Trayvon Martin Case: How is This a Political Issue?

11 Jul

I was really hoping I wouldn’t have to write an entry on this, but it seems that the United States can’t go more than 5 minutes without making everything about politics.  In my opinion, the Trayvon Martin shooting case shouldn’t be political whatsoever.  It is a case involving a neighborhood watch captain who shot an unarmed teenager.  I honestly don’t see how this case should be political since it doesn’t involve any political issues and neither of the two were known for touting ties to a political party.

There are things in this case that are clear, but there are more things in this case that aren’t.  We know that Trayvon Martin is African-American and that George Zimmerman is part Hispanic.  We also know that George Zimmerman was told by a dispatcher that he didn’t have to follow Trayvon Martin.  (not an order but a suggestion)  I’m not going to pretend to be an expert in law, but by following Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman wasn’t standing his ground.  If Trayvon Martin was following him that would be different.

I’m not sure whether or not Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin because of race but what I am sure of is that there are people within Conservative media have done their part to antagonize racists.  Fox News issued a darkened picture of Trayvon Martin.  Michelle Malkin’s website Twitchy released a photo trying to make Trayvon Martin look like a thug.  The photo was of someone else, and not Trayvon Martin.  I doubt that photo was posted by accident given Michelle Malkin’s history of misinformation and vile commentary, but this goes further than I thought even she would ever do.  Her website eventually took the picture down, but not until her website was criticized for releasing a false photo.

I’m not saying that the mainstream media or other people haven’t done stupid things in covering this case.  (or misinformation)  NBC news released an edited version of Zimmerman’s call to police before they released the real version.  Director Spike Lee released an address over twitter that he thought was George Zimmerman’s. 

This case shouldn’t be about politics but now it has become just that.  I don’t think we will ever know the full details on what happened the night Trayvon Martin was killed, but that isn’t the point to this blog entry.  The point is that this has now become an issue of Liberal vs. Conservative; with many conservatives saying that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense while many liberals saying that Trayvon Martin was killed in cold blood.  I think the greatest tragedy in this case is that Zimmerman sat free without even going through a trial for several months until this case got national attention.  I still don’t understand how this became a political issue, but it seems that we as a country have to politicize everything and that is just sad. 

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