Obama’s Curious Call To Honor Trayvon Martin

Obama’s Statement.

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy.  Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America.  I know this case has elicited strong passions.  And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.  But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken.  I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.  And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities.  We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.  We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this.  As citizens, that’s a job for all of us.  That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

The statement is rather…tepid when it comes to the jury’s decision. Obama simply notes that the jury “has spoken”. Yes, we know that. What the President should have noted but failed to, is that as a nation of laws we must respect the jury’s verdict and accept it as the final word on what happened on the night in question.

As for this somehow being a part of a “tide of gun violence”…nonsense. This was a case of a man being beaten by another man and using a firearm to defend himself to avoid being killed. A gun was not used to commit an act of criminal violence. It was lawfully used to stop an illegal and potentially fatal assault. To call this an act “of gun violence” you have to be unable to discern, as William F. Buckley used to say, the difference between someone who shoved an old lady out of the way of an on-coming bus and someone who shoves an old lady down while stealing her purse. You simply can’t call them both, “a person who shoved an old lady”.

Things really go off the rails in this statement with the notion we should “honor Trayvon Martin”.

What precisely about or for Travyon Martin should we being honoring him ?

That he had pot in his system?

That he was on suspension from school?

That he used racially offensive slurs?

Or that he was administering a beating to someone so violent, a jury ruled that shooting Martin to avoid having him kill a man was lawful?

Which of these things does Obama think is so honorable? So worthy of our national attention and effort?

I think it’s terrible that Martin was killed. He was a 17 year old young man. He may not have led an exemplary life to date but he will never have the chance to learn from these mistakes, to improve himself, to find his way to a better life. That is a tragedy. George Zimmerman took that opportunity from him and for that we should all feel a sense of loss for what might have been.

That does not mean I want to see Zimmerman honored.  He had absolutely no reason to target Trayvon Martin that night. His overreaction (calling the police) based on nothing but erroneous assumptions set in motion a series of events that led to a young man, imperfect though like the rest of his he may have been, losing the opportunity to grow older and wiser. We will never know how Trayvon Martin would have turned out and that is a tragedy. George Zimmerman is morally, though not criminally, culpable for that.

He is not a hero, he’s a survivor. No more, no less.

But to say that we as a nation need to find a way to “honor Trayvon Martin” strikes me as a dangerous message to send.

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Posted on July 14, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. “His overreaction (calling the police) based on nothing but erroneous assumptions ”

    You mean calling the police on a hooded figure walking through a rainy night, peering into the windows of homes in a neighborhood that had suffered multiple break-ins by hooded figures walking through rainy nights?

    That “overreaction”?

  2. But to say that we as a nation need to find a way to “honor Trayvon Martin” strikes me as a dangerous message to send.

    I dunno about that – it is simply the next step in the progressive communities elevation of thugs and criminals that has been going on for years, along with dosparagement of middle-class values as bourgeois and stodgy. Small step from excusing their behavior to ‘honoring’ it.

    The left has yet to meet a thug they didn’t like since Stalin. Except for ones that could be plausibly labeled ‘right wing’.

  3. Horst Wessel we much. This is SCOAMF’s mission. He is itching to ignite a conflagration that, in his Alinsky-addled pea brain, thinks he can control so that at the end he can Cloward-Piven us into a socialist utopia. But like everything the left touches, it may not end that way. Especially in this country.

  4. “George Zimmerman took that opportunity from him and for that we should all feel a sense of loss for what might have been.”

    What is this dreck?

    Incorrect to boot. TM is responsible for his actions and had he not committed felony assault and battery, he would be alive today. TM did it to himself. If we examine everything we know of Trayvon, all signs point to “what might have been” as something probably dangerous to society.

    “He had absolutely no reason to target Trayvon Martin that night.”

    Again, incorrect. As neighborhood watch in a neighborhood plagued by recent burglaries, he had every right to handle it as a proactive citizen should have.

    “His overreaction (calling the police) based on nothing but erroneous assumptions”

    And what errors would these have been? How is it over-reacting to call the police? Did TM know he was calling the police? No? What exactly is your argument here, because it flies in the face of logic and the facts we all now (should) know.

    “George Zimmerman is morally, though not criminally, culpable for that.”

    No, TM is responsible. did you even bother following this case, or did you just check out Twitter?

    If you’re going to post this nonsense at ace, put it up on the main blog so you can get the hammering you deserve.

  5. I think it’s terrible that Martin was killed. He was a 17 year old young man. He may not have led an exemplary life to date but he will never have the chance to learn from these mistakes, to improve himself, to find his way to a better life.

    Uh, why is it terrible at all? He was young. He was also a violent thug, a thief, a bully, a drug user, and a drug dealer. He might have learned from his mistakes and become a worthwhile human being. More than likely, he would have continued to be a violent thug and hurt a lot of people, been in and out of prison, fathered a bunch of illegitimate kids that someone else would take care of, and then would have either killed someone or been killed. The end. It’s not exactly a beautiful story. The sad part is not that Trayvon Martin is dead. The sad part is that the world is a better place because Trayvon Martin is dead. George Zimmerman saved some future victim of Trayvon Martin some pain, and possibly saved that someone his life.

    Also, all George Zimmerman thought was that he saw some strung out guy wandering around houses planning a burglary. Trayvon Martin was a strung out known burglar wandering around houses … in innocent contemplation? Seriously, GZ’s instincts proved pretty darn accurate.

    Why is that so hard for people to admit?

  6. Young burglar casing next target is seen by neighborhood watch member who calls police. Before police can arrive, would-be burglar attacks witness. Witness defends himself from potentially lethal assault by use of lethal force. Burglar dies. What part of this is not consistent with the established facts? Anyone who thinks Martin is a victim does so based on racial predjudice, not facts, and that includes the President of the United States.

  7. Drew, you’re Usually Excellent but I have to agree with the other posters here. Calling the police on a suspicious person in a neighbourhood plagued by home invasions isn’t an overreaction, it’s admirable and responsible.

  8. Did you actually read anything about this case? Do you feel compelled to apologize for the death of a guy who struck the first blow–for no good reason–and then nearly killed a neighborhood watch guy before he himself was shot in self defense?
    You want to “honor” this kid? Are you stupid or just scared?

  9. And I say “honor” because you although you do not accept Obama’s race baiting and martyr creation you refuse to refute the basic premise: That the kid was innocent in the entire affair. He wasn’t. He jumped Zimmerman. He slammed his head into concrete.
    But you apologize for Zimmerman saving his own life.

  10. What erroneous assumption did Zimmermann make? Trayvon was a thief, and a thug. Zimmermann was doing his job, keeping watch. Now you’re saying calling the cops is overreacting! ? How does one protect their neighborhood if you can’t keep watch and you can’t call the police? Didn’t a witness testify that the neighborhood was being targeted by black males for robberies and burglaries? You’re wrong- We need to honor and defend George Zimmermann. A man who stood up against the filth, the scum, the thugs, the Trayvon’s of this country.

  11. I gather that Drew said something that rubbed some morons the wrong way. I wouldn’t know. I couldn’t get past “But we are a nation of laws.”
    TBOTFG.

  12. It would be interesting to speculate if GZ ignored TM who then broke into what he thought was an unoccupied house only to be surprised by an elderly owner (there were many in the community) and then proceeded to use the large screwdriver that was in his backpack to stab them to death AND THEN it came out GZ had seen a hooded figure wondering around in the rain and decided to do nothing.

  13. In discussing Obama’s statement, it seems that most everyone here, including Drew, has forgotten that it’s not the job of the president to “tell the truth” in such instances as this one. Indeed, it is the job of the president to clearly address almost every issue with the greatest degree of ambiguity possible, so as not to offend too deeply, nor pander too obviously; to praise if possible, but not in superlatives, and to condemn judiciously, but only if condemnation will garner support, first, from core supporters, and second, from those whose opinions are not yet fully formed in opposition. In rare instances, a president will throw all of this political pap aside and express a clear, unambiguous view that exhibits true leadership. Obama has yet to try this approach, which may actually be a blessing.

    Now, it is clear to me that those posting comments here, in reviewing not only Obama’s statement but Drew’s commentary (which itself borders on a presidential-style apology for the president’s own remarks) are in full possession of their own opinions on how this “tragedy” should be characterized. It is heartening to see that most here have already discovered some of the lesser-known truths about the young man who died; truths that were not admissible or perhaps not deemed relevant in court, but which change, radically, the overall impression one gets as to the beliefs and intentions of this young man, not only within the tight context of the conflict that cost him his life, but in the broader scope of his social interaction – at school, at home, and in the “community” that Obama sees as so critical to the fabric of American society.

    I, for one, will not honor Trayvon Martin in any way, but I will not forget him, either. I will continue to reflect upon what I can do to make my community a better, safer place, and I will act accordingly as my ideas seem feasible and appropriate. However, given the experience of George Zimmerman, I won’t be signing up with the Neighborhood Watch Patrol anytime soon.

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