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March 23, 2012

Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Barack Obama, And Me

Who would have thought that Barack Obama would say something about this damned case in Florida that would both move me and lead me to break my vow not to blog about it? And who would have thought it was because we would both be coming from essentially the same place.

President Barack Obama waded into the growing national controversy of the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, saying the nation should do some "soul-searching to figure out how something like this happens."

"I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened."

Obama said Trayvon Martin's death particularly resonated with him as an African-American parent.

"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.

When you teach high school, you have a lot of boys come through your classroom. Most you like and will remember for years. A few slip under your radar, not making much of an impression. A handful of them earn your dislike. But all of them are your boys – and on some level you love them all, even that last group, because they are your boys. That is especially true when, like me, you have not been blessed with sons of your own. You invest in them your hopes and your dreams, and hope that in some small way you have made a positive impact upon them. Regular readers may have noticed that back during the NFL playoffs, when I shamelessly bragged on a couple of former students playing against each other. Members of my church saw it a couple of years back when I got involved in a fundraising project to build a home for a former student who was seriously wounded by an IED in Iraq. My wife, who hears about my students almost daily, has in recent weeks heard that love expressed as pride in one former student as he signed his Division I Letter of Intent to play football at Colorado, anguish upon learning of the arrest of another who I thought had straightened himself out, and compassion when I found that a third had lost his brother in a senseless incident involving a gun. Even my students know it – they’ve all seen my pride in two of my boys who are now fine young men and gifted teachers on the faculty with me. And lest anyone think I’m slighting the girls, I’m not – I love them and am as proud of them as I am of the boys – it is just that the current mess in Sanford, Florida and the words of President Obama have put me in this male-bonding frame of mind.

You see, I have spent almost all of my teaching career in schools where I am the minority. Trayvon Martin could be one of my boys – because most of them have been and are what our society calls “minorities”. When I hear news stories about teens or young men being injured or killed, I look for what part of town it happened in and then, sometimes, I fearfully look for names. I’ve lost one of my boys, an honor student days away from starting college, to a couple of thugs who shot him because he squealed his tires at the previous stoplight. Another, a young husband and father, was stabbed to death during a fight at a party. Those two deaths lead me, like President Obama, to think “that young man could have been one of mine.” But my reaction has a twist. The first of “my boys” mentioned above looked like Trayvon Martin. The second? Well, he looked an awful lot like George Zimmerman.

And that’s why I haven’t wanted to write about this story. From what I can tell, both of these young men were engaged in legal activity – one going to the store and heading home, the other being a good neighbor who spotted and followed a person he thought was suspicious. I would find it easy to fall into the trap of ranting and raving against George Zimmerman for following Trayvon Martin and ultimately shooting and killing a teenager who we now know was doing nothing wrong. But at the same time, I consider reports that George Zimmerman had a bloody nose and other injuries that could indicate some sort of physical altercation and wonder – did whatever confrontation happened between the two young men turn into a scuffle, leading Zimmerman to pull the trigger in the belief that he was defending himself? I don’t know, and am loath to weigh in on the issue of whether there should be criminal charges as a result. What I see are two young men – either or both of whom could be one of my boys – whose lives have been destroyed by what happened that night. This matter needs a significantly better investigation than it has received thus far, and it needs to go wherever the law – not racial rabble-rousing, political posturing or journalistic jabbering – dictates in terms of criminal charges or lack thereof.

So I’ll stand with President Obama on this one. I’m glad there has been a prosecutor appointed by Governor Scott. I’m even glad that there is a Justice Department investigating the matter, though I’m always uncomfortable when there is a rush to make a federal case out of what is essentially a local crime governed by state statutes. I want to see justice done for all involved – whether that means George Zimmerman gets the death penalty, is completely exonerated, or something in between. I’d want nothing less if this tragic shooting left one of my boys dead – or if one of them had pulled the trigger.





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I totally concur with you Mr. EXCEPT...this was a total and unashamedly ploy for votes. PERIOD. If this unfortunate kid was any other color, there would not have been so much as a peep from him.
The puppet masters in his organization are not apprentices.

|| Posted by @Chingaasso, March 23, 2012 06:06 PM ||

This is a political lynching of Zimmerman for the purpose of rallying the Democrat base. make no mistake we will see riots and injuries possibly death if the president doesn't tamp this down. He is trhowing gasoline on a fire. We will again see Korean businessmen protecting their businesses with guns and white truck drivers being pulled from their trucks and having bricks thrown at their heads. Obama is intentionally formenting riots for the simple reason that it will rally his base to vote for him. During the same time period 10 people were killed and 40 injured in Chicago gang shootings. Did Obama call any of those parents? Weren't they also our "boys" and girls? And for the press to call Zimmerman a white hispanic is a blatant attempt to make this a black/white racist issue. Is Obama a white African American??? make no mistake if this lynching isn't reigned in people will die and some of them will be "our boys".

Also why is the fact that Trayvon the 6'2" football player was sitting on Zimmerman's chest punching him in the face when Zimmerman shot him, being withheld from the public??? Why is the picture we see of Trayvon his 7th grade picture making him look like a small boy and not the latest picture that makes him look like a 6'2" athlete? We are all being played by the press and the Democrats.

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, March 24, 2012 10:10 AM ||

Greg, this is a very well written piece by a compassionate school teacher, a vantage point I have had myself toward my students. I wonder whether "GoneWithTheWind" even bothered to read it, because he needs to absorb your message.

|| Posted by Perry, March 25, 2012 07:22 AM ||

Even though GWTW includes some factual elements that I agree with, I find his words and conclusions distressing.

And thanks, Perry, for the kind words.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, March 25, 2012 07:59 AM ||

I actually agree that my "words and conclusions..." are "distressing" Unfortunately they are accurate and correctly depict what is happening. I had hoped Obama would not join the chorus of race pimps trying to create a violent situation out of this but I was disappointed. I didn't even mention the troubling case of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. You may have to look those names up because the media was silent and Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Obama were no where to be seen. I assume these two young kids had teachers too. I assume both of these kids looked like someone's children too. Can you imagine the outrage in the media of some group had placed a $10,000 wanted poster for the criminals who raped and killed them???
It is interesting too that now we hear that in fact it was Zimmerman who was attacked and yelling for help. But in fact none of this matters because Zimmerman is going to get the full court press from our biased federal justice department. Even if Zimmerman is tried in a local court and found innocent he will face a federal court that will be set up to find him guilty. Why? Because of his race and for no other reason.

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, March 25, 2012 08:56 AM ||

The problem is that the evidence is mighty ambiguous. Zimmerman followed, but was seen being pummeled by Trayvon Martin. How did the fight start? Who started it? Were Zimmerman's actions sufficient to undercut self-defense?

This is not and should not be about race -- despite racists trying to make it so. This needs to be about following the law.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, March 25, 2012 01:22 PM ||

I agree that the water is a little muddied. If it were true that Zimmerman attacked Trayvon then indeed he was wrong and deserves jail time for whatever appropriate charge applies. It appears that Trayvon for whatever reason choose to attack Zimmerman. He may have felt Zimmerman had no right to follow him, he may have been overcome with anger and decided to attack once Zimmerman was no longer paying attention or some other reason. If this is the case, and the evidence points to that being true, then once Zimmerman was attacked he did indeed have the right to use a gun. If I were lying on my back with someone sitting on my chest punching me (and witnesess say this was actually Trayvon's second attack) I would have no other choice but to use the weapon to stop the attack. The fact that I had followed him or was a "self appointed nieghborhood watch captain" means nothing once Trayvon initiated an attack. I might add that where I live we have old men who do indeed walk the nieghborhood in a loosely created nieghborhood watch. I believe none of them are armed but even if they were it would make no difference. It is their nieghborhood and they are walking in it! Where's the problem? So because of that I see no action that Zimmerman took that provoked an attack. Perhaps I could understand someone (Trayvon) asking what the problem is but I can not understand taking it to the level of violence. In 10 minutes I am going to walk another nieghborhood in the town I live near. I have done this in every town I have lived in and it is useful to becoming oriented. I will not be armed and I'm not looking for trouble I am just walking. Hopefully if someone were to attack me and especially if they were of a different race the fact that I am out walking won't prejudice the jury. I also carry a camera with me and take pictures from time to time. Another perfectly legal action that is sometimes twisted to appear "suspicious". I totally agree this needs to be about law and justice. But I'm willing to bet $100 even that no matter what the state or local court decides Zimmerman will be tried in a federal court for civil rights violations and that will no doubt be simply to rally Obama's political base.

|| Posted by GoneWithTheWind, March 26, 2012 10:27 AM ||

Now we are on the same page. And I fear you are right about a federal trial -- which is one reason we need to make sure that Obama is no longer president and we actually have a Justice Department rather than a Department of Injustices and Racial Grievances.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, March 26, 2012 03:32 PM ||

ITS FITTING THAT SPIKE, BARR, AND POSSIBLY SHARPTON, PANTHERS ECT. __ALL GET THEIR RACISTS BUTTS SUED!! REMEMBER THE PANTHER HOLDER LET GO FOR VOTER FRAUD??? THE ONE THAT SAID ''WE GOTTA KILL ALL CRACKERS & THEIR BABIES??? HOLDERS AGENCY OPENLY SAID CRIMES AGAINST WHITES BY BLACKS IS NOT INVESTIGATED!! IN OTHER WORDS... LETS START A NEW RACE WAR!!! OPEN SEASON ON –WHITEY-!!! REMEMBER THE TEEN GROUPS TERRORIZING THE FAIR GROUNDS??? JUST TO ATTACK WHITES??? PANTHER DRIVEN!!! THANKS TO HOLDER!!! HERES THE FRIEND OF MALIK PANTHER!! FUNNY HOW SELECTIVE BLACKS MEMORIES HAVE BECOME!!! IT WAS BECAUSE WHITES STOOD UP FOR YOU AND DIED FOR YOU THAT YOU ARE FREE TODAY!!!! THOSE OF YOU THAT CONTINUE TO DRAG OUR COUNTRY BACK TO THE HATE OF THE 60S FOR YOUR POLITICAL AGENDAS!!! ARE SCUM!!! AND LIARS!!

HERES THE PANTHER HOLDER LET GO, ON VOTER INTIMIDATION CASES!! HIS FRIENDS ARE ON THE LAWNS OF ZIMMERMANS NEIGHBORHOOD, AND EVERYWHERE!!! JUST WAITING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY!! SICKENING!!! THIS IS WHAT THEY SENT TO INNOCENT OLD FOLKS HOMES!!! >> GOOGLE THIS ON YOUTUBE, CAUSEV YOUR STUPID SITE WOULD NOT ALLOW LINK!! >> Black Panther Leader wants to KILL ALL CRACKER BABIES:


WE KNOW WHO... AND WHY.. THIS NEW RACE WAR IS BEING STARTED!!!

|| Posted by PEACEMAKER, March 30, 2012 05:33 PM ||
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