Lets not forget that George Zimmerman is the one on trial
caines | 6/6/2013, 5:30 a.m.
Most Blacks in Florida, if not the majority of Blacks throughout the U.S., remember Feb. 26, 2012. That was the day that a 17-year-old Black youth from Miami Gardens was walking in a gated community in Sanford, Florida after having made a quick run to the store for an iced tea and some Skittles. It was raining and he was wearing Air Jordans, jeans and a hoodie. Then he crossed the path of George Zimmerman the communitys self-appointed watchman. Soon thereafter, Trayvon Martin was dead, the victim of a single gunshot. The evidence indicates that Trayvon was unarmed and that Zimmerman called the police and was told to let them intervene so they could determine if Trayvon was an intruder with malevolent intent. Zimmerman ignored their instructions. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder. These are the facts. We then wonder why, as the murderers June 10th trial draws nearer, efforts have been made by the defense to paint Trayvon as the criminal? The defense had hoped to focus on whether Trayvon smoked cigarettes, puffed on joints, cursed and acted out on various forms of social media and whether he was a problem child in school. They wanted to show that somehow there was something so flawed, so demonic, so crazed in Trayvons character that Zimmerman was right to fear for his life and therefore justified in tracking down and murdering the unarmed youth. Thankfully, at least for now, a judge has seen through the absurd requests of the defense team and refused to let them use Trayvons past fights, school suspension, marijuana use, text messages and social media posts in order to paint the young man as a troubled boy who got what he deserved. The focus of this trial should not be allowed to waver: Its George Zimmerman, not Trayvon Martin, who has been charged with murder. Zimmerman is the one on trial.