Saturday, March 24, 2012

"“If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon"

Robins Commentary --

Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old Florida high school student, is found shot and killed, in Sanford, Fla., a community north of Orlando after a neighborhood watch member, George Zimmerman, 28 followed Martin taking him as suspicious because he did not recognize him in their neighborhood and also as police believe, because he was black and wearing a hoodie.

Apparently, as Zimmerman followed Martin, he was on the phone with police 911 who also instructed Zimmerman not to pursue Martin as the police were on their way.

Apparently Zimmerman did not follow the 911 operators instructions and contacted Martin which led into a brawl and shots fired which cost the lives of the 17-year-old Martin.

As sad as these events were... normally this would be handled by local police investigators... until...

thanks to president Obama, it became a national event during a press conference when the president made the announcement that "“If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon"

As a result of president Obama's involvement, you could literally say it's become a federal issue.

in addition to president Obama promising the involvement of the FBI and other resources, the usual players have come out of the woodwork such as Jesse Jackson,Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan, who are all on their way to go visit the Florida family.

Zimmerman, who is claiming self-defense is now in fear for his life because groups like the New Black Panthers, have offered a $10,000 bounty for the capture of George Zimmerman.

according to the New Black Panther Party leader Mikhail Muhammad, announced during a protest in Stanford was asked whether he was inciting violence. He replied, "an eye for an eye, tooth for tooth." [Chicago Tribune]

presidential candidate Newt Gingrich commented on Sean Hannity's program that the president's words were "disgraceful" and "appalling" and blasted the president for mentioning Martin's race and trying to spin this solely as a racial incident.

Which is interesting, because a letter from George Zimmerman's father in the Sun Sentinel stated that, "George is a Spanish-speaking minority with many black family members and friends. He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever..."

In short, thanks to the president playing the racist card has created a firestorm which looks like it's getting out of control very quickly.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robin, you know it didn't "become a national event" during the president's press conference. It was a national event long before that.

The FBI had announced plans to investigate Martin's death by 5/19 as you can see in this this ABC report. the press conference was five days later on 5/23 .

If you care about being accurate, you should correct your post.

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