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Monday, March 26, 2012

This Is How White America Wants You To See All Young Black Males

Aside from my own piece questioning whether 17-year-old Trayvon Martin stole the Skittles he reportedly had in his possession when he was killed, the most accurate journalism I’ve found that gives us a complete representation of who Martin was is titled “Was Trayvon Martin a Drug Dealer?” It’s written by Dan Linehan. An excerpt’s below:
The media narrative being sold is quite clear, Trayvon Martin is the innocent victim here and George Zimmerman is a horrible bigot who attacked the young man for doing nothing more than buying skittles while being black. Even Barack Obama seems to accept the fresh-faced innocence of Trayvon, stating, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” More on that later.It’s becoming more and more clear however that the innocent appearance the mainstream media is so desperate to apply to Trayvon isn’t at all accurate. The picture we’re used to seeing to represent Trayvon Martin appears to be a far cry from how he actually looked once he was a few years older.
Linehan’s discourse  shows how the young, black male was pro black ghetto culture (which translates to anti white), had riddled his body with tattoos, was (as noted in the headline) suspended from school in Miami and visisting his dad in Sanford and details some of the violence toward authority in his past.
When you connect all the dots, not only had he probably stolen the Skittles, he may actually have become threatening to Zimmerman – who, yes, is responsible for getting the ball rolling.

Um… okay… this is so sad. First of all Trayvon Martin was suspended from school for 5 days and this was because he had too many late days on his record. Furthermore, having tattoos on his body does not mean he is a bad person, and just because he may have smoked weed himself does not mean the head was a drug dealer. Please… do not try to taint the image of this boy. Yes it is true the media is trying to paint him as an angel and Zimmerman as a devil but that is not his family’s fault. Let’s focus on the facts of that night. Trayvon did not deserve to be followed, stalked, and killed. & how in the world could you draw the conclusion that he stole the skittles, because he has tattoos and maybe smoked weed? Jesus… please don’t do this to the dead. Trayvon Martin may not have been an angel, but whose record really is squeaky clean?

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