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Is Trayvon really that innocent?

As someone who covers conservatives full time, there is little left for them to do or say that can actually shock me. But in the last few days they have managed to do it by impugning the late Trayvon Martin with misleading and dishonest attacks on his character and justifications for his murder. They’ve also eagerly played to racist whites by perversely accusing African-American politicians of trying to capitalize on Martin’s tragic murder merely because they’ve expressed appropriate concern over it.

For those who don’t know, Martin, 17, was walking to his father’s house in Sanford, Florida, when a local busybody named George Zimmerman called the police to report his unfounded suspicions that Martin was up to no good. Even though the dispatcher told Zimmerman to leave the matter to the police, who were on their way, Zimmerman followed Martin, got into a confrontation with him and shot him. Liberals and civil rights advocates across the country have been outraged that Zimmerman is not being charged in Martin’s death because he claims he was acting in self-defense and Florida has a “stand your ground law,” promoted by national conservative groups such as the National Rifle Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council, that allows one to commit murder in self-defense.

Even if you support a right to bear arms and to act in self-defense, the conduct of local law enforcement authorities has been obviously wrong. It would be different if Martin had approached Zimmerman, attempted to mug him and then been shot. But Zimmerman’s own account, bolstered by recorded phone calls, is that he followed Martin and started the encounter. Even if Martin physically harmed or threatened Zimmerman in response, the culpability would be Zimmerman’s in this case.

Most of the conservative media have not only sided with Zimmerman but smeared the dead boy. On Fox News, Geraldo Rivera suggested that Martin had invited trouble by wearing a hooded sweatshirt, as millions of law-abiding young Americans, myself included, regularly do. He later appeared on the O’Reilly Factor to defend himself from charges that he was blaming the victim. Bill O’Reilly commiserated with Geraldo that he was being unfairly maligned, just as O’Reilly had been when he said that a young woman who goes out and gets drunk invites whatever misfortune may subsequently befall her, including murder.

Other conservatives have gone to shocking and disgusting lengths to impugn Martin. The Daily Caller—a lowbrow smear machine run by the overgrown preppie Tucker Carlson—published Martin’s Twitter feed. The DC doesn’t explain why Martin’s tweets are even remotely relevant, because they are not. But the implication, just like reports that Martin was suspended from school for possessing an empty bag with traces of marijuana, is that by being a normal teenager he was a bad person who deserved what happened to him.

Some of the worst actors of all in this affair have been the local police, working in concert with lazy or biased reporters. They have taken Zimmerman’s word as fact, notwithstanding his enormous incentive to lie and the fact that the other witness, Martin, is dead at Zimmerman’s hand and unable to respond. Consider this sensationalized, one-sided, irresponsible lead from the Orlando Sentinel on Monday:

With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk, leaving him bloody and battered, law-enforcement authorities told the Orlando Sentinel.

That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say.

It opens as if Martin beating up Zimmerman were established fact, when it is actually merely Zimmerman’s account. The police have repeatedly cited, and in this case leaked, Zimmerman’s side of the story as justification for their inaction. (Lawrence O’Donnell gave the Sentinel reporter an appropriate dressing downon MSNBC Monday night.)

Martin’s mother is understandably suspicious that the police are also behind the revelation of his school suspension.

Meanwhile, the conservative media has been eagerly lapping up these reports to justify Martin’s killing.

Much of the right wing media has sided with Zimmerman on starkly racial grounds. Consider this blog postfrom Red State:

The left is in full spin mode now that the crazies of the New Black Panther Party has assumed the spotlight in the Trayvon Martin controversy. They are in fact an arm of the Democrat party though. It’s just another example of how out of touch the Dem party has become to average folks. The NBP are embraced until of course they do something as crazy as putting a bounty on someone’s head until all the evidence is presented. The more we hear about this story the more evidence mounts that Zimmerman acted in self defense. He did have a broken nose and a head injury but all that evidence is brushed aside by the lefties. A witness stated that he was the one screaming for help but that is all but ignored by the left and race hustlers alike.

“Average folks,” apparently, are white people, not families like Martin’s. (If you’re wondering what the obscure, marginal New Black Panther Party has to do with this case, the answer is nothing. They’ve offered a $10,000 bounty on Zimmerman, and right wingers are gladly pretending that this has something to do with everyone else who is concerned that Zimmerman may be getting away with murder.)

Even conservatives who have taken a reasonable stance on Martin’s murder itself are being deliberately blind about the larger implications. For example, multiple writers at National Review, while admitting Martin’s killing was unjustified, have complained that African-American politicians are noting that Martin was black and his assailant is Latino. “I do not think it is wise for the president to further inject race into the incident, when it’s not quite clear what role, if any, skin color played,” tsked NR’s Robert VerBruggen.

Veteran race-baiter Newt Gingrich concurred, calling Obama’s expression of concern for the role race may have played in Martin’s killing “disgraceful.” In a naked appeal to racist white sentiment disguised as a plea for color-blindness, Gingrich asked, absurdly, “Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot that would be OK because it didn’t look like him?” Gingrich’s comments, just like Zimmerman’s claims, were uncritically recycled on conservative Web sites such as World Net Daily.

Other conservative commentators have attacked Obama on grounds so bizarre it’s hard to tell whether they are being serious. Rush Limbaugh claimed on Tuesday that the Obama campaign “is exploiting the death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, in order (obviously, here) to secure votes (as though he needs them) from African-Americans.” How are they doing that? By “selling hoodies that say, ‘Obama 2012’ on them.” Surely Limbaugh must know that every campaign raises money through selling campaign gear. If Martin had been wearing a t-shirt or baseball cap would Limbaugh accuse Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney of trying to capitalize on Martin’s death?

Conservative syndicated columnist Cal Thomas argues that Martin’s killing should be viewed no differently than any time a black teenager is murdered. “In light of the number of young black men who are too often gunned down on America's streets, what's different about the Trayvon Martin case?” Thomas rhetorically demanded. “Would Al Sharpton have made the trip to Florida if Martin had been white? Not likely.” Thomas goes on to impugn Sharpton for his role in the case of Tawana Brawley, a black woman who falsely accused white cops of raping her. While Sharpton certainly owes the cops a long overdue apology, it’s utterly irrelevant to this case. So is the question of why Sharpton and Jesse Jackson don’t comment on every teenager’s murder. What such complaints ignore is that the problem isn’t merely whether Zimmerman followed and harassed Martin because of Martin’s race. When one black teenager shoots another, and admits to it, the police arrest him and prosecutors charge him. This case is different because the police aren’t doing that. No one—except a willfully blind conservative partisan—thinks the police would behave the same way if the victim and shooter’s races were reversed.

VerBruggen also wrote of Martin’s marijuana suspension, “This does lend credence to one small aspect of Zimmerman’s story—that Martin caught his attention because the 17-year-old looked like he was ‘on drugs.’ No drugs were found on Martin’s person, but so far as I can tell, the autopsy report has not been made public.” I’m guessing VerBruggen is not part of the two-thirds of American adults under the age of 54 who have tried marijuana. Otherwise, he’d know how ridiculous he sounds when suggesting that because someone was once caught with an empty bag containing trace amounts of the substance that they were likely to have been visibly “on drugs” while walking down the street. What does one look like when they may have recently smoked a little weed? Like http://www.fanpop.com/spots/scooby-doo/images/7345804/title/shaggy-photo&;docid=Oelnzmyx1nDl5M&imgurl=http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/7300000/shaggy-scooby-doo-7345804-388-300.gif&;w=388&h=300&ei=xwVyT8avMsjq0gHVpbmsAQ&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=1139&sig=105432940322673737211&page=1&tbnh=137&tbnw=177&start=0&ndsp=14&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0&tx=95&ty=41" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this?

The New York Post has been especially eager to cater to racist white sentiments, writing on their front pageTuesday that Martin’s death has been “hijacked” by “race hustlers.” They’re right about that, but wrong about identifying a group of black Democrats as the hustlers in question. The only race hustlers using Martin’s death to their political advantage are white Republicans such as Limbaugh and Gingrich.




SOURCE: "The Nation" a liberal news agency.


Added: Mar-28-2012 Occurred On: Mar-28-2012
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  • Swung on a bus driver. Aw, just a sweet kid who got killed for no reason. That evil neighborhood watch guy obviously just wanted to steal his skittles.

    There's a reason the media only shows pictures of him from when he was 12. Because he's a street thug. He attacked the wrong guy this time, not an unarmed bus driver.

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    • @ST0N3PONY Good to see you still around, Stony!

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    • @dmorgan0628 Haw... No. I went through that phase when I was a kid. But, I grew out of it when I started thinking for myself. Statistically, most people will grow out of it when they grow up.

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    • @Travis1991 You too buddy. Your avatar is pretty appropriate for this thread eh?

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  • Zimmerman should not have pursued him, but if Trayvon did in fact attack him as described, he had every right to defend his life with deadly force. Like it or not. I do. Sad that a man died, but it sounds like that was going to happen either way. To make it a race issue and a cash cow is cowardly and disgraceful.

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    • @tipsypyro tipsy - unfortunately for zimmerman, i dont think self-defense applies when you actively stalk and confront a person in a potentially threatening manner. self-defense is a legal concept intended to protect people attacked in their own home or while otherwise conducting themselves in a manner that presents no potential threat to others. zimmerman's terrible judgement in this case severely undermines that defense.

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    • @tipsypyro - as a side note, if a 200lb 28-year-old doesnt feel capable of engaging in fisticuffs with a 150lb 17yo and cant leave his sidearm in the car, perhaps he ought to have left his fat ass in there.

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    • @assbastard0
      From information available so far it looks like Zimmerman lost sight of Martin & was returning to his car. Martin came up behind him & confronted Zimmerman, and assaulted Zimmerman. Where are you getting information that it was the other way around?

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    • @Ruffus - uh huh. so if someone stalked you through the streets in a car, followed you when you ran away, then got out and confronted you, and then returned to their car, you wouldnt be worried at all for your physical safety ?

      bullshit. you would be worried this weird stranger who is hassling you for no reason is going to get a weapon.

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    • @Ruffus he's making it up, just like in every video about trayvon, assbastard0 seems to have taken this case personally, and just likes to make up facts that suit his argument.

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  • What I find funny about this Trayvon case is how there are double standards with blacks calling for people to hunt Zimmerman down:

    - Blacks calling for vigilante violence against a non-black = justice
    - non-blacks calling for vigilante violence against a black = lynching

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  • Does anyone actually give a shit about this?

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  • This No Limit Nigga was headed to an early grave no matter what. It was always just a question of who was going to put him there.

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  • Hate to tell you, the cops didn't believe Zimmerman at first.
    After facts were revealed, the district attorneys decided not to press charges.

    Nice try though. Liberal fuckhead.

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  • This is bullshit "Even if Martin physically harmed or threatened Zimmerman in response, the culpability would be Zimmerman’s in this case." Never at any time do I relinquish my own safety or well being. you physically attack me and you are going to get a hole

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  • After reading the tweet, it is obvious:

    * Public education has failed.
    * Blacks (including white people who want to act like them) are not part of the melting pot.
    * Multicultural education is a disservice to the human race.
    * Trayvon was no upstanding citizen of the Martin family or any geographic area.
    * Trayvon seems not only capable, but likely to be the kind of thug who would do what Zimmerman and the other witnesses said he did.


    What a really sad and hurting community, so desperate to r More..

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    • @Yukon6400 oh since you know oh so much about the kid from what youve seen on the news..

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    • @11ACRShifty

      Only what I got in the news. Maybe you could enlighten me.

      If you want to here Trayvon's own words, here is 152 pages of his tweets. http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/26/the-daily-caller-obtains-trayvon-martins-tweets/#ixzz1qGztV3LT

      Maybe you let your kids talk like that. Maybe you talk like that in front of your parents. We don't tolerate that kind of language and attitude in our family.

      How Trayvon expressed himself matches his school problems, which unfortunately, match his beh More..

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    • @Yukon6400 I tweet..and alot of my tweets are not always how i would talk in real life because once again..Do all people on live leak talk like they do on here but to their parents?

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    • @11ACRShifty So you say things online that you won't in person. Can you say internet attention whore? Insecure? Your life is that lame that you need to be "someone else" online?

      And I hate to break it to you...I'm willing to bet the most posters here are either parents now or over the age of 25. time to grow up son!!!

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  • One less thug.

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  • It's not "merely because they’ve expressed appropriate concern over it". It's because every time a black person sneezes it's the white people's fault. Boo fucking hoo, cry me a river. Stop acting like idiots and martyrs and maybe you'll get equality?

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  • If they want to talk about dead black kids, they should go to the south side of Chicago. They had 19 killed in one weekend this month, all by other blacks.

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  • If you think the race card's being played by the media now, just wait until the Obama campaign starts pulling aces of spades from its shirt cuffs...

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  • I can't help but feel this whole thing was blown up to mobilise Obama's 'faithful' legion of voters who might have otherwise thought that enough progress (equality) has been made to vote for a white guy while a black guy is running for Pres. Not any more, black guy gets the vote.

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    • @xtr3mh4x0r Yea, were not talking about $4+ dollar gas, or the assault on the catholic and Christian faith, or obama promising unlitaerla nuclear diarmament of the US without preconditions, or where he was born (still don't know). We aren't talking about Fast and Furious, or Obamacare in the Supreme Court, or his 40% approval rating, or college grads (liberal arts, Psychology, Liberal Arts) who can't find jobs, or teachers cheating on tests to get bonuses, or anything else.
      We are talking about More..

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    • @xtr3mh4x0r He knows he'll lose... he needs to rally up the troops. What better way than a(nother) propaganda war.

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    • @grunt
      Talking of gas, we pay an average of $10.60/gal here!

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  • why is it the sharpton and jackson are so quite about black on black crime but as soon as some guy of another race kills a black they are all upset and rabid and wanting heads to roll? how do these two earn money ? must be from race baiting, black kids are erasing each other here in flint every nite and not a peep from these clowns, if they mean what they say they would park their azzes here and help out the black community, but they wouldnt be in the news so screw that..pissing and moaning abou More..

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  • if trayvon was killed by another black this wouldnt even be news-- they keep a lid on black on black crime----sharpton and jackson are instigators..climb out from under their rocks for these stories

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  • He's eating a Ferrero Rocher with the wrapper still on

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  • all those black panther nut jobs,.and the people with them protesting,act like black guys never kill white guys,..
    what a bunch of hypocrites,.white guys get killed all the time by black men,.

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  • This post is irrelevent and is just another long winded liberal rant.
    The poster expends great effort to justify Martin's behavior and portray it as "normal". The fact is that his behavior is neither normal or acceptable. Normal high school kids don't get caught with drug "residue" or drug paraphernalia at school. Normal kids don't get expelled from school, and certainly not multiple times.

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  • Republicans? U mean the ones who want equality? Or the democrats who want special rights and continued division in America, keeping Blacks down, blame the right and then come in as the saviors and protectors...

    YEAH RIGHT

    The libs are hands down the most racist scum in America...

    They started the KKK and their socialist party Nazi friends are watching and waiting for their chance to drive the wedge down further....

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  • at this point the left wing media has already been DE-legitimized and is not even trying to act legit...they're just throwing darts and hoping to incite and cause violence so they have something to plaster across the front page of their gossip rag.

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  • This is a BS piece and merely flows with the manufactured "outrage" generated by the media and professional race baiters.

    When it comes down to it, there was NO OTHER direct witness to what happened. The popular culture has done EVERYTHING to denigrate the character of Mr. Zimmerman, and to paint Martin as a saintly youth. Before they can do this, they have to explore the character of Martin, who had been suspended from school that day for possessing drug paraphernalia.

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  • I blame his parents. They never married, and he had no proper enviroment to grow up in, with proper role models. Even when shot he was living with his father's girlfriend while suspended from school after being caught with stolen jewelry and a screwdriver used to break into homes while truant.
    He wasn't a little kid. He was 6'3", and the screams heard were Zimmerman as he was beaten violently and getting his head beat in on the sidewalk.

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    • @dmorgan0628 The bottom line really is that CCW holders commit much less crime statistically, than the general population. On top of that the guy was in a neighborhood watch group, obviously trying to help people in a shitty crime infested community.

      The kid is obviously a violent thug, and it doesn't make sense to me for people to jump to the massively idiotic conclusion that the CCW holder just simply shot him because he doesn't like black people. That is a retarded assumption, IMO.

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  • A lot of people rushed to judgement on this one.

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  • If it was just words then Zimmerman did not have a right to shoot. But when Martin gets on top of him and starts beating him as the eyewitness account confirms, then Zimmerman has the right to kill him in self defense. As anyone knows, you can kill a person with your fists.

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  • So when was the last time a black guy killed a white guy?,..

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