Like the rest of the country, I’ve been following the Trayvon Martin case and trying to make sense of it all. And like everyone else, I initially made some pre-judgments of my own based on the small bit of information fed to me through the mainstream media, which has been grossly misleading in its portrayal of both Martin and Zimmerman. Once again, the media has manipulated our emotions and painted a picture of the worst kind, intentionally meant to heighten racial tensions during this already racially hostile political season. The implication of racism is so powerful, that the race baiters and political predators, like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, are using Martin’s death for political gain. Even the President himself—Obama—couldn’t resist the temptation to invoke race in his analysis of the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman incident, citing that “If I had a son, HE WOULD LOOK LIKE Trayvon.”
If only the media could have its day in court because it is responsible for continually inciting racism among both blacks and whites. On one hand, the mainstream media continually portrays blacks as violent criminals, evoking fear and distrust of black people among white Americans. On the other hand, the media often depicts blacks as victims of white racist police brutality, of course inciting anger, hostility, and distrust of white people and police among blacks. We know all blacks are not violent criminals and all white police are not racist, but these stories, whether they be true or not, make for the best news and biggest television and newspaper ratings. I say, shame on the media for its part in hindering race relations in America, and shame on us for allowing the media to play on our worst fears for profit.
Concerning the death of Trayvon Martin, I believe that this story is tragic for all involved. Martin’s mother and father have lost their son to violence, and Zimmerman took a human life. The crossing paths of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin have changed many lives forever. Because of this senseless tragedy, a community is heartbroken and people all over the country are divided on this issue. I grieve with the mother of Martin, and the rest of Martin’s family and friends. I hope and pray that they find peace, and their hearts are comforted as they seek answers to all of their questions.
As well, I hope and pray that Zimmerman is not unfairly tried in the court of public opinion, and that for his sake and for all’s sake that truth and justice prevails—whatever that truth may be. I hope and pray that Zimmerman’s friends, his parents, his wife and his children are safe, regardless of the outcome of this debacle; they have already become targets of rage, as organizations such as the New Black Panthers have given a $10, 000 dollar incentive for serious harm to come to Zimmerman and his family when they put out a bounty on “the man who shot Trayvon Martin”—George Zimmerman.
Yet, this tragedy is not unlike any other. Trayvon Martin’s die every day! Thanks to organizations like Planned Parenthood, many Trayvon Martin’s are killed right in their mother’s womb at the hands of abortion doctors in clinics all over America. As of yet, no arrests have been made. Many Trayvon Martins are killed in the streets from stray bullets as a result of gang wars. No arrests. Many senseless deaths and killings of black, white, brown, and yellow Trayvon Martin’s every day. To blacks, are we so sensitive towards race and desensitized to violence that only the perception of racism can motivate us to march against violence? It seems so.
This case is still being investigated and facts are coming out day by day. Until Zimmerman’s day in court, I pray that calm heads prevail. I pray for the healing of our nation and call on the violence to stop. Let us not only be outraged at the death of Trayvon Martin, but every life that is senselessly taken. From the womb to the tomb, every life is precious.