**Disclaimer** This is a touchy subject, and I am, in no way, supporting violence or discrimination against anyone.
As we all know, George Zimmerman was found not guilty. Every social network feed is filled with people that are displeased with the verdict, which is
fine, because people have a right to be pleased or displeased with the outcome of any trial. It is our right as citizens of this country. The verdict,
is not my issue, and I will not be debating that any further.
My issue is, why was so much attention given to this case by the media in the first place? All you heard since it happened is how a young black man
was eating skittles and walking home, when he was shot by George Zimmerman. The media jumped all over this and had a field day portraying Trayvon as a
good kid that was murdered. While Zimmerman was painted as a wannabe cop who took justice into his own hands. (Please note, I am not debating if he
was a good person or not. I did not know him, and I am just going by what I saw/heard/read in the media)
Now, this may be true, it may not be true. But, that is mainly how it had been reported to me through all of the sources that I came across. Heck,
even the President and many celebrities chimed in saying the same. It was force fed to us every where we looked. You could not escape it… if you
Why do I think it was this way? Simple. I think the media is trying to heighten racial tension to a point where they may be hoping for some sort of
civil unrest. It all goes back to the ages old fact of racial discrimination that has plagued this country since day 1. Sadly, it will not disappear
because the media will not let it.
Don't believe me? How many of you have heard of Christopher Cervini? Or, as noted Here on
, Joshua Chellew? These were white people that were killed by black people, but I never heard of either because the mass national media never
picked up their stories. The strangest part about this, is that Christopher Cervini was killed in an almost identical way as Trayvon Martin. He was
with friends, going through some cars at night (probably not the best decision) when Roderick Scott came out with a gun and shot him to death.
Did the media blast pictures of
Chris all over every TV set in America in the most innocent looking way they could? Hardly. As I said, I never heard of it. Were there any calls for
gun control when this happened from politicians like the President, or the Attorney General, or all the celebrities? Nope... none.
So why now? If this teenager (both were 17 by the way) was not worth all the fuss, then why was Trayvon? Well, this is the $1,000,000 question. And my
answer is, I believe that Mass Media is trying to further divide us and turn us against each other. I believe that in order to achieve this they are
playing on the tension that has been around the longest, which is against Black Americans. Think about how many nationally covered events that have
been reported recently have been about hate crime or regular crimes against black people? Now, how many were against other races? You probably cannot
recall as many, right?
Now, I may be way off base, but why else would the same exact case with a teen dying, and the black killer being acquitted not garner the same
attention? It has to be that they want to focus on this. As we know, it is a sensitive subject and a lot of people still harbor a lot of anger
(rightly so) because of what happened in the past. Does the media not want the candle to burn out? Do they want to keep these memories fresh in
everyone’s minds so that people get mad? I think they do.
The only thing I can say, is just remember to do your own research before you believe what is put in front of you by the media. It is there for a
reason. It is there to divide us... and it is working. Just check your twitter and facebook feeds. How many arguments have there been this week due to
the verdict... and none of this occurred when the other people died.