The ideals behind the Media, and a Free Press, is that the Media is not supposed to manufacture the news. They are supposed to stand back and report on the news of the day. They are not supposed to harp on, push alternative views, create interviews that create a clash, report and report, re-hash and re-hash, the same tired story over and over again in an effort to create strife, anger, demonstrations, violence, riots, and yes even war, in an obvious effort to create a news story. That is, like it or not, exactly what has happened in the matter of Travis Martin.
There is no doubt that many people feel that the verdict was a travesty of American Justice. But, the facts are unfortunately clear. the prosecution put up a lousy case, was un-prepared, knew they were not prepared, and if I remember correctly, clarified early on that they did not want this case to go to trial. they did not at the time have the evidence that they needed.
In a previous article I said what I thought happened. I still think the same. However, what I think, and what was placed before the jury as evidence are two different things. The evidence was what it was. The verdict, whether we like it or not, was presented, and as a nation of free people, we must accept the verdict. I did not say we have to agree. I said we must accept the verdict.
We all spend time talking about how an injustice was done. But all too often we as parents do not accept responsibility for our own actions. We, as parents allow our kids to wear street gear that promotes profiling. We as parents, allow our kids to wear pants that fall down to our knees, sagging, showing our underwear, or more if the kid really thinks that’s the cool thing to do. We as parents, allow our kids to join questionable groups or gangs of street thugs, go no where kids, lost in a culture of drugs and crime. Then when our kid goes out the door to get an Iced Tea and Skittles at a local store, dressed in a hoodie, a sign of Gang clothing, possibly his only line of defense against thugs out there, wonder why people like Zimmerman, untrained, and obviously profiling, are able to pull off what they do, and get away with it.
What happened to this young man was tragic. But much of what happened to this teen was the fault of our social structure. one that we as a society have allowed to occur.
If we really want to do something about the tragedy that happened in Florida, then perhaps we should work to clean up the rebellious culture that contaminates our inner city.
Instead of going to Florida to get his face on TV, and Fleece the flock of those communities, maybe instead Jessie Jackson should first deal with the horrific murder rates of black teens in South Chicago. If Al Sharpton wants to do something constructive in the name of Travis Martin, maybe instead he should be working to create a national campaign that deals specifically with the decay and self-destruction of our communities, and how youth are influenced in America.
Maybe it is time we as a society recognize the ills of our social structure and do something, something honest, no strings attached, no one organization or minister on TV making grand patriotic feel good statements designed for the Media Bite, and seclude themselves in a hall somewhere to have an honest frank realistic, truthful discussion, on the ills of our inner city youth. The gang culture in America, the killings going on in cities Like South Chicago, New Orleans, Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles and other major cities faced with such a tragic death rates.
No media, no hype, no big money up front. No limos, swift Gray suites, Cameras and philosophical declarations designed only to promote an individuals fame, while quietly setting ones self up for a political promotion.
But actually doing something that focuses on the real ills of our society.
The matter of Travis Martin, the tragic outcome, the loss life, are yet another signal that we as a society are in fact not living up to the challenges of our illnesses. we see, but don’t touch, we know but refuse to recognize. and watch from a distance, and in the end do nothing.
Then, there is another event, that excites us, gets our dander up, exposes our wrath, causes us to march up and down the street. All because, the Media caught an angle. They realized that they could make yet another brownie point at the expense of our society.
But still, what about the thousands of other Travis Martins out there. The voices crying out from the wilderness? When will we deal with the real problem?
That’s my point of view………I look forward to your insights on this matter as well as other issues. Until then……Have a great day and as usual
God Bless America!