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What makes the Trayvon Martin murder so special?

Drachen 2012/04/16 12:51:34
A black kid got killed by someone who isn't black.

Instant fame.

Why is this one murder, out of hundreds of murders a week, so famous?
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  • Mr Wayne 2012/04/16 13:37:12
    Mr Wayne
    +7
    No need to comment further, you nailed it. And to twist the events to fit more in line with the racist rhetoric to accompany it, Zimmerman was labled a "white hispanic". He's as much a "white hispanic" as Obama is a "White African American".

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  • dheydrick 2012/05/24 15:35:01
    dheydrick
    This case was mistakenly chosen to create racial warfare. Period. Race is not and was not ever involved in this tragic event and the man the media claimed to be white, is hispanic. For the past several weeks, the media just keeps saying, "oops, too late to turn back now. Let's call him a 'white hispanic' and charge him with 2nd degree murder just to calm things down." I'm sure the media and the federal government is hoping by the time the case gets thrown out and Zimmerman is finally set free, everyone will forget why they reported it in the first place . . . to create racial warfare.
  • CHUCK 2012/05/17 00:37:10 (edited)
  • bettyboop 2012/04/19 13:53:51
    bettyboop
    Hell if I know. Maybe cause Obama and other black leaders got involved.
  • Darnel 2012/04/17 19:23:40
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/04/17 05:14:58
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    Election year PR. How many other killings have there been since then?
  • Charlie 2012/04/17 02:53:18
    Charlie
    +1
    There is no anti-gun PR in a drive by.
  • Darnel Charlie 2012/04/20 20:49:22
    Darnel
    SMH
    Where do you live?
    It is in Southern California.
  • Charlie Darnel 2012/04/21 16:22:55
    Charlie
    +1
    Yep, for a little while longer anyway. Drive bys are pretty common place.
  • Carl 2012/04/16 23:41:54
    Carl
    Strictly politics.
  • Rocko 2012/04/16 22:56:34
    Rocko
    because the media whores deem it so
  • Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum 2012/04/16 22:06:34 (edited)
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +2
    In most places in the United States, murder is illegal and will at the very least get you arrested and a trial. In Florida, it seems murdering an unarmed teenager is legal and doesn't even warrant arrest. You don't find that a little bit disturbing? Why are you so focused on race? This isn't about race, this is about someone murdering an unarmed teenager and going free without even a trial. Until the public expressed their outrage.
  • chicago 2012/04/16 19:52:16 (edited)
    chicago
    +2
    Well, the person who was killed was carrying skittles and the alleged assailant was carrying a gun, and on the phone with the police. The police told him to not follow the the person with the skittles, however he chose to follow him regardless of being instructed otherwise by the police.

    The unarmed skittle carrier was shot and killed. The alleged assailant was (initially) never charged, or arrested, do to the Florida "Stand your Ground" law allowing someone to defend themselves and "not back down" if someone threatens them.

    If you'd like to characterize it as "black kid got killed by someone who isn't black...instant fame" that's your right of course, however there's a lot to this case and certainly worthy of further investigation.
  • Walt chicago 2012/04/16 20:00:58
    Walt
    +3
    Those damned Skittles!
  • chicago Walt 2012/04/16 20:02:57
    chicago
    +2
    I know! Thank god my guilty pleasure is sweettarts.
  • CHUCK Walt 2012/05/17 00:55:56
  • MkB 2012/04/16 19:33:32
    MkB
    +1
    It involves racial profiling. What is left out of the equation is that Zimmerman supposedly voted for Obama.
  • Warren ... MkB 2012/04/16 22:07:55
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +2
    What does Zimmerman's voting records have to do with anything?
  • hayesml47 2012/04/16 18:56:42
    hayesml47
    +2
    Nothing! As usual the press and then the public get all excited over heresay evidence without really knowing the truth. Trying a case in the public eye will always warp the facts. I would relly like to have all the "judge" shows off TV since they too are damaging how the public sees our justice system!
  • Warren ... hayesml47 2012/04/16 22:08:56
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +1
    If not for the public outrage, this never would have even gone to a judge. That is what is really sick.
  • hayesml47 Warren ... 2012/04/17 04:50:55
    hayesml47
    +1
    That you do not know just as you and the rest of us do not know what happened or the facts that the police know.
  • Warren ... hayesml47 2012/04/17 13:47:50
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    And if the police buried it and there was no outrage, we might never have known. That is the real story.
  • hayesml47 Warren ... 2012/04/17 16:15:46
    hayesml47
    +1
    The point is that we still do not know what is true and what is not!
  • Warren ... hayesml47 2012/04/17 19:51:36
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    That's for the judge and jury to decide. If it wasn't for the outrage, you or I would never have found out.
  • CHUCK hayesml47 2012/05/17 00:42:42
    CHUCK
    +1
    YOU HAVE MUCH INSIGHT..
  • CHUCK hayesml47 2012/05/17 00:56:45
  • Kevin Verdone 2012/04/16 17:29:43
    Kevin Verdone
    +2
    Well the biggest part of it was that it brought the "stand your ground" law to national attention. And the fact that Zimmerman was following Martin around even after the dispatcher told him not to makes it pretty suspicious.
  • Brat 2012/04/16 16:46:14
    Brat
    +2
    Because Jesse and Al decided to come to the big show.
  • 2468 Brat 2012/04/16 23:21:27
    2468
    Without them there would be no special investigations.
    Add to that, that this has been a common but not newsworthy situation in many similar cases.

    But for good or bad without the noise makers this would have gone radio silent.
  • Prime Time Lime 2012/04/16 16:38:46
    Prime Time Lime
    +2
    One reason why is that stalking another person was involved. In other words one individual took the law into their own hands,became the judge ,juror and executioner. I think society does not want this sort of behavior.
  • keymanjim 2012/04/16 16:28:42
    keymanjim
    +1
    Because obama has posthumously adopted this black kid.
  • Tennyson James 2012/04/16 16:22:03
    Tennyson James
    +1
    B/c initially there was no movement towards justice.
  • Peon of the Masses 2012/04/16 16:17:58
    Peon of the Masses
    +2
    Because it's extremely rare when a black teenager is killed by someone who isn't black and isn't a cop. It's like discovering a new mysterious planet for a whole lot of people and they all want to try and make stuff up about it, so they can feel cool and influential.
  • 2468 2012/04/16 16:01:10
    2468
    +1
    Publicity on top of a pattern of similar violence in Stand Your Ground states.

    This one captured the media because the parents asked for leaders in the Black community to come and heat up the issue because they had lost a child.

    I would like to point out how the parents have acted in all of this and their focus on justice and not any kind of violent retribution. Yes, the New Black Panthers were more willing to take a step in the violent direction but the parents at the heart of the matter have in all I have seen taken the high road.
  • jubil8 ... 2468 2012/04/16 17:55:10
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    Nice to point out how his parents have behaved. :)
  • jdemme 2012/04/16 15:55:58
    jdemme
    +5
    It's because the law is on the murderer's side, not on the victim's side...
  • Walt 2012/04/16 15:53:35
    Walt
    +1
    Good question.

    "What makes the Trayvon Martin murder so special?"

    It's because it is possible to use it as both political fodder and racial dissension. (Kids of all races are killed every day in places across the country by people of a variety of races.)
  • jubil8 ... Walt 2012/04/16 17:51:22
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    I think you could make that case for lots of wrongful deaths -- just tweak the language to fit.

    For instance, "The 10th Black child was shot and killed near his home in the city today. We have to investigate where all these guns are coming from."
  • cheshirewayne 2012/04/16 15:40:06
    cheshirewayne
    +1
    Never let a good crisis go to waste. This is a chance to tell people that they are not allowed to defend themselves from thugs and robbers. That you must let them take what they want and the police will arrest them when they get around to it.
  • Cain 2012/04/16 15:39:53
    Cain
    +2
    It is Not Murder when some Thug is beating your head into the concrete, it is called Self Defense.....Why is this being called a MURDER......How Pathetic, guilty before a trial I guess & it is all because the Race Baiters, Race Haters.....Al & Jessie started preaching the America is Racist BS & of course the Idiot Obama had to weigh in........Quit showing this Gold Teeth Gangsta wannabee at 14 y/o........
  • jubil8 ... Cain 2012/04/16 17:57:05 (edited)
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Maybe you're being too literal? You're right that "murder" is the crime, "homicide" or just "death" is more generic. But I'm not sure Dog was implying that he's already decided Zimm is guilty of anything (he can tell us lol).

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