Friday, March 30, 2012

Tell Me Again Why the Travyon Martin Case Is Making National Headlines?

I really just don't get it.  It would have been one thing if Travyon Martin had been killed by some mean sadistic racist who was frothing at the mouth waiting for a innocent black kid to cross his path, but that isn't what happened at all.  A guy, George Zimmerman, who just wanted to make sure there weren't criminals prowling his neighborhood saw someone who he didn't recognize walking between the houses (instead of on the sidewalk like a normal person) in his gated community, challenged him and then got into a fight where Travyon ended up dead after he thoroughly beat up Zimmerman.  I'm sure there were things that Zimmerman could have done to make this end better and not just by ignoring Martin, as he had a right to be suspicious.  After all it was dark and he saw a tall hooded figure walking between houses, what kind of neighborhood watch captain would ignore that?  Even Jesse Jackson has previously admitted:

There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.

Anyway, there were also things that Travyon Martin could have done too.  He could have simply said that he is staying with his father at his girlfriends house and that would have been it.  I don't think 5'9" Zimmerman would have tried to tackle 6'3" Martin. 

In other words, this was an unfortunate incident that probably could have been averted by both sides, so why is it making national headlines again?  Aren't there bigger issues or worse crimes?  Take the very recent home invasion in Oklahoma where Tyrone Woodfork brutally beat an elderly couple and even sexually assaulted & killed 85 year old Nancy Strait, probably in front of her husband of 65 years.  It really is heartbreaking:

They met each other on a blind date on Thanksgiving 1946, married a month later and went on to have six children, 18 grandchildren and about 50 great and great-great grandchildren. They had recently welcomed a great-great-great grandchild.

After that beautiful, long life together where they clearly had found true love, for it to end in sexual assault and death like that, it's just horrible.  Why is Obama not calling that family or speaking about this crime?  Is it less horrible than the Travyon Martin case?  And my guess is that Tyrone Woodfork probably had more hatred of white people than George Zimmerman had of black people, how else could he be so cruel to such a harmless elderly couple?  I'm sure some of you are thinking that this case is different because the victims are elderly.  Well, how about the 13 year old who was set on fire by two teenagers who said "you get what you deserve, white boy" while doing it?  Or how about the recent murder of a 21 year old Mississippi State University student in a dorm where the victim is white and the suspects African American? 

The fact is, while the recent coverage and statements like "blacks are under attack" will make you think that white on black crime is an epidemic, the opposite is actually true.  According to the National Crime Victimization Survey compiled by the Department of Justice, there were about 430,000 violent crimes in 2008 in which the victim was white and the perpetrator was black.  Conversely, there were only 91,000 crimes where the victim was black and the perpetrator was white.  That's almost a 5:1 ratio. 

But God forbid that the press rely on actual evidence or facts.


  1. "...after he thoroughly beat up Zimmerman"? Grainy or not, the video didn't show any evidence Zimmerman was injured. It's indeed a serious matter - under Florida's law, I could murder anyone then claim self defense. There needs to be a solid evidence of struggle - the burden should rest on Zimmerman to prove he killed out of self defense.

    1. You need a better copy and go through it frame by frame if you failed to see the injuries on the back of Zimmerman's head.

  2. There was a witness that said that Zimmerman was underneath Martin being beaten and crying for help. Also the burden of proof is always on the state to prove guilt. You dont have to lift a finger to prove your innocence.

  3. The police report clearly indicates that first aid was applied at the scene, and when the video at the police station was taken, even though it was, by some accounts four hours after the incident, injury to the back of Zimmerman's head can, despite what ABC News claimed earlier this week, be seen in the video. Frame grab illustrating this point is available at: