Framing Trayvon


FwReFwdRFrom the moment the Trayvon Martin shooting rose to the national spotlight, the story became entangled in the nation’s diseased dialogue on race. Racial arsonists like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson descended on the scene at the head of the left-wing lynch mob to force a verdict of guilty on Zimmerman because he was allegedly white. Without the benefit of evidence, George Zimmerman became a caricature of everything lynchers like Sharpton and Jackson claim America to be — hateful, bigoted and indifferent to the loss of African-American life.

Thus, provoked by years of race-baiting from the left, many conservatives have responded in kind, indulging in a parallel demonization campaign of Trayvon Martin designed as a protest against past injustices by civil rights racists against whites (think no further than the destruction of Paula Deen and the acquittal of O.J. Simpson). In an effort to right decades of racial wrongs, many conservatives have hastily embraced caricatures of Trayvon Martin, painting him as a vicious street thug who deserved his fate. Quite apart from the merits of the legal case, this unseemly effort shows the power of the racist left over the mind of the nation. A look at how this works will hopefully serve as a corrective.

One prominent example of anti-Martin slander is a chain email currently being circulated on the Internet. The photo that corresponds to the text is visible above:

Do you know who this is?

It is Little Trayvon Martin…!  At 17 yrs of age.

For those of us who thought we were well informed and weren’t…..quite the reality check. That old adage applies here: “there are two sides to every story.” 

We don’t always get the truth from the media. One of my favorite rants – the liberal controlled media, television news, newspapers, magazines, radio; all continue to show 12 year old Trayvon; NOT 17 year old Trayvon.

In fact, there are plenty of 17-year-old pictures of Trayvon available but this one (above) is not one of them. It is a photo of Jayceon Terrell Taylor, also known as “The Game,” a 32-year-old rapper from Compton, CA. Yes, Trayvon had tattoos but they didn’t look anything like this. There were two of them. One was a tattoo on his chest of two praying hands with pearls and the names of his grandmother and great-grandmother. The other was a tattoo on his wrist of his mother’s name.

Family photos of the teen shown here give a much different impression of Martin, who is seen on horseback, wearing a jacket, tie and glasses, and posing with other members of his family. Friends and family remember him as warm and funny, as well as a standout athlete with an enormous appetite. Far from being a gangbanger, Trayvon grew up in a close knit middle class family despite a divorce. His mother is a college graduate who has worked for the Miami-Dade housing authority for twenty-four years. His older brother is a well-spoken, mild-mannered senior at Florida International University. His father, a truck driver, maintained a close relationship with his son, even after the divorce. The boys regularly spent weekends at their father’s house and often were there during the week. The night he was killed, Trayvon asked his father’s permission to go to the store for the Skittles and an Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail.

According to the many texts about Trayvon, he towered over Zimmerman. Thus the chain email alleged: “In reality ‘little Trayvon’ at the time of his death stood almost 6’2′ tall and weighed 175 muscular pounds.” But according to the autopsy report Martin was actually  5’11″ tall and weighed 158 pounds, while Zimmerman was only three inches shorter and weighed 200 pounds.

Trayvon’s football coach, Jerome Horton, characterized him as a fine young man, noting that his father attempted to keep him in line when he acted up. “I’ve watched his dad take him off the field because he messed up in school. We’d beg and plead, but he would just say, ‘No, he isn’t going to play.’” On a recent “Nancy Grace Show,” Martin’s coach said he had seen Trayvon the week before the shooting. Trayvon told him he was quitting football because he wanted to go to aviation school and become a pilot. The coach said black people don’t become pilots. Martin replied, “Then I’m going to be the first.”

Trayvon had incidents of misbehavior, but none as serious as Zimmerman, who was jailed for attacking a police officer. On the other hand, the anti-Trayvon literature, of which “The Game” email is representative, portray him as an of out-of-control gangster with a criminal record, who sold drugs and “had numerous run-ins with authorities (both at school and local police).” He is described as a “drug dealing … tattooed thug whose name on one of his Facebook profiles was ‘Wild Nigga’ [and] who ‘finds’ jewelry and burglary tools on the way to school.”

But Martin’s documented “numerous run-ins with authorities” show him to be little more than a rambunctious teenager. They consist of three suspensions from school. The first one, according to his parents, was for tardiness and truancy. His second was for graffiti, when he and some of his friends wrote “W.T.F.” on a school locker. The day after that incident, a school police investigator, who had seen Martin on a surveillance camera, went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker. He discovered 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by the Miami Herald. Martin said the jewelry belonged to a friend. The jewelry was impounded and Martin’s official suspension was for the graffiti.

The third suspension was for possession of a bag with marijuana residue and a “marijuana pipe,” as reported by Miami-Dade police. Martin was not criminally charged, but the school suspended him for ten days due to its zero-tolerance drug policy. Half the populations of private schools in Beverly Hills have probably seen more serious drug use than this.

Martin has also been accused of slapping a bus driver in the face and being “almost arrested.” The basis for the claim is his Twitter account, since taken down. Martin tweeted under the handle “NO_LIMIT_NIGGA.” According to WAGIST.com, a message was sent to Martin on February 21st that read, “yu ain’t tell me yu swung on a bus driver.” The message was tweeted five days before Martin was killed. No evidence has ever emerged that Martin assaulted a bus driver, yet the story continues through rumor and misinformation.

That’s the extent of Martin’s “record.” Unlike Zimmerman, Martin had no police record.

The Game photo is far from the only fake image of Martin to have surfaced. One of those fakes was allegedly of Martin wearing “county orange” flipping off the camera with both hands, with his pants sagging down around his waist. The photo was posted on Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy.com, a conservative website. The young man in the picture was indeed of a Trayvon Martin, but it was another Trayvon Martin who is alive and well and whose relatives live in Savannah, GA. Twitchy.com issued an apology.

Perhaps Trayvon Martin isn’t a candidate for sainthood. The 17-year-old used foul language, made obscene gestures on camera, probably smoked marijuana, and engaged in other troublesome teenage behavior. But he was no gangster. Perhaps he was too volatile that night when Zimmerman followed him. Perhaps Zimmerman did fear for his life in the scuffle that ensued. Perhaps the failure of the prosecution to establish that it wasn’t a case of self-defense means that Zimmerman should be acquitted. Nonetheless, what happened should be seen as a tragedy involving two well-meaning individuals who acted without fully appreciating the possible consequences of their actions. It should not be seen as an acting out of the nation’s melodrama on race. That is reserved for the crowds of spectators who have clamored for a verdict before the trial and distorted the facts but who, in a more healthy time, would have left the wheels of justice to turn on their own.

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  • Roy_Cam

    Somebody somewhere on the right pained the wrong picture of Martin? YES. Point well made. But the comments are a lot better and more truthful and objective than the article.

    • ziggy zoggy

      How do we know that a conservative originated this stupid photo or that it was meant to deceive? It was more likely a prank or hoax that got passed on by people who didn’t know any better.

  • AmericaFirst

    Blacks effectively function as their own early warning system: they look bad, they sound bad, and they frequently smell bad. This is nature’s way of alerting White people to keep their distance.

  • NAHALKIDES

    I think Ahlert goes a little too far here. It wouldn’t be a problem if he had just said “There are a lot of facts we don’t know,” but he proceeded as if he did know all the facts. If Martin broke Zimmerman’s nose and slammed his head into the concrete without Zimmerman having attacked him first, then his behavior was indeed that of a thug. If as Zimmerman claims Martin told Zimmerman that he was going to die, and if he was reaching for Zimmerman’s gun, then he himself had the intent to commit murder. We don’t know if Zimmerman’s story is true, but Ahlert doesn’t know that it’s false and shouldn’t have proceeded as though he knew it was.

  • JDS

    I actually believe more false damning evidence has been released about Zimmerman than Martin. Martin did have a history of drug abuse, possession of stolen goods, and his father has been photographed throwing down gang symbols. Do I believe Zimmerman should have been following him by foot? No. But I also no longer believe Martin was an innocent bystander. Evidence shows he attacked the shorter man he deemed a creepy-a** cracker”. Martin tried to play tough and got caught at his own game. If he truly felt threatened, he could have called 911 instead of talking to that unfortunate girl/woman while uttering racial epithets.

    • 8ball

      “Do I believe Zimmerman should have been following him by foot?”

      There were break-ins in the community committed by black youths. Z had every right to follow Martin. Your wimpy thumb sucking is despicable. Grow one.

      • JDS

        You obviously failed to understand my post. I did not say Zimmerman should not have done his job as a neighborhood watchman. I said he should not have been following Martin on foot because a.) he was told he didn’t need to follow him, and b.) following Martin on foot put Zimmerman at risk. He had no way of knowing if Martin had a weapon or how volatile he was.

        • The March Hare

          When the police NEN operator asked him if he was following him and he replied in the affirmative, it was then he was told he didn’t need to do that., Zimmerman’s reply was “OK”. He then later said he was returning to his truck after being told that.

          • Winghunter

            A dispatcher has NO authority to give any orders and saying, “We don’t need you to do that.” is a bunch of crap. Zimmerman knew well that if he couldn’t keep the suspect in sight then the cops who would arrive have no idea where to look.

          • The March Hare

            Are you aware that they played the recordings of the call and listening to that is where I got that.

        • http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/ Federale

          He wasn’t told not to, he was told he did not need to do that, but, in the end, he never did follow Martin. When he was attacked, he was walking back to his truck. Martin was the aggressor.

  • Dennis Opihory

    just a rambunctious teenager? wow.

  • Nancy Albert

    When Sharpton dropped this case after one march, it was obvious this was another failed attempt to locate a legitimate white on black crime to illustrate the narrative. Sharpton hasn’t found a case in his entire career.

  • Dale B. Kemp

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    • ziggy zoggy

      I saw it but I have no interest in working as a cabana boy for Barney Frank.

  • m4253y

    Listen Arnold, your middle of the road ‘why can’t we all just get along’ misses the glaring statistics of blacks within the USA.

    Face it, blacks despise whites and to this day, this minute, they hold all non blacks the fault of something they dream up about issues past from a bygone time.

    What about the friend of TM who was the first witness on the stand? Her description of white people as relayed by TM was in her words, no where near racist.

    What about the facts that TM was going down the road of the all too often destination most young black males end up? Uneducated, and in jail. Over 70% of the prisons and jails within the USA are blacks. 10% of the USA dominates in prison attendance. Why is that?

    Why is it that well over the majority of gun offences and crimes are from blacks.

    Where I live, 9 out of 10 gun related crimes involve blacks? Why is that? Why is it that the majority of blacks in the USA are single parent homes? Why is that?

    Over 50% of abortions in the USA are by blacks. Why is that?

    Shall I go on?

    There exists a cultural breakdown among the black population in the USA that is getting worse, especially since the muslim in chief came to the throne. Higher unemployment and greater government benefit dependency are two of many to name.

    You Arnold know very well that TM was going down the same road that most black youth unfortunately end up. Face it, he hated whites, especially the “creepy-ass cracker” and intended to smash his head open, case closed.

    Save your “why can’t we all just get along” speech for the blacks who need to fix their numerous issues within their culture, upbringing, you name it. Bring that discussion to the surface and force the black community to address their issues and then the healing will begin Until then, it will get much worse, much!

    • 8ball

      Courageously and well said.

      • m4253y

        thank you 8ball…this article is a disgrace and disingenuous at best to any and all fair and reasonable minded individuals. Keep the faith.

  • Anamah

    Arnold I thing you have lost perspective of the soap the novel that was being built to create friction and no doubt generating more tragedies…

    Maybe your remarks could be self explained by the lynching mobs organized at the beginning. Do you remember that?…the corrupt media and democratic party… specially when the president, imprudent as he use to be called Trayvon Martin his hypothetical son…even before the trial was set…Zimmerman lynching was over.

    You know that kind of cheap resource leftist like. Anyone of them felt compassion for the kid and his parents … no, they made necessary to dissect the event exposing them without safety belts.

    They took this case as a tool to agitate American society, as provocateurs in the search of collusions as effective community organizers do. Injecting race was their way to inflict racial hate to explain a crime where that is a non-existent cause.

  • k9base2012

    Trayvon toes up -yea he looks like a baby-baloney

    • ziggy zoggy

      I notice that the front of Martin’s pants are wet from the knees down, which is consistent with both eyewitnesses (Zimmerman and a neighbor) who described him as having been straddling Zimmerman in the wet grass and pummeling him.

      Anybody care to dispute this????

      • ziggy zoggy

        And why are the only signs of blood (which I have verified from multiple sources) from “WARM AND FUNNY” Twayvon well to the right of his body? Why is the huge pool of blood caused by a human being bled out, hidden even farther to his right? is it because Twayvon was OBVIOIUSLY rolled over onto his back after he died?

        Anybody care to dispute this?

  • mcbee555

    It’s nauseating to see a Trayvon Martin photo because all the media ever presents is a facial photo of 13 year-old Trayvon. Seeing the photo carried today, in this article, is the first time I’ve seen it. There must be photos available of George Zimmerman. It would be only fair for the media to request from Mrs. Zimmerman, George’s mother, a photo of a 13 year-old Geprge Zimmerman. (or that approximate age)
    Then we’d know that the media is not trying to influence the outcome of the trial.
    Frankly, I doubt the media is interested in being fair, it’s more interested in sponsoring another tragedy.

  • ziggy zoggy

    The jewelry include several women’s wedding rings. I’m sure plenty of Trayvon’s schoolmates have had babies already but I seriously doubt that he has a married friend who owns multiple wedding rings. Please. The cops did match up a burglary report that matched Trayvon’s loot, but it was only due to police corruption and a cover up. The cop responsible worked for the school police force and his boss is a school administrator who enforced a corrupt policy of not arresting students so that the school district could artificially lowball its crime statistics, The top cop was fired when he tried to use IA to find and punish whichever cop leaked the scandal. Last I knew, the loot was still in an evidence room. The story can be found at conservativetreehouse.com

    Martin was a punk.

  • solos42

    Trayvon sucker punched Zimmerman- ? No one has a right to lay a hand on another. After being pounded into the pavement Zimmerman defended himself. BTW Zimmerman has a right of freedom of movement, and that means getting out of his vehicle to spot Martin, as he was asked ‘where is the subject?’ Martin initiated the mix up with the sucker punch. Martin wasn’t wearing his Arnold Ahlert halo at the time of the encounter. Who is Arnold Ahlert?

  • Winghunter

    THIS is why Martin had no record:

    Trayvon Martin’s Involvement In Local Burglaries Covered Up By Media, School, Police, Prosecutors

    http://patdollard.com/2013/06/trayvon-martins-involvement-in-local-burglaries-covered-up-by-media-school-police/

    Now lets talk about what he was bringing home from the store:

    Arizona Watermelon juice, cough syrup, Skittles & Trayvon Martin http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/05/24/update-26-part-2-trayvon-martin-shooting-a-year-of-drug-use-culminates-in-predictable-violence/

    • ziggy zoggy

      Ahlert, Horowitz and others pay heed. Do the right thing.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Winghunter, that was a great example of research over emotion.
      Did you FPM wagon circlers see it? You need to. Just because I like you doesn’t mean I agree with you when you are dead wrong.

    • AmPlatt

      You have done your DD my man, kudos !

  • harkin

    What a strange article. It starts out by complaining about one-sided prejudice and then lays out a case of one-sided prejudice.

  • BillBissenas

    You mean the kids who was suspended from school, was smoking marijuana, took pictures with guns, his middle finger up, and who beat a guy mma style who he thought was unarmed? You mean that innocent kid?

  • robin Grace

    Looks like Front Page forgot who is the real victim here. Justice. And so you add to the dis information and twist it to fit a view of… Martin being a young pup not knowing what he is doing,. That is just a sad piece of journalism.

    FACTS THAT DON’T MATTER

    1. Testimony of eyewitnesses confirms George Zimmerman’s statements.
    2. Testimony of police officers confirms George Zimmerman’s statements.
    3. Testimony of Gun Shot Wound expert “Trayvon was on top of George.”
    4. “Trayvon’s shirt was hanging down GSR proves that GZ is telling the truth.”
    5. Testimony of TM’s drug use, that he had been smoking pot that night.
    6. Testimony of TM’s cell phone, TM was a fighter and enjoyed it.
    7. Testimony of TM’s Dad saying that the voice calling for help was not TM.
    8. Testimony of GSW expert, “His injuries were serious, needed Doctor.”
    9. Testimony of police officers that GZ was telling the truth.
    10. Testimony of GZ has never changed.
    11. Testimony that TM was a troubled, out of control teen.
    12. Testimony that Sanford DA was in a hurry to file charges.
    13. Testimony of the immense political pressure on Sanford DA.
    14. Testimony of TM’s Facebook – He used drugs
    15. Testimony from girl who wrote a letter she then couldn’t read.
    16. Testimony that TM had time to get to his father’s house but didn’t go.
    17. Testimony that non-emergency operator told GZ to keep an eye on TM and when he lost sight of TM and tried to locate him, operator told him to get back in his car.
    18. Testimony that GZ did as told and was jumped before he got to his car.
    19. Testimony that his injuries were consistent with his story from day one.

    FACTS THAT DO MATTER

    1. Trayvon Martin was black.

    • AmPlatt

      Kid was “robo trippin to boot! ” Watch the video. Kid is obviously messed up.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Yep. Whitey must die, even “white Hispanics,” whatever they are.

      • http://smu.gs/L1p7XU winston

        “whatever they are” They’re your close cousins, fool.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDknzZ9b6rg
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teyvcs2S4mI

        • ziggy zoggy

          Yeah, we’re all related. That doesn’t change the fact that different races exist. The BBC? Really? could there possibly be a less reliable source of propaganda?

          And I notice that
          mitrorochondrial DNA proves that Whites came out of Africa and populated Europe and Australia first. All the other races came later.

          • ziggy zoggy

            Except Negritos. They are probably the oldest group.

          • ARETHEYNUTS

            There is only one race…The Human Race.

  • robin Grace

    H//t from another journalist: Front page left out recent info that the jewelry found in Martin’s backpack were tied to a burglary not far from his school. The school his the info so as to “reduce crime” in schools. The jewelry was turned over to police as “found items” and sat unnoticed at the police station until recent

  • robin Grace

    So you didn’t watch the trial south wood. Fine. but remember this one huge fact. Zimmerman was told by 911 to go back to his car, and as he was going back, Martin jumped him. That tells it all.

    • southwood

      How did you know I didn’t watch the trial ? You are correct. I only saw a clip where some really stupid black girl (IQ less than 100 I’d say with confidence ) was on the stand as a prosecution witness. I am in the UK. I have read a good deal over the last year or so on the trial. So what’s the point you are trying to make other than telling me what I already know ?

      • Abort Leftists

        Dude, you get a point from me just for “keeping it real”,as our dear angelic yoof say here, in the U.K.

        You guys are sterling.

      • MLCBLOG

        My own observation is that people in the UK have a tough time grasping the American experience.

        • southwood

          Well, then, what is it I am not grasping in this case ? I don’t see anything particularly American in the circumstances of the case. Only the racial overtones are somewhat different due to the racial situation in the US. However as one who has been watching the American scene for years (admittedly mostly through the lens of conservative websites like FPM) I reckon I have a better grasp than most Brits of the situation across the pond. People comment about affairs in other countries all the time. Lots of Americans comment on articles about the UK on British newspaper sites. I know there are nuances in different places but how is that relevant in this trial ?

          • MLCBLOG

            Nothing. I apologize. I have a raw nerve on this and was taking it out on you. I was just letting off steam and not appropriately.

            I do have a pet peeve about people coming over here because they want what we have and then when they get here they want us to do things the way they did back home (which they left!)

            Anyhow, here’s another web site on this, just for fun.

            http://pjmedia.com/blog/deconstructing-the-trayvon-martin-narrative-nothing-left-to-argue/

  • Tina Trenner

    All I know is that if I was having my head smashed on the cement, I would not wait to see if the next hit would be the one that split my head open. I would have shot him too…and I feel just awful for his family…but self defense is a natural instinct.

  • http://smu.gs/L1p7XU winston

    Let’s hope the jury does the right thing and convicts this fool. Both were foolish that night, but only one caused the other man’s death and got to go home, that night. Under FL’s stand your ground law,, you dont even have to make contact
    with the other person.You only have to believe your life is in danger. Something Trayvon Martin could argue, were he still alive. Once he saw ‘this spooky cracker following me” he was already fearful of George and did what he could to avoid him.That probably made him look guiltier to George.Basically, two idiots met in the night. but there was nothing done to George Zimmerman by Trayvon Martin that merited the use of deadly force.
    They showed a clip from an interview with Sean Hannity where Zim is asked, if you could go back and do anything different would you? And he answers no! You gotta be pretty heartless. He’s in denial, or to stupid (I really believe he has a room temp IQ this guy, I mean clearly. Look what he did) to know how negligent and responsible for what happened, he is, I dont know. Either way, let’s hope we dont get a case of jury nullification, -as we saw in OJ’s murder trial. What is today, a textbook example of how not to process a crime scene and how not to prosecute a murder case.

  • MLCBLOG

    FP is really letting me down on this one. No ability to recognize the jewelry or the impact on GZ of getting one’s head cracked against the concrete over and over. How many bonks does it take? to do what? Scary. I know because it happened to me.

    FP is very intellectual about it, and further it seems they are racially prejudiced in favor of dear little TM and are in denial about his being a thug in the hood, a petty theft, and an all-around bad apple, about whom GZ may rightfully have been vigilant, since it apparently appeared that TM was possibly up to same, i.e., more burglary.

  • MLCBLOG

    I think it was meant as sarcasm.

  • Sandy
  • JenniferGranholm

    Article started out very strong and reasonable only to degrade into apologies for another black youth gone awry. If these are the standards for a black youth, is it any wonder they behave as they do?

  • suzyshopper

    U know doggone well, if Trayvon who is black,killed a white George Zimmerman,we wouldn’t even be hearing about the case, there would be no rioting in the streets, or beating up of blacks, by white ppl.What gives blacks the idea,that because something doesn’t go their way, u have a right, too destroy property, and kill ppl, who u don’t even know?If whites thought the same way, we would’ve been in the streets rioting about the not guilty verdict for the oj Simpson trial, there was some evidence, pointing that he killed them.You remember the LA riots over the Rodney King beating , where were those same ppl when Reginald Denny , got pulled from his truck on news video, and they caved in the side of his face with a brick, how much news coverage did it get, not much, because the liberal news media, didnt want it to look like a racial crime. No we can’t have that , it would actually make ppl who use the race card , look just as racists as white ppl!!!