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I am not Trayvon MArtin
Truth About Bills ^ | 04/27/2012 | Mark Mayberry

Posted on 04/27/2012 1:49:34 PM PDT by Mark Mayberry

 I am not Trayvon Martin

It is the greatest day of the year for a college student.  My exams are done and I am looking ahead toward a summer of relaxation and no homework in sight.  I stopped by my college bookstore today to return my textbooks and noticed a flyer on the student activities bulletin board that said, “We are Trayvon Martin.”

The picture is featured above and is also goes on to state that it was a meeting held by the NAACP on my college campus on April 4th.  Now this flyer got me thinking as I stood in line to return my books and if you have never returned books on the last day of the semester, let me tell you, I had a lot of time to think.

I decided that even though most people want to believe otherwise, most of us are not Trayvon Martin at all.  As a matter of fact, I am nothing like Trayvon nor would I want to be.  It leads me to ponder this question, what does it say about America that so many people think they want to be like Trayvon Martin?

Why I'm not Trayvon Martin

It is very sad anytime something results in the death of a young man but do we not also have to observe the circumstances that caused this death?  There are several reasons that I say I am not Trayvon; I did well in school and was never suspended for drug possession, possessing burglary tools and stolen property. Also my parents never allowed me to walk to the store after dark, I never made a practice of being crass and foul mouthed publically on Twitter and finally I never put myself out to be a member of the criminal element or in more modern words living the “thug life.”  

My parents were fairly strict on me as a child and although I hated it when I was younger, I now understand why they were and it is driven home a little more every time I see a cautionary tale such as this.   I was never in trouble outside of the normal realms of being a bored teenager.  For that reason I never found myself in a strange neighborhood after dark being pursued by a member of  the neighborhood watch.  I would have never dreamed of bringing drugs or stolen property to school mostly because I was raised with a strict code of decency and in my community we were all good people who didn’t take part in such things.  Also the fact that even at the age of seventeen I am fairly sure my father would not have been opposed to snatching me up for such deeds didn’t hurt as a deterrent.

This story involved my parents quite a bit and I didn’t even realize it until I started to frame out the article.  Much of the things that have been unearthed about Trayvon Martim since his death are a result of absent parenting in my opinion.  My father always instilled in me to respect everyone but most of all women.  For that reason I would never issue public Internet statements through various social media sites using disparaging and misogynistic terms.  I was raised in an atmosphere where that was not permitted and if you broke that rule there was a consequence.

From the time I was young my parents both taught me that there was something to be said for hard work and honest living.  My parents, both of whom are successful in their respective fields of employment were great role models to support their claims.  Because of that influence and example I am now on my way to being a successful person in my chosen field and never once have I thought it would be cool to dress in baggy jeans with a hood covering my face.  Not to say that I don’t own any hoodies but the hood is more of a useless addition to the sweatshirt and not to be worn.  I am a firm believer that how you dress sways people’s initial opinion.  I try to dress my best when I am around town and meeting people so I am taken seriously in public.  For the same reason that I assume the guy wearing a badge is a police officer, I also assume the guy walking around with his pants falling down and wearing an oversized hoodie is a criminal.  If you don’t want to be known as a criminal then don’t wear the uniform.

I have no middle finger pictures online nor do I own any gold teeth and although I do have one tattoo it is covered a majority of the time and no one is any the wiser.  The point I am trying to make here is that Trayvon went to great lengths to convince people that he was a thug, living the lifestyle of a ghetto super star and there are consequences to this decision.

If I had to choose, I would say that I am George Zimmerman.  George Zimmerman is a devoted husband who works diligently and does volunteer work with disadvantaged people and at risk youth.  He also volunteered in his neighborhood and most people only have good things to say about him.  Zimmerman has goals and career dreams that he hopes to attain much as I do and because of that I can understand the hard work that goes into pursuing a dream.

Much like Zimmerman I volunteer in my community and do what I can to help out.  Until I moved to Tennessee for school I was a volunteer firefighter and still take part in many activities to help out those less fortunate.

Also I am a concealed weapons permit holder and this is the reason that this case was originally of particular interest to me.  It wasn’t until later when Zimmerman was crucified in the media with lies and omissions that I took up the cause. (Check out my story on the media bias in the Trayvon Martin case.)  Anyone who carries a gun (legally) understands the responsibility and the risk you take in defending your own life.  Because of this I know that unless some new unforeseen evidence surfaces, Zimmerman didn’t shoot Martin on a whim or for kicks, as some would have you to believe.

So I will ask again in closing, are you really Trayvon Martin?  Do you want your kids to be Trayvon Martin?  I for one, try everyday not be Trayvon Martin and to live my life as a productive member of society and a point of pride for my parents not a point of failure.

 



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To: SaraJohnson

>>A witness saw trayvon on top of Zimmerman.<<

Unfortunately, that only proves that Zimmerman was losing the fight. It doesn’t prove who started it.

For the record, I believe Zimmerman’s story, and have contributed to his defense fund.


151 posted on 04/29/2012 1:31:56 PM PDT by Aunt Polgara
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To: Aunt Polgara
They have to prove Zimmerman started the fight. I've seen no evidence of things going down other than what Zimmerman has said and neither did the prosecutor before the lynch mobs showed up and had to be appeased.
152 posted on 04/29/2012 1:42:22 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

I followed the case from day one -— that is how I know that you can not produce any witness statements that say that martin jumped zimmerman, not a single one...there aren’t any...and you know it.


153 posted on 04/29/2012 1:44:25 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: GOYAKLA
A particpant is not a neutral witness.

If you have a link to a neutral corroborating itness then please provide it.

154 posted on 04/29/2012 1:46:43 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: GOYAKLA
A particpant is not a neutral witness.

If you have a link to a neutral corroborating witness then please provide it.

155 posted on 04/29/2012 1:46:59 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: wtc911
And, God knows, strangers with guns who follow you in the night would never do anything illegal.....

Then why didn't George Zimmerman just shoot Sweet Widdle Twayvon when he first spotted him, rather than going through the trouble of calling 911?

Why don't you just admit that you know with every fiber of your being that George Zimmerman is an evilracistsexisthomophobe who goes around shooting People of Color for fun?

Next?

156 posted on 04/29/2012 1:52:22 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: wtc911

I’ll give you a clue, one more time. You, the race baitors and the prosecution, are the accusers. In our justice system it is up to you to prove him guilty. Where is your evidence that the mess did not go down as Zimmerman told the cops?

That is the last time I will ask and if you have no evidence, you should give it up until you do. If you keep pounding the table with no evidence, you are a kook who disrespects the justice system and I won’t pay attention to you anymore. :)


157 posted on 04/29/2012 1:54:45 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson
I haven't accused zimmerman of anything.

A lot of freepers swear that there is a witness statement that says TM attacked GZ.

Funny thing though, nobody, including you, can produce it. Why is that?

158 posted on 04/29/2012 2:02:59 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: SaraJohnson
>>They have to prove Zimmerman started the fight. I've seen no evidence of things going down other than what Zimmerman has said and neither did the prosecutor before the lynch mobs showed up and had to be appeased.<<

I agree. What's more, I think Trayvon’s friend DeeDee inadvertently supported Zimmerman's side of the story in her ABC interview. She said that Trayvon asked Zimmerman why Zimmerman was following him, and Zimmerman responded by asking why Trayvon was there. Then she heard no more conversation and the phone went dead. It makes more sense to me that Trayvon would have answered Zimmerman's question with a punch than that Zimmerman would have asked a question and then punched Trayvon without waiting for an answer.

159 posted on 04/29/2012 2:12:06 PM PDT by Aunt Polgara
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To: Aunt Polgara; SaraJohnson
>>:A witness saw trayvon on top of Zimmerman.<<
Unfortunately, that only proves that Zimmerman was losing the fight. It doesn’t prove who started it.
Starting a fight with a stranger is a brash act; how do you know that the guy you are picking on isn’t a karate master, or heavily armed? Assuming that the older man was heavier than the 17yo, it would seem more likely that Martin would have gained his advantage by surprise than by force. And given that Zimmerman knew the police would arrive in the immediate future, that seems like an unlikely time to be committing a felony, especially not knowing that none of the neighbors would see. Martin was wearing a hoodie and was not well known in the neighborhood; he presumably believed in his own anonymity. Zimmerman knew that if he engaged in a fight, no matter what the outcome of it he would not be anonymous.

On the other side of the ledger, we have the fact that Zimmerman is not backed up by the Associated Press journalism monopoly and his opponents are. And the fact that my suppositions are not absolute proof - and that is what you need when journalism strips you of your presumption of innocence.

For the record, I believe Zimmerman’s story, and have contributed to his defense fund.

160 posted on 04/29/2012 3:53:54 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which “liberalism" coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: wtc911

i dont have to privide any link - it is ALL OVER THE INTERNET

you’re the only one who has not heard that (or wanted to hear anything other than what you believe)


161 posted on 04/29/2012 5:25:26 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: BLOC77

didnt you see the photo on NBC the other day? The one that was taken minutes after the incident, with blood all over Zimmerman’s head?

STOP LISTINING TO CNN and PBS


162 posted on 04/29/2012 5:30:55 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Mr. K

That’s a lie.


163 posted on 04/29/2012 6:16:13 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: wtc911

SHANNON BUTLER, FOX 35 NEWS REPORTER: Yes. There have been several witnesses who have come out since the initial report. The witness I think you’re referring to is John, and John is the one that said that he actually saw the scuffle between the two other people that we interviewed said they heard the screams, they knew there was some kind of confrontation. But this guy told us that he actually saw what he said was Trayvon Martin on top of George Zimmerman beating him, and that’s when he called 911. He said, Zimmerman was actually saying to him please help me, please help me. He said then he went upstairs while he was calling 911, by then he was too late, that gunshot had already gone off.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/2012/03/27/witness-reportedly-saw-trayvon-martin-beating-george-zimmerman-shooting#ixzz1tUE2NL6J

Please accept my apologies, for my disagreeing with you.


164 posted on 04/29/2012 7:27:28 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: GOYAKLA
Still no witness to the beginning of the fight. Freepers trot out mystery witness John all the time as proof that martin attacked zimmerman, including on this thread.

The problem is that john never said that. He never said that he saw anything but zimmerman already losing and screaming for help.

If anybody has a link to any witness who saw the first punch then he should post it...

165 posted on 04/30/2012 4:48:22 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: wtc911

You have been repeatedly reminded our system of justice does not work that way.

Z, nor ourselves, are required by you or anyone, to show a tape or quote an eye witness that M punched Z in the face and knocked him down, before anything else.

It is up to YOU, and the stupid prosecutor, to show he is guilty of second degree murder.

Bring it on, baby, let’s see it.

Otherwise, you would shut up if you had an ounce of self respect.


166 posted on 04/30/2012 7:53:00 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: wtc911

My apology from Post # 164
“Please accept my apologies, for my disagreeing with you.”

With your Post # 165, may I presume you do not wish to accept that apology?


167 posted on 04/30/2012 8:11:20 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: GOYAKLA

Of course I accept your apology (although it was not necessary)...allow me to apologize if my reply confused you.


168 posted on 04/30/2012 8:23:40 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: wtc911

ON second thought you thoughtless obtuse individual, I withdraw any and all apologies that i put forward to you.
Nothing you will ever do or say will confuse me.
A TROLL is a TROLL!

ES&D


169 posted on 04/30/2012 9:03:59 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO, same for RINOs)
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To: GOYAKLA
I had you pegged right the first time.

btw...still waiting for you to post any legitimate eyewitness account that supports your fantasy....of course you can't...but you can't admit it either.

170 posted on 04/30/2012 10:17:40 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: txrangerette
Gee...show me where I accused GZ of anything...go ahead.

I have and will continue to call a lie a lie...and all those posts swearing that there is an eyewitness who said that he saw TM attack GZ are just that...lies.

Now, in the adult world one doesn't make a statement of fact and then say; "Prove me wrong or it must be true". If your standard were the way things are done then it would be easy to say; "Anybody calling himself rangerette is an impotent necrophile...prove me wrong".

Every one of those freepers who has sworn that such an eye-witness statement exists follows the same pattern when challenged to put up...they all throw insults as if that somehow proves their lie and then they disappear.

How about you...got a link to prove the lie? I bet you don't....

171 posted on 04/30/2012 10:32:10 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: wtc911

there are none so blind as those who will not see

it is not a lie, you can prove it for yourself ... but I suspect you won’t.

You seem to already know what you want to believe.


172 posted on 05/01/2012 2:28:48 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
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To: Mr. K

You posted that there is a witness who says that he saw martin attack zimmerman...I say that you are lying...


173 posted on 05/01/2012 2:52:05 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: wtc911; Mr. K

Sweetie, he probably just meant there’s a witness who saw Martin whaling on Z who was on his back on the concrete, which is Z’s story.

Unfortunate that he put it wrongly, but none of us is perfect.

The point is, it doesn’t MATTER. We don’t have to produce a witness or a video tape or anything that proves Martin jumped Z. It’s YOU, and the stupid prosecutor, who have to demonstrate through evidence and beyond reasonable doubt that Z is guilty of second degree murder.

That’s just the way it is.

Thank God for America.


174 posted on 05/02/2012 5:16:44 AM PDT by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: txrangerette
Sweetie, he probably just meant there’s a witness who saw Martin whaling on Z who was on his back on the concrete, which is Z’s story.

_________________________________

Drop the sweetie...it's childish.

And, your pal along with many other freepers posted specifically that there are witnesses who saw martin jump Zimmerman. When challenged they doubled down. When challenged again they either turn to insukts or disappear.

This is not some slip of the keyboard incident. This is a continuing lie. Defend it if you like but I will continue to call it what it is.

175 posted on 05/02/2012 7:04:44 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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