Trayvon Martin’s Parents Give Their Account in New Book: “Rest in Power”
It was dark in a violent neighborhood the night of February 26, 2012. A black teenager was shot by a Hispanic man.
That is the only thing on which everyone agrees. The other details are still discussed five years later.
It’s difficult to find a piece in the news about that night that doesn’t contain combinations of false statements or opinions told as facts. Also found are distortions which are easily found and almost total disregard for relevant details.
Practically all of the items are presented from the teenager’s family’s point of view. The media uses old pictures of a baby-faced Trayvon but don’t include images of him as the 6’2″ football player he was. Is there a political agenda being pushed?
Statements such as, “George Zimmerman, a white man…”. Zimmerman isn’t white. He is Latino. The media prefers that Zimmerman is white as that fits which the political narrative that is click-bait and sells papers.
An Orlando television station interviewed the person who saw the incident and called 911. Few of the articles written mention the witnesses’ details and what he had to say. When the Sanford, Florida police department shared details with the Orlando Sentinel, the media was slow to report and often ignored or changed, the information.
What is the truth? Who knows. Martin’s family and NYC criminal defense attorney Arkady Bukh described Martin as a “model student.” The reality: he was under a ten-day suspension when the shooting occurred.
One one end of the spectrum is the story George Zimmerman tells. On the other end are the claims from Martin’s parents and family.
As usual, the truth is somewhere in the middle.