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Seven years after Trayvon Martin shooting, the falsehoods, propaganda and misinformation are worse than ever

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:


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Thug pics not available? Whoda thunk it?

    Paul In Sweden in reply to Frank G. | February 27, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Yup, No Thug pics, no juvenile criminal records and just like the Parklands school shooter, no mention that Trayvon’s criminal activities were deferred from criminal proceedings by a school system and sheriff department which were working with the Obama administration.

    People seldom remember that when Trayvon Martin brutally assaulted Zimmerman in the dark of evening in the rain he was suspended from school for having the proceeds of multiple home burglaries, burglary tools and drug paraphernalia in his school locker and on his possession. The public also forgets why Trayvon was in Zimmerman’s community that night and the question that has never been answered is where was Trayvon Martin’s father who was to be temporarily supervising his son instead of his mother due to his suspension. Trayvon’s father traveled to Zimmerman’s community to visit his girlfriend. Did Trayvon’s father simply dump Trayvon at the house and go out for the night with his girlfriend leaving the thug delinquent who was suspended from school alone unsupervised?

    What about the fact that Trayvon was extremely high on at least Marijuana when he brutally attacked Zimmerman in the dark? How about the fact that while extremely stoned Trayvon went out of his father’s girlfriend’s home in the rain and was found in possession of two of the ingredients(Skittles & Arizona Watermelon Iced Tea) of Trayvon’s Dank street narcotic cocktail that he bragged so often about on social media. We do not know if the unsupervised suspended from school Trayvon found prescription cough medicine in his father’s girlfriend’s home which would have completed his Dank Cocktail so he could finish off his evening alone smoking marijuana in a codeine stupor which from his social media postings seems to have been a frequent occurrence.

    The false narrative continues. The Obama era(ERROR) policy of deferment for delinquent teens continues. Cases like Parkland continue and it seems to me the only solution the k-12 education industry has presented is to lower the grading system to conceal the failures that have resulted.

    All many of us can do in our positions is present facts to counter the media’s and establishment’s outright lies and propaganda. That, and vote the worst of them out of office.

      Paul In Sweden in reply to Paul In Sweden. | February 27, 2019 at 4:13 am

      Case in point regarding the failures of education in the USA. Congresswoman AOC is a graduate of an Ivy League University seemingly with only two possible career paths open to her; one a career as a bartender/waitress or the much more lucrative option, a woman of color Democrat politician in the US congress.

        Errr… Boston University isn’t Ivy League.

          Paul In Sweden in reply to HL King. | February 27, 2019 at 9:27 am

          Good to know now. I could not remember where she went other than Boston and did not want to mistakenly malign a specific University with an accusation of graduating AOC when I was typing. TY for setting me straight.

          Last night I finally scratched that itch that had been really troubling me to see which district she represented. My fears came true. Although I moved away in the late 80s when I got married: Astoria, where I was born and raised is part of AOC’s district 14. This would have troubled me greatly if I was still living there but I have my US residence in Vermont so I am still screwed.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Paul In Sweden. | February 27, 2019 at 9:08 am

      The bottom line is that Trayvon’s occasional father and mother did a piss poor job of parenting. They failed Trayvon.

      As to dad, getting laid was a higher priority than giving Trayvon the tough love which he desperately needed. It was their neglect which killed him.

      If he had been my kid and become that disreputable, I would have taken away all his electronics and anything else he valued. He would have in in bed by dark and up before dawn. I would have been sleeping in the same room with him, and making him work dawn to dusk. Of course, if he had been my kid, I would not have allowed him to get so far down that path.

      One of my children who is about to get their PhD was very strong willed. Smart but very stubborn. Because of increasing defiance, starting in 7th grade, I would not open the minivan door for the child until they said “daddy is boss”. That child needed constant reminders in order to avoid bigger problems.

      When necessary, I would go to school and sit in the back of the class. That really dampened misbehavior. One time I received a call from the 9th grade algebra teacher, missing assignments, I asked when the class started, I had time to get there, and offered to come. I sat with the child and helped. There was never another missing assignment.

      Every child responds to different levers, sometimes it is food, like giving a child a block of soy curd and some green beans. The teen child asserted that I could not do that, it was abuse. Then we had another teaching moment about how nutritious the meal was, that I could do it.

      While I was reluctant to become a father, I actually really enjoy children, even thou this is irrational 🙂 They are a huge PIA, but still worth the effort 🙂

      Children need to be constantly taught in order to get a good outcome, it is very clear that Trayvon and so many others are being shortchanged.

    Observer in reply to Frank G. | February 27, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Yes, isn’t it curious how they refer to Martin as a “boy” or a “child,” instead of the 17-year old football player and MMA thug-wannabe he was at the time of his death.

    Also interesting how they refer to Martin’s death as “unjustified” and “unjust,” and claim that he was killed for “being black” or for “walking home from a convenience store.” No mention of the fact that Martin was killed because he attacked and beat a man who Martin thought was unarmed, because Martin didn’t like the way the man was looking at him.

    A Florida jury, which included blacks, listened to all the evidence, including the testimony of Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel, who had been on the phone with Martin while he was complaining that he didn’t like the way Zimmerman was looking at him, and concluded that Zimmerman had been justified in shooting Martin in self defense.

    The non-stop lies and mythologizing about Trayvon Martin and the circumstances of his death are ridiculous and everybody, including Kamala Harris, who is trafficking in this odious race-baiting bullshit should be ashamed of themselves.

      Another Ed in reply to Observer. | February 27, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      17 years old is old enough to serve in the military forces of the United States. We should refuse to consider them “children”. While they must be 18 years old to vote, serve on a jury or sign contracts, if they allegedly commit a serious enough crime they will be charged as adults, not as juveniles.

At the end of the movie “The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance”…the newspaper man states that when the truth conflicts with the legend, print the legend. More than a troubled youth died.

It’s interesting to revisit the Left’s unabashed mendacity and propagandizing, vis-a-vis Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, in light of the Covington and Smollett hoaxes. The underlying circumstances of each situation are different, but, Leftists’ reactions were all predicated on the same contemptible foundation — breathless histrionics, self-aggrandizing displays of sanctimony and irresponsible and dangerous rushes to judgment; vilification of certain parties with respect to whom facts would later exonerate of wrongdoing, with the tangential canonization of other parties as alleged “victims,” who would later be revealed to actually have been wrongdoers; and, of course, use of the incident as a cudgel wielded against conservative Americans; and, finally (of course), a total absence of any modicum of contrition, introspection, or, meaningful change in behavior, after the dust settles and the Leftists’ and the media’s fraudulent narrative implodes, completely.

    guyjones in reply to guyjones. | February 27, 2019 at 8:51 am

    I edit my comment to amend the following sentence:

    “Brazen exploitation of the incident as a political cudgel wielded against conservative Americans…”

      JusticeDelivered in reply to guyjones. | February 27, 2019 at 9:18 am

      It is interesting that large numbers of blacks go into public relations, and now use that to promote propaganda, on their employer’s dime.

Which one of the people on the left would admit they’re either an incredible ignoramus and useful idiot, or they are corrupt pieces of garbage?

Though so. The legent of Baby Trayvon lives on.

Anyone else getting a spam ad in a new window when you click thumbs up?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to hrhdhd. | February 26, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    My solution to this problem is to use an ad blocker which only allows static ads on the right side column, and I make an annual donation. LI needs to pay their bills, I appreciate the site. They switched to much more aggressive, obnoxious advertising because companies are paying much less for ads today.

    Barry in reply to hrhdhd. | February 26, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Yes, but it can happen on anything you click, reply, etc.

    Refreshing the page seems to clear it back to normal.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Barry. | February 27, 2019 at 9:30 am

      It is possible that your computer is infected. Scan for malicious software.

        Thanks, but that’s not it. It is happening to multiple people.

        I have not seen it today.

        When you hover your mouse over something like reply, with MS edge you will see the address of what your click is going to do down in the left hand bottom bar. When an add is going to pop up, that is the address you will see rather than the LI address. The links were getting redirected.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to hrhdhd. | February 27, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    There should be no pop-ups, we don’t use them. If you seen that happen again, please screenshot it and email us. Sometimes advertisers sneak code into ad networks, our ad manager screens for that but sometimes it happens anyways. We’ll block such advertisers.

JusticeDelivered | February 26, 2019 at 11:33 pm

This is why I call it Black Lies Matter or Black Liars Matter. In fact, these two case, along with a long and steady stream of similar cases completely changed my outlook about affirmative action.

Prior to this, while I found many black demands to be unjustified, it did not rise to the level of making me thing that all the perks should end.

I spent 2-3 months a year for over two decades in the Beltway. We routinely countered large propaganda campaigns, and the way that the Trayvon Martin case was ramped up had the same fingerprints as campaigns I had been orchestrating counter campaigns. I did fact check and found that much of it was false. Within a year or so it was clear that nearly all of it was false.

I became convinced that George Zimmerman was being railroaded, even worse was the fact that his, his family’s, his friends, any business associates civil rights were being trampled and the FBI and DOJ were not addressing those issues.

I even called his first attorney’s office and suggested they put up a fundraising website. That site was live two weeks later. I did so because the Martin Scheme Team was clearly operating outside the law. It was only later that I figured out that both DOJ and the FBI were probably complicit. Today there is no doubt that they were, and are. Since persecution of George Zimmerman continues to this day, the case could be, and should be prosecuted.

    “It was only later that I figured out that both DOJ and the FBI were probably complicit.”

    No “probably” about it. Both the DOJ and FBI are populated by corrupt criminals. They are anti-American and bent upon destroying freedom, liberty, and the rule of law.

      Jackie in reply to Barry. | February 27, 2019 at 6:55 am

      The evidence was so overwhelming against Martin that the Obama Justice Department didn’t file a civil rights suit despite the fact they kept on threatening to do so.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Barry. | February 27, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Hindsight is always better. It usually takes a considerable amount of time for charges to be filed, so it was not immediately obvious that DOJ and the FBI were a problem. Holder was obviously a problem.

Eventually, people will come to believe the fantasy, if only to preserve their sanity in the wake of overwhelming bullshit. In Stork They Trust.

“sucker punched in the nose, something Martin had bragged in text messages”

Professor Jacobson, can you direct me to the blog posts where you covered that? I must have missed them although I tried to follow you.

    Paul In Sweden in reply to pst314. | February 27, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Trayvon Martin was suspended from school three times in the months before he was shot dead by a neighborhood watchman, it emerged today.

    The new claims, revealed in a leaked report, paint a different picture of a teenager who frequently found himself in trouble with authorities.

    It was also revealed that he might have attacked a bus driver, according to a Twitter account that it is claimed belonged to the teen.

    The Miami Herald claims that in October, he was caught with a ‘burglary tool’ – a flathead screwdriver – and 12 pieces of women’s jewellery. Martin insisted that they did not belong to him.

    Earlier, he had been suspended for skipping school and showing up late to class. And most recently, in February, he was suspended again when officials found a ‘marijuana pipe’ and an empty baggie with traces of the drug.

    The fresh claims are likely to be seized upon by supporters of George Zimmerman who say the teenager launched an unprovoked attack on the neighbourhood watch volunteer moments before Trayvon was shot dead.

    –Trayvon Martin case: He was suspended three times and caught with ‘burglary tool’ | Daily Mail Online
    -RETRIEVED-Wed Feb 27 2019 14:51:08 GMT+0100 (Central European Standard Time)

    JusticeDelivered in reply to pst314. | February 27, 2019 at 9:43 am

    A good overview:

    “If I Had a Son: Race, Guns, and the Railroading of George Zimmerman”

    Book by Jack Cashill

Any excuse appears to be allowed as long as Black thuggery is allowed to continue.

The search for the truth in the Trayvon case led me here to L/I. Talk about being woke! The justice system in our country has never looked the same to me. Crump and company are still out there waiting for their next big payday.

On behalf of civilization, I thank George Zimmerman for his service to America.

The reason racism doesn’t go away in America is because the socialists cannot accept that it has been tamed to the point that it is no longer an issue. Just like they can’t accept that capitalism and free markets create robust economies. Just like they can’t accept the simple biological concept of male/female. And so on.

Their utopia cannot exist in the real world of peace and prosperity. They MUST create a world of misery and chaos even if it means fooling us into believing that we are miserable. Frogs boiling.

And don’t forget that when that photo at the top of the post was originally released through the media, it was not color but black and white, which effectively hid the fact that Zimmerman had been assaulted, and also gave Zimmerman a sinister look. Pictures don’t lie, but liars use pictures (just like with the Covington kids).

If Trayvon was still alive today, he now would be sitting in a cell in Railford Prison. Probably on death row. The Florida taxpayers would have been supporting the thug for the rest of his life.

The Martin/Zimmerman case is an amazing study in legal greed.

Martin was the aggressor and Zimmerman was totally justified in his actions, and virtually everyone who had investigated the case knew this. But, in order to secure large settlements in a wrongful death lawsuit, Martin’s parent’s legal team had to secure charges against, or at least an arrest of, Zimmerman. They embarked upon a PR campaign painting this as a racist killing of a “child”. They controlled access to certain “witnesses”. They enlisted the aid of certain reporters and members of the media. Then, the racial grievance industry, which had been suffering a serious downturn in the 1990s and early 2000s saw an opportunity to be come relevant again, and make money. And, then politicians got involved.

It had nothing to do with truth, facts, justice or reality. It was all about the Benjamins. From the legal team, to the media, to the politicians. It was all about making money at the expense of the victim of a brutal assault, George Zimmerman.

I just can’t get over how the use of bodycams has led to the same unintended cosequences as #metoo. The left came up with a strategy that would further their goals, and instead it has completely backfired on them. I now think that the po-po are deliberately witholding the bodycam footage until the left has expressed all of their outrage and accusation, and then they release the footage to completely discredit the left, who simply cannot resist over-reacting to any perceived injustice. The left has become their own worst enemy here. Hell, Smollet was really just another day at the office. While they can’t seem to learn, I do think that the middle ground is just walking away, and the left is just isolating itself further and further into a tiny group of true believers, who have to get louder and louder to assert their presence.

    Paul In Sweden in reply to MajorWood. | February 27, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    It will be interesting to see the police body cam Chicago footage of Jussie Smollett whose real name is Justin Smollet an actor who previously was sentenced to two or more years probation for DUI, driving without a license and providing false ID at the time of his arrest in LA. (It has been said he provided his brother’s driver’s license)

This happened in 2012 in the midst of a Presidential campaign that many thought Obama could have lost. Fortunately for Democrats the GOPe got the preferred Mitt Romneycare as their nominee, who went on to lose the most winnable Presidential race for a challenger since Reagan trounced Carter (it is not surprising that Romneycare now thinks BLM is a swell group).

The media demagogued the Trayvon Martin case in order to start race riots (and bring black voters to the polls in huge numbers to help Obama). Journalists knew what they were doing was Joseph Goebbels-level propaganda designed to provoke murder and mayhem, and they did it anyway. Many MSM journalists are stone-cold killers who lust after political power, and are willing to advocate mass murder in order to get it.

Bastardizing Civil Rights Icons

There was a time when black icons in the fight for justice were much different. These are icons like Dred Scott, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Harriett Tubman, Nat Turner and Crispus Attucks who was the first American killed in the Revolutionary War. More recently Emmitt Till, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Thurgood Marshall, and Dr. Martin Luther King come to mind. These stalwarts in the pursuit of justice and equality were people worthy of icon status and role modeling. However, today the people who are championed as heroes and icons in the black community more resemble a police blotter. People like Rodney King, Mike Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin are now the giants in the civil rights movement. This is an insult, a perversion of the blood, sweat, and tears endured by people worthy of being forever remembered throughout history. It’s disgusting that some hucksters are so desperate to find 21st-century civil rights icons as an example that the fight for justice continues (as if nothing has gotten better), that they are willing to disparage and water down the sacrifices made by real black icons.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to murkyv. | March 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Wasn’t Malcom X, who was very racist and belligerent? I agree that up until the sixties blacks lacked opportunity, but since that time they have had such on a platter. A very large percentage still do little to take advantage of those opportunities.

I’m curious why none of those tweets are actionable slander/libel? They are absolutely untrue, and I’m betting the twits* can be shown to know they are untrue. So, what prevents Zimmerman (at the least) from suing over it?

(* What? That’s not what you call people who use twitter?)

    JusticeDelivered in reply to GWB. | March 1, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Any business which hires, or even dares to associate with Zimmerman is threatened. He is kept broke. Blacks are breaking all sorts of laws and they are committing torts with Zimmerman, and so many other people.

    This is a serious problem, a huge reason for blacks failing to do well is their having the highest per capita crime rate in America. These assaults on people, violation of their most basic rights, are just one more symptom of their disrespect for law and due process.

franciscodanconia | February 28, 2019 at 8:29 pm

St. Trayvon of Sanford

JusticeDelivered | March 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm

Those who can do, those who cannot have grievances.