Sunday, March 25, 2012

Martin and Zimmerman: I don't know what happened, and neither do you.

I have been carefully following the saga of the alleged shooting of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman down in Florida. It has been an amusing chain of events to observe.

To begin the timeline, we start with the perplexing fact that the incident itself happened back in late February, but somehow the lamestream news media did not become obsessed with it until the middle of March - coincidentally right around the time that the media-manufactured reporting about the Republican "war on women" was fizzling out after conservative pundits and bloggers began pointing to the plethora of examples of lefties like Bill Maher and Ed Schultz saying far worse things than Rush Limbaugh could imagine. Sooooo, on to the next media attempt at deflecting public attention to the horrific job that Obama is doing as our president. Since the "war on women" turned out to be a flop, I guess the news media is now trying a "war on blacks" meme instead. The Martin/Zimmerman affair is just what I believe to be the opening salvo.

When the national reporting about Martin and Zimmerman began, Zimmerman was repeatedly referred to as a "white neighborhood watch captain." This was most likely based on the initial police report of the incident that described Zimmerman as white. Media sites began scrubbing the word "white" once a photograph of George Zimmerman was released and it was painfully obvious that he was not White - he was Hispanic/Amerindian. Of course, common law enforcement practice is to describe Hispanic crime victims as Hispanic, but Hispanic crime suspects as White.

Then, since the shooter turned out to also be a minority, the news media who had jumped the gun and tried to make it a black/white thing, simply downplayed the fact that Zimmerman is Hispanic, and tried to make the 17 year-old Trayvon Martin seem as innocent as possible by only showing outdated photos of him and emphasizing that he was only walking home armed with Skittles and an iced tea, and that he was accosted by the overzealous neighborhood watch captain, Zimmerman.

That last description seems to have been the one that seems to have stuck over the last week or so, as just about everyone in the chattering class - Statist or Conservative - has condemned George Zimmerman for his allegedly aggressive and racially profiling ways.

But now, even that story might collapse, as a witness to the incident is now affirming that he saw Trayvon Martin on top of George Zimmerman, and that Zimmerman was yelling for help. Additionally, the same police report that the media depended on to describe Zimmerman as white also stated that a responding police officer found Zimmerman's back wet with dew and grass stains, and the back of his head and his nose wet with blood. If Zimmerman supposedly shot down Martin in cold blood, as many protesters seem to attest, then how did Zimmerman sustain these injuries?

The bottom line, is that I have know idea what happened; I wasn't there. Yet I see my TV screen filled with the faces of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama, and their many sign-carrying minions talking and acting as if they do know what happened.

I have more to say on this topic, but once a post reaches a certain length, I know a lot of people give up and either skim or skip. In the meantime, people around the country need to cool their jets on this one and stop trying to turn one person into a saint and another into a sinner. Life is rarely that simple.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be." -Thomas Jefferson

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