WASHINGTON, July 15, 2013 ― On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, saw Trayvon Martin. Minutes later Martin was dead and Zimmerman would see his life transformed by opportunistic politicians and the racial grievance industry, both of which found him to be an irresistible target.
Every story needs a villain and a saint.
The left is spinning this as a narrative of American racism. Vital to that narrative is the image of Martin as an innocent boy, almost a child. The media did its part by never showing photos of the 6’2”, 17-year old with gold capped teeth that he was when he died, but only as a slim, 12-year old.
The real Trayvon Martin is lost in the hagiography. He was no longer an innocent child. He chose his path, and had that fatal encounter not taken place, it was leading him into the criminal justice system.
Martin should have been arrested twice. If he had been, it might have changed his path. He was suspended twice from Miami Dade schools because he had burglary tools and possession of a dozen pieces of women’s jewelry.
Text messages recovered from Martin’s phone show photos of guns and Martin using drugs. More disturbing are Martin’s text messages where he describes himself as a “gangsta,” talks about fighting, talks about buying and using drugs and asks a friend if he will share a .380. semi automatic pistol.
The Conservative Tree House did an amazing job of investigating the case in a way the mainstream media would not. They discovered in the last hour of his life, Martin tried to buy a “blunt.” A blunt is a small cigar, which is hollowed out then filled with marijuana. He also bought the iconic Skittles and Arizona Watermelon iced tea. Those were not because he was hungry or thirsty or even getting them for someone else. Those two products are key ingredients in an urban drug drink called “Lean Purple.”
When these embarrassing facts about Martin were released, the left went into overdrive to hide them and simply drop them down the memory hole. Benjamin Crump, the family attorney, called the texts and photos, “irrelevant.”
They were not irrelevant for the trial (even though the jury did not see them) and they are definitely not irrelevant for the battle for the narrative that is now being fought.
President Obama, operating on the theory that a crisis should never be allowed to go to waste, called for further gun control in memory of Trayvon Martin. Obama did not comment about the other young black men like Trayvon Martin who had been killed in Chicago where the Second Amendment is all but repealed.
The left continues to push the narrative that America is a racist nation, George Zimmerman was a crazed, racist wannabe cop and Trayvon Martin was an innocent child.
None of that is true.
Trayvon Martin was a product of American liberal social policies. A single mother raised him. His school was more concerned about appeasing the civil rights hucksters than whether Martin was educated and taught basic responsibilities.
The story of Martin’s life is not irrelevant. It is the major cause of what happened that night he encountered Zimmerman. The left has tried to demonize Zimmerman and has tried to canonize St. Trayvon.
The truth is that Martin was a 17-year-old wannabe thug who was the architect of his own demise. That is the story that should be told. Perhaps if that story and the truth about Martin were told, it might prevent the next Trayvon Martin.
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