Seven years after Trayvon Martin shooting, the falsehoods, propaganda and misinformation are worse than ever
The false racism narrative of the Martin case, along with the false racism narrative of the Michael Brown shooting, led to the Black Lives Matter movement and changed the political landscape.
Seven years ago George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in lawful self-defense, as Martin beat Zimmerman to a bloody pulp Mixed Martial Arts style. Martin died of a single shot.
The eyewitness and forensic evidence introduced at trial corroborated Zimmerman’s account of being sucker punched in the nose, something Martin had bragged in text messages, kept from the jury, was his preferred method of starting fights. An eyewitness witnessed the beating, and the forensics were completely consistent with Zimmerman’s account.
Zimmerman did not have to rely on the Stand Your Ground law because SYG only addresses the duty to retreat, something Zimmerman could not do because he was pinned to the ground on his back with his head being smashed.
The media propaganda at the time was a textbook case of pushing a narrative of racism out of thin air — NBC actually doctored audio of the 911 call to make it appear — falsely — that Zimmerman viewed Martin as suspicious because he was black.
The narrative of racism stuck, and was the spark that eventually led to the Black Lives Matter movement (along with the equally false racism narrative of the Michael Brown shooting). Indeed, the media and activist manipulation of the Michael Brown shooting followed the pattern in the Martin case.
Anyone who actually watched the Zimmerman trial and heard the evidence understood that the media and activist narrative was false. Andrew Branca covered the trial live for us, and we became the go-to website for facts about the case.
The jury got it right.
We have summarized that evidence so many times, there is no one post I can point you to, but a good start is my post on the 5th Anniversary of the shooting, Five years after Trayvon Martin’s death, myths and lies about case live on. Here are the key myths, the details of which are in the post: False Hoodie Narrative, False Racial Narrative, False Stand Your Ground Narrative, False Claim That Zimmerman Disobeyed Police Instructions Not To Get Out of the Car.
Seven years after the shooting, the falsehoods, propaganda and misinformation are worse than ever, compounded by the start of the presidential election cycle:
It’s been seven years since we unjustly lost Trayvon Martin. His tragic death was not just a moment in history — it sparked a movement and his legacy continues to live through our fight for justice. We must be better than this.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 26, 2019
2/26/12 in Sanford, FL #GeorgeZimmerman followed, antagonized & then fatally shot an unarmed 17-year-old boy named #TrayvonMartin… This still hurts, his name continues to echo through the chants of #BlackLivesMatter. Our prayers go out to #TracyMartin & #SybrinaFulton… 🙏🏾♥️ pic.twitter.com/UBMgSDPb0t
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) February 26, 2019
Today marks 7 years since Trayvon Martin was murdered for being Black and male in 🇺🇸.
Being a Black male in 🇺🇸 means that you’re marked as monstrous, as pathologically dangerous and legally lynchible.
This is a fight, that we fight everyday, in every era of 🇺🇸. pic.twitter.com/X13xYN5yBA
— L E F T, PhD ⚫️ (@LeftSentThis) February 26, 2019
As we remember his life on the 7th anniversary of his death, we commit to continuing to fight for children like #TrayvonMartin to be treated as the teenagers they are, regardless of their race, with the unfettered hopes & dreams to which all Americans are entitled. #RestInPower pic.twitter.com/AcXMAheKMH
— Legal Defense Fund (@NAACP_LDF) February 26, 2019
Seven years ago today, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed while walking home from a Florida convenience store. His killer was exonerated by the state's "stand-your-ground" law, which promotes a "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality. pic.twitter.com/qujV2TKNIS
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) February 26, 2019
Trayvon Martin had dreams of being a pilot or working as a mechanic in aviation, but he was shot to death seven years ago today while walking home: 17 years old, unarmed and Black.
— Everytown (@Everytown) February 26, 2019
— ESSENCE (@Essence) February 26, 2019
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