No argument here, especially regarding to the MSM trickery — I posted that picture because we all know that all the pictures commonly seen are him at an earlier age and/or photoshopped. Nobody in the MSM is going to use this one.
There are a couple of passages in the article, or perhaps they are in linked articles there, that say he was suspended at least three times in one school year, that he had a screwdriver that a policeman described as a “burglary tool” in one of those episodes, etc.
One quibble: When I think of “black culture”, I don’t want to think “absentee fathers” and “lots of crime” and “everybody’s poor”; I want to think jazz and “soul food. Then there’s “thug culture” or “gang culture”, which more correctly describes this guy.
I've heard that as well. As Angela Corey said, it doesn't matter.
What matters is what he was seen doing that night, and how he chose to deal with being noticed by a neighborhood watch Captain.
His choice was violence. Dumb move, illegal move, and then compounded by trying to take Zimmerman's gun in a tug of war. All his choices that night are what makes Martin responsible for his own death.
I’m with you on the thug culture, when I think of black culture I want to remember Nipsy Russell, Flip Wilson, Sam Cooke, Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr., Clyde McPhatter, Jackie Wilson, The Ink Spots, barbecued ribs, fried catfish, the sound of gospel music on a moonlit night rolling over the hills from the little church a mile from our house when I was a boy and a host of other wonderful things, I don’t want it to mean violence. I worked in the hot sun with black people when I was growing up back in the fifties, we didn’t hate each other! We may not have had a perfect relationship but we didn’t hate each other. We didn’t fear black people and they didn’t fear us. We often helped each other but we did NOT fear each other. My father was the sort that Eric Holder would call a racist but I never knew him to do anything unkind to a black person, in fact I think that in reality he would help a black person at least as quickly as he would help a white person. Yes, he felt that as a white man he was superior but never, not once did he ever do anything unkind to anyone because of race, at least not that I ever learned of. I often heard him defend black people to my brothers and me and he sometimes talked of how the farmers of his youth (born in 1913) took advantage of black people.