How The Zimmerman Case Doesn’t Add Up

My latest column is up at Right Wing News!

Here is an excerpt:

Protests, riots, and violence are now the legacy of Trayvon Martin and the attention his family got for his case following his death around a year ago.

I have a problem with this…and it has nothing to do with race, racism, or race relations in America.  Truth be told, all of the angst over this case just doesn’t add up.

1. Trayvon Martin was no child.

Trayvon Martin may have been a minor, but he was no child. He was bigger and stronger than George Zimmerman. He was 6’2″ and played football. George Zimmerman may have taken some flak for his MMA training, but evidence (not allowed in court, of course) showed that Martin was involved in MMA-style fights on a semi-regular basis. Trayvon also had a not-insignificant (though also not allowed in court) drug habit. Besides his now-well-known marijuana use, he may have had a codene habit, as well. And there were other considerations of a criminal nature, that we’ll get into in a moment.

Continue reading here.

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4 replies

  1. Can you link to these riots. I haven’t heard anything. I heard that there were some early reports but those turned out to be unrelated. Also isn’t it strange that the Martin body had no signs of a fight aside from the bullet in his chest and a cut on his knuckle. Someone punching another man in the face should have lots of bruising and DNA on his hand. Also I find it strange that you researched Martin, but didn’t mention Zimmerman’s history of violence.

    What happened to Trayvon was terrible, but what’s worse is we’ve come to blame him for his own death and do just about everything but tap dance on his grave. The boy is dead and Zimmerman won. How much longer will Trayvon’s parents have to come home to strangers telling them how much of a criminal they thought their dead son was.

    • You miss the point when you equate pointing out Trayvon Martin’s past to blaming him for his own death. Personally, I think the blame lies with both Martin and Zimmerman – they both made poor choices that led up to Trayvon Martin’s death. But the point is that so many people are up in arms over this because they think George Zimmerman just came up to some innocent little black kid and murdered him. Trayvon Martin is not the sweet, innocent little kid that he has been caricatured as in the media. Gaining perspective into the case requires knowing the facts, but the real facts about who Trayvon Martin was have been covered up in an effort to fuel the outrage over his death.

      • That’s fair. But I’ve seen both sides including only the information that strengthens their case and leaving the rest out. And if we’re being honest nobody is really an angel, and everyone can be made to look pretty bad if we look solely at their record, which tends to have all of the bad but none of the good. Same goes for Zimmerman, I’m sure he’s done plenty of good but when I research his history all I find are reports about him having a temper and domestic abuse.
        At the end of the day, I think most people are upset because the implications of the trial. If I verbally abuse someone or their wife without touching them, and they decide to give me the beating I deserve and I shoot them, am I justified? I didn’t touch the person. They were the ones who got violent and I was just protecting myself.

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