Before I go into my thoughts about the incident that transpired which culminated in Treyvon Martin's death I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family. The whole situation is horrible. To lose one's life at such a young age is tragic.
Secondly, I am going to address the progressive race hustlers who are politicizing the tragic death of this teenage boy. Their central focus is on the fact that this happened to a black person, one of their own as Al Sharpton stated, but the racial aspect of this awful incident shouldn't be the main focus of their concern. The primary focus should be on the fact that a young human being's life was cut way too short due to a tragedy, one most likely preventable. Louis Farrakhan
and the New Black Panthers are irresponsible to call for an all out race war, a new civil war. The New Black Panthers have even gone so far as to offer a bounty for the "capture" of George Zimmerman
. Their calls to violence crosses the line into vigilantism. There is a big difference between advocating for justice and promoting vengeful actions. The race hustlers are adding more fuel to the fire and increasing the dissension among different ethnic or racial groups. Progressive commentators are maleficent to politicize this and their attempt to connect Republican politicians' positions on economic issues to this heinous crime is absurd.
My first reaction after hearing the two 911 recordings was a combination of outrage and sadness. Whether the slaying of this young teenage boy was an accident, murder, or self-defense I don't know. Two things seem self-evident; that Zimmerman was hyper-vigilant in his neighborhood watch duties, and that he refused to listen to the police when he chose to follow Trayvon. The police told Zimmerman to stop following Trayvon and were on their way to investigate the situation.
I am unsure whether this incident was caused by George Zimmerman having a preconceived stereotype or due to racism, or whether he would have been overly vigilant with any individual who in his mind looked to be engaging in suspicious behavior? Is there any evidence in Zimmerman's past to indicate that he had previously targeted blacks? In my opinion it is a high probability that this heinous act wouldn't have happened if George had just listened to the police, backed off and let the police handle the situation. Whether George was motivated by racism as well as whether this was cold-blooded murder, an accident, or an act of self-defense we don't know and is very much in question at this time.
After having read an article in the Orlando Sentinel
it looks like there is more to this heinous incident then has been reported by the media. According to the article there is at least one eye witness
who corroborates George Zimmerman's account of the events which occurred that fateful night. But the other side of the coin is the fact that Trayvon was not in possession of a gun or any other weapon, at least that we know of. The only two items in Trayvon's possession that night were a bag of skittles and a cell phone. Was there some type of scuffle between these two individuals? Between the corroborated account and listening to the second 911 call it seems very likely that a brawl happened between Zimmerman and Trayvon. But I honestly don't know whether a scuffle occurred or not. At the very least Zimmerman should have been arrested for disobeying a police officer's direct order.
I will repeat what I said at the beginning of this post. This is a tragic incident that ended with a teenage boy's death, far too soon. May justice be served. God rest Trayvon's soul.