Category Archives: Trayvon Martin

A collection of anything that I have posted relating to the Trayvon Martin case.

Happy Belated Birthday Dr King & Happy MLK Day Everyone Else

Better Late Than Never: A Birth Worth Celebrating.

Pensive Dr King
The Birthday Boy: The late great Dr King Speaking of Late, Here I am waiting t ill his Holiday only to its kinda crazy that really happened

Hey, better late than never right?

On the 15th of January of 1929 MLK jr was born into this world.  He would grow up to become one of the most influential people ever born.  His lifetime left a fingerprint on the very fabric of society makeup and composition of this nation in a major and compelling way.  The fingerprint of his lifetime will be felt and seen, and may even pop up in the extremely rare instance that it’s needed. world, into this world ., easily one of the most influential figures in my own personal growth and development journey and that of so many others was born.

Who knows where this nation would be, were he still here if he were with us still today; would the protests and the #BlackLivesMatter or #BlackBrunch  #EricGarner and #Ferguson campaigns would still be going on?.

 

Tragedy Strikes @ The Lorraine Motel Memphis, TN-April 4, 1968

A Great Leader Is Taken From Us Far Too Soon.

Dr. King’s life, his wisdom, and his leadership were stripped from us that fateful day, April 1968, robbing us of what surely would have been a calming voice of reason, drowning out the angry din of the turbulent times that lie behind us, and those that lay ahead.  His moral judgement serving as a nautical star, always guiding us towards that promised land, the one he dreamed of; where all men are created equal and judged only by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

It Is His Day After All

In honor of his birthday,  his name day and his me-mo-ray(that’s memory for the illiterates amongst you), I shared some of his stuff below, beginning with speech about that dream his name came to become synonymous with.

Obviously Dr. King can’t take all the credit for the entire civil rights movement, much as the media among other people would like to just give it to him.  There were people and organizations fighting for the rights of African-Americans long before Dr. King ever got sent to Montgomery, or got the spotlight from the boycotts, but his pre-eminent role as the representative and face of the larger movement as a whole can’t be denied either,

He was merely upholding a tradition kept alive by all those who have fought for equality from the inside like A Philip Randolph who threatened to march on washington if African-Americans weren’t included to begin with.  No more of this playing  game and shit with your crappy ass little weaves or whatever the fuck you put in there. within their tribe or their own mind that we really don’t need to have any one there for it, because it’s just been one like

These Times, They Are A Changin:

From the time the Montgomery Bus Boycott began in 1955 until the his death in 1968 and even beyond; Dr King and the rest of the movement took the battle to the power structure and not vice versa, continuously applying pressure. in well thought out places   In attacking racism and discrimination where it existed and was most vehement; the lunch counters, the bus stops, and the polling place, of the deep south, they not only placed the entire practice of Jim Crow on display,  they put it on trial in the court of public opinion, a battle Jim Crow eventually lost.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Delivering Speech
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr delivering one of his last speeches prior to his being assassinated at the hands of some backwoods simpleton who couldn’t plan his way out of a paper bag.

 

The Civil Rights Movement’s creative use of non violent direct action to frame and challenge the Jim Crow laws of the South met  with violence and repression at the hands of small town police,  members of the KKK, or just your garden variety, small-minded, red neck prick; most of which viewed by Americans across the nation were able to witness ignorance first hand at least once in their life.   Meeting non-violence with extreme violence backfired, leading to increased support for the demonstrators and eventually leading to Jim Crow’s demise with the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

A Job Well Done?  More Like It’s Just Begun, Time For Phase Two:

Let us not forget this little tidbit either,  just before his murder, Dr King had been in the process of expanding his consciousness and understanding and taking riskier opinions than he had previously or at least in public.s .  Rather than basking in the major accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement, especially for African-Americans of  the South, he sought to do even more before he died, and  his last efforts weren’t limited  to the black community either welcoming all people regardless of religion and regardless of creed.  He also came out against the Vietnam War publicly in one of his speeches, something the old Dr King would never have done for fear of rocking the boat.  The Poor Peoples Campaign was open to all people regardless of race or anything like that, but it is probably my favorite speech of his .

Status Report: Where We Stand At Now

 

The Poor People’s campaign The plan was for a large multicultural group of poverty activists to march on the washington memorial plaza whatever and camp out there as a reminder of poverty that Congress wouldn’t be able to ignore it anymore.  Sadly, Dr. King would not see this one through to completion James Earl Ray’s 30.-.06 cut his life short, and for no apparent  reason other than who he is.  At the time of the shooting, Dr. King and his entourage were in the middle of doing something with a document, it looked interesting

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/3816635″>Martin Luther King, Jr: “Mountaintop” speech full length</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user907438″>Filip Goc</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

I think it’s pretty safe to assume everyone else feels the same as me when it comes to whether we feel as though we have to really put in very much effort .get up for anyone  about our sloppy levels of play lately not being acceptable anymore.  Everything has been all out-of-place I’m confident in saying I still don’t recognize the idyllic locale of his dream; guess we’re all still waiting on those two tickets to paradise as it sits now and you better believe this guy desperately is in need of a tan.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Luckily, I’m not the only one whose life the great Dr. King has touched.  We can rest assured that his memory will live on, the light he used to combat darkness will continue to illuminate the way for each of us committed to making this world a better place, a righteous one filled with love.

Only question is, who will join me?

 

Sources Consulted:

Wikipedia: Poor People Campaign

 

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Treyvan Martin Case Update: Zimmerman No Longer Seeks Immunity Under “Stand Your Ground” Law Prepares For Trial

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case update: Why Zimmerman’s lawyers abandoned the immunity hearing

Pre-trial immunity hearing
In shocking move, Zimmerman elects to skip immunity hearing that could have ended trial if ti found him to have acted according to Stand Your Ground law….Elects to go to trial instead.

ZIMMERMAN DEFENSE TEAM BACKS OUT OF IMMUNITY HEARING: IS THIS A SIGN?

Zimmerman’s defense team was due to have a pre-trial hearing where they argued there case that he should be immune from prosecution under Florida’s  stand your ground law next month.  His defense team has scrapped those plans in effort to better prepare for the actual trial which begins in June.  Zimmerman’s defense team would still be able to pursue the stand your ground defense if they chose to do so, it just won’t offer the immunity it would have if his defense team had been prepared.   Zimmerman has still plead “not guilty” and maintains that he shot Treyvan Martin in self defense for fear of his life.

Treyvan Martin would have turned 18 in February had he not been tragically killed a year ago.

WILL THEY BE PREPARED NEXT TIME?

lt will be interesting to see what happens by June, to me his defense teams failure to have been fully prepared and then canceling the pre-trial hearing which would have established his immunity from the actual trial based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida.  What little we have seen or heard from him or about the trial in general hasn’t come across as being very appealing in the way it presents him to the public.

Defense Team May Have Caught Break With Witness:

If this weren’t enough excitement, Zimmerman’s defense team will finally be able to question the girl who was on the phone with Martin, following her statement that she did not attend his service due to being hospitalized for trauma proven to be false.  This dishonesty could discredit any testimony she would give and potentially will disqualify her as a witness.

 

The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained | Mother Jones

Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin (Photo credit: G Laury Photography)

Mother Jones, consistently one of my favorite and most respected indpendant news sources came out with this article last month explaining the Trayvon Martin case according to the evidence available to the public now.  I know that MoJo said they would be updating the article regularly as new evidence becomes available.

This is a great resource for anyone unfamiliar with the case to become acquainted as well as bringing back up to date those of us who have allowed the increased clamor leading up to the General Election this novermber to push the case back onto the sideburner.  I still believe that the Trayvon Martin case and how it is handled is going to continue to prove a damning guidestick regarding the racist nature of our society and our legal system.  In regards to the source

Trayvon Martin is the new Emmett Till

The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained | Mother Jones.

Judge Checks Zimmerman: Bail Revoked & Ordered Back To Jail!

George Zimmerman Ordered Back to Jail in Travyon Martin Case.

A judge recently ordered George Zimmerman to turn himself in to authorities after revoking his bail.  It appears that this came as a result of the large sum of money that Zimmerman had raised via the internet for his defense.  According to authorities they have a recording between Zimmerman and his wife discussing moving this sum of money from a PayPal account to a different account.  Zimmerman is now at trial for 2nd degree murder, for the tragic incident that resulted in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.  The circumstances surrounding this case caught the nation by storm, captivating audiences from coast to coast, especially the long gap between the incident and Zimmerman’s arrest.

Personally, I look at his bail being revoked as karma finally working its way back into the universe.  His free pass of over a month, before even being arrested, seems more than enough.  This whole case from start to finish has taken on the subtle overtones of a Ringling production, I keep waiting for the bearded lady to make her cameo, or shake hands with those who smell of cabbage.  Zimmerman was in hiding for an undisclosed length of time prior to being arrested under the auspices of it being for his own safety.  Strangely enough, he appears to have gone into hiding so well that his original lawyers lost contact with him.  Regardless of whether it was for his own safety or not, I would imagine that Zimmerman’s innate ability to channel Houdini would be cause enough to make the judge feel sketchy regarding his flight risk.  Combine his inner ninja with a very successful internet campaign to raise money for his defense, (the sum of which is uncertain to the best of my knowledge), and it would be a safe bet, he in fact does pose a flight risk.

Im going to go ahead and be honest about the fact it is extremely hard for me to stay unbiased on this case.  Many of the issues which I see to be central to the case, such as racism, beaurocratic incompetence and injustice, in addition to combatting them are very central to my beliefs.  Despite my first urge to demonize Zimmerman like a Jehova Witness going door to door during football season, without at least attempting to look at all the facts.  Even when looking at everything as objectively as possible, from a different point of view, I cant help but reach the same conclusion.

Regardless of all the media hype, or intense rhetoric surrounding the case from both sides, my belief is that he should have been tried for a lesser crime.  I feel that he 100% is responsible for what happened that night and needs to be held accountable.  If he would have followed the directions of law enforcement, he never could have come into harms way, even if harms way is a 17 yr old skittle toting madman.  His life and his property were not in jeapordy as the situation was described to police, he fulfilled his duty by notifying the proper authorities of “suspicious” activity.  By his desire to be there when the police arrived and “busted” the bad guy (again, 17 yr old skittle toting mad-man), he exhibited something more than someone just trying to do their civic duty.  George Zimmerman wanted to be a hero that night, but like many a man who set out to be a hero; things didn’t go his way (*allegedly).

George Zimmerman’s quest to be a hero, appears to have followed much the same path as his predecessor, Don Quixote, nothing but mishap.  Whether the loss of life included any sense of malice or pre-meditation, is for a jury to decide, but I think that there is at bare minimum a solid case for a variety of manslaughter charges to successfully be prosecuted.  Even if the death was purely accidental, he is still responsible for pulling out the gun and pulling the trigger.  Unfortunately, after the Johannes Mehserle case in Oakland, I don’t have very much faith in the justice system working out in favor of its namesake; especially when young African-American males are concerned.

Also, I really can’t stand the current treatment given the young victim by the media in all this.  After becoming a martyr through the early reports of the crime, things have come full circle.  Currently, it is much more likely to hear young Martin’s character be dragged through the mud, than to hear him spoken of as an innocent victim.  I remember hearing recently that Trayvon Martin’s toxicology screening was made public…Not only do I see this as being pointless, I feel like it has become character assassination upon someone who has absolutely no opportunity to defend themselves.  For all I’m concerned (for all anyone should be for that matter)  this kid could have smoked like he was on tour with Ice T. or Cypress Hill.  What he does on his free time holds absolutely zero relevance on the events that followed.  He could have lit up directly in front of the neighborhood watch and it wouldn’t matter.  Zimmerman was not designated, or trained to follow him, nor does he hold any official title which would require him to do so.  He was somebody attempting to be a good Samaritan, and things went wrong, good intentions do NOT excuse what followed.

It just makes me really sad that there are people out there who for whatever reason will never be able to look at this young man as a victim, regardless of the evidence.  Trayvon Martin’s right to stand HIS ground is rarely spoken of, the NRA isn’t spinning it as if he would have lived if he had been packing.  No its Zimmerman and HIS right to stand his ground….even if the ground hes standing is moving apparently…  Are we really scared of black youth to such a degree these days?  To where peoples first reaction is to shoot first and ask questions later? (even the police)  Each and every negative aspect about his character will be more than enough for bigotry to hammer another nail into the coffin.  This whole spin that perhaps Martin was a drug dealer is so ludicrous I mean seriously people; how many scary pot dealers or smokers do you know?  Allowing the report that the 17 year old kid had marijuana in his system to dominate or taint the conversation, provides only a temporary distraction to the real issues;

Having been 17 once, I can assure you, the people who did not have THC in their system at one point or another at my school were the exception and not the rule.  Does that mean that any one of my classmates deserved to be shot and killed as they walked home from a 7-11 by a self-appointed neighborhood vigilante?  I should hope not.  I’m not making any judgements about Zimmerman’s character or intentions, he just exercised poor judgement, resulting in the death of an innocent kid and he’s gonna have to pay the piper sooner or later.  It appears the judge agrees with me about the sooner part…

Heres some more of my commentary on this sad soap opera;

Trayvon Marin/ Emmitt Till:

Breaking News:

Prequel:

There’s No Justice for Trayvon in Violence – News – GOOD

In Justice
In Justice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s No Justice for Trayvon in Violence – News – GOOD.

I don’t know why people continue to need to be taught the lessons from the days of “King”.  Rioting, and violence, accomplish nothing especially not making your point for you.  Acting stupid, even if you have just cause to, will only breed more stupidity

Modern Day Lynching:Trayvon Martin is Emmitt Till of our Generation

It Must Be Something In That Swamp Water:

I was checking my daily news feeds when I chanced upon this which is the most personally sickening thing (to me) to come out of the “great” state of Florida.  This is saying something, because this is the very same ass-backwards state where twelve idiots voted to acquit a woman (who I wont give the satisfaction or publicity of naming), despite pretty compelling evidence of wrongdoing to the tune of criminal negligence at the least.

Casey Anthony has been booked into the Orange ...
Casey Anthony has been booked into the Orange County Jail and is being held without bail on charges of child neglect, filing false official information and obstructing an investigation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/20/justice-department-to-investigate-fatal-shooting-of-trayvon-martin/

Alright alright, I know that I’m a little late to the game but this is a truly tragic tale.  It’s the story about the murder of an unarmed adolescent at the hands of an adult with a firearm. 17-year-old Trayvan Martin (African-American) shot in the chest and killed on the night of February 26th, at the hands of George Zimmerman 28, as he was returning to a friends from the local 7-11.  Trayvan had gone to buy snacks, much as you would expect any “teenager” to do.  Understandably, this is a story which has swept and split the nation, about that age ol’ issue we can’t seem to outrun, or ignore, no matter how hard we try to…..RACE….  This case evokes such loud national outcry, near unanimous indignation, the likes of which we havent seen since the brutal murder and later  public funeral of young Emmett Till.  The Chicago youth murdered down in the Mississippi Delta while he was visiting family back in 1955.

            

15EmmettTillAfter
15EmmettTillAfter (Photo credit: Image Editor)

Eerily Similar To Emmet Till

The Till case served as an epochal moment, beginning the “Movement” for many people.  Pure, unabashed Southern racism and brutality on display for the whole world to see.  Due to the good ole’ boys atmosphere filled with white indifference that “horse and pony show” trial, which resulted was all that a negro could hope to receive in the Jim Crow south ofde jure segregation.

 This case, over a half century later, has captured notice of the nation   and illicits such an unanimously strong response, not for the multitude of    theories or sense that the plots thickening,…a classic case of “whodunnit”….No, it’s far worse than that.  It has captured all of our attention for the glaring lack of  such.  There is only one story, no alternate narrative, just one solitary explanation, the facts, plain and simple.

No second shooter on the grassy knoll here, just George Zimmerman. A murderer by any reasoned understanding of the term, yet he was never even placed under arrest by the Sanford police department.  They cited his claim that he acted in “self defense” as reasoning for the lack of such an arrest.  According to Florida state law he acted within his rights as far as the Sanford Police Department‘s concerned.  He’s licensed to carry a firearm, and he was only protecting himself…..(from the skittle toting boogeyman)….right?   Now I don’t know about any of you but I’ve had enough personal encounters with police and watched enough late night Law & Order to know the cops never take the first story someone gives them as complete unwavering truth.  Toss in the fact that this resulted in the loss of another human beings life and he should have at least spent the night in jail while they went over the evidence and his account of the events and made sure that “self defense” rang true.  Perhaps then, it would have dawned on them that his whole account is either total bullshit, or he’s mentally unstable.  I mean, completely insane, and I’m talkin bat-shit crazy here people.  The “self defense” defense kinda goes out the window when you are the one chasing the other person as they are running away from you.  You’re the one packin heat, trying to play hero and save your neighbors from the “black menace”, or whatever it is he convinced himself of.  Next thing you know he’ll say the twinkies made him do it….  I only say black menace because the majority of the 40 something calls he placed to the police involved…[drumroll]….[ding.ding.ding] you guessed it! African Americans.

Trayvan Deserves Justice:

Initially I began to look into this somewhat skeptically.  Assuming there stood good chance that it was being exaggerated and blown out of proportion.  I was fully prepared to have to separate fact from fiction in determining my own judgement.  All it took was one listen to the 911 tapes which were released.  Nearly instantly, I felt the need to vomit.  Its a taste that still clings between my cheeks unwilling to vacate until justice is served.  Very clearly you can hear the young boy yelling, no screaming out for help in sheer terror in the background as someone called police. And then you hear the gunshot that ended his suddenly truncated life, cut all too short by a man who dispatchers told to leave it to authorities. Perhaps it is the fact that most Americans when confronted with the facts of this case (which are the same in any article you read about it) have a similar response gastric response to mine which has led the government to assure the public that it will make sure that due process is observed and justice served…..  Assurances which hold absolutely no meaning on the 20th of March for a murder on the 26th of February.

Apparently Sanford Police didn’t get that administration or law enforcement memo, or the one from the rest of the world for that matter.  You know, the one that said “these times they are a chaaaangin” to quote Dylan, or that we now live in the 21st century where blatant racism is no longer accepted or allowed.  This case was closed in their eyes, had been for some time and would have stayed that way had the pesky media not gotten ahold of it.  A fact which draws yet another eerie parallel to the death of young Mr. Till, way back when, in 1955.  Were it not for the media coverage it received and the movement it helped to galvanize, it was just one of countless, instances  of southern white justice being served in the eyes of white Mississippi‘ans. Nothin out of the ordinary.

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/GRAPHIC-Trayvon-Martin-911-calls-released/-/1637132/9450044/-/6m827cz/-/index.html

I would just like to make clear that my post draws upon many of the articles recounting this horrible tragedy and is not taken specifically from one or the other.  It is merely my reaction to this terrible event, based upon the resources I had at my disposal.  I have tried to fairly give credit/track-baks where I was able.