Ta-Nehisi Coates writes:
As noted below, the attack on the memory of Trayvon Martin began with the exposure of his twitter feed, proceeded apace to the selective posting of pictures, moved with great energy to the faking of pictures, and has now found its natural terminus in unbridled white supremacy . . .
(1) The Mainstream Media drew attention to the Trayvon Martin case by framing the public debate in terms of an unflattering outdated mugshot of George Zimmerman and a flattering outdated childhood photo of Trayvon Martin provided by his family’s lawyer.
(2) There was no “faking” of pictures – the photo that surfaced in the blogosphere was of someone on Facebook claiming to be “Trayvon Martin” in another state – which, unlike the Mainstream Media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case, turned out to be an honest mistake rather than deliberate subterfuge.
(3) The “selective photos” posted by The Daily Caller and Klanklannon are the three photos that Trayvon Martin selected to present himself to the world.
What I forgot was that racists need no reason to justify themselves. They are what they their actions say they are.
There are plenty of valid reasons to doubt the Trayvon Martin official narrative. See the Jena 6, the Duke Lacrosse stripper, and Tawana Brawley. The involvement of Al Sharpton alone, who still believes that Tawana Brawley was raped, is sufficient reason to be skeptical.
But what, precisely, is the relevance of wearing gold grills? What, specifically, is the pertinence of having once given an obscene gesture? Why, exactly, does it matter that Martin’s imagination sometimes ranged into profane thoughts of sex and violence? How does any of this help us understand his killing at the hands of by George Zimmerman?
Soledad O’Brien is hosting a CNN townhall meeting this evening on the subject of “race” in the Trayvon Martin case. Organized Blackness is claiming on the basis of no evidence whatsoever that George Zimmerman is a “racist vigilante” and that his racial views are relevant to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
There is more substantial evidence that Trayvon Martin is a “thug” than George Zimmerman is a “racist vigilante.” The source of this evidence is Trayvon Martin who presented himself to the world as the thuggish persona “No Limit Nigga” on Twitter.
Why is this relevant? As Pat Buchanan points out, African-American males between the ages of 16 and 36 are 2 to 3 percent of the population, but are responsible for a third of all crime in the United States. The “thug” subculture of young black males is even more radically overrepresented among violent criminals.
It is relevant because it explains why Trayvon Martin was so offended that he attacked George Zimmerman instead of answering a mere question and walking away from the neighborhood watch representative.
It does not–unless you believe that the fact that Martin once gave a middle finger to a camera somehow proves that he is the sort of person who would saunter up to a man who outweighs by nearly 100 pounds, summon the powers of Thor, deck the man with one-shot, and stove him against concrete.
George Zimmerman weighs 170 pounds. Trayvon Martin weighed 160 pounds. George Zimmerman is 5’9″. Trayvon Martin is 6’3″.
It is cruelty to sneer at the unguarded thoughts of dead children. But it is the specific cruelty of racism that prevents so many from ever seeing Martin as a child.
Trayvon Martin was a 6’3″, 160 pound, 17-year-old football player. He was barely a juvenille.
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes:
One meme which we’ve encountered in the comments section here and other places, is this notion that the media is using pictures old pictures to deceptively paint Trayvon Martin as a child. I can’t date every picture that’s out there. But we do have pictures of Trayvon Martin nine days before he was killed, out celebrating his mother’s birthday. Mother’s Day.
This is the photo that Trayvon Martin selected to represent himself on Twitter:
This is the photo that Trayvon Martin selected to represent himself on his inactive Twitter account:
This is the photo that Trayvon Martin selected to represent himself on Facebook:
The one above is one you might select to reflect your message that Martin was, indeed, a child. This message is actually true. I guess you could accuse Martin’s parents of sinisterly selecting a photo which reflects well on their son. But what you can’t really accuse them of is intentionally trying to deceive you by lowering the kids age. There’s very little difference–if any–between that picture above and the one we’ve seen on protest signs everywhere. There are other pictures which do look much different–a fact which simply proves that Martin, like many homo sapiens, appears different when subjected to the instruments and angles of photography.
Why not use the images that Trayvon Martin selected as his avatars on social media websites? Why not use the images that Trayvon Martin found the most significant and representative of his personality?
It’s worth pointing that I have yet to see a single citation, matching age and photos, to back up the claim that we are all captives to dastardly manipulative plot. Even so, all it would prove is that we’ve seen a variety of photos of Trayvon Martin.
This is Trayvon 1.0 as he first appeared in the Mainstream Media:
I’m sorry that Trayvon Martin’s actual appearance obstructs your inalienable right to scandalize children. That you must are forced into cartwheels, and rendered ridiculous, all in the laudable quest to justify bias is the true tragedy, one which pales when compared to an actual death.
Actually, it is biased to describe Trayvon Martin was a child when he was a 6’3″, 160 pound, 17-year-old football player.
If I have in any way, contributed to your travails, I hope that some day you will be wise enough, or simply human enough, to forgive.
Did you watch the video?
Note: The only “cruelty” here is Al Sharpton and the Mainstream Media fomenting a 24/7 lynch mob against George Zimmerman and his family, which has already generated thousands of death threats, and threatening “civil disobedience” to bully law enforcement officers and influence the course of a criminal investigation.