In the wake of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, the progressive narrative is shifting to the blasé concept that something went terribly wrong that night to further the idea that Zimmerman was wrong while ignoring the reality that Trayvon Martin was at all culpable in the events which transpired that evening.
The Sanford police department lacked enough evidence to charge George Zimmerman with a crime and did not do so until this incident was forwarded by Trayvon Martin’s uncle, Robert Fulton, who sits on the executive committee of the Community Relations Board (CRB) of Miami-Dade County, up the chain to the Community Relations Service (CRS), a little known unit of the Department of Justice (DoJ), which was deployed to Sanford to assist in organizing rallies and protests against George Zimmerman. President Obama famously inserted himself into the fray when he publicly stated that “Trayvon could have been my son.” The state of Florida brought in state attorney Angela Corey as a special prosecutor to secure a conviction against Zimmerman, and his railroading began. Despite the lack of evidence and the shady character of the victim, the state pressed forward with the trial against Zimmerman hampering his defense along the way.
The Zimmerman trial was thus elevated to national prominence and racial animosity was stoked to the maximum with the left led to believe that Zimmerman’s conviction was a sure thing. During the trial, Ben Kruidbos, the state attorney’s IT office director, revealed in testimony that cell phone photos and text messages discovered on Trayvon Martin’s phone were not furnished to defense attorneys. For his honesty, Kruidbos was fired by Angela Corey and has launched a whistleblower lawsuit against the state attorney’s office. Meanwhile, Angela Corey faces criminal charges of improper conduct for refusing to turn over exculpatory evidence to the defense as required by law. With such a lack of evidence and so blatant an attempt to skew the evidence in this trial through duplicity and selective media leaks, it is no wonder the jurors found George Zimmerman not guilty.
Right on cue, riots broke out in a few black communities, but the overall fallout was relatively subdued when compared to the riots that followed the Rodney King verdict. I suspect that deep down, a lot of people realized that Martin was an unsympathetic thug who attacked the wrong person and got what he deserved, even though they would never admit this publicly. Martin was portrayed as an angelic youth on his way home from the store with a package of Skittles and an AriZona Tea, and this narrative was accompanied by an old photo of a much younger Martin looking all cherubic and innocent. The reality was that Martin was into drugs and fighting with aspirations of being a gangsta with street credibility whose purchase of Skittles and the more accurate AriZona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail formed the basis of a codeine-based street drug known as purple drank. Martin’s phone contained pictures of underage nude females, a clump of jewelry on a bed, marijuana plants, and a hand menacingly holding a semiautomatic pistol.
Faced with the not guilty verdict and the unflattering picture of Martin as a thug, the media has shifted the narrative away from declaring Zimmerman was a racist who profiled a black kid and gunned him down, to one where something was wrong that night. This is an amorphous narrative that subtly continues to smear Zimmerman by implying that the something wrong was committed by Zimmerman since he was the one on trial. No mention is ever made of Martin’s culpability that night that resulted in his death. Trayvon Martin instigated the entire incident that evening when he confronted Zimmerman, then escalated that confrontation by attacking Zimmerman and threatening his life. Attempts to portray Zimmerman as equally culpable by stating that he should not have followed Martin are completely baseless since Zimmerman had every legal right to do so both as an American and as a neighborhood watchman.
Sports figure Charles Barkley has perpetuated this narrative by agreeing with the verdict but stating he believes “something clearly went wrong that night” without identifying what that something was which went wrong. Martin’s confrontation and escalation was that something, and not one black group or individual has come out publicly to state that Martin had any culpability for the events that transpired that evening. The black community continues to deny the reality that Martin instigated the events which led to his death and that he was an unsympathetic figure who did not deserve their outrage on his behalf. In their denialism, they have elevated Martin to black martyrdom and recast him from ghetto thug to innocent child.
Denialism is choosing to deny reality as a way to avoid an uncomfortable truth. That uncomfortable truth in this case is the fact that Martin was a ghetto thug unworthy of support from the black community who got what he deserved when he attacked George Zimmerman who was patrolling his neighborhood as part of a watch program. The larger uncomfortable truth is that America is no longer the racist nation it was back in 1965, but the black community refuses to admit as much and move forward with the rest of the country. President Obama remarked on the jury verdict by recasting the entire episode in terms of race declaring that “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago.” What President Obama was saying is that the black community will always view every interaction with whites in terms of race, and white people will never do enough to get past this attitude from the black community.
President Obama stated “if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.” By continually interjecting race into everything, President Obama perpetuates the idea that race will always be the paramount issue and guarantees that America will never get past race in its relations. President Obama was hailed as America’s first post racial president charged with eliminating racial animosity from the national conversation. Sadly, he has done more than any other to highlight race and bring it to the forefront of every conversation, and thus poisoned race relations in a way unforeseen with his election in 2008.
Thanks to President Obama, the black community suffers from denialism more than ever. The best thing that could have happened to advance race relations in America would have been for the black community to have come out and admonished Trayvon Martin for being an unsympathetic thug who got what he deserved by escalating the confrontation with Zimmerman that Martin himself had instigated. Instead, they circled the wagons ignoring Martin’s thuggish behavior as if it was a lie created by whites, recast him as an angelic innocent, and attacked the man who had to defend his life from Martin’s attack as though his community involvement was the catalyst for Martin’s death. The black community may be willing to admit that mistakes were made that night, but they are still in denial as to who made those mistakes.