Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old kid who was shot at close range by George Zimmerman while he was on neighborhood watch duty. The media has had a heyday with this, demanding justice for Trayvon. Even President Obama hopped on the Trayvon train, saying, “… if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon,” and raising money for his reelection by selling hoodies.
Trayvon was black, so obviously some race-ity racist tea-bagging Sarah Palin fan murdered him in cold blood. The eagerness of some people to jump to conclusions before examining all the evidence never ceases to amaze me. No, Al Sharpton, Trayvon was not killed because he was black. And I’m pretty sure Rush Limbaugh didn’t kill him, despite what MSNBC host Karen Finney says.
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Trayvon is dead because he was in the middle of bashing some dude’s head on the pavement, and that dude happened to be armed. Trayvon’s death is tragic, and the force Zimmerman used could be debated for days on end, but let’s not pretend that the kid was a martyr and that Zimmerman was a racist. I’m pretty sure that neither Hispanics nor Democrats are allowed to be racists, and George Zimmerman was both.
Trayvon was not an innocent little kid with a colorful bag of skittles. At 17, I’ll still call him a kid, but the guy was a 6’2” football player who was on a 5-day suspension from school for marijuana possession. He was not shot in a predominantly white neighborhood, he was shot in a neighborhood that was 49 percent white. It takes some pretty creative math turn 49 percent into a majority.
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There’s no reason to believe that Zimmerman was into identity politics. He came from a multicultural family that included Latinos, blacks, and whites. Trayvon went by the Twitter name @NO_LIMIT_NIGGA, and re-tweeted things like, “Hahaha Hoe u got USED fa yo loose ass pussy.! Tighten up.! #Literally” Super classy.
The jury is still out as to whether Zimmerman’s actions were permissible under Florida law, but the media’s capitulation of this story to promote its own agenda is inexcusable. Not everything is about race. Sometimes it’s just a very sad story of a life ended too soon. And maybe a lesson to not bang people’s heads on the ground. It might get you shot.
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