The Washington Post has never reported the facts of the Zimmerman / Martin shooting as they were revealed in the trial. Perhaps their reporter sat in DC and, rather than watch the Tampa Bay Observer’s live feed or read Andrew Branca’s live blog at Legal Insurrection, they watched CNN or MSNBC, which reported some trial other than the one that took place in Florida.
So in a way, you can’t blame Brenda Howard for her op-ed in the paper, which is so profoundly disconnected from the facts of the case that she may just read the Post. Here’s a few of the things she says, and the truth of them.
- “Zimmerman, out on neighborhood watch patrol.”
Lie #1. Zimmerman was not on neighborhood watch patrol. He was on a routine errand.
- “…found Martin to be suspicious as he walked home from a store wearing a sweat shirt with a hood.”
Lie #2. It wasn’t the hood that made Martin suspicious. It was his actions.
Of course, the press reported it differently. And most of the press didn’t report, and the jury didn’t ever see, extensive evidence of Martin’s criminal history. There is strong evidence that Martin was a chronic drug user (indeed, he used drugs that night). There is strong evidence that he was in the habit of committing crimes of violence, including burglary (the reason he was suspended from school) and multiple assaults with battery. Martin was proud of much of this behavior and was all over social media with it. The judge ruled that it was not relevant to the case, as there’s no way that George Zimmerman could have known that Martin was an incipient gangbanger, therefore this evidence was concealed from the jury.
She definitely doesn’t mention the single biggest thing that the jury did see, evidence that Martin, far from going home as the meme says, doubled back to ambush and assault Zimmerman.
The shooting of Trayvon Martin saved the people of Florida hundreds of thousands in incarceration costs, and possible the lives of some productive citizens whom Martin, continuing on his character arc at the time of his cancellation, would have slain.
- “…the national media ran with the story…”
Now, there’s something we can agree on. The media ran with the story all right, including a raft of fabrications. NBC even altered a dispatch tape to make Zimmerman sound racist.
So, who’s the racist?
- “…the component of race kept the conversation largely private. It was a story that you could only fully expound upon in rooms where everyone looked like you.”
Ah. Brenda Howard is the racist. She thinks so firmly that people’s opinions are correlated with their race that she doesn’t think those of us weirdos who see character first before skin tone or ancestral group talk to anybody.
Who the hell is George Z going to talk to, in Brenda Howard’s race-is-everything world? Good luck finding another Peruvian-German-African mongrel out there, George. You and your brother Robert are going to have to sit by yourselves.
One wonders if Howard is a process of a recent university credentialing course. (You can’t call what she has an “education,” can you?) And one further wonders if her classes were all in the “minority group grievance studies” department, where the professors can’t spell because spelling is a war crime of the WASP patriarchy, so shut up.
She’s dreaming of a world where everyone is judged by the color of his or her skin, and the content of their character is of no consequence. In that world, you shouldn’t shoot the criminal who’s beating you brainless without checking to see if he’s one of the colors that’s not on this season’s game tag.
- Trayvon was ” a young man on the cusp of adulthood, with dreams and goals….”
Everyone has dreams and goals, but that doesn’t mean they should all be achieved. Specifically, Trayvon’s goals that night included beating George Zimmerman’s brains in.
- “…and loving parents who presented the most graceful bearing of grief I’ve ever seen.”
Howard is not only a recent graduate, she’s also very young, even giving the parents’ coached deportment every benefit of the doubt. Because you don’t have to go far to find people who have handled grief more gracefully, without an ambulance chaser’s coaching. But given Howard’s tender years; her shallow, narrow experience of the world; and her regrettable tendency to mistake her emotions or feelings for reason, it’s understandable that she’d react so.
- “…I went to my job at a small doctor’s office and made my computer desktop wallpaper (which was not viewable to the public) an image of a hoodie.”
Now, we understand what motivated Howard to do this. Given the misunderstanding of the situation that the media, including the Post, instilled in her, it was an action of a concerned person and not unreasonable or disruptive.
Unfortunately for her, other workers complained. We only have her side of a story which makes her out to be slightly saintly, but as she tells it, when told to remove the controversial background, she quit instead, and is now seeking media martyrdom.
Saint Trayvon, move over, Saint Brenda wants your fame.