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THIS ISN'T ABOUT TRAYVON
boblonsberry.com ^ | 03/26/12 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 03/26/2012 5:02:45 PM PDT by shortstop

I didn’t shoot Trayvon Martin.

And neither did the nation, the police or the criminal justice system.

It wasn’t his hoodie or the gun law or what it means to be black in America.

It was two guys in a Florida subdivision. One of them was a 17-year-old who seems to have been innocent. The other was a 28-year-old who seems to have been belligerent.

How it went down, we don’t yet know. One guy had a bloody head, the other guy had a bullet hole. One was a mostly model citizen, the other was a mostly model student.

And now the president says we need national soul searching. Al Sharpton says we need justice. Any number of protests say we need dialogue. The Million Hoodie marchers say we need racial respect.

What I think we need is less exploitation.

We need less twisting of tragedy into political advantage. We need less grandstanding and fewer crocodile tears.

Because this is about a dead young man. It’s about grieving a life needlessly lost. And it’s about justice in that matter. It’s about finding out whether or not the law was broken and if it was, if the lawbreaker is going to be held accountable.

That’s what it’s about.

It’s not about anything else.

No matter what the president says, no matter what the protestors chant, no matter what the race baiters wish.

Unfortunately, this tragedy has been co-opted by people with political axes to grind. The death of this young man has been twisted to advance the agendas of politicians, civil-rights activists, occupiers, and cop haters.

And that is all illegitimate.

That is all an exploitation.

It is completely illogical to extrapolate the events of that night to make statements about either American law enforcement or race relations. To project the supposed actions of one man onto an entire nation is to abandon common sense and fairness.

Similarly, to designate Trayvon Martin as a representative of all young black men, or of all young black men who wear hoodies, is unfair to his memory and a fundamental distortion.

Some of what is being said is simply inane. The platitudes of political correctness, looked at with the light of honesty, become manipulations and pretentions.

Like the president’s statement that his son would look like Trayvon Martin.

That was intended to be a coded statement about race, an identification with a racial upset that is, possibly not coincidentally, beneficial to the president’s re-election prospects. It essentially translates to, “I am black, too.”

Otherwise, the assertion that his son would look like Trayvon Martin is the equivalent of the old racist claim that all black people look alike. Because, actually, if the Obamas had a son, it is unlikely that he truly would look very much like Trayvon Martin. The Obamas are taller and their daughters are thinner, with facial features nothing like those of Trayvon Martin.

In point of fact, if the first family did have a son, he would probably look nothing like Trayvon Martin.

The only similarity between the young men would be their approximate skin color.

And it is unfortunate when the president of the United States makes skin color a significant identifier or issue.

Some activists have turned this into an attack on the police. They have talked about arrest rates for black people, racial profiling, alleged sentencing differences, supposed disrespect for minority youth by the police. It has been a long and angry litany. And those arguments, pressed by anti-police activists for decades, may or may not have validity.

But they have nothing to do with Trayvon Martin. They are completely extraneous to this tragedy.

There is also an aspect of the response to this homicide that is about the race of the attacker, not the race of the victim.

Unfortunately, there are a great many black 17-year-old lads who are gunned down each year. Worse, black children even younger are murdered on a regular basis. Almost every big city has sad tales of black toddlers and infants killed violently. Little kids out playing, or supposedly safe within the walls of their own homes, are killed by random or purposeful violence.

And yet I don’t recall a national outcry over them.

Yes, there may be a candlelight vigil, and somebody will usually say something for the news cameras, but absolutely nothing like the current national outrage has happened.

In the vast majority of those cases, the killer was black. Black on black crime in which 17-year-olds lose their lives is sadly commonplace.

It’s not the race of the victim that has caused the current upset – it is the race of the gunman. That conclusion is unavoidable.

So, too, is the conclusion that this tragedy is being exploited. Trayvon Martin’s death is being used.

And that’s not right.

Yes, we should watch this case and follow the evidence and the decision of officials. But, no, we should not turn it into another opportunity for racial polarization.


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Unfortunately, this tragedy has been co-opted by people with political axes to grind. The death of this young man has been twisted to advance the agendas of politicians, civil-rights activists, occupiers, and cop haters.
1 posted on 03/26/2012 5:02:56 PM PDT by shortstop
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To: shortstop
One of them was a 17-year-old who seems to have been innocent. The other was a 28-year-old who seems to have been belligerent.

Nothing twisted there! /s

2 posted on 03/26/2012 5:06:37 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: shortstop

BS one of was innocent and one of em was ‘belligerent’.

Just BS.


3 posted on 03/26/2012 5:07:06 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: shortstop

WRONG! Must have been written a day or two ago, before the “mostly model student” turned out to be a typical ghetto denizen of his age, i.e a model thug.


4 posted on 03/26/2012 5:07:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: shortstop
Unfortunately, this tragedy has been co-opted by people with political axes to grind.

There's good money in axe-grinding.

5 posted on 03/26/2012 5:07:44 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: shortstop
"It was two guys in a Florida subdivision. One of them was a 17-year-old who seems to have been innocent. The other was a 28-year-old who seems to have been belligerent."

If by innocent you mean punching a guy and repeatedly smashing his head into the ground. And by belligerent you mean defending ones self, then ya I agree with you.


6 posted on 03/26/2012 5:09:12 PM PDT by JoSixChip (santorum is Mr Rogers without a spine. Check his record, not his rhetoric.)
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To: shortstop

santorum..is that you?


7 posted on 03/26/2012 5:09:54 PM PDT by JoSixChip (santorum is Mr Rogers without a spine. Check his record, not his rhetoric.)
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To: shortstop

Model student? We knew last week that had been suspended from school for five days,


8 posted on 03/26/2012 5:11:35 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: TigersEye

How many model students beat up their bus driver and get suspended for doing dope?


9 posted on 03/26/2012 5:12:26 PM PDT by NavVet ("You Lie!")
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To: shortstop

Obama and the democrats are using black people in the way a cat toys with a mouse, while he tortures it and watches it slowly die. It’s really sick.


10 posted on 03/26/2012 5:13:10 PM PDT by reasonisfaith (Or, more accurately---reason serves faith. See W.L. Craig, R. Zacharias, Erwin Lutzer, and others.)
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To: shortstop; TigersEye

” It was two guys in a Florida subdivision. One of them was a 17-year-old who seems to have been innocent. The other was a 28-year-old who seems to have been belligerent.

How it went down, we don’t yet know. One guy had a bloody head, the other guy had a bullet hole. One was a mostly model citizen, the other was a mostly model student.”

Model student expelled for holding a bag with drug residue....I finished dinner...please pass the ice cream.


11 posted on 03/26/2012 5:13:19 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Freddd
BS one of was innocent and one of em was ‘belligerent’.

I think that would have been better phrased as "One is portrayed as innocent, the other portrayed as belligerent."
12 posted on 03/26/2012 5:13:24 PM PDT by HushTX (I make libs rage quit.)
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To: NavVet

I heard one story say he took a swing at the bus driver and another say he was caught with an empty marijuana baggie but not that he beat up a bus driver or was caught doing dope.


13 posted on 03/26/2012 5:16:22 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: shortstop

In talking about this case both Jesse Jackson and Karen Finney made references to Voting Rights legislation, which seemed oddly tangential.

This could be the true political motivation for the two Revs and others trying to exploit this


14 posted on 03/26/2012 5:16:52 PM PDT by almcbean
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To: stephenjohnbanker

And the popcorn!


15 posted on 03/26/2012 5:17:28 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: shortstop

It also has nothing to do if he would look like Obama’s hypothetical son, or not.

This is to enrage the blacks for the 2012 election. It is also to shift focus off Fast and Furious and try to reclaim the gun issue.


16 posted on 03/26/2012 5:17:31 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: TigersEye

Model student? I wish I could condemn him to read all 100+ pages from Trayvon’s twitter account.


17 posted on 03/26/2012 5:17:59 PM PDT by MNDude
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To: TigersEye
"I heard one story say he took a swing at the bus driver and another say he was caught with an empty marijuana baggie but not that he beat up a bus driver or was caught doing dope."

The distinction being that taking action with the full intent of doing a bad deed in not as bad as actually accomplishing the deed?
18 posted on 03/26/2012 5:19:12 PM PDT by JoSixChip (santorum is Mr Rogers without a spine. Check his record, not his rhetoric.)
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To: shortstop
Captain Zimmmeman is and was a model officer in the NW and was attacked for no reason by Trayvon who was allegedly stalking the streets with criminal intent.
19 posted on 03/26/2012 5:20:10 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: JoSixChip

The distinction being one version is what has been reported and the other is artistic fiction.


20 posted on 03/26/2012 5:20:28 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: shortstop
..."the other was a mostly model student."

LOL!! Sure he was.

21 posted on 03/26/2012 5:25:03 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: TigersEye

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/26/2714778/thousands-expected-at-trayvon.html

If that’s a model student, I’d hate to see a bad one...


22 posted on 03/26/2012 5:25:17 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: TigersEye

patato/patoto as far as I’m concerned. If you want to go after “artistic fiction” you might try reviewing the way the media is portraying this whole event. The actual facts of the case, police report and eye witness account, show this as a clear case of self defense. But you go ahead and focus on the trivial if you want.


23 posted on 03/26/2012 5:25:33 PM PDT by JoSixChip (santorum is Mr Rogers without a spine. Check his record, not his rhetoric.)
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To: shortstop
When they stop showing a picture of a 13 year old and show a proper picture of TM at the age of 17 then they will be going in the right direction. It's similar to a lion mauling a child then showing the picture of the lion as a cub it's very deceptive.
24 posted on 03/26/2012 5:27:17 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Grammar & spelling maybe wrong, get over it, the world will not come to an end!)
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To: shortstop; Dengar01; Clintonfatigued; sickoflibs

I agree. Both left and right are needlessly making this a political cause celebre. Lots of knee jerk reactions.


25 posted on 03/26/2012 5:27:31 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: TigersEye

The boob probably went to print before all the stuff poured out about Martin. How many times do these guys have to have egg on their faces before they get their act together??

The unbelievably stupid and cynical Mike Barnacle was busily lying about the case on Morning Joe this morning.


26 posted on 03/26/2012 5:29:15 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: JoSixChip
So if they embellish and twist the facts it's OK if we do it too? Go right ahead but I will call you on it.

The actual facts of the case, police report and eye witness account, show this as a clear case of self defense.

I agree but that is totally irrelevant to my response above and irrelevant to whatever happened with Trayvon and the bus driver/marijuana baggie.

27 posted on 03/26/2012 5:30:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: ltc8k6

You don’t have to convince me but I do thank you for the link.


28 posted on 03/26/2012 5:31:48 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: mass55th

Didn’t you know that according to the MSM all students in inner city schools are Honor Students. I have heard this meme about teenage thugs for the last thirty years. They are always honor students.


29 posted on 03/26/2012 5:32:17 PM PDT by gusty
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To: shortstop

“One of them was a 17-year-old who seems to have been innocent. “

BS. Innocent people don’t attack someone walking away and beat them bloody. That is called assault and is a crime.


30 posted on 03/26/2012 5:33:09 PM PDT by CodeToad (I'm so right-wing if I lifted my left leg I'd go into a spin.)
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To: miss marmelstein

The blog is dated today but I didn’t click on the link to check the date at the site. It seems just as twisted as any media version of events.


31 posted on 03/26/2012 5:34:20 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Uncle Slayton

I have read at least a dozen of your posts in various threads on this subject, and every one of them has a surplus of sarcasm but add little or nothing to the discussion.

Sarcasm is both fun and valuable in forums like FR, but that can’t be your entire range of discourse.

What exactly is your view on this situation? I am curious.


32 posted on 03/26/2012 5:35:06 PM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: shortstop

I agree with the point Lonsberry is making here (though we’re learning more about the FACTS each day)..the left and in particular the hustlers like Sharpton and Jackson are shamelessly exploiting the death of this young man and his family’s sorrow.

I live about 8 miles from where this happened and can tell you it’s VERY tense here. People have drawn sides like nothing I’ve seen in years and no one gives a damn about the facts- WHATEVER they may teach us.

Civilian workers at some local PD’s are being escorted by security to and from work- that’s how serious the threats are to local law enforcement.

Lonsberry is correct- this is NOT about Martin. This is about stoking the fires of bitterness, resentment, misunderstanding and utter hate.


33 posted on 03/26/2012 5:36:04 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: shortstop

If anything, this whole mess should be about teaching kids (black and white) to stop glorifying the gangster lifestyle.

Pull up your pants, respect others, quit trying to out-gangster each other, learn a trade, stay in and do well in school, stop making fatherless babies, go to church..

Can I get an amen?


34 posted on 03/26/2012 5:37:19 PM PDT by ImProudToBeAnAmerican (The real problem is pResident Fail actually believes his own BS.)
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To: gusty
"Didn’t you know that according to the MSM all students in inner city schools are Honor Students."

I don't think they're referring to their academic accomplishments, but their sexual accomplishments: On her...off her.

Couldn't resist ;-)

35 posted on 03/26/2012 5:39:01 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: TigersEye

Well, he may have just decided to lie about the kid, who knows? But I’m sure editors are egging on their stupid columnists to write quick, lazily-researched opinion pieces on this strange and awful story.


36 posted on 03/26/2012 5:41:12 PM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican
If anything, this whole mess should be about teaching kids (black and white) to stop glorifying the gangster lifestyle.

Amen!

37 posted on 03/26/2012 5:41:40 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: gusty; TigersEye; Impy; sickoflibs

” Didn’t you know that according to the MSM all students in inner city schools are Honor Students. I have heard this meme about teenage thugs for the last thirty years. They are always honor students.”

You never heard of (AP) G ?

That is Advanced Placement Gangsta

Been around .....oh....30 years : )

Also, all newspaper articles about the sons & daughters of

illegal immigrants are only written about honor students.

Why? It is because all sons & daughters of illegal

immigrants, are INDEED all honor students : )


38 posted on 03/26/2012 5:42:34 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: mass55th

To me Martin’s demise means the taxpayers will have one less of his kind to support with full room & board....including gym facilities in a Crossbars Hotel.......


39 posted on 03/26/2012 5:43:11 PM PDT by geege
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To: shortstop
Little Trayvon, aka “NO_LIMIT_NIGGA,” had just been suspeneded from school.

The Daily Caller obtains Trayvon Martin’s tweets

40 posted on 03/26/2012 5:43:22 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: shortstop

41 posted on 03/26/2012 5:44:14 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: ImProudToBeAnAmerican

“The meek shall inherit the earth”

Meekness is despised, Yet it underlies the thinking of those on both sides. Those who blame Zimmerman make him out to be lacking in it, those who blame Martin make him out to be lacking in it (I think the evidence supports this view).

The larger tragedy here is that simple virtue- which all men do learn in their life- is condemned or ignored in the discussion of this event. It is hard to teach a young man meekness without destroying their spirit but it is done all the time.
Hopefully before they jump someone with a gun for asking them what they’re doing.

Amen!


42 posted on 03/26/2012 5:47:29 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
That is Advanced Placement Gangsta

There is a gang sign for that.


43 posted on 03/26/2012 5:48:12 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: NavVet
Did he? Our district expels students who bring an aspirin to school ~ the authorities argue that teachers can't tell the difference between aspirin and other drugs.

The current story is about an empty bag.

That's one of those "Trigger Words' ~ empty means empty. All means all. None means none.

I can believe a kid could get expelled for having an empty bag ~

That, btw, is one of the big reasons to eliminate public schools.

44 posted on 03/26/2012 5:48:47 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: geege
"To me Martin’s demise means the taxpayers will have one less of his kind to support with full room & board."

Exactly. And more than likely, the little darling was destined to be blown away by one of his fellow thugs anyway.

45 posted on 03/26/2012 5:49:27 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: shortstop

Great article.


46 posted on 03/26/2012 5:52:21 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Anybody but Obama or Romney!)
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To: mrsmith

We each have a blind spot. It appears to me that in the encounter between Zimmerman and Martin, ego met ego, pride met pride, and blind spot met blind spot.

I don’t even know what my blind spot might be, even though a few recent dramatic events should have taught me. Did my blind spot contribute to the defeats? I don’t know.


47 posted on 03/26/2012 5:52:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: TigersEye

LOL!

I forgot....the only (AP) course Obama ever took was Teleprompter.


48 posted on 03/26/2012 5:53:44 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: TigersEye
I am always looking for an appropriate time to post this animated GIF file I created during the election...


49 posted on 03/26/2012 5:53:54 PM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: rlmorel
There is no sarcasm.

My view is that Cpt. Zimmerman was conducting his duties as an officer in the Neighborhood Watch and observed Trayvon Martin wearing his hoodie, tattoos, gold teeth and casing houses.

If you listen to the 911 tape, Cpt. Zimmerman reports that Trayvon was walking, looking at houses and looking suspicious.

Cpt. Zimmerman, fulfilling his duty began to question Martin when Trayvon violently attacked Zimmerman.

50 posted on 03/26/2012 5:54:00 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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