First of all, let me tell you that three separate people told me that it would be a bad idea for me to post this blog article. In particular, they warned me that where they are, the black community has basically put out hits on any white people who have stood up in defense of George Zimmerman. In fact, I know a couple of people in my life who I’m pretty sure might actually come at me physically for this blog post based on their maturity level and the fact that they like to solve problems with their fists and not their words – but here it goes anyway. If I end up in a ditch somewhere bloody and bruised in the next week, y’all know what happened.
New medical reports were leaked recently that show that George Zimmerman, who is half white, and half hispanic – was assaulted prior to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, who was black. Zimmerman sustained two black eyes, a broken nose, and cuts on the back of his head which were strong enough to draw blood. The autopsy report on Travyon Martin shows that he was killed at close range by one gun shot that did not leave his body after entering, and that he had bruised knuckles, one of them where the skin had broken. In addition, a toxiology report showed that Trayvon had THC in his system. [ Sources ]
The new reports suggest that the incident might have gone down more similarly to how George Zimmerman originally claimed – that it was self defense against someone who was trespassing in his gated community.
But let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we? Do you remember when all you saw on facebook was this?
As someone who’s actual collegiate training is an undergrad in Administration of Justice from George Mason University, I had refrained on commenting on what the media had spewed forth regarding the Martin/Zimmerman case – because for the most part, when this story first broke, the media wasn’t showing anything in the way of evidence. The media was plastering Martin’s grieving family all over the news talking about how their child was a saint. Sharpton, Jackson, and even President Obama ended up throwing their opinion at the media as well. People active in social media were creating things such as the pictures you see above, which were made to obviously stir up the communities based on perceived racial injustices and biases.
All of a sudden, if you weren’t for Trayvon, and for George Zimmerman being locked up, you were a racist. If you didn’t believe that justice had to be carried out before hearing all the facts, you were a racist. The New Black Panathers offered a bounty on George Zimmerman‘s head because the wheels of justice were moving a tad bit too slow for them. Obama’s Department of Justice put the pressure on the state of Florida to charge Zimmerman with a hate crime, which could include a mandatory life sentence if he was convicted. In fact, the state of Florida eventually hopped on board and hired a special prosecutor for the case who skipped the whole grand jury part and charged, and arrested Zimmerman for 2nd Degree Murder.
And all of this, based on… what? What was the evidence – because the evidence being shown now says that the first responders on the scene commented on the state of Trayvon Martin‘s bloody knuckles. Another first responder stated that George Zimmerman‘s jacket had grass stains on it and appeared to be wet - consistent with Zimmerman’s claim that Martin had held him down. The FBI analysed the police tapes, and even they can’t say for certain who the cries for help were from, given the rest of the injuries to George Zimmerman it clearly shows that he was assaulted by Trayvon Martin before firing the weapon – and the cries were probably his.
I’ll tell you what it was based on – media bias towards race. For instance, CNN has admitted that they defied journalistic ethics in their jump to conclusions when they declared police video showed no wounds – which later turned out that it did show wounds. NBC has admitted that the altered the 911 call which made Zimmerman seem MUCH more racist than he may be. (You know, they needed to get the ratings.) And all of the rest of the United States jumped on the, “Put Zimmerman away because he’s a white guy who shot a poor black kid in cold blood” bandwagon without hearing the evidence.
In fact, people jumped on the bandwagon so much that there were other crimes, which went reported far less than the George Zimmerman / Trayvon Martin case BASED on the media bias in this case. Take for instance the case of Alton Hayes, who physically assaulted a 19 year old white man in Chicago because he was trying to get back at the “white man” for what George Zimmerman had done. And Matthew Owens, in Alabama was beaten by a group of black youth in a rage over the Trayvon Martin death. In fact, here in good old Virginia, down in Norfolk, some reporters were even beat by an angry black mob – and that didn’t hit the news until 2 weeks after it happened. (You can read the editors self serving drivel over here over why it wasn’t reported to the news outlets.) All of this, because the media didn’t give the full story on Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, and some of society acted in a blind racially motivated rage?
The tragedy of this case is not the damage that has been to done to George Zimmerman’s life – as he pulled the trigger against someone else and ended their life and should be held accountable for those actions regardless of if he was being attacked… the tragedy of this case is that it proves race relations in the United States currently are deteriorating further than they ever have before. This was the media obviously provoking the United States into a race related rage – without having all of the evidence – and we all bought into it. If this was a case of white vs. white, would you have seen so much media coverage? How about black v. black? And if you had – would you have thought that the family of Trayvon Martin had bought the media off? Would you have given George Zimmerman a little more benefit of the doubt?
And what is it about the media that discounted the Hispanic side of George Zimmerman? Why was his identity defined by only half of his hertiage? If he had been 100% Hispanic would this story have been news at all?