Skip to comments.Trayvon Martin: Slain Teen Becoming One Of Most Important Figures Of Modern Civil Rights
Posted on 07/26/2014 10:50:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Trayvon Martin never lived to see his 18th birthday, but the slain Florida teenager is slowly becoming one of the most important figures in the modern civil rights era.
Martin was walking to his home in a gated Florida neighborhood in 2012 when neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman mistook him for a burglar. After a brief struggle, Zimmerman shot and killed Martin, an act that a jury later deemed justified.
The case aroused racial tensions and immediately became a cause celebre among activists who believed that police did not follow through on charging Zimmerman simply because Martin was a black teen.
But with now one year since Zimmermans acquittal, Trayvon Martin has grown to be seen as a martyr among civil rights activists. His parents started the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which aims to create awareness of how violent crime impacts the families of the victims and to provide support and advocacy for those families in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Martins parents have used their platform to speak out on other cases, including the murder of Jordan Davis, a teen who was killed in Florida after a dispute over loud music.
Last weekend, a march to remember Trayvon Martin drew a number of celebrities. The event was held in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, on the one-year anniversary of the day Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering the 17-year-old.
Among those present were rapper Nipsy Hustle and Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who addressed the crowd of roughly 200 people.
Players such as myself and others that have kind of a platform, our responsibility is more than just putting a ball in the basket but helping [Trayvon's parents] have a platform.
Kobe added that his career seems important in a vacuum, but added when you step out of that, you look at [Trayvon's parents] what they had to go through as a family and what theyve come out of thats true adversity.
Trayvons legacy also casts a shadow over modern race relations. The image of Martin in a dark hoodie became a rallying point, and an image that remains connected to the slain teen today. When Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban earlier this year told a reporter that he was prejudiced when he would see a black kid in a hoodie on my side of the street, he later apologized to Martins family for making the unintentional connection.
The apology was displayed prominently on the Trayvon Martin Foundations website.
Martins parents have been at the forefront of the push to turn Trayvon Martin into a martyr of the civil rights movement. Earlier this year his father compared Trayvon to Emmett Till, the 14-year-old whose brutal murder became a turning point in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.
The title is one of the most insane ever
“His parents started the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which aims to provide a convenient avenue to launder money for their personal use.”
200 people I have family reunions bigger than that and only invite siblings, first cousins and their families. Add on the in-laws and we almost double that.
So the actual reaction to Trayvon is SNORE!
Nathan has difficulty differentiating “murder” from “killing”.
Texans (and Americans in general) understand “Some people just need killing.” Note the use of “killing”, not murdering.
ST. Martin of the Purple Drank was one such person.
So-called “Modern Civil Rights” these days is nothing but thug worship.
Some rapper could rework the old “Martin, Bobby and John” song to include St. Trayvonn.
That song always made me feel like sicking up. Maybe an MC Dawg could make it so.
Another way of saying it, a hispanic man shot a young punk to prevent him from killing him as the punk was bashing the hispanic’s head into the ground.
So he’s remembered as a saint for getting mad about a “white” man questioning him being in a neighborhood where burglary had become a problem then sneaking around and ambushing him to give him some payback and got shot because of it. Sounds like he would be a saint to a thug.
Because burglars are people too.
This piece is trying to keep the flame alive, but it is important to consider what has happened since the verdict. Since the verdict a term called "knockout game" has emerged into general use, with videos that many Americans have seen showing black teen agers acting almost exactly like Zimmerman alleges Trayvon did. Plus there have been many, many cases of home invasions and robberies by young black males, plus the non stop Chicago black shootings.
What there hasn't been since the verdict, is a wave of "white latinos," or any other white people, shooting young black males like they were in a video game.
While Zimmerman is not percieved as a hero, his narrative is closer to the experience of most Americans than the narrative pushed by Sharpton.
Maybe if they had paid half as much attention to him when he was alive as they do after he died he wouldn't have turned out to be such a waste.
Well like that girlfriend of Trayvon said, Trayvon was giving him a whoop ass. Zimmerman was racist not to know that in ghetto culture, you will get a whoop ass sometimes. Trayvon didn’t mean to hurt Zimmerman, it was just a whoop ass.
Yes, the title is stupid.
This kid, and the way he was being raised (to hate every white person - who never did a thing to him); they’re lucky he lived to 18.
This just gets more disgusting every day.
They are trying to make him into a modern Che Guevara.
Here are the facts on Che Guevara
I resent that they present themselves to the world as a grieving intact family.
These two have not been together as a couple in many years.
His mom had not raised him full time since he was two years old. Yet she shows herself as this grieving mother, she lost her beloved son, etc. A son who she didn’t care enough about to raise.
the kid was a thug , and a burglar. he was profiling houses and looking for a quick b&e job. he also tried to murder george zimmerman.
deliberately fake history is a truly evil thing.
These two were little more than sperm donor and egg. And now that Trayvon is gone, they are business partners. But parents? No.