Ironically there is and continues to be an outcry for recent photos of Trayvon Martin, the teen fatally shot in Sanford, Florida after a neighborhood watch volunteer encountered him on his way home in a gated community. Since the shooting there has been a slow but mounting effort to bring this shooting into the public eye, because Zimmerman was never arrested for the incident. The news media and the like, has been discussing the shooting on a national scale and just like any other story that, photos of the subject have been portrayed. Many think that it is unfair to show photos of Trayvon that are not recent, but rather are a couple years old. Really, these people are upset the media has displayed photos of a young, “innocent-looking” Trayvon.
What will recent photos do? It will not change the facts of the story. It is a fact that Trayvon was on his way home, was not up to no good, unarmed and carrying Skittles and Ice Tea – categorically a child’s snack. Nevertheless, the people who are calling for these recent photos do not realize that they are perpetuating the same stereotypical reaction Zimmerman fell into that fatal February night. They believe subconsciously, that a recent photo will explain the why the incident happened.
Would the masses be satisfied once a menacing photo is released? Will that satisfy the minds of those who believe that following Trayvon was justified because of the way a he looks? Is it wrong for a grieving mother to release to the media, media-appropriate photos of her son who was the victim of a fatal shooting? What a shame! Justice is supposed to the blind, but obviously she peeks at her claimants.
This practice of releasing “better photos” is nothing new. Think about the media in general. When you see photos of your favorite actors or models, are they necessarily recent photos of them? Most of those photos you see are airbrushed and very old. In political campaigns most, if not all, photos released to the media are generally photos of younger, healthier, candidate. This is a common practice. Most of our famous supermodels do not look as they did in their heydays, yet when there is a new story about them the media often flashes photos of them during their prime. Even our money has portraits of presidents that aren’t the most recent photos of them. Yet, these same people crying foul never think twice when they see a mugshot of an individual who perpetrated or is accused of a crime flashed on the news even though the mugshot was taken years ago.
The reason why Trayvon is different is because there are certain enclaves in America that perceive this incident through the eyes of Zimmerman. These people do think it’s suspicious for a black boy, to be wearing a hoodie, walking around alone at night in a gated community. Moreover they do believe that individuals fitting this description are up to no good. For example, Zimmerman thought it necessary to articulate that Trayvon was carrying something in his waistband. Zimmerman obviously thought it must have been a weapon of some sort; after all he is a black boy, wearing a hoodie, in an exclusive neighborhood. The logical conclusion someone with his mentality would come to.
What Zimmerman and those who want recent photos do not realize is that the rest of America has gone past stereotypes. They do not agree that Trayvon presented a threat, because of how he was dressed or because of the color of his skin. Maybe if he were carrying a flat-screen TV it would raise suspicion, but the rest of America understands it is not only possible that Trayvon would live there, but that he could be the guest of someone that does. Zimmerman should be shamed, and he is in hiding. Personally, I believe he is in hiding because he’s loosing weight. Zimmerman was approximately 250 lbs at the time of the incident whereas Trayvon was 140 lbs. Zimmerman claims he was attacked and his head was bashed, once this man comes out of hiding and people are able to see his size it will be very hard for anybody to logically think a 140 lb boy was able to bash his head in.
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