What kind of journalism is it when a third party named Joe Oliver is interviewed about an incident which he was not present for? Chris Matthews announced that he had a guest on Hardball that would shed light on the Trayvon Martin shooting. What he had was a friend of George Zimmerman appear to tell us what George Zimmerman wants us to believe.
He attempted to shade the incident, and to dispel the notion that George may have used the word coon. He did this by stating that George was not culturally white. If George filled out a Census form he was asked if he is Hispanic white or Hispanic black. He had a third option to claim some other race or SOR. I highly doubt that he chose SOR, and suspect that he self identified as Hispanic white. Even if he didn't I can direct anyone to the series by Dr. Henry Louis Gates titled Black in Latin America. You will see that whatever racism exist here there were actually programs in Latin America to "lighten" the populace. I can also direct you to videos by Latino actors, all black, who discribe the racism that exist within their own family structures and community. We are also being asked to believe though his father is a white American, he is culturally Hispanic. What exactly does that mean?
He states that George Zimmerman was attacked by Trayvon, again this man wasn't present so he is merely repeating what George Zimmerman has told him. By now George has to be aware that even the authors of the bill have stated that from the 911 recording he can't use the Stand Your Ground defense because he was stalking Trayvon. I'm wondering other than Trayvon's color and his choice of outerwear in the rain, what did he do that made him suspicious? And what is Zimmerman's defense if those are the only criteria he used to pursue him? Is that all a citizen or cop needs as a defense to shoot a black man? Meanwhile an actual witness appeared on Rev. Sharpton's Politics Nation, Mary Cutcher stated she heard the boy crying for help. She went further to ask if that was Zimmerman why wasn't he crying right after shooting Trayvon? Good question. In other reports she and her roomate saw Zimmerman straddling Trayvon's body and that he made no effort to help him. A boy identified only as Austin stated as the other witnesses had that they only heard a boy crying for help prior to the shot.
Trayvon's parents are angry because an authorized source within the police department has leaked information that their evidence bears out Zimmerman's account. However, there is no record of anyone asking George Zimmerman for an account of the incident on the scene. Further Mr. Oliver states that his friend is in hiding fearing for his life, that's ironic because I think Trayvon being followed probably was in fear for his life as well. That might not have been the first time Trayvon was followed by a white man, we will never know, but we do know that in his phone call to his girlfriend he states he won't run, he will walk faster. Was that from a past experience or was that something his parents taught him?
For Trayvon's parents I will say get used to your son's character being attacked. I learned that in my son's murder trial. Not only can they attack your son's character, they don't have to prove a word they say about him. If they have to prove it then the ADA in my case was even worse than I thought. She couldn't refute anything the defense said: because she hadn't bothered to ask me or my grandmother a single question about who Chace was. Nor did she call a single character witness. Also Zimmerman has several violent incidents for which he has a record, but those cases can't be used at trial as they aren't related to the Martin case. So while they can talk about why Treyvon was suspended from school-- which has no bearing on the case--it is only the defendants past that is out of bounds. The dead victim can only hope that the ADA is truly their advocate.
The longer this investigation goes on the more it appears that Robert Zimmerman's career as a Virginia Magistrate and wife Gladys' career as a court clerk have given their son some advantage with the authorities. From where I sit it appears that the police never saw the shooting as a possible murder and therefore did nothing to preserve any evidence. This seems to be one of the glaring problems with the Stand Your Ground law as it applies here, all one has to do to claim they were defending themselves. The witnesses have stated before that they felt their witness statements had been altered to make it appear they were supporting Zimmerman, when in fact they weren't. Had the Martins felt they had no recourse rather than to use social media to force the hand of justice, these gaping holes might not have been seen till the next Trayvon Martin died. We really owe them a debt of gratitude for not being cowed by a system that at this moment seems skewed towards a man with a history of violence, who is described by some as a "wanna be" cop.