Trayvon Martin – a 17-year-old African American — was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. during an altercation with George Zimmerman — a 26-year old half white, half Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer – on Feb. 26.
While the details of what transpired that night are still under investigation, one thing is abundantly clear. There is an ongoing, concerted effort by Martin’s supporters to hide or downplay the questionable life he led during the days before he died.
The first photo we saw of Martin showed a cherub-faced kid wearing an endearing smile and a red Hollister t-shirt. The problem is — Martin was only 11 years old in that photo.
As photos of the 17-year-old version of Martin began to surface we saw a less Disney Channel image emerging. Pictures uncovered by Wagist from his Facebook and Twitter accounts show Martin with multiple tattoos, teeth embellished with a gold “grill” and flashing a gang sign. On Thursday, The Daily Caller published one they found of him flipping the bird.
It’s an uncomforatble reality-check reminiscent of when that video of Miley Cyrus sucking on a bong hit the internet.
And — similar to the effort to salvage Miley’s Disney Channel reputation — by saying she was smoking a “legal” LSD-like hallucinogenic called “salvia”– Martin’s family and their supporters are running a full media blitz to dismiss the not so endearing information that continues to emerge about the troubled teen.
The Grio’s report on the family’s Monday press conference was enlightening.
“They killed my son,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton said, “and now they’re trying to kill his reputation.”
From what we are learning, Martin’s reputation flat-lined long before his death.
“Even in death,” father Tracy Martin said, “they’re still trying to disrespect my son.”
His emphasis on the word “still” implies awareness that “they” had respect issues with his son long before his death.
Al Sharpton added:
“I said to the parents, as much as it will hurt, they will try to make your son a junkie, a thief, [an assaulter], and everything else before this is over.”
Perhaps “they” accused Martin of being a “junkie” because family spokesman Ryan Julison even admitted Martin was serving a 10-day suspension on the day he died because a pot-laced baggie was found in his book bag at school.
Posts discovered by Wagist on Martin’s Facebook page from Feb. 5 — under the screen name “Trayvon Slimm Martin” — might also explain why the “junkie” tag popped up.
DumbRyte – “Yeoo happy birthday ! but pik up the fone or hmu we got business to talk!”
Slimm – “NO PHON”
DumbRyte — “damn were u at a nigga need a plant.”
Either DumbRyte was a tweaked out horticulture addict in serious need of a gardening fix — at 2:46 a.m. — or “plant” is slang for something else.
A photo posted in tribute to Martin on his Facebook page is rather curious – a rolled blunt laid like a flower above a memorial collage of Martin’s innocent 11-year-old face.
As for why “they” would say Martin was a “thief” — getting caught with 12 pieces of women’s jewelry and a large flathead screwdriver described in the Miami-Dade School’s Police report as a “burglary tool” has a tendency to give people that impression.
And why would “they” call Martin “an assaulter?” Well, Tweets from his friends say he took a swing at a bus driver.
Sharpton says the pot is “not violent and not material to this.”
Martin’s family lawyer, Ben Crump, says the jewely and burglary tool are “irrelevant.”
Martin’s parents and their supporters say the multiple school suspensions are “irrelevant.”
To Sharpton, “the only thing that is relevant is what Mr. Zimmerman knew that day.”
And the more the truth emerges about who Martin was before “that day,” the louder the choir sings —
So won’t the real “Slimm Martin” please sit down — please sit down — please sit down.