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Trayvon Martin, Black Lives Matter, & the Initiating Lie — Opinion

An opinion piece that deserves to be read.

Jeff Davidson

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Black Lives Matter (BLM) came into existence in 2013, right around this time. Three African-American women established the political movement that became known as BLM in response to what they deemed to be a miscarriage of justice and non-existent legal regard for black lives. The spark? For defending himself after his nose had been broken and while his head was being smashed into the sidewalk, George Zimmerman was acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin, 17 months earlier.

Now that seven years have passed since the verdict, perhaps calmer heads can prevail in reviewing the incident.

Fair Beyond Reason

Anyone who claims that the trial was not fair didn’t follow it closely and relied on second-hand commentary. In the face of intense media and public scrutiny, it is quite difficult to imagine a more thorough review of all available evidence by both sides. Most of the media coverage remains to this day highly biased in favor of Martin.

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A compelling police account of the shooting, supported by forensic analysis, revealed that Martin perpetrated “an unprovoked attack” on Zimmerman, first punching him in the face, then knocking him to the ground, and repeatedly bashing his head into the sidewalk, before attempting to grab his gun. Even with overwhelming evidence that Zimmerman feared for his life and acted in self-defense, Martin’s supporters ignored the evidence and haven’t budged since.

Martin’s supporters ignore the time gap between when Martin first spoke about Zimmerman on his cell phone to a friend and when he actually confronted and struck Zimmerman. During four full minutes, Martin had ample time to traverse the forty yards back to his father’s apartment – a 30 to 40 second walk at most. To wit, Martin’s supporters rail about Zimmerman leaving his car, but don’t concede that Martin lingered outdoors for four minutes, and then confronted and assaulted Zimmerman.

A Life of Drugs and Violence

The press has downplayed or altogether ignored Martin’s likely state of mind on this day in which he noticed a “creepy-ass cracker,” following him. Two days before the incident, he had been suspended from school for theft, this being his third suspension. The press described Martin as a ‘sweet’ boy, although he had made videos of himself beating other people and laughing while doing it. He also had boasted online about striking a bus driver in the face.

Martin had been smoking pot, which can impair judgment, when he encountered Zimmerman. The mainstream media downplayed his purchase of “Skittles” and iced-tea. These two items are major ingredients in the homemade production of a hard drug known as “purple.” Martin was a drug user and, as uncovered by investigative blogs, a drug dealer to his classmates.

A highly troubled seventeen-year-old, even with his father present in his life, Martin had embarked upon a life of theft and thuggery. Tracy Martin, his father, was a long time gang member, who introduced his son to guns, violence, and drugs. Weeks before the Zimmerman trial, Tracy Martin’s gang-signifying neck tattoo was altered to disguise his affiliation.

Merely a Short Walk

To ignore Trayvon Martin’s propensity for intermittent violence or to suggest that after he spotted Zimmerman he did not become the aggressor is pure folly. Martin was a football player, with a lean, tough body, standing nearly six feet tall; he was no adolescent. For newspapers, major web sites, and rally protestors to continue to exhibit pictures of Martin at a younger age appearing with gentler features, in his red burgundy “Hollister” t-shirt, perhaps before he embarked on his short life of constant crime, is a gross disservice to society.

Envision others in his situation who rightfully belonged in the neighborhood at that time and had been talking with a friend by phone about some creepy guy in the neighborhood. Might nine out of ten other seventeen-year-olds of any race, build, or family situation used the four minutes available to return home?

The inescapable conclusion: Trayvon Martin was a criminal by age 17 with a history of explosive violence. It is tragic for a young man to be killed heading back to his father’s house when he had, at first, apparently been doing nothing wrong. To the chagrin of BLM founders, the preponderance of evidence reveals that legal system worked as it should and that Trayvon Martin was the precipitating force leading to his own death.

Jeff Davidson is “The Work-Life Balance Expert®” and the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information.

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Florida’s Top Doc Removed from Meeting Over Mask Refusal

He was following the science, though…

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When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have often heard the mantra “follow the science”, repeated ad nauseam by any number of doctors, epidemiologists, and experts.  This is because COVID-19, like other viruses, behaves in a predictable and distinct way, an die can use math to understand the true nature of our risks, and to a fairly accurate degree.

But there are some who wish to ignore the science, and instead create arbitrary rules and regulations that don’t conform to the advice of the experts.

This sentiment turned downright silly in Florida this week, after one of the state’s leading medical experts was removed from a meeting for not wearing a mask.

Florida’s top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed.

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Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a memo to senators Saturday regarding the incident at the office of Democratic state Sen. Tina Polsky, asking visitors at the building to be respectful with social interactions. Polsky, who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, had not yet made public her breast cancer diagnosis.

Polsky told The Associated Press about the tense exchange with state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo that was first reported by the news site Florida Politics. She said Ladapo and two aides were offered masks and asked to wear them when they arrived for the Wednesday meeting. She did not tell him she had breast cancer, but said she had a serious condition.

Ladado suggested that the meeting could take place outside if it would make Polsky more comfortable, but she refused.

This begs the obvious question: If Ladapo is following the science, as he most certainly is, who is anyone to tell him he’s wrong?  This is the premiere expert on Florida’s coronavirus situation, after all.

 

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have often heard the mantra “follow the science”, repeated ad nauseam by any number of doctors, epidemiologists, and experts.  This is because COVID-19, like other viruses, behaves in a predictable and distinct way, an die can use math to understand the true nature of our risks, and to a fairly accurate degree. But there are some who wish to ignore the science, and instead create arbitrary rules and regulations that don’t conform to the advice of the experts. This sentiment turned downright silly in Florida this week, after one of the state’s leading medical experts was removed from a meeting for not wearing a mask. Florida’s top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a memo to senators Saturday regarding the incident at the office of Democratic state Sen. Tina Polsky, asking visitors at the building to be respectful with social interactions. Polsky, who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, had not yet made public her breast cancer diagnosis. Polsky told The Associated Press about the tense exchange with state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo that was first reported by the news site Florida Politics. She said Ladapo and two aides were offered masks and asked to wear them when they arrived for the Wednesday meeting. She did not tell him she had breast cancer, but said she had a serious condition. Ladado suggested that the meeting could take place outside if it would make Polsky more comfortable, but she refused. This begs the obvious question: If Ladapo is following the science, as he most certainly is,…

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Crew of Alec Baldwin Film Walked Off Set Over Safety Fears Hours Before Fatality

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While the fatal shooting of a Hollywood cinematographer has been deemed an accident by those involved, there appears to have been a pattern of negligence on-set, leading up to the incident.

Alec Baldwin last week discharged a “prop” firearm in the direction of crew members on the set of his film “Rust”, and, somehow, a live round had been loaded into the weapon.  The shot killed one member of the production staff and wounded another.

As it turns out, crew members were already concerned about the way in which the weapons were being handled.

The 24-year-old head armorer in charge of guns on the Alec Baldwin film where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was tragically shot and killed on Thursday had admitted she wasn’t sure she was ready for the job in an interview before filming started.

‘I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but doing it, it went really smoothly,’ Hannah Gutierrez-Reed said in a podcast interview last month after leading the firearms department for The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage – her first time as head armorer.

And that’s not all:

It comes as crew on the film revealed they walked off set hours before the fatal accident over safety fears after firearms were accidentally discharged three times – including once by Baldwin’s stunt double who had been told the gun was not loaded, and twice in a closed cabin.

A search warrant released Friday said that Gutierrez-Reed laid out three prop guns on a cart outside the filming location, and first assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds.

‘Cold gun!’ shouted Halls before handing the gun to Baldwin, using the phrase to signal to cast and crew that the gun was safe to fire for the scene, the warrant said.

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The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and there is the potential for someone to be charged in the case still.

While the fatal shooting of a Hollywood cinematographer has been deemed an accident by those involved, there appears to have been a pattern of negligence on-set, leading up to the incident. Alec Baldwin last week discharged a “prop” firearm in the direction of crew members on the set of his film “Rust”, and, somehow, a live round had been loaded into the weapon.  The shot killed one member of the production staff and wounded another. As it turns out, crew members were already concerned about the way in which the weapons were being handled. The 24-year-old head armorer in charge of guns on the Alec Baldwin film where cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was tragically shot and killed on Thursday had admitted she wasn’t sure she was ready for the job in an interview before filming started. ‘I almost didn’t take the job because I wasn’t sure if I was ready, but doing it, it went really smoothly,’ Hannah Gutierrez-Reed said in a podcast interview last month after leading the firearms department for The Old Way, starring Nicolas Cage – her first time as head armorer. And that’s not all: It comes as crew on the film revealed they walked off set hours before the fatal accident over safety fears after firearms were accidentally discharged three times – including once by Baldwin’s stunt double who had been told the gun was not loaded, and twice in a closed cabin. A search warrant released Friday said that Gutierrez-Reed laid out three prop guns on a cart outside the filming location, and first assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds. ‘Cold gun!’ shouted Halls before handing the gun to Baldwin, using the phrase to signal to cast and…

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