Ever since the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, racial tension have been rising around the country. The new black panther party has placed a bounty on the head of the shooter George Zimmerman and most media outlets have already convicted Zimmerman of killing Trayvon in cold blood, implying a racial factor that may or may not even exist. What hasn't happened is top justice department officials or law enforcement professionals diffusing the situation. No one has come out and expressed faith in the system, no one has put a stop to the solicitation of violence by the new black panther party, no one has come out and exploited the irresponsible reporting of news media agencies like NBC, ABC, and CNN to name a few, who have only make things worse by using outdated pictures of both the shooter and the victim. The pictures that most media outlets have been using are of Trayvon from 4 to 5 years ago (indicating he was much younger than he was when the shooting occurred) and a mug shot from 6 years ago of George Zimmerman with an orange jail jump suit on. To someone who didn't know you would have thought a convict killed a 10 year old (going only off the pictures).
Not to mention that these media outlets have come out with outdated pictures only to portray speculation as fact, days after the shooting. Every day that goes by we are getting more and more eye witness testimony and forensic facts that are indicating that George Zimmerman may have acted in self defense, which according the Florida law makes him innocent of any crime here. I do believe that if he did shoot Trayvon in cold blood or for some racially fueled reason, he needs to be arrested and convicted. But the problem is we do not know what happened, because of the biased media coverage and the failure to act by justice department officials, this man has already been convicted and is now hiding for his life. We all have the right to a speedy and fair trial before you can be convicted. The way that these people have portrayed the situation has interfered with Zimmerman's right to a fair trial.
There have been all kinds of stories that have developed from this situation that are a direct result of the media misinforming the public. Spike Lee tweeted the address of what he thought was the house of George Zimmerman, it turned out to be a 70 year old couple living in Florida, who has now had to flee their home because of people showing up there with violent intentions. Its just plain irresponsible on the part of the media and on the part of people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who are going around convicting Zimmerman and presenting speculation as fact to anyone who will listen. Can't we follow the laws, let an investigation ensue, and let the legal system run its course? The way the new black panther party has been talking, it would appear a race war and riots in major cities throughout the country are inevitable.
It would also appear that the media wants this to become an issue of black vs white. Because the first day this happened, NBC came out and said that George Zimmerman was a "White Hispanic." Now lets get real here there is no such thing as a white hispanic as those are two different ethnicities. George Zimmerman is 75-80% hispanic and the sad part is, it shouldn't matter at all what race the man is. There are kids dying in the inner cities everyday from gang violence and black on black crime. But you won't hear anyone talking about that and its really sad. It truly is a tragedy that the media and these political groups ignore the death of a teenager or a child when it comes from gang violence or inner race violence, but as soon as someone who LOOKS like he is Caucasian commits a possible crime the media twists and turns things around to make it out to be a white vs black issue.
The sad part about all of this is, a teenager died here and instead of giving both sides the due process and respect they deserve to straighten things out and bring the facts to light, it gets distorted and turned into a race war. Someone needs to come out and express faith in the system and calm things down before there is an explosion of violence. We need to discover the facts and straighten things out in court, not in the streets. And if after the facts come out we find that George Zimmerman was in the wrong, then we can convict him and sentence him to the appropriate punishment.