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The Right Context for Trayvon’s Death

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With the widely-anticipated “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial, it’s crucial to place the tragic death of Trayvon Martin in its proper context.

It’s true that black teenagers across the country face a hugely elevated risk of violent death, but very few of them perish due to “racial profiling,” hostility or aggression from white people. More than ninety percent of black murder victims die at the hands of their fellow African-Americans –-an astounding number given the fact that blacks are less than 13% of the national population.

While racism remains a painful problem in American life, politically charged cases like the Zimmerman trial shouldn’t distract attention from the vastly more acute problem of black-on-black crime. Trayvon’s death got obsessive media coverage not because it was so common, but because it was so unusual.

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  1. janice haley  •  Jul 16, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Dear Mr. Medved, the one thing that is so disturbing about Trayvon Martin’s death is the absolute senseless of it. You repeatedly assert that Travon didn’t deserve to die that night, yet your defense of George’s acquittal suggests that he deserved or had the right to kill him. The one most important aspect of this case that I think you don’t appreciate (or can ever appreciate) is the obnoxious impact of racial profiling because it’s never happened to you. The underlying impulse for George to notice Trayvon in the first place is that thought that Trayvon was suspicious. As much as you would like the rest of the country to agree, it is disingenuous to argue that George’s suspicions were unrelated to Trayvon’s race. The premise is that Travon was out of place there, that he didn’t belong. That thought is the antithesis of the devine genesis of this, the greatest country on God’s green earth. We African Americans have the right to drive the cars we own or live in any neighborhood we can afford or hold any occupation our education leads us to, without being molested by George Zimmerman, the police, or Donald Trump (which all African Americans know was his motivation for the birth certificate issue). In short, what we seek, what you enjoy, is simply the benefit of the doubt. You nor your kids will ever have to know the exhausting effort of having to be responsible for the transgressions of your community as an individual and the obvious fact that Trayvon had to do that, that night exposes the lie that in this country we are all individuals, judged not by their race etc. but by the content of their character.

    • White Guy  •  Jul 18, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Why was Trayvon walking in the rain to go buy skittles? Why was he looking in windows that were not his? Why did he attack Zimmerman? Profiling is justified over and over by facts. But you lefties have feelings, not facts.

      • Charles Almon  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 12:07 am

        He was never looking in windows.
        Were you there?
        Why did he buy Skittles.
        Are deranged? You really sound deranged.

    • Ric  •  Jul 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      First, the genesis for the birth certificate issue was the Hillary Clinton campaign–facts are a stubborn thing. Second, your ignorance of the of the law is incredible. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt all of the elements. The decision was based on law and facts, not emotions. Your comments lead credence to Rasmussen’s recent poll on racism.

    • Mark  •  Jul 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Zimmerman wasn’t the only person who thought Martin was “suspicious” that night. If you look at the 7-Eleven video, the clerk was also “concerned” about the unusual “:deliberateness” of his behavior–especially when he came back inside the store after he made his purchase. I should also point out that the real “racism” in this case is not against Martin but against the Latino Zimmerman–this is the only explanation for why the white media and black activists have been united in unjustly demonizing Zimmerman; between white and black bigotry is hard place indeed–and no one speaks for Latino in the media. And one other thing: That banner in the picture was photo-shopped to make Martin look “lighter” and younger–just another example of how people have been conned.

    • Michael  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Travon wasn’t shot because he was black. He was shot because he sucker punched Zimmerman , knocked him to the ground and was pummelling him. Under that contex the legal question is would a reasonable person be fearful for his life or receiving great bodily harm under these circumstances?

      As far as profiling , that is just part of human nature. We all do it 1000 or more time a day, including you. What you are really saying that he could have suspected a white, asian or hispanic youth but if it were a black youth he could not think that he may be acting suspicious, because to do so would be profiling. How stupid is that? Clean up the black culture of violence and there will not be any profiling. Aren’t you profiling Zimmerman when you accuse him of profiling, as you are basing your accusation on sterotypes without any supporting evidence?

      • Troy  •  Jul 25, 2013 at 12:10 am

        Ohhhh, so Zimmerman profiled Trayvon because Trayvon is some how responsible for all the crime committed by blacks in the inner city? So if we just stop the black on black crime you whites won’t have a basis for fearing us and in turn racially profiling us? I see, you only profile us because of our violent nature. Oh, ok, thanks for that clarification. YOU SIR ARE A RACIST, but of course, you don’t think you are, and that’s the really scary part. Im not basing my certainty that Zimmerman profiled Trayon on stereotypes, Im basing it on a verified history of him calling the cops on “suspicious black males”. Check his past calls, every time he called the police it was to report black youth, but im supposed to believe that if Trayvon was white or hispanic or asian he would of had the same level of suspicion? Please. To say there is no basis for the theory that he racially profiled Trayon Martin is just factually incorrect, but hey, since when did you conservatives let facts stand in the way. To answer your question, no Im not “profiling” Zimmerman, and the fact that you would claim I’am just shows that you don’t have a sound comprehension of what profiling actually is.

    • Justsomedude  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      To be profiled is horrible, that is to say to be labeled a criminal because of the way someone looks is wrong and is bad. But I am puzzled as to what a person should do if an athletic young man is pounding them in the face with his fist. It seems those defenders of this young man either do not believe this is what happened or they think Zimmerman should have allowed the young man to beat him to death without taking any action. Yes, this is puzzling to me.

      • Troy  •  Jul 25, 2013 at 12:18 am

        Your latter assumption is correct, I DO NOT BELIEV THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED. I think Zimmerman is a bold faced liar. I think the Sanford police department is corrupt and racist. I think you conservatives are inclined to believe Zimmerman’s ridiculous account of events because to believe otherwise means you have to address racism head on, and we all know if its one thing conservatives hate to do, its admit that racial prejudice and bigotry is a major component of conservative philosophy and ideology.

    • sparky  •  Jul 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

      Hi Janice,
      You make many good points but many are not well based on the facts. The community was gated and not limited to any single race…many different and mixed raced people lived there. That being so would make it unlikely that Trayvon was singled out due to his race. It was rather a result of his actions and also due to the fact that numerous burglaries had occurred there recently. In a way, what you are trying to do is state that “whites” have always looked at non-whites in a negative way, somewhat like you’re saying about whites, which in a way you are actually profiling whites as racists, aren’t you? Sadly, statistics can always be brought into play but I truly believe that the case received national attention only because one of the national level “leaders” heard of an unarmed African-American being killed by someone with the last name of Zimmerman, which doesn’t sound like a minority at all.

  2. Stanley  •  Jul 17, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Michael: I have no problem with the facts in your article, but I am still not sure that those facts provide the right context for Trayvons’s death. The social issues relevant to black-on-black violence are not those relevant to the controversy over this case. The relevant issue here is whether or not all Americans have equal protection under the law. The issue is whether or not the value of your life, and the lives of your children, scale with skin color.
    It dismays me to hear conservative pundits argue that Mr. Zimmerman is innocent under the arcane and dispassionate rules of the law without fully acknowledging the pain and suspicion that this whole affair has engendered. I dare anyone to look the public in the eye and say that they would be satisfied with this outcome if it had been their son killed on the way back home from a convenience store. Please. I have a 17-year-old son, and, under any circumstances, would feel shattered and betrayed by this entire affair. Remember, Mr. Zimmerman was initially not even charged with a crime, and NO ONE has suggested that there was any malevolent intent associated with Trayvon’s trip to and from the store. Does anyone argue that, absent Mr. Zimmerman’s intervention, Trayvon would not simply have returned home leaving the rest of the world unmolested? It may be that racism was not involved in either Mr. Zimmerman’s actions or in the subsequent response of our legal system, but both were pathetic and inadequate. Legal details aside, Mr. Zimmerman absolutely bears some significant responsibility for the death, and, while the failings of our legal system may be colorblind, it is insensitive and hypocritical to feign incredulity at the outrage expressed over both the process and outcome of this case.

    • White Guy  •  Jul 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      I hope you’re a better parent to your 17 year old than Trayvons parents were. They didn’t care enough to take him to the store, didn’t intervene when he had an illegal gun or marijuana plants in his phone and didn’t intervene when he stole jewelry at school and according to his own words fought people for fun. Maybe if they cared like you do their son would be alive.

      • Charles Almon  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 12:11 am

        Take him to the store at 17?
        Trayvon had no gun.
        Where did you get that one.
        Pictures on his phone? OOOOooooooo
        You are mixing up so many non proven
        factoids it’s scary how dumb you are.

      • Troy  •  Jul 25, 2013 at 12:26 am

        Yawn, another racist spreading his misinformation around like its factual. Typical.

  3. George Murray  •  Jul 17, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Mr. Medved, You mentioned on your program this week that racism exists everywhere in the world and that there is less racism in America than in other places. While this may be true, that does not mean that racism in America is OK. Some people act like America having less racism than other places is some type of badge of honor. Racism is still a very serious problem in the USA that cannot be discounted.
    Also, while everyone is entitled to their own perceptions that does not give them the right to stalk, harass or intimidate anyone.To think otherwise is at best self righteous. In a country that is called the land of the of the free and the home of the brave, people should be able to dress as they choose without fear. I’m sure you agree.

    • White Guy  •  Jul 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Did Zimmerman “stalk” “harass” or “intimidate” Martin? What gives someone the right to look into someone else’s window? Maybe that neighborhood was tired of “kids” stalking, harassing, and intimidating them. It is unfair to ignore the facts building up to the sad death of Trayvon and use only the fact that he died to support your theories.

      • George Murray  •  Jul 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm

        Not talking about theories. Talking about the facts as we know them. Zimmerman approached Martin, not the other way around. Martin was not committing a crime. I agree with Whitest Conservative Guy. How do we know that Martin was not just standing his ground? Seems to me that Martin’s only problem was that he did not have a gun. Otherwise he may have been able to subdue his assailant.

      • Charles Almon  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 12:12 am

        Where exactly ARE YOU getting this looking in windows stuff?

      • Michael  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

        It is not against the law to approach someone. So what is the point? By all eveidence Travon decided to hit the “creepy ass cracker”. If he had not committed that first unlawful act he would be alive today. He could have simply told Zimmerman to quit following me , I live here.

  4. alfonso Rodriguez  •  Jul 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I am very satisfied with the verdict of NOT GUILTY. Let this be a reminder to teenage thug ” Gangstas.” If you disrespect and viciously attack someone, you might just end up like Trayvon-dead and removed from the gene pool. That is a good thing for the rest of us. What is really sickening is seeing not only Al Not-so-Sharpton, but our Nimrod-in-chief, and Attorney(dimwit) General still trying to go after Mr. Zimmerman even after being found innocent. Really sickening! This shows the true mentality of our “Lib” government. These dufusses must be voted (fired) out of office. Please do not forget to vote in midterm elections that are coming up, as well as all elections! Also, go buy yourself a 9mm, or, better yet, a .45ACP pistol so you will be ready for a Treyvon Martin attack should you run into one of these worthless thugs. ” An armed society is a respectfull society,” despite what idiot Libs like Dianne Fienstien portend.

  5. Whitest Conservative Guy.  •  Jul 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    How do we know that Trayvon wasn’t standing his ground against the de facto killer’s attack? We don’t, he’s dead.

    How do we know that Trayvon was looking in windows? We don’t, unless you go strictly by the account of the killer.

    Stand your ground favors the living and/or the guy with the more lethal weapon.

    • Michael  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Stand your ground, would have required Zimmerman to have committed the first unlawful act. By all evidence it was Travon who decided to sucker punch that “creepy ass cracker” and start hostile action.

  6. Kathie Brave  •  Jul 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I find the verdict to be completely justified. I am so sorry for his parents, I just lost a son and know how badly that can hurt. But, maybe they could have done a better parenting job? I really don’t know as I don’t know that much about them.
    But what happened that night and the constant remarks from Obama and Holder have done more to cause racial tension than anyone ever. Why are they not on TV asking for peace, asking for calm and asking for the vertict to be accepted? No,, they are causing more strife with their remarks. Of course, a lot of the rioting and beatings are just an excuse for bored gang members to be noted and so they can loot. This happens all the time.

  7. Lionel Mandrake  •  Jul 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Pastor Manning of Harlem says in this video something that is not discussed, the menacing nature of many youths today, to wear hoods and not be judged as the thug this image conveys.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CUNUVhzFAQ

  8. Melody Schmiesing  •  Jul 20, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Tray on had jumped the fence rather than go through the gate (something my son would have done at that age too) but to a neighborhood watchman he was walking in an area people usually didn’t walk. Zimmerman had seen and successfully, through the police, stopped another person previously who really was a burglar. The other times the burglars got away.They were having a crime wave. He wasn’t trying to hurt anyone. I don’t blame Trayvon for feeling creeped out. According to Zimmerman, when the dispatcher said they didn’t need him to follow anymore, he turned and went to his car. He got out again to look for the street signs he couldn’t’ see in the dark, so he could give the dispatcher the exact location. It caused another misunderstanding and that’s when he got jumped and attacked. None of us were there of course, but the jury did the right thing with reasonable doubt.

    • Charles Almon  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 12:14 am

      Sorry hon.
      The only information we got
      was from a killer trying to beat a rap.
      George got out of his car to play “hero”.
      You silly girl.
      See Street signs for a Neighborhood he live in and
      patrolled for years,
      THAT DOESN’T EVEN MAKE SENSE!

      • Michael  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

        It is lawful to get out of your car. It is lawful to confront someone and ask what they are doing. It would be lawful for Travon to say none of your f…… business. It is not lawful to sucker punch someone even if he is a “creepy ass cracker.”

      • Cindy  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        It funny how you say “patrolled for years” when the Neighborhood Watch program had only been emplemented 3 months prior. Silly boy.

      • Troy  •  Jul 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm

        Cindy calls someone silly and then proceeds to spell IMPLEMENTED “EMPLEMENTED”…lol. Someone who is so obviously uneducated has the nerve to call someone who is clearly more informed silly. THE IRONY!!!!

      • Troy  •  Jul 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm

        Stop claiming Trayvon suckered punched Zimmerman as if its factual, because its not, its pure speculation. Its not like facts matter to you conservatives, one can look at your economic policies/philosophies for validation. There are two things conservatives do well, racism and homophiba. No wonder you folks have chosen to circle the Zimmerman wagon.

    • Troy  •  Jul 24, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      You claim “none of us were there” and then turn around and state that Zimmerman was “jumped and attacked” as if you were there to witness it. The isn’t one piece of direct(or cirumstanial) evidence to validate that claim. All you have is Zimmerman’s version of events, that’s it. He got out too look for the street sign? really? Of course you buy that ridiculous lie, never mind that Zimmerman lived in the area for four years and the entire community only has three streets in total,. You’re telling me this man didn’t know the name of a street he drives down everyday? Stop it already. Its amazing how you conservatives will twist and pervert the facts just to avoid addressing the real issue, RACISM. Its pathetic. I find it ironic that the party that is supposed to be all about personal responsibility shamelessly scapegoats Trayvon to avoid addressing the issue of racism in america.

  9. Dallas Kipp  •  Jul 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    There is enough blame to go around: If Martin had stayed home, nothing would have happened; If Zimmerman had stayed home, nothing would have happened; if Zimmerman had ignored the stranger in his midst, nothing would have happened; if Martin had not attacked and tried to kill Zimmerman and just let him walk away; this would not have a happened.

    • Whitest Conservative Guy.  •  Jul 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      1. We don’t know if Trayvon attacked the killer. It may have been the other way around.
      1.a. Trayvon had no record in the criminal-justice system, the killer did have a record of attacking a policeman and battering his fiance.
      2.b. The killer is on record in pursuing skills in mixed martial arts, the victim did not.

      2. Trayvon might as well have been alarmed by the burglary sprees. It would not be a stretch to assume a hispanic man in a truck could be an “inside guy” to facilitate such a crime spree in a gated community
      2.a. We do not know if the killer is not on fact part of such a burglary ring. His high rate of calling emergency services (the police), waiting for them to ask for ethnic descriptions, and then giving the same answer ALL the time, could have been misdirection by his design and/or his innate racism. Any claims of his amiable relations with said ethnic group could also be misdirection or a predated a souring of his attitude toward “them”.
      2.b. It is not a bad survival instinct to hold the possibility that a bald, swarthy guy with a goatee following you in the dark may be out to “jack” you or worse, kill you. In this case, the bald, swarthy guy with a goatee killed the guy he was following (in the dark).

      3. A sustained attack of ten second would usually result in a “knock-out” The defense claims a sustained attack of 45 seconds. The MMA trained killer apparently parried off such a sustained attack without getting knocked out. He did however, have a firearm holstered in his right (though he is left handed, perhaps for the “flair-in-the-draw” of Lee van Cleef’s Angel Eyes in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly[?]). His sustained injuries were to his right side, PERHAPS because he was reaching for his firearm all along as he approached the youth whose ambulatory trajectory was toward his father’s abode (having his life terminated a mere 70 yards away).

      The sad part to this is that conservatives, in their zeal to demonstrate media bias and race baiters (I’m a conservative and I don’t like them either) are siding with a woman beating, cop assaulting, kid killer who ended a kid’s life, a kid with no record in the criminal-justice system (I dismiss the focus on his academic indiscretions, but then again, I’m one who was involved with youthful indiscretions, been, suspended from school before I joined the enlisted ranks of the USAF and eventually became a homeowner, employer/tax-payer, so I may have a bias), 70 yards from the back door of his father’s home after buying snack treats. He could have been standing HIS ground against a guy who was following him in a vehicle and proceeded to on foot. He could have been attacked FIRST by said killer who was emboldened by his crutch-firearm. But we don’t know because justice favors the living words and account of the kid killing, woman battering, judge’s son over the dead minor whose corpse spent a night in the fridge. Good on you folks, siding with that guy and all. I’ll never identify with a zealous cop wannabe, cop attacking, fiance beating, MMA skill pursuing, fat bully who starts a fight, gets his ass whooped, then has to kill a kid, but that’s just me.

      “But the jurors where just doing their job with the facts presented…” Heh, Yeah. I heard those jurors. All chummy calling the killer by his first name saying he had his heart in the right place and repeating unprovables as fact. “The jury? they’re just doing their job.” Man, the Nazi defendants at Nuremberg would have LOVED to have that kind of reasoning.

      • Mark  •  Jul 21, 2013 at 11:44 pm

        The reason why “Trayvon” had no “record” was because of a systematic effort by the Miami-Dade County school district and police to “reduce” crime in schools by not reporting crime committed by students–particularly by black male students–and listing them as “school disciplinary” problems. Thus when Martin was caught with stolen jewelry, this was not reported and the jewelry was turned in as “found property.” He was suspended officially for “graffiti.” The Miami Herald reported that the day before a homeowner a few blocks from the school reported jewelry stolen. It was only after the police chief investigated the “leak” of Martin’s suspensions was it revealed not only the pressure put on police not to report crimes by students, but the “found property” found on Martin was an almost exact match of the jewelry reported stolen by the homeowner–who was never told of its recovery. Now, if Martin had been arrested and punished as he should have been instead of feeling he could get away with crime, maybe the life trajectory that eventually found him in Zimmerman’s neighborhood would not have happened, or the actions of both would have been much different.
        Oh, and by the way, the rest of your comments are unsubstantiated and prejudicial bull–with a sizable helping of denial.

      • Charles Almon  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 12:20 am

        I widdle Mark also goes to the Breitbart site.

        This was a long planned killing by Zimmerman.
        Poor Trayvon was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

        Zimmerman wanted to be a “hero”
        Like a volunteer fireman – who secretly set fires.
        He planned to STALK, PROVOKE, CONFRONT & KILL
        one of those A-holes who always get away.
        And get away with it by claiming SYG or self-defense.

        Zimmerman EVEN ADMITTED HE LIED
        on Hannity claiming he never heard of SYG
        WHen he studied it for a semester and his teacher
        said he did very well.

        Lest we forget George was on 3 psychotic meds at the time
        including ADDERALL & TEMAZEPAM.
        This is all on the internet,
        Google yer little heart out.

      • Michael  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

        We don’t know if Trayvon attacked the killer. It may have been the other way around.

        Possible, but no physical evidence to support that claim but their is evidence of Travon hitting Zimmerman. Why would an armed man start a fist fight with a more capable youth, and your first punch be so ineffective as to leave no mark, and allow himself to be knocked to the ground and pummelled? If he were “gunning” for Travon why not have your weapon out? We have to go with the evidence we have.

    • Troy  •  Jul 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      If Martin had stayed home? Are you kidding me? Since when did going to seven eleven become some sort of suspicious activity? You have to vilify the victim, that way you dont have to address the real issues, RACISM AND RACIAL PROFILING. How do we overcome racism in America? According to many conservatives we just pretend it doesn’t exist. You people aren’t racist, how can you be? Racism ended when Obama was elected.

  10. Charles Almon  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Give it a rest already. Martin was killed by a rouge vigilante.
    Bring in the issue of black on black crime is relevant to nothing
    except changing the subject.
    And a Not-guilty verdict was not anticipated
    Now you can get back to your homophobia.

    • Cindy  •  Jul 23, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      It was Martin that had homophobia. Rachel stated that Martin thought that Zimmerman was a gay man that was going to rape him. Piers Morgan interview. You really are silly!

      • Troy  •  Jul 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

        First of all, you have your facts totally wrong, it was Rachel who stated that Zimmerman might be a rapist before urging Trayvon to run, Martin never made any references to Zimmerman’s sexuality nor did he state that he thought Zimmerman was a “gay man”. Lets say for conversations sake Martin did make the statement, I still fail to see how its homophobic in any way. Do you know the difference between a homosexual and a pedophile or are you like most conservatives who assume the two are the same? Micheal Medved is the one who wants his homophobic sentiments legislated so one group of people are not afforded the same rights that he is, but Martin is the homophob? The hypocrisy and hatred displayed by the republican party is astounding.

  11. Cody Sighlens  •  Jul 31, 2013 at 4:33 am

    IF A WHITE 17-YEAR OLD walking in a light rain wearing a hoody was followed by a BLACK MALE who never identified himself as being with neighborhood watch –HOW LIKELY IS IT THAT, assuming the incident happened as described by Zimmerman, THE FOLLOWING WOULD HAVE OCCURED? (Remember Sanford is a traditional non-liberal still mostly white community)
    — after a brief investigation by the police who arrived on the scene and a conversation with the shooter, the black male would have been allowed to leave with no problem as Zimmerman was, with a “case closed” attitude on the part of the police.
    — the police would fail to inquire around the neighborhood if a white 17-year wearing a hoody was expected to be returning home on foot, as they failed to do regarding Martin.
    — conservatives would be focused on the fact that the white kid had been suspended from school and why he had purchased Skittles & Arizona Tea (possible drug use).
    — conservatives would be silent about the black shooter’s arrest record for assaulting a policeman and violence against his fiance, his use of prescription drugs(possibly aggressive), and a child abuse accusation made by one of the shooter’s relatives –silent like they were concerning Zimmerman.
    — and if somehow the black shooter told Sean Hannity (when asked) that he didn’t know about the “Stand your ground” law & it was later revealed he did (by the teacher of the course on that exact Florida law who had Zimmerman as a student), would conservatives be silent about that too?
    The fact that MSNBC and other media distorted some of the evidence and information about this case doesn’t entitle conservatives to a similar “code of silence” about facts that aren’t flattering to Zimmerman. Knee-jerk conservatism is just as bad as knee-jerk liberalism!

    • Art  •  Aug 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Why do you continue to bring up the Stand Your Ground Law when this case was about self defense? We are a nation of laws, not emotions! This jury had to make a decision based on the facts presented to them, NOTHING ELSE! IF this case wasn’t so politicized, maybe he would have been charged with manslaughter instead, and would have been convicted and have to serve many years.
      By the way, if Trayvon had lived, it would be him on trial for murder or attempted murder for bashing Zimmerman’s head on the ground. But then we would never have heard of this story or Obama claiming this could have been his son!

  12. JGUY  •  Aug 12, 2013 at 2:45 am

    The Trayvon death and resulting experience of trial, division and commentary while tragic and provocative leads me to an unstated opinion that people young and old should take
    heed and be very careful in their personal comings and goings. I am a not young white
    man in a middleclass neighborhood in middle America…..I would not put on a hoody and
    go walking around this neighborhood at night for all the skiddles on earth…..and this is
    a relatively crime free area…. I should not be killed or confronted if I choose to do so but
    would it be wise for me to do this even though i have the Right? I think not because anyone
    could easily be presumed to be up to no good late at night walking around a residential
    area with a hoody covering. I hope my son and other youth will realize that just because you

    have a right to walk where you wish and do as you wish….sometimes the wisdom to know what not to do can be more valuable than your momentary impulse.,,,,Think about how what you do might appear to those who don’t realize you are the good person that you probably are……hopefully.

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