman: "We’ve had some break-ins in my neighborhood and there’s a real suspicious guy. It’s Retreat View Circle. The best address I can give you is 111 Retreat View Circle. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about."

911 Dispatcher: Okay. And this guy, is he white black or Hispanic?

Zimmerman:He looks black.

What a difference it all makes. With it, it is obvious Zimmerman is not racist because he was just responding to the question. When this is edited out and then tacked onto what Zimmerman said, it makes him look racist, well, depending on how you look at it. Is describing the color of a person's skin racist? Not in my book.

At MSNBC, the anti-Zimmerman rant and obvious KKK mentality of a mob is led by their vehement Toure Nebsitt, a black author. Just listen to him when he berated the white Piers Morgan on CNN. Toure is as racist as they come against the white folk. Then, there is the Black Panther Party claiming to only want justice yet chanting down with the white man laws. They refuse to stand down even when Trayvon's parents ask that they do. Both Toure, Black Panthers and NBC seem to want only to incite others using the power of the media all against Zimmerman.


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I agree totally with both sides. The facts in this case are jumbled to some extent. I am sure Trayvon was freaking. It was raining,dark, a guy was following him. I am sure he thought he might get mugged. He probably wished he had stayed on the main street. Zimmerman, thought it was his duty as a watchman to observe. he did not stalk at all, he followed from a distance, as police do. After calling 911, he continued. This is where things are murky. There seems to be a period of time when he lost visual contact of Trayvon, and, then suddenly was facing him with Trayvon confronting him. As for the gun, it was hidden until the scuffle when Trayvon saw it. I suspect both felt they were fighting for their life. As one black writer wrote, when Rodney King happened, we thought it was racist, yet it ended up not that at all. There were riots in a rush to judgement from the black community.

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      6 years ago

      You do make a valid point. Based on the recording and transcript, answering a question doesn't make Zimmerman racist so I do agree with you. I think that his comment with regards to the boy was judgmental."the guy looks like he's up to no good, like he's into drugs and walking around in the rain. In my opinion, this was all based on a hunch. The boy was just walking out of the convenience store and he was unarmed. I think he should have followed the dispatcher's order instead of following the boy around repeatedly, but he was determined to follow him because he was already suspicious. It was wrong for Zimmerman to kill Trayvon. My heart goes out to his family. I can imagine the pain they must be going through.


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