The Trayvon Martin Tragedy

On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, teenager was killed by a neighborhood watch member as he was walking to his father’s home in a multiracial gated community. The case has gained national attention, as George Zimmerman, the man who admitted to shooting and killing him, was not arrested or charged.  Zimmerman claimed he felt threatened and cited self-defense as the reason for shooting Martin, despite the fact that he was advised by the 911 police dispatcher not to pursue Martin.  The police investigation was botched beyond belief.  The Sanford, Florida police department allowed Zimmerman to leave with the murder weapon and presented his version of events to the media as fact.

In a few short weeks, the outrage surrounding the Trayvon Martin tragedy is proving to be larger than the outrage surrounding the Emmett Till tragedy.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Emmett Till tragedy, Emmett Till was a young black boy who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for reportedly whistling or flirting with a young white woman.  Emmett Till was 14-years old.  Several nights later, the woman’s husband and his half-brother arrived at Till’s great-uncle’s house where they took Till, transported him to a barn, beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River with a 70-pound weight around his neck with barbed wire.  His body was discovered and retrieved from the river three days later.

Due to social media and a 24/7 immediate news cycle, this case is evolving at a rapid pace and has garnered world wide attention.  Martin’s death has stirred national outrage and protests around the country.  The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI have opened an investigation into the case.

Trayvon’s parents have been amazingly focused and calm as they seek justice for their son.  Trayvon’s mother told a crowd in New York City that the effort to seek justice for Trayvon’s “was not a black and white thing, but a right and wrong thing.”  This young man’s murder is connecting with people of all races and economic backgrounds.

In early April 2012, George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter.  We we will post occasional commentaries and opinion pieces about this case.  If you want to stay up-to-date on this case we suggest you visit The Huffington Post’s Trayvon Martin Tragedy Page located at

6 Responses to “The Trayvon Martin Tragedy”

  1. shavedude2 Says:

    Like many of you, or should have been, I was appalled! As I sat looking at my two young boys, ages 11 and 7. I thought about this hoodie craze with our youth. My thoughts split between a false perception as to why our children wear hoodie’s and my pre-conceived association with gangs and “thugy-ness”. Might be a new expression, but I hope you get my point.

    I listen to Rev. Al Sharpton Black Action Network Saturday program, as I regularly do every Saturday. A young teenage female approached the mic. She begins to share some knowledge as to why the wearing of hoodie’s is so popular. She said, and I quote” It’s to block out the world around you”! WOW, from the months of babes! In a million years, I would have never come to that realization. In fact, I would have never asked my eldest son why? I just told him to take the hood off, because I don’t like the look, period! But, I do have a new appreciation as to why, and believe it’s so profound that I must share with this forum and other forums.

    Perhaps, it will compel us to look outside of our barricaded field of thought, and take time to understand the generations after us, as we too, had our trends and held to our beliefs.

    Thank You for allowing me a chance to share my new found perspective with my Black American Brothers!
    Grace, Peace, and Hotep!
    James Sanford
    Brooklyn, NY

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  3. Where are the comments when it is black on white?????

    If you think what happened to Trayvon Martin in Florida was bad…read on! What? No media coverage NBC Nightly News, No Good Morning America ….no protests, nothing!
    This forwarded message is disturbing to say the least.
    **Wake Up White Boy**

    The text description is very horrific !!!!

    As horrific as this is, it needs to circulate!!!

    The animals pictured below car-jacked, then raped Christopher Newsom, cut off his penis, set him on fire and fatally shot him several times while they forced his girlfriend, Channon Christian, to watch. An even more cruel fate awaited her!

    Channon Christian was beaten and gang-raped in many ways for four days by all of them, while they took turns urinating on her. They cut off her breasts and put chemicals in her mouth… and then murdered her.

    Knoxville (WVLT) – The District Attorney General of Knox County announced the list of charges facing now five suspects in the double murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom.

    The District Attorney General Randy Nichols is not saying whether or not he will seek the death penalty, but he does say the State will seek conviction for all charges filed in a 24-page indictment from the Knox County Grand Jury. Lemaricus Davidson, 25 , faces a total of 46 charges.. Letalvis Cobbins, 24 , faces a total of 46 charges.
    George Thomas, 24 , faces a total of 46 charges. Vanessa Coleman, 18 , faces 40 Tennessee state charges. Eric Boyd, 24 , also arrested in connection with the fatal car jacking, only faces federal charges as an accessory after the fact.

    SO!!!!! Where’s Al Sharpton, O and Jesse Jackson? Are they providing counsel and help to the families of the victims?

    Of course not – the victims were white

    Why hasn’t this received National coverage by the news media like the Trayvon Martin case in Florida

    Oh, that’s right – the victims were white

    Why hasn’t the NAACP, ACLU, New York Times etc., called for an investigation?

    Must be cause the victims were white

    Why hasn’t the FBI been called in to investigate this as a hate crime?

    Oh, that’s right – the victims were white’

    So, if a white radio shock jock uses the phrase ‘Nappy headed’ Ho, it gets 2 weeks of constant news coverage.

    If two white people are tortured, raped, and murdered by a group of black people, it barely gets a blip in the news.

  4. shavedude2 Says:

    Apparently Dennis, there must be a problem, as it is news and that’s what news agencies do…report news. I watch the news quite frequently, and have not heard a peep? When did this happen? And before you rage the brothers Al and Jessie, have you made them aware of this? Because that is exactly what happen in the case of Trayvon. Why don’t you take a pro-active approach, contact the news, post it on facebook, twitter it! Try contacting them; rather you should try contacting Al Sharpton, then wait, and see what happens. Perhaps you will the evident to either confirm or disaffirm your position. I am quite sure they do not ride around in a souped up truck with a satellite dish on it tracking horrific acts. Don’t layback and talk the chatter. Do the Right Thing…shout it out!


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