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.